How To Create a Vision Board That Works

This article was written by Jodie Michelle as a guest piece for TiaHarding.com, please visit the original blog post by clicking below.


What are Vision Boards and How Will They Help Me?

Vision boards, also known as dream boards, are a physical manifestation of your goals, that you can create to help align with your future self and aspirations.

This powerful technique uses the amazing capabilities of visualisation and the law of attraction.

In simple terms, creating your own vision boards utilises your mind’s ability to imagine your dreams as reality.

By thinking about your goals in this way, you are using the law of attraction.

This is the ability to attract into your life, whatever you are focusing on.

The law of attraction uses the power of the mind to materialise your thoughts.

Yes, it is pretty incredible.

Creating vision boards also allows you to gain clarity into what it is you would like for your future.

Giving yourself clear intentions and motivating you to get there.

Commonly, vision boards are a physical board filled with images, quotes, drawings or illustrations of what your goal looks like and how you plan to achieve it.


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What Should My Vision Boards Include?

How you create your vision boards and what you include will be depend on a lot of personal factors.

Everything is optional and all down to personal preference.

However, it is important to decide on a clear theme and/or goal for each board.

The simpler the better.

In terms of materials, physical vision boards often include:

  • Photographs
  • Cut-outs from magazines
  • Images from the internet you can print off
  • Motivational quotes
  • Role models or other inspirations

You also have the option of creating your boards digitally.

This is also down to personal preference, but really think about where you want to keep the boards so that you will take notice of them daily.

If you do choose to create digital vision boards, I recommend using Pinterest.

There are unlimited useful images, articles and existing boards you can take inspiration from and pin to your own.

It is probably the quickest and easiest option for creating a digital vision board.

Other online resources include Canva, Microsoft Powerpoint and PicMonkey.



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How to Create a Vision Board That Works, Step-by-Step

Although there are no rules when it comes to vision boarding, I have devised a step-by-step guide you can follow to encourage your manifestation.

Step 1. Now that you’re ready to create your vision boards, it is time to decide on your main goals.

To make it as simple and clear as possible, try to create a separate board for each goal.

Think about when you would like to achieve your aspirations by.

Is it a long-term goal? Or how you would like you life to look in 6 months time?

These are all important aspects to consider and establish for yourself.

Really focus on your deepest wishes and desires.

Examples of board themes/goals include:

  • Improve your health or fitness
  • Grow relationships with friends or family
  • Earn and save a set amount of money
  • Work on your career path
  • Learn a new hobby

Step 2. Think about how you want to feel, not just what you want.

It is important for the law of attraction to not just be materialistic with your goals.

Instead of envisioning a future with a brand new designer handbag, think about a future where you don’t have the stressor of constant budgeting.

Think about how you would feel knowing that you can afford new luxuries and treat yourself and your loved ones.


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Step 3. Decide on how many vision boards you want to create.

Once you have listed your main goals, you will have a better idea of how many boards you should create.

I recommend not making any more than 4 separate boards as this can be too much to focus on at once, and could be more of a distraction.

Having so many goals and/or boards can also increase stress levels, as you are juggling all these dreams and worrying about how you are going to achieve them all.

I recommend 2-3 vision boards for best results.

If you have a lot more goals listed, try to combine some together under an umbrella category.

For example, if you have goals to lose weight and exercise more, you could use the umbrella category ‘health and fitness’ to add all these visions onto one board.

Step 4. Are your boards going to be physical or digital?

Think about what you enjoy doing more. Are you a crafty person? Or a techie one?

I personally think it is a whole experience to physically create your boards.

A lot more effort and love can go into this hand creation, but you also might need to invest in some supplies, such as card, glue, stickers and prints.

Digital vision boards can be quicker and less messy to make, but some people find it more difficult to establish a bond with a digital creation than a handmade one.

This choice is completely down to personal preference. So get deciding so you can get creating!

Step 5. Once you’ve made all the above decisions, and collected all the materials you need, it is time to let your imagination run wild.

Your vision boards can be as messy and chaotic as you would like.

I love the aesthetic of different images, text and colours layered randomly and almost carelessly.

It is like a big ball of positive energy.

