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Create a vision board that actually works

Time to picture your dreams

Visualising your dreams is powerful.

Bringing them to life on a vision board using pictures and text is the first step to taking them from your imagination and making them a reality. Plus, it’s great fun.

There are no rules. All that matters is that your vision board best reflects your dreams, the way you want to feel and will keep you inspired.

To make sure your vision works, you have to believe in it. Yes, there will be days when you feel doubt – that’s natural – but overall you know it’s truly what you want.

So, be honest with yourself through the whole creation process. Don’t be held back by worries about how you will do it, what others might think or how scary it seems.

Not sure what you truly want? These tips for finding your true path will help.

1. Get your kit together

The first step is to gather up everything you’ll need to make your vision board in one place so that you won’t need to disturb your session to hunt for scissors or glue.

Pull together a selection of magazines, brochures, pictures, postcards and any other visual item that could stimulate you. You can also look online for inspiration to print off such as inspirational quotes.

Next decide on the base for your board. You could use a piece of card, noticeboard or even a door (if the owner is happy). Or, you could use the dedicated pages in your Life Planner so that you can carry your vision board around with you wherever you go to be inspired whenever you need it. You could even do a combination of both. A big board at home or in your office and a mini version in your planner to keep with you.

Make sure you have enough time. We’d recommend a couple of hours if you want to complete your vision board in one session. Alternatively, you can complete the steps on separate days, always making sure you follow step 3 before you begin.

2. Pick your spot

Find a great space to create your board. Some people like a quiet place to hear their thoughts, others enjoy the buzz of a lively environment, for example a coffee shop, where they can draw upon the energy in the room. If it’s a nice day, you could even go outdoors and let nature inspire you. Why not take a picnic with you?

3. Feel your dream

When everything is set out in front of you, take a pause. Feel your breath coming in, hold it for a few seconds, then let it out as slowly as you can. Repeat until you feel grounded. If your mind feels overwhelmed, let your thoughts pour out into a notebook and list out any tasks that are pressing. Then give yourself permission to forget them for a while.

Now, close your eyes and visualise you dream.

Picture where you are, what you’re doing, who you are with.

Observe how you feel. Let that feeling expand inside you.

Hold your dream in your heart.

4. Turn to your inspiration

Now’s the fun bit. Spread out all your inspiration in front of you. Take time working through the images and words, noticing how you feel and what calls out to you. Place the things you like to one side. Take your time and don’t worry about how they will fit onto the board. Don’t hold back. Believe in infinite possibilities.

Keep going until you’re all the way to the end.

5. Lay out your board 

Before you start laying out your vision board, lay out all your chosen images and words in front of you. Decide whether you want to keep them all or whether some are more important than others or whether there are any duplications.

Then, start laying your final set of items onto your vision board but don’t stick them down just yet. Experiment with how they’ll fit together and whether you create sections for different dreams if you have more than one. Don’t worry if you have to discard some things. Creating the board will bring you clarity and help you sort through your ideas.

Once you’re happy, get sticking!

6. Keep your board close

Once your board is complete, spend a few moments taking it all in. Picture being there, feel the emotions. Trust that you can make it happen. Thoughts become things.

Keep your board close. Pick a prominent position in your home or office where you’ll see it often. If you have created a board in your planner, turn to it as often as you can.

It can be powerful to look at your board before you plan out each day so you can head into it with purpose.

Your vision is yours. Look at it regularly, add to it, keep it alive

About Loretta Milan

Loretta Milan is the founder of Original Life and is on a mission to inspire everyone to create the life they love and make their dreams happen. She loves books, stationery, travel and tea.

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