What is a vision board? It’s a collage of pictures that you make, creating a visual of the life you want to create for yourself.
I have five core values: Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Function. I have dreams for where I want to be in each of these areas. The question is, “how do I make these dreams a reality?” One thing that can really help is creating a vision board. Here’s how to create your own:
Step 1: First, think about what your dream life looks like. If you are a teenager, it could be anything as big as going to college, starting your own business, getting your first apartment, landing a good job, travelling the world, meeting the president of the United States, graduating high school…to anything small like buying a pet goldfish, memorizing a piece of music, reading a book, scoring a goal in soccer, or making the softball team. Make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish, things you would like to own, experiences you would like to have, relationships you would like to improve/develop. Don’t be afraid to dream big! Once you have this list, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Gather your supplies. You will need something to glue your pictures to. It could be a picture frame (glue the pictures to the inside backing of the frame), a piece of poster board, or the foam board from the dollar store – that’s what I used. You’ll also need some glue – a glue stick or liquid school glue will do. Grab a pair of scissors too. You’ll need a source for pictures. I mostly used old magazines, but you can also use photographs, postcards, printed photos from the web, newspaper clippings….anything that is a picture (or quote!) of your goals, someone that inspires you to achieve your goals, something you’d like to own, a place you’d like to visit…you’re trying to create a collage of your dream life.
Step 3: Cut out the pictures, quotes, and sayings that capture your dreams. Paste them into a college on the board. You can have more than one board! I made one board (pictured) for my “Function” (work/job/home) dreams and goals. I plan to make two more boards: one for my “Fitness” dreams/goals, and one for my relationship “Faith, Family, Friends” dreams/goals. It’s totally up to you how many you make, how big they are, and what topic (s) you make them on. Get creative, get real with what you want in life, and be as descriptive and as clear as possible with what you want.
Now that you have your amazing vision board, how do you use it to improve your life? I suggest you look at it for at least 1 minute each morning after you wake up and for 1 minute each evening before you go to bed. As the Bible verse says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” As you regularly look at and read your vision board, it will become part of your subconsciousness. You’ll be reminded each day of what you really want in life, and it will be easier to ignore distractions and instead focus on your goals and dreams.
I hope you’ll make your own vision board and implement this part of positive visualization into your own life! If you do make your own board, I’d love to see it: post a picture on Instagram and tag me @elizabethrsquires. Have fun, and dream big!!