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We have already established that I am an Accidental Hipster. So, when I talk about manifesting what you want in your life regular readers shouldn’t be alarmed by the direction that this post is going. So today we’re going to talk about how to create a vision board that will change your life.
What Exactly IS A Vision Board?
In my view , a vision board is a visual representation of the life events/goals/dreams that you would like to manifest/create and have set into motion for the future. Below is a very nice Vision Board that I found online that illustrates a well thought out representation of what this person was focused on at that moment in time.
By looking at the board below you make the following assumptions:
- Person might be a little burnt out
- Needs calm
- Probably meditates does yoga
- Would like to travel
- Needs more time for what’s important
- Would like to focus on their health/well-being
How To Create A Vision Board
There are a lot of ways to create a vision board, I’ve made them for several years and have done it several different ways. I’m going to give you some different ideas and things to watch out for.
- A large cork board (Click here for an example of the cost)/a diary with blank pages/computer program with photo editing (not my favorite), or a big sheet of sturdy contact paper.
- To spend at least a week or so meditating on what you want in your life. Preferably, what you want in the next 1-3 years. I find though that it’s better to focus on a year to a year and a half. The longer the amount of time the more likely that what you want WON’T happen.
- After that week or so of meditating write down what you want and don’t be embarrassed by what you’re dreaming of for yourself.
- Split your dreams into the appropriate quadrants such as: Money/Career/Love/Fitness/Travel/Relationships/Spirituality you get the picture
- Start finding beautiful pictures from old magazines that illustrate what you want.
- The pictures are beautiful because you want a beautiful life (I hope!)
- Keep the board uncluttered. The more cluttered it is the less likely the “Universe” will understand what you want.
- Think of adjectives or verbs that describe how you want your life/actions to be.
- Display your board where you can see it every day.
- Over time you can tweak it as needed.
What A Vision Board Does
It creates clarity in YOUR mind about what you want for YOU. By creating clarity you also create consistency in the messaging that you’re sending out to the “Universe.” Your sub-conscious and conscious actions begin to align with what you want for yourself.
Initially, you will think this is all a bunch of bull. But, it really does work. I think it works because your dreams stop being abstract because you are looking at what you want for yourself every day. Unless you’ve lied about what you want your actions will be aligned with what you’ve stated you want.
Be honest about what you want and dream big. This is for you! If you want to make $80,000 this year (or more) but that on your board. What if you end up making $65,000 but it’s still more than what you used to earn? I still consider that a win.
Small dreams=small results.
Some Inspirational Quotes
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.”
“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
~Robert Francis Kennedy
My 2014 Vision Board
I almost always make my boards at the end of the previous year or after the New Year. My board included the following:
- Going to Hawaii-Had no idea that I would end up going twice in two months. At the time that I made this board, I was still working at my old job. I did have good vacation time but I couldn’t have done the trip that I’m currently on. I would have had a maximum of three weeks vacation-so I couldn’t have done both Hawaii and Australia.
- Going to Sydney, Australia-Again, I wanted to go to Sydney, but I was concerned about the distance, amount of time needed for that trip, and the cost. I just don’t see the point of going that far for 2 weeks.
- Ray Ban glasses- Don’t laugh, I always wanted a pair and ended up getting them from Buffalo Exchange for a steal!
- I wanted to lose weight-I haven’t lost as much as I would like to lose but I have slowly but surely lost weight this past year and feel a lot better about myself.
- Ride on a catamaran-just did that this past weekend. Almost forgot that I had purchased a Groupon prior to my trip. I’ve never wanted to go on a cruise with millions of people but I’ve always wanted to ride in a catamaran or a yacht. I redeemed my Groupon on Saturday and spent 2 hours looking at humpback whales and giant turtles
- Something related to Tennis-I am mildly obsessed with tennis and have the goal to see all 4 tennis opens. The hardest one to go to would be the Australian Open because it’s so far away. I have now checked that one off my bucket list. I went to the Australian Open and watched 3 weeks of world class tennis.
- Love-Nothing happened with love and thank goodness for that. I was too stressed out to be a good girlfriend to anyone. Instead, I worked on myself and this year I will be a fabulous and relaxed girlfriend! Again, timing is everything.
- ***For Money I Had A Picture of A White Ceramic Piggy Bank***-My intention was to encourage saving money. This wasn’t clear enough for the Universe. And I actually ended up getting a white ceramic piggy bank. It’s super cute. But, my intention was to draw more money into my life…not loose change. I should have had a picture of a bank and the amount I wanted to save. This year I will be really clear about the amount I want to earn and save.
Image Source: Basically, what my piggy bank looks like. Mine is a little cuter though.
***Not everything on your Vision Board will happen when you want it to and that’s good. You don’t want to force things to happen. You want things to “flow.” I did have other things on the board that I’m still working on and will update my board for 2015 when I get home next week to reflect new goals and ongoing goals.
In Addition To My Vision Board I Did The Following
- Purchased a Bath and Bodyworks 3 Wick Hawaiian Candle and a Sydney 3 Wick Candle. Am being totally serious. I also created passwords that connected to what I was dreaming of-all will be changed LOL! Basically, I kept everything in line and focused on what I wanted
- I Journaled-I wrote about what I wanted for myself on a weekly basis.
- I Meditated-I tried to really focus on what I wanted not necessarily everyday, but at least once a week I would think about what I wanted.
- Shared My Dreams-With supportive friends. Mind you, you do have to be mindful not to drive people crazy. You also have to exist in the now. Don’t be so focused on your dreams that you forget about being in the moment.
- Got Uncomfortable-Last year I spent a lot of time digging around in my own psyche trying to figure out how I got in my own may. Some of this reflection happened via self-help books, journaling, and truly listening to what people were saying to me…about me! Then, I worked on those issues daily. I also changed my daily habits and questioned everything that I was doing to get the results that I was getting…and didn’t want. I had to “own” my part in how I was manifesting my life.
- Acknowledge That It’s An Ongoing Process-As you realize your dreams hopefully you have new ones that you decide to focus on. Or, get comfortable working on dreams/goals that haven’t come to fruition. Don’t focus on them with a grim, anxious glitter in your eye. Focus on them with determination, hope, and anticipation. If you focus on what you want with joy and hope that’s very different than fear and bitterness. Joy and hope draws good things, fear and bitterness will repel what you want-or draw in the wrong energy and you will end up attracting the wrong: people/opportunities/etc.
HAVE FUN WITH IT!!
People get so stuck in the idea that this feels touchy feely or new agey. Who cares? What does it hurt to try it out? Make a board and see what happens by the end of the year. Let me know if you do this-I would love to hear how it goes!
Have You Ever Made A Vision Board?
What Was Your Experience Like?
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