Quick answer, yes, they’re affective! That’s provided you take the necessary time to ensure your vision is absolutely clear before you begin and then you need to reflect on it regularly once it done.

The basic concept

I had my reservations when I fist heard about them. That’s a lot of effort to put into something that’ll end up in my drawer gathering dust. That’s just the point – If you’re going to go through all that effort, you have to follow through by constantly reflecting on it regularly. Place your vision board somewhere that you’ll see it daily. Meditate and journal on your vision. Visualize and manifest them. I’m sure you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction concept? You become what you think. Your vision board works on a similar concept. What you visualize constantly you will bring to life.

The purpose

The purpose of a vision board is to give your goals and intentions clarity. It serves as a constant reminder of these goals and intentions and motivates you to continue moving forward towards them. It’s a constant reminder of what you want your life to become. I’m going to add that vision boards also increase our creativity, both during the actual process of making the board and during the process of bringing them to life during our everyday life. You’ll become more resourceful in finding ways to meet these goals. The creativity within you is enlightened.

The important steps

Let’s go through the basic steps in creating an affective board. If you’re looking for a more detailed breakdown you can check out Jean’s post here https://artfulparent.com/make-vision-board-works-10-steps/ which gives you 10 detailed steps.

1. Clarity on your goals

It’s easy to get caught up in what you think you want. If owning a home is on your list you might get caught up cutting out white picket fences and picture perfect homes. Is that really what you want? Do you also want to travel to majestic places regularly or pursue a career as an adventurer? If that’s the case then I’m not sure that the white picket fence is what you need on your board. When would you be at home?
Before you start, you need clarity. Spend a few days thinking about your goals first. Meditate, journal, whatever works for you. You may want to split your goals up into categories. Here’s a few to consider: relationships / finances / career / personal growth. Once you’ve fine tuned your goals you can take on the next step.

2. Gather materials

Gather together images that speak to you. Scroll through magazines or Pinterest. You can use your journal as a guide by looking for images that match the words you’ve used in your journal. If you’re wanting to get a new laptop try to find an image of the exact laptop you want because this will give you a stronger manifestation.

Once you’ve got your images together filter through them. Take out any doubles or anything you feel doesn’t connect with you as much as you originally thought. Go through your journal again and make sure you’ve got all the images or words you need. Remember a vision board doesn’t necessarily have to be images. You can use words if you prefer. Your board can be physical or digital. Remember to gather glue and paper if you decide on the physical board.

3. Make your magic

This is the fun part – putting your board together. Make sure you set yourself up in a comfortable place, with the right mood, no distractions and maybe even a bottle wine if you like. Before you begin pasting remember to plan your layout first. You don’t want to get half way and realize you’ve run out of room. Some people also categorize their board into different sections as discussed earlier. Don’t forget to consider including an action plan (unless you want to do this separately) Most importantly, It’s your board. It needs to resonate with YOU, nobody else.

4. Bring your board to life

It’s time to display your magic! The idea is to make sure you keep it somewhere you’re bound to see it regularly. On your dresser, beside your bed or maybe even next to your loo. Besides just looking at it you also need to reflect on it at least once a month. Check in with your action plan. Are you on track? Your vision board isn’t designed to be a strict dictation of what steps you MUST follow. Use it as a guide and be creative as you go. You may need to improvise, make adjustments or re-assess some of your visions. Just have FUN with it.

If you’d like some ideas on different vision boards, check out this post by Michal https://www.developgoodhabits.com/vision-board-ideas/

Final thoughts

Bear in mind that as we grow and develop on a personal level, our visions can change. Personal growth happens as a result of new experiences and learning as we go. It might be that you realise what you thought was important is not really that important to you anymore. A job change or forced move to a new area might also shift your visions.

It’s a good idea to work on your vision board yearly. Updating it or even creating a new one. Don’t throw away a previous vision board in haste. They are a lot of fun to look at later on. A good way to reflect how far you’ve come and how much your life has grown.

I hope I’ve sparked a little creativity inside of you! Your blank canvas awaits – happy crafting, happy visualizing and happy growing.