Yes, Vision Boards Work!
I never would imagine that something so simple could be met with such controversy. But that seems to be the reputation of the Vision Board.
People, like myself, love them because it forces you to spend some time thinking about what you want from life. A bit of goal setting if you will. You gather all those high vibe images in one place and create an awesome visual reminder for your self.
Other people don’t like them because they think people place too much importance in the vision board itself and don’t actually take any action. It’s like the tale told in my favorite Eat, Pray, Love:
“There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket.”
So good right?
You can come up with a vision all you want but if you don’t take any action then nothing will come of it. You must purchase your lottery ticket.
Making a vision board
I love to make vision boards. It may help that I’m oddly obsessed with magazines but I don’t actually ever read them. But it’s super helpful to have this problem when I want to make a vision board and I have a giant stack of magazines to flip through and take pictures from.
I used to make vision boards that were just high vibe boards. I would flip through magazines and whatever made me smile got glued on to the board.
The great thing about vision boards is they can also make beautiful and inexpensive wall art! Because I moved around so much I would create a new one in each apartment so I didn’t have to try to figure out how to decorate each new place. I lived in Dallas long enough that my vision board became so big that I ended up framing it and actually needed 2 poster size frames! For my latest vision board, I bought one of those framed bulletin boards from Home Goods.
To create your vision board you need a vision…obviously! The more specific you can be the better. And don’t be afraid to make separate vision boards for different goals. I just made a short term-ish vision board but I really want to move when my lease is up this April so I’m going to make a smaller board just for that. To really clarify what I’m looking for - hard wood floors, a walkable coffee shop, a nearby body of water, etc.
I love using magazines to grab pictures of what I want. But there are so many options. Use Pinterest to start compiling images. Use Google Images to find something specific. Use a pen and paper if there’s simply no image that expresses a certain part of your vision.
Once your vision board is complete, make sure to take a picture of it and then put it everywhere! Save it as the screensaver on your phone, the backdrop on your computer, print out a picture and put it in your car and at your desk at work. You want to keep the vision board in mind so that it reminds me what you want. Using my apartment example above, if all of a sudden what seemed like my dream job landed in my lap but it was in the middle of nowhere with no coffee shop within 10 miles, well then it’s not really my dream job is it?
Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to make the vision board. What is important though is taking action. If you make your vision board and just sit on the couch repeating the same patterns as before then nothing is going to come of it.
If you do make a vision board, come back here and share a picture of it and share your vision. I’d love to see it!