Making a vision board is a fun and easy way to give yourself a chance to dream, connect to your intuition, and let your right brain take over for a bit.
Vision boards can help you shift your focus to a better emotional state. They can also prime you to notice and look for opportunities that match up with what you’ve placed on your board. I don’t think vision boards are a magical cure all, but they can be a useful tool.
The process, which I explain in more detail below, is extremely straight forward. Pick out pictures that appeal to you and arrange them together. After this arts and crafts project is complete you can take the exercise a few steps further to give you additional insights.
Here are instructions on how to begin.
1) Gather your materials. If you’re making a physical vision board you’ll want a couple different magazines, a big piece of paper, scissors, and glue or tape. You can also make a vision board online through Pinterest or other image based interfaces.
2) Pick a quiet, uninterrupted block of time to sit with this exercise. Play some peaceful music.
3) Pick through the different images you see. Tear out anything that catches your eye. In particular, look for images that match up with a feeling that you are craving. For example, you might pick two puppies cuddling, not because you want a dog, but because it represents coziness and friendship. Don’t audit yourself at this point. If you like something, grab it.
4) Sort through your pile of images, and pick the ones that you like best.
5) Arrange your images on a big piece of paper in a way that is appealing to you.
Ta-da! You’ve just made your vision board.
Get even more juice from this exercise by trying the following.
1) Go through picture by picture and describe what drew you to it.
2) Note any common themes present in your images.
3) Pick out two or three of your favorite images. If they had something to say to you, what would it be?
4) What’s one small way you could incorporate one of these themes or ideas into your life today?
5) Post your vision board somewhere where you’ll look at it regularly. Look at it. (Or take a picture and keep that picture present.)
Have you ever made a vision board? What has worked well for you?