Alternatively, some people like to create the most neatest and uniformed boards you could imagine.

Images all perfectly straight and aligned, or angled and layered, the choice is completely yours.



Step 6. Now everything is in its place, you can go ahead and label your boards.

This step is completely optional and is unlikely to restrict the effectiveness of your vision boards.

I like to do this to clarify my goals in a handful of words.

It is also great practice to speak the goals or themes aloud when focusing on your boards.

For my personal vision boards, I have one bold word written in the middle of each.

For example, career, relationships and health.

If this isn’t something you think would add value to this exercise, please feel free to skip this step and move on to the next.

Step 7. Yay! Congratulations, you have created your visions boards!

Now it is time to decide where they are going to live.

It can be a lot more effective to make sure your boards are kept somewhere that will catch your eye everyday.

A common choice for physical vision boards is on a bedroom wall.

I would recommend the wall opposite you when you are in bed.

This way, it is the first thing you see when you wake up, and the last thing you see before you go to sleep.

Other places include on the fridge, in a bullet journal or in your office.

For digital boards, you can give yourself the same options by printing them out.

However, if you would like to keep your vision boards paper-free, my top way of displaying them would be as your phone or computer screensaver.

This is somewhere you look at every single day.

You could create a slideshow screensaver, that changes from one vision board to the next, or combine all your boards together into one image and separate them into sections.

If you are a keen Pinterest user and have chosen to create your vision boards this way, it is an option to keep them in this format.

However, I suggest you consider another way of displaying your boards to ensure they are prominent in your daily life.


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And that’s a wrap everyone!

Thank you so much for giving me some of your time today and I wish you the best of luck with your vision boards and personal growth.

If you have any questions about the topics I have discussed in this article or would like to know more, I am always happy to chat anytime.

You can contact me at [email protected], or alternatively, Tia is a fount of knowledge who would also be happy to help.

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With more open talk about mental health, being more mindful is something everyone is wanting to know more about.

Studies have shown benefits against a wide range of ailments, both physical and mental.

These include irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

So how can you manifest mindfulness and how can it benefit you?


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What is Mindfulness and How Can it Help Me?

Headspace defines mindfulness as, ‘the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them’.

It can all seem quite complex at first, but it is actually the simplest practice you can do.

It only requires as much time as you can give (even a couple of minutes a day is productive), and the only tool you need is your mind.

In simple terms, I’d describe my mindful activities as just being aware of everything around me. Just taking the time to move slowly, if at all, and concentrate on my breathing and how I feel.

It is really that straight-forward and you can’t do it wrong!

All practice is progress, and everything can be done at your own pace. This is your special time.

So, a lot of you might be thinking, what’s the point?

Well, in short, it can make you a lot happier.

According to Headspace, people who incorporate mindfulness into their lives ‘often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion, as well as lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness’.

Who wouldn’t want all that?

Of course everybody is different, but the evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness are immense.

One study conducted by Northeastern University, found that 10 days of mindful activity increased positivity and well-being.



Simple Mindful Activities You Can Perform Outdoors

Alongside mindfulness, spending time outdoors in nature is super beneficial to your health, mental and physical.

Being outside can boost your energy, immune system and your concentration.

Not to mention, spending time out in the open can actually make you a better person!

According to psychologists, exposure to nature can help you shrug off societal pressures, allowing you to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community. 

So, what better way to do a spot of self-improvement and look after yourself, than combining the two? Mindfulness and nature.

Below, I have rounded-up the best mindful activities you can do whilst breathing in some fresh air.

Go for a walk

This is one of the simplest tasks you can do to enhance your ability to be mindful and improve your health.

Taking some time out of your day to go for a little stroll around your neighbourhood or a long hike out in the country, is all great practice.

Spend your time really taking in everything around you.

Look around you. What can you see? What can you smell?

These are great initiators to evoke mindfulness.

Practice some yoga

Now this one isn’t for everybody. If you have never practiced yoga before it might be out of your comfort zone to go out and do it in public.

However, you can begin practice at home, in your back garden is preferable.

The idea of yoga can be a bit daunting at first. I know it definitely was for me.

But you can do it, I recommend watching some beginners’ tutorials on YouTube. They really helped me.

