Vision Boards: Why They Work and How to Create One

Vision Boards: Why They Work and How to Create One

I remember over ten years ago my mentor, Theresa Simon, encouraged me to create a vision board. On my vision board, I had a picture of the new house I wanted to purchase, Tony Robbins standing in front of an audience of one thousand plus people, a picture of my daughter in college, and a few more pictures of what I want to achieve. Within a year of creating my vision board, I found and purchased a house that was very similar to what was depicted on my dream board and I spoke in front of an audience of 1500 people. A few years later, we were able to ensure our daughter attended the college of her choice.

What made the house purchase so special is it appeared without us really looking. We happened to be riding down a street and my husband said we need that house. For anyone that knows my husband, this would a big deal because he consider homes glorified hotels. The house had a sign that said, "Coming Soon". We called the number and learned it was owned by the bank, we were able to purchase the home for below market without it ever hitting the market.

Many people have heard of a vision board, but not everyone is entirely clear on what one is or what it can do for them. A vision board is a visualization and reminder tool consisting of images, affirmations, and quotes that can inspire, motivate, and encourage action.

Many people find vision boards a useful tool in their quest to be successful and to realize their dreams. As I mentioned above, it was definitely an aid in my success.

A vision board provides important benefits, such as:

Motivation. A vision board is an easy, fast, and effective way to boost motivation. Once a vision board is constructed, a quick glance can regenerate positive feelings and motivation instantly. Take care in creating your vision board. The right vision board for you is one that generates positive feelings in you.

Focus. A vision board is a convenient reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish. Many people lose track of their goals before any significant progress is made. Vision boards serve as a constant reminder of your most important objectives.

Use these methods to create an effective and exciting vision board:

Set your goals. A vision board requires a specific intention. If you don’t know what your intention is, it’s not possible to make an effective vision board. Be crystal clear on what you want to accomplish. This is the first step.

View the vision boards of others. There are so many different style designs and ideas, you’re certain to be inspired by viewing the vision boards of others. There are plenty of photos online that can spark your creativity.

Decide on a format. You could dedicate an entire wall to your vision. Or make a traditional poster. Perhaps a bulletin board is more your style. There are even websites that provide vision board tools. With this option, you’ll be able to view your vision board from anywhere in the world. For me, I grabbed a poster board from the Dollar Store and clips pictures from a magazine. I also, have a dream board app on my iPhone. If you prefer digital, below are a few IOS options.

Vision Board Apps on IOS

Find pictures that represent your goals. A vision board is visual, so you’re going to need some photos, drawings, or paintings that represent your goals. Again, the internet is the easiest way to go if you have a printer up to the task. Otherwise, you’ll have to go old school and cut up magazines or use photos. Pictures that don’t elicit an emotional response will have a limited impact. Choose wisely.

Choose words, quotes, or slogans. It can be effective to include text in your vision board. Certain words and quotes can also elicit strong emotions. I have include a few quotes from the bible below.

Psalm 118:24 NIV

24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

Ephesians 5:20 NIV

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Philippians 4:13

New King James Version

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Organize everything. Do you like everything neat and lined up? Do you prefer the look of a collage? It’s up to you. Lay your vision board out a few different ways and choose what feels the best to you.

How to use a vision board effectively:

Look at your vision board at least twice each day. Just a few minutes is perfectly fine. Clear your mind and focus on the images and words that you’ve chosen to represent your objectives.

Visualize achieving those things. Imagine how great it will feel to finally have those items, experiences, and achievements in your life.

Add items that appeal to you. As the days pass, you’ll have new ideas and come across new pictures and text that you’ll want to add to your vision board. Do it! This is a process and not a one-time event.

List action steps you’ve identified as most effective. A vision board is motivating, but it’s insufficient when it comes to changing your life. The actions you take are ultimately what matters. Identify the actions that will make your vision board a reality and actually do them!

A vision board can be a powerful tool for bringing positive change to your life. A vision board is highly motivating and focuses your attention on what you want. Anyone can use this powerful tool to experience more success in life.

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About the author, Sheles Wallace

Sheles is an award-winning business coach who gets results for her clients.

For over 15 years, she has helped business owners achieve their goals and

take their businesses to the next level. If you're ready to take the next

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