I’ve recently been doing some consulting work for a client in the wedding industry.
As part of my research, I’ve spent hours trawling the web for anything and everything to do with weddings – from beautiful Cinderella-style wedding gowns to wedding cakes that are stunning works of art.
Although my partner and I have discussed getting married for years, we haven’t fixed a date yet. So I’ve never really taken the time to picture the details of my Big Day.
I love the idea of a white wedding but have always been put off by the expense and the logistics of getting my (large) family together in one place at the same time.
But looking at all those magical images on the Internet over the past few weeks stirred something inside me. For the first time I started visualizing what I want for MY wedding.
Getting married is just one of my goals for 2015. I have loads more that I’m working on, including for my business.
I covered how to build a vision for your passion business in the last post. But you may not have a business yet. It may just be a dream you hold in your heart.
Maybe you’re not sure where to start or if it’s even possible for you.
Whatever your situation, I want to encourage you to get intentional about the life you want next year.
Even if you didn’t achieve everything you wanted in 2014, don’t let the New Year come and go the same way.
What Is A Vision Board?
You might know what a vision board is. You may even have one already.
In case you’re new to the concept, a vision board is simply a collection of images that represent your desired future.
It’s usually done on a large piece of cardboard or poster board and involves cutting out and sticking photos, pictures and text onto the board to form a collage of what you want in your life.
There is no right or wrong way to create a visual representation of your dream life.
Everyone’s different so no two vision boards will ever be exactly the same – even if you do the activity with your partner, a friend or a family member.
It’s all about putting together images that hold meaning for you so you can connect emotionally to the feeling of being, doing or having that thing.
Once you’re done with cutting and pasting, place the board in a prominent place so it’s in your line of sight every day.
This is key.
Because the act of seeing and reminding yourself daily about your desired future will help you tap into your feelings, and stay focused on your goals.
This is crucial if you want to manifest your dreams.
Do Vision Boards Really Work?
“Where attention goes, energy flows” ~ James Redfield
Some people doubt the power of the vision board. But the simple truth is that wherever you place your attention that’s what you’ll create in your life.
A vision board is a powerful aid to manifestation because it helps you get clear on your goals and keeps you inspired, on track and motivated as you work towards them.
You’ve heard about the Law Of Attraction, right?
Well, you may have ideas, dreams and visions in your mind. But it’s so easy to get distracted, especially when you’re busy and stressed.
This is why so many of us lose focus and never manifest what we really want. It’s also why we slip into worrying, complaining and self-defeating behaviors.
As a result we get more things to worry and complain about, and all the stuff we don’t want.
By creating a vision board you are designing your life the way YOU want it to be. You are telling the Universe about your desires, which will help you attract those very things into your life.
Plus, a vision board is great fun to make!
I am a massive fan of vision boards and do one every year around this time. In fact it’s one of the rituals that I practice every December to prepare myself for the New Year.
Usually, I spend the day relaxing in nature, which helps me get into a zone.
I then revisit the previous year’s vision board and check in with where I am in relation to where I want to be.
Next, I create a new vision board with images, quotes, positive affirmations and power words that reflect the future I want to create for myself.
This works for me and I’m certain it will work for you.
Why Have An Online Vision Board?
So, why would you want to create a vision board in an online format?
Surely if you have a vision board at home and can see it every day that’s enough?
Well, yes and no.
The power of the vision board comes from seeing it regularly, being able to focus on your goals and maintaining the “feeling” state of what you want, right here and now.
You can’t do that so easily if you are spending 8-10 hours a day working at your job or spending long periods of time away from your home.
One of the biggest benefits to having a digital vision board is the fact that it’s portable. You can take your dreams with you wherever you go – on your smartphone, on a tablet and on your laptop.
I have a traditional vision board that represents my ideal life and a digital vision board stored on my computer. But I also have a mini version of my most immediate goals on my phone that I look at whenever I am traveling or waiting in line.
This helps me use my time productively AND visualize specific areas of my life at any time of the day.
Think about it.
Most of us are attached to our phones and computers. We rarely leave home without them.
So a digital vision board is a very effective way to keep your goals top-of-mind and stay focused on what you need to do to get to where you want to be.
An online vision board also takes less time to create – and adapt – than a traditional physical vision board. This means that it can grow with you as you grow.
A magical thing happens once you commit your goals to paper and start working on them – your belief system expands.
Things you once thought were impossible become possible.
Instead of $100,000 you believe you can earn $500,000.
Rather than owning a small apartment in the city, you aim for a beach-front condo or a 5-bedroom house in the country with a large garden.
