I first learned about vision boards while watching an episode of the Oprah Show because Oprah said it, My 12-year-old self was hell bent on making one too. Despite the enthusiasm, I didn’t actually make one until this year…yup I procrastinated for 8 years, that has to be some kind of record.
I finally decided to make my board after seeing how writing down my goals worked in helping me achieve them. So I wondered what would happen if I had my goals in front of me every day. I was excited about the possibility of more accomplishments so, I finally sat down and made one and here are some reason why you should too.
Why you should make a vision board
Vision boards are a visual reminder of your goals and dreams
Waking up every day and seeing the things you’d like to accomplish, acts as a way to reinforce them and inspire you to work towards it. The more you go out with the things you want in mind, the more you start taking little steps towards accomplishing your goals.
Vision boards put everything in perspective
It gives you a broad image of what you want out of life. When making a vision board you might not notice at first, but there is always a common theme. Posting a lot of travel pictures might mean you want a sense of adventure and you maybe never even realized how much you wanted it. There is something that attracts you to a picture and sometimes it’s subconscious. For example, my first vision board had a lot of women I found inspiring but it also had pictures of models, and fashion bloggers I liked. Initially, the selection seemed random until I stepped back and looked at the pictures I’d chosen. They women were confident, striding, and care free And at that time they were emotions I desperately wanted to feel. But I didn’t realize that until I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture (literally).
Vision boards make you dig deep
There’s nothing that makes you really reflect on your life like the question “what do you do for fun?” a vision board provides the same effect by making you ask yourself “ what do you want your life to look like?” and to answer this you have to take time to reflect and look ahead into what makes you happy, what makes you feel accomplished, what do you like? Basically, a vision board is the first step to actualizing your dreams for your life and it provides clarity as to where you want to go.
How to build your own vision board
look at other vision boards of people you know or just by doing a search online. Let theirs inspire you in terms of platform, color, layout, deign etc
Pick your medium
You can choose to make your board on an online platform such as Pinterest boards, Photoshop or Canva to make it a desktop image. You can also go the traditional route and use a good old fashion cork board and cut outs.
Figure out what you like on it
Figure out what you’d like to put on it. Start curating by photos and saving them to a folder on your computer or get some old magazines, posters and start cutting out images that appeal to you (you could also just print images you like).
Put it all together
Set a good chunk of time aside, unplug (if you are making a digital board then close all other tabs) and focus on putting your board together. Play around with different layout styles cut, paste, rearrange and just have fun.