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I’ve already mentioned visualization in my post 7 ways to get what you want in life.

The post goes through different ways of mainfesting, but today we’re going to dive in further into creating a vision board and why you might want to create your own.

What is visualization?

The term visualization, though straightforward in itself, can bring about confusion because of its overuse perhaps in spiritual vocabulary.

And we enter in the realm of spirituality and gurus, we tend to think that something is no longer achievable.

So, visualization is the process of forming a picture of something in your mind.

Obviously, you can achieve this on your own with your imagination. The problem for most people lies in the fact that as we grow into adults, we lose that sacred imagination.

That’s why we may need to use aids to help us imagine what we’re trying to achieve.

Why does visualization work?

How to use a vision board for visualizationVisualization lies under the concept that you have the control over what occurs in your life.

Be this in your thoughts, words or actions. Visualization is no different – you probably do it on a daily basis without realizing.

It is when we take the reigns of our mind, that we can have an impact and decide what we would like to achieve.

By practising visualization, you are telling your brain what you want to make happen and your brain will store this picture in your subconscious.

As we know, the subconscious is a very powerful tool to changing certain aspects of your life.

What is a vision board

At the end of the day, you choose how best you want to practice visualization, but if you’re at the beginning of your journey, this is one of the best ways to get started.

The concept of a vision board is as simple as it sounds – you create a collage of images of where you would like to be, and have it near you at certain times of the day. You can either print the pictures out or save them on your computer.

We will get onto that later.

You see, it’s important to note that not only should you have your vision board ready and available to look at, you should also practice a meditation with it.

Your vision board is only a prompt for your imagination so you should look at a picture, then close your eyes and fully imagine yourself in that place. Some ideas to think about could be:

  • The colours of the place
  • Sounds and music that are there
  • How it makes you feel to be there – focus on the emotion
  • What else you can see
  • Is there anything you can touch – what is the texture

By using all your senses, you reinforce the visualization process.

Okay, so let’s dig in to how to create a vision board.

Creating your vision board

How to use a vision board for visualization

Whenever I have used this technique, I have divided it into stages or phases, if you will.

  1. Identify your goal(s)
  2. Find the steps to get there
  3. Source images
  4. Assemble vision board

Step one: Identify your goals

This is the biggest step as it requires you to put one thing in front: clarity.

The clearer you can make your goals, the more achievable they’re going to be.

Let me make an example: if your goal is to be happy in life, that’s a bit vague. Happiness looks different to everyone, so you need to be specific about what exactly is going to make you happier in.

You might have a little list such as:

  • Get in shape
  • Read/be productive
  • Meet up with friends/have social time
  • Eat healthy

So write down what this goal means for you, and then shape your vision board around it.

Remember, this is your main goal. If you have more than one goal to deal with it might be an idea to have more than one vision board that you work with.

Now that you have your goal written out, it’s time to think of the concrete steps you need to take to get to it and how you can represent them with images.

Step two: Find the steps to get there

This part of the process is basicallly narrowing down your goal into actionable steps that will take you there and finding the right image to include with it.

Following the example of the goal to be happier, you might decide you want to:

  • Get up early and have a good morning routine (productivity)
  • Exercise daily (getting in shape)
  • Time block your week to make time for friends (social time)
  • Meal plan to save time and eat healthier (healthy eating)

If you were doing this through a written method, you would plan out your days using a planner, but you can get an idea of what you want your ideal day to look like using your vision board.

How to use a vision board for visualization
Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi

Can you see how this photo might emulate for you a calming sensation with the idea of getting up early?

Again, be specific on what you want to feel from achieving yoru goal. Perhaps if it’s for you to be more productive, it could look like this:

How to use a vision board for visualization

Then again, if you want to find a house to buy and start your home, you might want to collect photos of the feeling you’d get from that:

How to use a vision board for visualization
Photo by Simon Sikorski

Step three: sourcing your images

Nowadays there are tons of stock photos you can use for your vision board, or if you only intend to use them for personal use, go ahead and do a google search.

Before I went on a long trip to South America (I ended up staying and living there!), I assembled some photos of the places I’d like to visit and placed the vision board by my bed.

You can even take some photos yourself if you’re passionate about photography.

Some of the main sites for sourcing stock images are:

  • Unsplash (loads of free high quality photos)
  • Pixabay (another great site)
  • Shutterstock (premium has a lot of specific photos)
  • Canva (which you’ll probably use for your collage anyway)

Browse around, get a taste of what you like and collect them all in a folder in your computer, you’re going to be using them later.

Step four: assemble your vision board

We’ve now come to the most technical part: you can do this the easy, old fashioned way by printing them out and putting them on a cork board.

Having there in your actual reality is a great help for when you’re not at the computer, you can place them where you want – wherever you’re likely to practice visualization best.

How to use a vision board for visualization
Photo by Pineapple Supply Co.

Making a digital mood board

On the other hand, if you prefer to save paper and you’re often at your desk when you find yourself daydreaming, you can create one with a well known program called Canva. I’ll walk you through the process I did to show you:

How to use a vision board for visualization
Go into the Canva home page

So, first off as the above picture, we’re going to go to the Canva home page, and type in the search bar ‘mood board’.

Next, we’re going to click on ‘mood board template’:

How to use a vision board for visualization

As you can see to the left hand side, you have a choice of templates that you can use, I just used one and cancelled out the pictures. You can then drag and drop the images to fit in the empty frames:

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I choose the top left design
How to use a vision board for visualization
Then I was left with the empty frames

And voila, here we have the finished vision board based on the ‘Happier life’ example I used earlier:

How to use a vision board for visualization
The final example vision board

Now pressing the download button on the top right, you can save the image to your computer and have it to hand – perhaps even as your desktop background!

To round up

Well, I hope you got an idea of why using a vision board is a powerful tool for practising visualization and I inspired you to make one.

I’d love to know if anyone has tried this, and how it worked out.

Thanks for sharing!