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Visualise your future with a vision board

Updated: Mar 31

Vision boards have become increasingly popular during recent years and for good reason; they are known for being a visualisation tool that helps you manifest your goals and dreams. The first time I came across vision boards was while training as a counsellor and being introduced to The Secret. If you have never heard about this book or film before, the premise of it is that there is a Law of Attraction in the universe, and if you constantly think and visualise something you want or a goal, you will eventually get it.


After reading the book, I remember feeling so motivated that I immediately started to visualise my goals and started working on my first vision board. I printed pictures of people and quotes of inspiration, places I wanted to go, and images that coincided with where I wanted to see myself in five years’ time. Once finished I displayed my vision board next to my workstation and reminded myself everyday what I was aiming for. Since that time, I’ve completed that training, have nationally represented mental health organisations, and have successfully transitioned from being a full-time paramedic to psychotherapeutic counsellor/paramedic with a thriving private practice – I am convinced that my vision board has had a lot to do with my motivation and accomplishments.


Simply put, a vision board is a collage of photos and phrases that represents your goals and aspirations. It acts as a daily reminder of your goals providing you with the motivation to reach those goals. It’s one thing to write your goal down but to actually visualise it; that takes it to a whole other level. Many people use the law of attraction and you can too by creating your own vision board. I have put together a step-by-step tutorial below that offers guidance on making your own vision board.


Step 1: Get ready!

To create an outstanding vision board, you need to be in a good place mentally and physically. You’ll want to make sure that you have a clean place to think whether it’s at a table or in your office. You want to be totally focussed on you and your future. You could employ relaxation and focus tasks like, lighting a candle or putting on some relaxing music.


Step 2: Ask yourself: What are my goals? What do I truly want?

To have a vision board, you need to have a vision of what you want. Think about your short and long-term goals that you have for yourself. Ask yourself the tough questions and think of the things that you truly want. When you think about that goal, you want to feel that exciting sensation inside of you; that’s how you recognise what you really want.


If you need help with questions to ask yourself, here are some examples for you to think about, personal development goals (mindset, meditation), career goals, changing a bad habit, things you want to learn (new language, photography), things you want to incorporate in your life (travel, hobbies), specific achievement(s), health and fitness goals, anything that inspires you…

Additionally, think about the quotes, phrases or affirmations that you would like to include on your vision board, and reflect on those positive trigger words or sayings that prompt motivation and get you going!


Step 3: Think of a place(s) where you want to display your vision board

It’s helpful to think about the perfect spot to have your vision board. I would advise it to be in a place that is passed constantly every day or in a spot where you spend a lot of time. These places could be your bedroom, office, kitchen, anywhere you would like. It’s a good idea to think about this before you start looking for photos because you will need to know how much space you have on your wall, that will determine how many photos to print out or the size of the board you can use.


You can have multiple smaller vision boards if that works better for you, for example, one in the bedroom, one in the office, and/or one in the kitchen. You could also make different vision boards with different themes such as one for your dream wedding, travel board, fitness goals, career aspiration etc.


Additionally, you can take a picture of your finished vision board and have it as the background of your computer and/or phone. This may seem like a lot to have your vision board everywhere you look but if it’s too much for you, you can just place it in the one spot where you are going to see it most.

Step 4: Find pictures and phrases that match your aspirations

Photos - now that you know what your goals are, and know where to put it, you can start looking for those photos. There are two main ways people have created vision boards before. If you don’t own a printer, cut out pictures from magazines or print out your own from the internet. I have found Pinterest to be a great resource for photos and images, however Google will work just as well.


Be sure to pick the photos that accurately depict your goal and prompt that same exciting sensation that you get when you think about that goal. There is no right or wrong for this, the choice would be whatever works for you.


Phrases - it’s good to mix up your vision board with phrases or quotes; you can look up motivational quotes on Pinterest or Google. If you have specific quotes that resinate with you but you can’t find it anywhere, you can use an application like Canva to recreate it or simply write the words on a word document and print, or hand write them.


As for incorporating quotes, try to choose phrases that are motivating and make you immediately think of your goal. Have your photos clear and concise, keep your quotes short and sweet, and your vision board will work easily.


Step 5: Get the needed supplies

Once you have an idea of how your vision board is going to look, you can start to get the supplies to put it all together. Your vision board really doesn’t have to be elaborate or cost you a lot to make. If you’re more creative and want to go all out with decorations, go for it, but if you have simpler tastes, and just want to get the vision board up, then only a few core supplies are needed: printer or magazine, scissors, sticking tape, cork Board, picture frame or magnetic board, pins or magnets, paint, blue tac/paper glue, decorative Paper (coloured or textured), any other decorative pieces.


It really doesn’t matter what your vision board looks like, as long as it works and motivates you. Be mindful of hanging/presenting your board in such a way as to minimise damage to your walls :0)


Step 6: Create your vision board

Now put all of your pictures and phrases together and arrange them however you would like. Some different ways you of arranging them could be by goal, colour, theme, or just to have everything mixed up – it’s up to you, YOUR vision board can look however YOU choose.

Once your vision board is complete remember that it should always be evolving, like your goals, so feel free to change and update it when you need more inspiration or want to add new goals to the board.

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