How to make a vision board (and why should you do it!)



Creating a vision board helps you see the future of your dreams.

A dream or vision board is made by cutting out pictures and motivational phrases from magazines and pasting them on a poster board. You can also go digital by pinning to a virtual board on Pinterest.

The idea behind both is that surrounding yourself with images that more closely match an ideal version of your life can help make that life a reality.

While there isn’t any hard and fast scientific evidence to prove that vision boards work, they can be a powerful tool in helping you start thinking about what you want out of life. If you’re feeling stuck, grab a stack of magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board and read on for our top vision board tips.

Think before you start: Take a minute to think about what you would like to see change in your life. Would you like a different job? Do you have goals to lose weight or eat better? Are six pack abs in your future? Do you want to reconnect with your children or your spouse? Whatever dreams you have in life, just taking a little time to think about it will help you create your vision board.

Cut like crazy: Don’t overthink it. If a picture or phrase speaks to you, cut it out. Create a big pile to work with, but don’t paste anything yet.

Arrange everything: Start putting your favorite clippings on your board. You can group similar goals together on different sections of the table. Maybe your board will have sections for family, money, and health, for example. Or not. Everyone’s vision is different, which is the beauty of the exercise.

Lock it: Glue everything in place. Beautify your board with paint or markers and add any specific phrases you want to see everyday. You can even place a photo of yourself in the center of the board if you wish.

See it, do it: Place your vision board in a place where you can draw inspiration from it every day. Use it to fuel the action against your dreams. You can also start keeping a vision journal as a portable reminder to keep your goals front and center. This is a good place to write down the goals you have and the steps you need to take to achieve them.

Are you using vision boards as a way to change your life or as a source of inspiration? Tell us how the practice has worked to create change in your life.

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