Are You Creating the Life You Want?
I began doing vision boards and dream journals back in middle school when “The Secret” was truly still a secret. I didn’t know what to call them back then, but I knew that being able to see what I was working towards kept me excited, motivated and focused! I can’t tell you the laundry list of accomplishments I’ve acheived and continue to achieve, I believe, because I utilize these tools in my everyday life.
A vision board (also called a Dream Board or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that represent what you truly want out of life. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or even simply where you want to vacation, your life almost mysteriously changes to create or attract those images and desires.
So, what do you want out of life? Here’s your chance to be clear about what you want and begin creating it today!
To complete the exercise, you will need the following:
• Poster Board (Invest in a decent quality. You’ll want to keep it for awhile!)
• A Stack of Magazines (Use a wide mix. Don’t limit yourself. Your life is complex.)
• Glue. (Don’t use tape. It starts to look a little trashy pretty quickly.)
• An open heart and open mind recognizing that the world can be yours, if you truly believe.
The 5 Steps of Creating a Vision Board:
Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear images from them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it. Make a big pile of images, phrases and words.
Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board like Health, Career, Spirituality, Relationships or Financial goals. Or, it may just be that you want the images to go all over the place. This is YOUR life’s story, so present your vision board any way you’d like.
Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers, again its whatever fits your fancy!
Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy because you are enjoying the benefits of the life you have created around you. When you find the perfect photo, paste yourself in the center.
Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often. Take a few moments to look over it daily. Be present with the emotions that come up for you. If you feel like smiling from ear to ear – do it! If you feel like dancing and swaying back and forth because it makes you feel that good, then do it! Everything you feel when you imagine your life that way will help you attract that life that much sooner.
Bonus: Now get to work! You may begin to attract these opportunities into your life, but if you’re not preparing yourself to receive them, they won’t last! Begin working on your goals daily, affirming, knowing and believing that the more you do your part, the more the Universe is aligning things on your behalf!
If you have Vision Board or Dream Journal success stories, don’t hesitate to share and inspire someone else!