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5 Ways to Create a Vision Board that Works

It’s the time of year when many of us are planning for the new year, setting goals and intentions, selecting theme words and many other variations on creating a vision of what we want to achieve in 2015. One fun and effective way to craft your plan for 2015 is to create a vision board. Before you create a vision board, I encourage you to read through this list of 21 questions to ask yourself about your business that I blogged about yesterday.

I do believe that vision boards are a powerful tool for manifesting dreams and goals but in order for your vision board to be effective, there are a few things to know first. Here are 5 ways to create a vision board that works.

#1 – Have an idea of what your top goals are for the year before you start.

Whether you are creating a vision board for your life or your business, you need to know where you are going. See your vision board as the celebration of having achieved all of your goals already.

#2 – Put a photo of yourself on your vision board.

This is crucial to taking a stand as an active creator of your dreams and not just a passive observer.

#3 – Choose images with intention that represent the essence of what you want to create.

Think about the perfect representation of a dream or goal. What would it look and feel like once you have achieved it? Carefully cut images away from their backgrounds and place them on new backgrounds. This is a tip I learned from being a SoulCollage® facilitator. When you focus in on the image, it gives it more power and invites your subconscious to create what you visualize. Combining an image with a new background can also change and enhance the meaning.

#4 – Minimize the use of words.

Focusing on images rather than words will keep your subconscious mind engaged in the creative process. The best vision boards capture the colors, emotions, sentiments, dreams and heart-felt hopes and wishes. Words can be distracting as well as misleading.

#5 – Hang your vision board where you will see it every day.

I just recycled my board from 2014. It was sad to see it go and the space on my desk where it has sat for the past 12 months looks blank. I will be working on my new board for 2015 over the weekend and can’t wait to get started. I loved looking at my board every day when I sat down to my computer. It reminded me of where I was going but it also helped me to stay focus and not get distracted.

Hang your vision board where you will see it every day. I usually have several boards for my business and my personal life. I have one in my office and others in my craft room. I love the visual reminders of what I want to create.

Bonus Tip: Create an action plan that matches the vision you created on your vision board.

The #1 reason why vision boards don’t work is that people don’t take specific actions to move them towards their goals and dreams. Or perhaps you work on it for a few days or weeks and then get distracted, lose momentum or change your mind about what you want to create.

For your vision to become a reality, you need a plan in place. That plan can be as simple as creating a to-do list at the beginning or end of each day. Ask yourself: what 2 or 3 actions do I need to take today to move me closer to my goals?

Don’t make long, laundry lists of action steps. Take baby steps and this will help to alleviate overwhelm and keep you on task. You know what your end goal is, what are the next most important steps to take to get you there?

If you love planning and details or you can see all of the steps in front of you great! Write them down but still only commit to doing 2 or 3 each day.

The way to create a vision board that works is to combine your vision with the right actions. When you feel stuck, lost or overwhelmed, look at your vision board and ask yourself, “What is most important for me to do right now?”

If you have never created a vision board before, this blog post has specific instruction on how to do it.

I would love for you to share in the comments below your success stories or ideas for using vision boards effectively. Love them? Hate them? Never made one? Share your story!