Cynthia writes about a variety of topics. She is the former executive director of a nonprofit agency for children & adults with disabilities
Create a Vision Board: Your Tool to Reach Your Dreams
Creating a vision board can help you reach your dreams of your future. The seemingly simple act of creating a vision board works is a powerful tool that will give you almost uncanny results. You should add a vision board as an effective part of your arsenal of manifesting your dreams. Granted, there are other ways to manifest your dreams as well. For example, journaling and mind mapping can be extremely useful. However, searching out visuals and the very act of creating act vision board are powerful.
What do you see in your future? What's ahead for you? The million dollar questions. We all ask, but how many stop to think and embrace the belief that the future really can, to a great extent, be what you make it. Those that seem to have what they want surely realize this. Unfortunately, too many just drift along, buffeted by any wind or strong wave that comes up. Which are you?
Thoughts are powerful; thoughts put to paper and conveniently displayed for you to see everyday, even multiple times a day, are like nuclear power. You give shape to your vision; you give it form. Creating a Vision Board is all about your thoughts becoming as tangible as it is fixed in your mind. You might even say "its like magic" because this board can be an accurate reflection of the future you want.
Vision Boards put your dreams - your vision for your future - front and center. A Vision Board is the Law of Attraction in picture form.
By creating your Board you are acknowledging that you have the freedom, the ability, and the desire to, as author Wayne W. Dyer says in Manifest Your Destiny, "create the precise material world that matches your inner world."
Attach goals to your Vision Board to make the magic happen, because, "goals give you a clear direction...You must give them enough weight and importance so that they are of real value to you" author Shakti Gawain states in her book, Creative Visualization.
The Vision Board helps you remain focused, keeps your eyes on the prize - your vision for your future. It is the conduit to "channel your natural creative energy" which will result in manifesting the future you have imagined for yourself.
What Is a Vision Board?
First of all, creating a Vision Board is as much fun as it is insightful, and they are not exactly new. Although they weren't called Vision Boards, I can remember creating boards in practically every grade of elementary school. You may have created them, too. Teachers wanted a poster showing what you wanted to be when you grew up. I would spend hours at home with magazines spread around the floor, cutting out pictures that represented what I wanted in life, pasting them to poster board. The boards probably changed for every year in elementary school. Who knew that a similar exercise could be the creation of a useful tool in adulthood? Those elementary school teachers were after more than just the 3Rs. They wanted us to visualize our futures.
Steps to Creating Your Vision Board
Vision Boards can be as simple as a sheet of paper with a few pictures that represent what you envision your life to look like. For example, you want to have enough money at your disposal so that you can spend most of your time at the beach. Find a picture or two of money, then find pictures of the beach. Cut them out and paste them to the page. Place that page or board where you will see it when you start and end your day. Voila! Your time spent on the project is probably less than forty-five minutes.
If you decide to be more elaborate, purchase poster board or foam board. You need a stiff background so that your board does not collapse in on itself or become crumpled when you hang, mount or prop it. It should be large enough to hold the important aspects and concepts of your Vision. (This is why few people will use a singe sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" flimsy paper - your Vision is going to be bigger than that.) Just be aware that if you do begin with that single sheet because you're anxious to get started, realize that you can expand or re-create your Board at any time.
Now that you've chosen what to attach your pictures to, it's time to get started.
(1) Gather magazines with pictures relevant to you and your vision. Have handy a pair of plain and/or fancy scissors, and glue. If you are very creative or would like to devote more time to your board (after all you are going to be starting and ending the day with your Vision Board) you may want to gather scraps of material, ribbon, coins or other decorative items to use as raw material for your board. You will know what you want.
(2) Cut and paste your pictures, words and any embellishments. If you can't find the words you want to use, move to the computer, create them on sites like Canva and print them. Another alternative would be to simply write them on your board or another piece of paper and, again, cut and paste. Be as whimsical or as serious as your personality tells you to be. This is your representation of your dreams and aspirations, captured for you to see each day. There is no right or wrong and there is no judgement.
(3) Put your Vision Board where you will see it preferably when you start and end your day. If you have a home office, that may be the place you choose. However, if your home office is fairly open and you are not interested in anyone else being privy to your dreams, then your bathroom or bedroom door may be your choice. The point is, this is personal and only you can determine where it will make the most impact for you.
Now that you know how to create this powerful a tool - the Vision Board - what's stopping you? Go ahead. Create that Vision Board and work toward realizing your dreams!
© 2011 Cynthia B Turner
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on July 02, 2016:
Hello Happymommy2520, Thank you so much for such a positive comment.
Your eight year old will love the exercise. Pulling together all the material for the board is fun. It will also be a wonderful way for the two of you to further connect and you can get some real insights into how your daughter views her future.
