Want to know how to make a vision board? Wow, let me count the ways!
There are LOTS of ways to make a vision board. You can do something very simple, or you can let your creativity rip and go all out. It can be a physical board that you hang on a wall, or it can be a digital dream board for your smart phone or other favorite mobile device.
Below you’ll find instructions for various ways to create a vision board, and after reading them you might even come up with a unique idea of your own.
Most important is to stop procrastinating and get it done. Making a vision board doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can use whatever you have on hand.
Even if you don’t have any photos handy that’s okay too. Words alone can be very powerful. Your first (or latest) vision board could include affirmations only. You can always do something more elaborate later on, but for now just get started, right away!
Before You Start CreatingBefore you begin, let’s just cover a couple of key aspects that can make all the difference.
Me Time to Nurture Your Mindset
Do yourself a favor. Grant yourself the gift of a little personal time just for you. Everybody is busy, but rushing through this process can defeat the purpose. After all, it’s that crazy busy rush through life that keeps us from getting in touch with who we really are and what we really want. Just this once, set aside a little time to forget about your to-do list and allow yourself to be mindful and in the moment. You could even put on some music that you find pleasant and soothing, something that filters out distractions, quiets your mind, and makes you feel peaceful.
There’s a great book by Laurie Guest called “Wrapped In Stillness”. It’s all about taking a personal retreat, but the beauty of it is that she explains exactly how to make it work whether you have a week to escape or only an hour.
For most of us it’s incredibly hard to step out of the rat race for even a short time, and Laurie’s book is the answer. It’s a quick read that beautifully explains how you can learn to be still, be quiet, be open, and give yourself the chance to really listen to what is in your heart.
How can you manifest what you want if you don’t know what you want? Before you start creating your vision board ask yourself this: Exactly what is it that I desire?
Some people know immediately. Others have only vague wishes such as more money or a new car or a slimmer body. Here is where you may want to dig a little deeper. What will you do with more money? In what ways will it improve or enhance your life?
Similar questions can be asked of any desire you name. What will be different about your life when you lose weight? Why is it important to you, and how will you feel when your body is slimmer?
Hopefully you get the idea, but in fact clarity is quite a broad subject. If you need help getting clarity, we highly recommend “The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose”. The test itself is simple, but you’ll be amazed at what you discover when you go through the process to actually think about where you are and define what really matters to you.
Jack Canfield and lots of others have championed this book, but perhaps it is summed up best by T. Harv Eker (author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”). Here’s what he says about The Passion Test: “The simplest, clearest way to get started on knowing what you want – by getting clear on who you are.”
Clarity, On the Other Hand
It’s also fine to make a vision board when you know you don’t have clarity. Perhaps you’ve experienced some major shift in your life and don’t feel drawn in any particular direction. Have you ever felt “lost”? It isn’t too pleasant, until you realize that when you aren’t being forced into a specific direction, you’re free to choose any direction.
Creating a vision board from this perspective is more about discovery. If this is where you happen to be on your journey, be at peace with that. As Esther Hicks (Abraham) has said, “I am where I am, and that’s okay.” Instead of searching for pictures on specific topics, choose images you are drawn to. You don’t have to know why. Enjoy cutting, lay them all out, and choose those that appeal to you. Go with your gut. A pattern may develop, now or later, and you can add to or change the pictures on your board as your vision becomes clearer.
To gain more insight into your true desires, you might find our article on “What Is Happiness?” helpful. And here again, the book “The Passion Test” is an excellent resource to consider.(back to top)
Traditional Vision Boards
Some of you may think this method is too old school, but there’s still a lot to be said for cutting and pasting and actually working with your hands on something besides a keyboard or touchscreen. While it does take a little longer to do it the old fashioned way, that isn’t really a bad thing because you’re more physically engaged in the process. Lots of us find it easier to remain completely focused when we’re all in – think “mind, body, and spirit”.
Besides that, your inner child might leap for joy at the idea of using scissors and glue and tape again, so first let’s gather the supplies your kid will need.
First you need some kind of board. Don’t get hung up thinking you need something special or specific. Most anything will work, for example:
- heavy poster board
- cork board (a framed cork bulletin board or just a plain sheet of cork board)
- dry erase, magnetic, or slate board
- an old piece of plywood, or a big old picture frame (with the backing and/or glass still in it), or whatever else you happen to have around the house
Other supplies will vary depending on the type of board you’re using, but basically you’ll need at least some of the following items:
- pictures – from magazines, printed off the internet
- paper for your affirmations – scrap paper, note cards, sticky notes
- cutting tool – scissors, exacto knife
- writing instrument – pen, dry erase marker, crayons, paint brush, calligraphy pen (if you’re so talented!)
