When you picture your goals for 2020, what do you see? Visiting a place you've always wanted to go to? Taking your business to the next level? Learning how to make a vision board is one way to envision the future you want to create — and then make it happen.
A vision board, also known as a mood board, is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations to help visualize specific goals. Many of the most groundbreaking leaders we know create a vision board when setting goals as a source of inspiration and motivation.
Vision boards can make for beautiful and inspiring decor. They also help call in the law of attraction to attain our goals. The law of attraction states that we have the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on.
Visualizing something is the first step to turning it into reality, which is why vision boarding can be such a powerful tool. Not sure where to start? These ideas will take you through the process to manifest your dreams…
How to Make a Vision Board
Step 1. The first step is to get clear on what you want to manifest. A vision board is “your vision of your ideal world,” says Certified Professional Coach Denise Stewart of Denise Stewart Coaching. “It's a strategy to keep your goals and vision front-of-mind over the next year and the tactics to make it happen.” Keep this in mind as you determine the theme of your board.
Step 2. Grab a large foam board or corkboard, scissors and tape/paste. Collect lots of inspiring pictures, motivating quotes, meaningful trinkets, and even a photo of yourself to fill the vision board – whatever resonates for you.
Pro tip: Your board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Denise mentions that “the motivation behind it is what's going to make a difference.”
Step 3. Time to get creative. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together. You don't have to include every image and object you collected. Only add the items that fall directly in line with the goal you determined in the first step.
Step 4. After you've created a board that represents your ideal vision you want to work toward, whether that's a 6-month sabbatical to write a book, a big trip or a level of success in your business, it's time to set your priorities.
Think about what the first step is, and the step after that. If it's an international trip, for example, and finances are a challenge, setting a budget and finding places where you can save is a step toward your goal.
Step 5. Place your vision board where you can see it. It's easier to pass on that fancy coffee drink when you see pictures of Barcelona every day to encourage you to save that money.
Extra Credit: Plan a Party.
Feeling creatively stuck or simply want a little extra inspiration? Curate a group of friends to make vision boards with you. Your vision board party will be most successful if you include people who inspire you and won't limit your possibilities.
Now that you know how to create your 2020 vision board, go out there and make it happen, BossBabe!
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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the founder of Minerva Media Co., a modern storytelling strategies company, and the editor & publisher of the Raleigh Convergence, a locally-focused newsletter in Raleigh, N.C., reaching young professionals and creatives. Before starting her own media company, Sarah Day spent more than a decade as an editor at titles including USA Today, the Des Moines Register, Skirt! magazine and the Palm Springs, Calif., Desert Sun.