Or you choose to build a location-independent business that gives you the freedom to travel the world and see places you always dreamed of.
This is a natural part of the process and happens to a lot of my clients when they start crafting their vision.
And it’s much easier to change a digital vision board because you don’t have re-do the whole thing.
Many people never get round to creating a traditional vision board because of the effort required.
We live in an increasingly paperless, technology-based society. You may not have a pile of magazines with suitable images at hand or want to go to the expense of buying them.
Not to mention glue, scissors and poster board.
But most of us can go online and find images of the exact things we like and want. In fact, if you follow the steps below you could be using your completed vision board in an hour or so.
One more thing.
When you make a digital vision board you not only get a portable, flexible and convenient visualization tool.
You can also print it out (in color) and put it on the wall of your bedroom, your living room and your home office as a physical reminder of your vision, passion and purpose in life.
Create Your Own Digital Vision Board
Here are 3 steps to help you create your own digital vision board that will inspire you to accomplish your goals in every area of your life.
Step 1: Craft Your Vision
I like to find a quiet place, where I can sit, relax, reflect and daydream with my journal in hand for this part of the process.
Think about the key areas of your life – family, relationships, work, lifestyle, money, health and spirituality and get as specific as possible about your future goals for each one.
Make them big, bold and as bright as possible! Here are some questions to get you started:
- Who is with you?
- Where are you living?
- What kind of work are you doing?
- How many hours a day are you working
- What kind of lifestyle are you leading?
- How much money are you earning?
- How do you feel?
- What kind of person are you?
- What is your home like?
Step 2: Collect Suitable Images
Once you’ve written down your goals for each area of your life, it’s time to start surfing the web for suitable images that represent each specific goal.
This is the beauty of an online vision board versus a physical one – it’s free, quick and easy to create!
Really have fun with this and let your imagination run free.
Give yourself permission to be as audacious as possible!
You can use sites like Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram for inspiration and to find images of what you want. But if you know the make or brand of the item you can also visit the company’s website or simply research on Google, especially Google Images.
For example, I love the modern, minimalist style of German eco home builder, Huf Haus, and downloaded this image from the web.
Same thing with the car of my dreams – the gold Mercedes SL300 above. I’m not a huge fan of cars but this is the model, color and style I like. (Both are German, maybe there’s a theme here?)
Download all these images to a special folder on your desktop.
Step 3: Put It All Together
Once you’ve collected all the images you have various options to create your digital vision board.
a) Online Editing Tools
You don’t to be a graphic designer or have Photoshop skills to create an online vision board. There are several free online editing tools you can use, which only require your time and some creativity.
PicMonkey is one of my favorite tools for creating images. But did you know it’s also great for collages?
Just sign up for a free account and start building your vision board in minutes.
b) Vision Board Tools
Although I prefer creating my own digital vision board from scratch, there are several free tools that let you create a vision board online.
You will need a decent Internet connection and can change the settings to private if you don’t want the whole world to see. Most of the tools will also let you download the finished product to your desktop. I’ve listed 4 below.
- O Dream Board – Oprah’s own free vision board tool, downloadable.
- Vision Board – a free app allows you to search and add images from the web, all in one place.
- Dream It Alive – an online community of vision boarders.
- BettyVision – this one is still in beta and a bit buggy but worth looking at.
c) Pinterest Boards
It’s worth mentioning Pinterest here because one of its little-known yet powerful benefits is to use a secret board to create your vision.
Pinterest makes finding beautiful, emotive and inspiring images super easy, so why not use it to make an online vision board?
The images you collect can also be put together into a slideshow, using either PowerPoint for PC or Keynote for Mac.
This is a powerful way to connect to your goals.
You can add some background music for more impact and watch the slideshow as though it were a movie of your life before you start your day and at the end of the day.
e) Mobile Apps
Want to create a mobile vision board?
Today, there are a host of paid and free apps for smartphones and tablets, both IOS and Android, that can help you to create a vision board right on your device.
Just search in your library and choose the one you like. Alternatively, you can use the mobile app versions by Canva and Pixlr as outlined above.
Once you’ve created your digital vision board make sure you save the final version to your computer so you can view it every day and remind yourself of your goals. It’s a good idea to have it as a screen saver on your laptop or desktop and as a wallpaper on your smartphone.
Don’t underestimate the power of seeing your dream life around you like this. The things you want may just be part of your imagination right now, but this is how everything starts.
By reminding yourself of what you want on a daily basis and staying focused on your goals it won’t be long before you start experiencing your desires.
Over To You
Have you ever created a vision board? What have you manifested? Will you create one for 2015? Please comment below.