- something to hold your stuff to your board – glue, paste, glue stick, tape, pushpins, straight pins, thumbtacks, magnets
If you don’t have any old magazines there are lots of places you can ask for free ones: your friends and family, the local library, offices of your dentist or doctor or hair stylist or spa. The more you can find the better because you want to give yourself as many choices as possible. It’s also great to include lots of magazines you don’t usually read so you can keep your mind open and broaden your horizons.
One thing to keep in mind about sticky stuff is that some glue tends to make pictures crinkle up as they dry, especially if you use too much. If that bothers you, one alternative is double stick tape. However, you have a board that will work with magnets or pushpins, you’ll always have the freedom to rearrange later on.
Now that you have your supplies, it couldn’t be simpler. There is no single “correct” way to do this, so just get started. Choose the pictures that resonate with you and lay them out on your board.
You may also want to add some affirmations. These can be inspirational quotes you’ve found on the web or elsewhere, or positive inspiring statements that you write yourself. Mingle these in with the photos on your board, arranging them in any way that looks good to you. Of course if you’re using a dry erase board you can just write your affirmations directly on the board, which again gives you the freedom to erase and rewrite later if you like.
Once you’re happy with the looks of it, stick the items to your board. That’s it. You’re done. All you need to do now is find the best place to hang your board where you’ll see it multiple times every day.
Remember that it isn’t about sitting and staring at your vision board for hours on end. Creating a vision board is a little like planting a seed. The ideas and intentions are in your mind, and your vision board is a tool to nurture them, a daily reminder to keep you focused.(back to top)
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Vision Board Apps
Yes, of course there’s an app for that! In fact, there are quite a few, and you can see our list of the best ones on our Vision Board Apps page.
Vision Board Software
The difference between vision board apps and vision board software is that the software is much more comprehensive. One software program available is the O Dream Board from Oprah Winfrey. It’s free, but you’ll find that it has a lot of limitations.
If you’re serious about making digital vision boards, the absolute top of the line is by Mindmovies. These folks have been teaching about vision boards and the law of attraction for years. In addition to software they also offer books and courses for anyone who wants to create a better life.
This software is so good there is an entire page on our website devoted to it. You can click here to read all about Mindmovies, and here’s a tip:
When you go to our Vision Board Software (Mindmovies) page, be sure to watch the free video, and here’s why. To see the video, you have to sign up for their email list. Don’t worry, they will not spam you or sell your information. What they will do is send you emails at least every week with absolutely wonderful information. Of course you can unsubscribe at any time, but you probably won’t because you’ll learn so much.
(For anyone unfamiliar with the law of attraction, you can read our explanation here.)
Fast, Free & Easy Digital Vision Board
If you’re on our mailing list you received this idea on New Years Day, 2014. For those who missed it, this method is fast, easy, and won’t cost you a dime. If you have a tablet, laptop, or other mini mobile device, you don’t even have to get off the sofa. Here are the step-by-step instructions:
How to Make an Instant Vision Board
- Go to Pinterest and create a board with pictures that represent something you desire in your life.
- Now get your smartphone, go to that Pinterest board you just created, and take a screenshot.
- Email that screenshot to yourself.
- Print that screenshot … and there you have it, an instant vision board!
Now display your brand new little vision board where you will see it every day. You can also keep that screenshot on your phone so your vision board is with you wherever you go.
The only limitation is size – your instant vision board can only be as big as the largest size paper your printer can handle. That’s okay! You can go for bigger and better later, but for now you’ve just gotten a head start on manifesting more peace, joy, abundance, whatever you want in your life. Congratulations!
Actually, no matter what size or kind of vision board you create, there is one other limitation that can get in the way. It’s something that we all struggle with in one form or another.
Yet the fact is that 99% of the time you won’t even realize that this is happening. You’ll just feel like you can’t seem to get ahead because there’s some information that you’re missing or opportunities that you’re lacking – when this isn’t the case at all.
That obstacle is simply our own self-limiting beliefs. For help with that, visit these other pages on our site:(back to top)