Just remember, it doesn’t matter if you can’t do the poses correctly or it’s not comfortable for you.

Go at your own pace. The key isn’t in the positions, but in your slow movement and breathing.

Breathing in to the poses is vital for yoga.

So roll out your mat on the fresh grass and get practicing!

Meditate

Similarly to yoga, meditation is a whole new experience for some.

Meditation is the purest form of mindfulness there is. All the things we have previously discussed about mindfulness  all comes into meditation.

Find a quiet spot outdoors where you can comfortably sit and stay undistracted.

It is inevitable that you will become distracted at some point, whether you get caught up in your own thoughts or a loud car goes zooming past.

Do not let this trouble you. Just lovingly bring yourself back to your breathing and you will be in your happy place again before you know it.

Concentrate on your breathing

There are loads of great breathing techniques that can enhance your state of calmness and tranquillity.

Relieving yourself from stress and anxiety, something as simple as breathing had to be on the list.

Firstly, make yourself comfortable outside. Preferably, in a seated position.

I recommend closing your eyes to ensure complete focus on your breathing.

Next, establish where in your body you are breathing from.

Can you feel the expansion in your lungs, diaphragm or stomach?

Deep and slow breathing often feels like it is coming from your stomach, and this is the area I like to concentrate on.

You can simply breathe in and out slowly, with a focus on the area of rising and falling.

Or you can opt for a different breathing technique.

My favourite is the triangle method.

Imagine a triangle in your mind, and use the sides of this shape to guide your breathing.

Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, then release your breathe for another 3 seconds.

Repeat these steps over and over for a relaxing way to destress and become more mindful.

Focus on your five senses

And finally, probably the most important activity you can do…focus on your senses.

Spending time outdoors is amazing in many ways, but the vast array of colours, smells and sounds it offers has to be used to your advantage.

Using your senses to become more aware of your surroundings and the environment, is one of the most mindful things you can do, and here’s how.

  • SIGHT – look around you, what can you see? Are there any people about or wildlife? Are your surroundings bright and colourful? Spend time counting all the things you can see that interest you.
  • HEARING – dial into your hearing and listen out, what can you hear? Are there birds singing? Or cars driving past? Perhaps you are near a running stream? Try to count how many different sounds you can hear.
  • SMELL – now concentrate on your nose, what can you smell? This one may not be as obvious as some of your other senses, but I assure you that there are smells all around. Can you smell freshly cut grass? Or has it been raining?
  • TASTE – next focus on your mouth and tongue, what can you taste? Have you still got the taste of the last thing you ate? Or are you sipping a lovely warm drink? Try to describe what you can taste in a few words.
  • TOUCH – lastly think about what you are touching, what can you feel? Is the warmth of the sun casting on your face? Or is there a breeze brushing past your skin? Think about how your body is making contact with the ground, are you sat down or stood up?

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Thanking Nature for All Its Benefits

The way nature can enhance your mindfulness practice is second to none.

So how can we repay this amazing force for all its benefits and gifts?

For a start, we can be more conscious of our surroundings, the environment.

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on?

As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

This is where sustainability comes in.

Head on over to Simplifying Sustainability to read all about how we can work together to help our planet thrive and attempt to undo all the trauma we have caused our environment so far.



Improving Our Level of Consciousness

How is our lifestyle negatively impacting the Earth we live on? As the dominant species of our planet, it is important to do all we can to look after our environment.

This is where sustainability comes in. For more information, see smplysustainable.com.

Human activity has resulted in a sustained negative impact on the environment.

Indeed, some scientists have pointed out that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, a “unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems” (National Geographic Society, 2019).

Outcomes from fluctuating climate patterns are uncertain, as “the scientific community doesn’t agree about the depth of climate change impacts on the planet” (Lemkow, 2020).

However, it is our responsibility to be aware of our own actions and their intended consequences.

“The challenge remains in opening up people’s imagination to that possibility that it can be done differently”

Katherine Trebeck

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Simple Resources to Get Started

To unlock change, education is the first necessary step. Following this, an educational guide of resources to understand our impact on the environment has been developed.

Find the latest tools and resources to be more aware of what a conscious lifestyle is:

Books

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Websites


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