Items You’ll Need

Before you get started with creating a vision board, be sure to learn more about vision boards and what you can expect. If you already know what a vision board is, here is the list of items you’ll need to get started. 

1. A poster board or foam board

2. A photo of yourself (preferably as a child, optional)

3. A stack of old magazines (find 4 or 5 recycled ones if possible)

4. Permanent markers – a few Sharpies

5. Scissors

6. Glue stick or tape

Step 1: Make Time and Find a Spot

Set aside about an hour to 90-minutes to begin work on the vision board. Go to a quiet room where you can concentrate for a little while without distractions.

Step 2: Relax and Visualize

Put on relaxing music. When creating my vision boards, I prefer instrumental jazz or classical. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that’s soothing yet not distracting. Then, close your eyes and just for a few minutes try to visualize your ideal life. Reflect on your most epic dreams. If you could release your limitations, what would your most fulfilling life look like?

Step 3: Gather Pieces

Cut out images from magazines that you find yourself drawn to most. If you feel attracted to a picture, then begin to immediately imagine why this can’t be possible, stop yourself and remove the self-limiting thought. No limits.

What images represent the life you want to live? I.e., if you want to travel more, you might clip photos of someone traveling in an exotic location or pictures that resemble the type of places you find most appealing. If you want to find a great romantic partner, you might cut out photos of happy couples doing activities together (for example, cooking a meal together, dancing, etc.)

Step 4: Create Your Board

Place the picture of yourself in the middle of the board (optional). Then, paste the magazine images onto your vision board. There are many ways to approach this and no single “right way.” Arrange the images your way. Either fill the board with all of your pictures or just randomly paste them all over on your board.

Step 5: Tie It Together

Using the markers, jot down your mantra or other a favorite quote or two on your board. Also, just cut out single words or meaningful phrases that remind you of the life you want to live and paste them onto your vision board.

Now proudly display your vision board somewhere you’re likely to see it daily and feel motivated! Some people also like to frame their vision board before hanging it up.

Now Use It! Milestones, Timelines, Accountability

Once you’ve completed your vision board, it’s important that you translate it into action by creating a plan that includes timelines and milestones. You should also consider working with an accountability partner or group to keep you on track and help you resolve issues that arise. 

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