Amy from East Coast on July 02, 2016:
I really loved this article. I love the way you compared putting thoughts and visions on paper is like nuclear power. I am planning on doing a vision board with my eight year daughter this summer. This article was very simple and eloquent.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on June 03, 2016:
Hi Karen, I am so glad I could help nudge you. I think it is very helpful to revisit and reconstruct our vision boards periodically and it's especially helpful if we had abandoned it altogether. Mine needs to ether refreshed or totally redone. I'm not sure which, but as I start the process, it will be able to see how much in my life has changed since I originally constructed it. That may be what happens to you. Get started soon and take care. Cyndi
Karen Hellier from Georgia on June 03, 2016:
Thank you for reminding me of how helpful vision boards can be. I had one about 5 years ago, and lost it in a move to a new state. I am going to start one up again though because I have some goals I really want to get accomplished in the next 6 months. Thanks for the nudge.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 19, 2013:
Hello Emnanuel, Yes, the vision board can be one of many tools to remind yourself and others of your goals. Your family can be very helpful in keeping you focused when they know what you want from life.
Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Take good care.
Emmanuel Kariuki from Nairobi, Kenya on February 19, 2013:
This is something I want to try Cindi10. One more tool I heard sometime ago is to tell your family about your vision for more commitment. I will combine with the Vision board and stay focused - shared!
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on May 23, 2012:
Hi, I'm so glad the article was useful. It great the you've almost finished your thesis, if the hub helps, that will be wonderful. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.
Anna from New York, NY on May 23, 2012:
Cyndi, this is such an interesting idea! I have a couple of goals in my head (like finishing my thesis by the end of the month - it's been pushed back by a couple of months, yaiks!) which haven't materialized yet... I should try making a vision board as you suggest so my goals aren't just in my head but somewhere in reality too. Voted up. Thanks!
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 19, 2012:
I have my board in plain sight to keep reminding myself to stick to the plan. It was fun to assemble too. I'm considering doing another because it was fun. Maybe I won't make the next one quite so large, but then again...Anyway, thanks so much for leaving a comment.
Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on April 19, 2012:
Good hub. I'll give the idea a try.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 16, 2012:
I have to take a look at Polyvore.com and I just received an invite to Pinterest. Thanks for the suggestion and thank you for reading and sharing. Vision boards are easy to make and they are really wonderfully simple tools.
Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 16, 2012:
This is an idea whose time has come. Have you tried Pinterest.com and Polyvore.com?
Amazing tools. Thanks for SHARING.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on March 16, 2012:
Hello Sonya, Thank you so much for reading up on Vision Boards. I think you're right. The images we are drawn to often project our inner wishes very accurately. It's up to us to take the action and make those visions become a reality. Take care!
Sonya L Morley from Edinburgh on March 15, 2012:
I love this idea and have used a vision board in the past, with interesting results. It can be surprising, the images which catch your attention and how they then translate to your life. Great hub.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 11, 2012:
Your 2 cents if valuable because you are so right. If there is a significant other, they should definitely create a vision together and put it on the board together. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
nextgoodthing from Miami,Fl on February 10, 2012:
Awesome hub!If I may add my 2cents ?! If a person is married or has a serious partner; they should create the board together; it will clearly strenght the couple's winning chance for short / long term goals success!
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on December 25, 2011:
Hello Sky, Vision Boards can be such useful reminders of what we are expecting to happen in our lives. You're so right. Many people participate in visioning but didn't have a name for it. I'm glad you were attracted to this hub. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy others.
Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on December 24, 2011:
This is sweet , thanks for sharing . I told myself I will choose one of your hubs that falls close to my person .
I was attracted to the vision boards.
You have given me a great idea for the future as I read. I believe that everything one approach with good intention and sincerity, there will also be good benefits to be received from it .
This is a great article , I think people partake in these activities without having a name for it.
I certainly did.
I'll be reading and I am looking forward to more surprises, like I received from this one.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on October 31, 2011:
Green Lotus, Thank you for the vote up. I posted my Board where I can easily glance at it. It definitely helps keep me focused on what I want my life to look like.
Hillary from Atlanta, GA on October 31, 2011:
I believe in the power of thought and visualization techniques too. Vision boards are yet another way to turn those thoughts into reality. Voted up!
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on August 09, 2011:
Hello, Ebower. I hope you are inspired to make a board. Mine hangs in sight of my desk so that I can turn to it when I feel stuck or when I feel I'm not making the progress I want to reach my goals. It really helps me. Thank you for finding it motivational. That helps me!
Erin Bower from Georgia on August 09, 2011:
This is a great idea! It's so motivational and inspriational. It's also a great way to recycle old magazines. I voted this up, useful, and beautiful!
lucia nagy on March 31, 2011:
Thanks for the article. I will try this.
Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on March 30, 2011:
Fantastic! Others will follow. Thanks so much for the comment.
Kathleen on March 28, 2011:
Hi Cynthia, Great article on vision boards. I have a vision board and so far one of my visions have manifested. Yay.