Here’s the thing, you guys: I really don’t believe in tarot cards and horoscopes and fortune tellers and all that other “put it out into the universe” stuff. It’s fun, but I don’t think it’s accurate at all. I do, however, believe that your perspective in situations is one of the biggest driving forces in getting what you want, and that you should use any tools you can to solidify that perspective. In my experience, the most successful of those tools is the vision board.
The premise of the vision board is to be able to visualize, preferably on a daily basis, your ideal outcome of a situation. Today, I’m going to be focusing on creating a vision board for your ideal life within a timeframe. But it’s not as simple as cutting out a bunch of pictures and slapping them on a piece of card all willy-nilly. You have to be in the correct headspace for it. I’ll try and explain it in non-Oprah Winfrey terms: if you don’t have the mindset to move forward, this isn’t for you. Even though vision boards are meant to be “magical” and attract everything you put on there, nothing’s going to happen if all you do is sit in your butt and binge Netflix all day. In fact, this is one of the few times that a Hallmark quote is actually true: “dreams don’t work unless you do”.
Now that we’ve moved past the background bits, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty…
01. Set a timeframe.
You need to know when you want to achieve your goals by generally, whether that is a six month, year-long, or even five year period. Something to keep in mind is that longer your timeframe, the more vague your vision board will be, so try to keep it between twelve to eighteen months so that you have something more precise to work towards.
02. Categorise the sections of your life.
Some examples of that could be family & friends, health & fitness, travel, career, and so on. Whatever you find important in your life, whatever you want to move forward in and achieve more for, consider it a category.
03. Set your goals.
Within your category, write down everything you can and would like to achieve in your timeframe. By all means, be ambitious, but don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Recognize your potential and work within the means of that. For example, if I had a goal of losing 200 pounds in two months, I know for a fact that’s not going to happen, leading me to getting annoyed and discouraged for even trying, and eventually scrapping the rest of my targets. So set good goals!
04. Find pictures.
Tumblr, Pinterest, magazines, Google images, even your own photos…the possibilities are endless. Pick whatever inspires you, or pushes you to achieve your targets. You can also personalize your board, such as by choosing photos with the same color schemes or filters to create an art piece for your wall. Beware, though, because it might decrease the practicality of it.
05. Put it all together!
Another thing you can do is have a virtual copy of your board and set it as your phone or computer wallpaper, ensuring that you see it multiple times a day.