1. Focus you on what’s really important in your life;
2. Clarify your true vision, which may be hidden by all the “stuff” in your life;
3. Enhance your inner awareness, because you’re expending energy, time and commitment to focus on your future;
4. Assist you in finding the authentic you, not a “put on a happy face” façade;
5. Help you find out what makes you special, what differentiates you from others, by enabling you to visually express what you want in life based on your personal values;
6. Move you out of your day-to-day patterns and reframe your own opinions about yourself so they are more positive and optimistic;
7. Help you unlock the secret to an extraordinary life by revealing your authentic self, the you that you truly are.
Vision Board FAQs
1. What goes on a vision board?
Visuals, affirmations, favorite quotations, power words, and any embellishments you want to add to attract and continue to encourage you to focus your attention to your board. Embellishments include such elements as stickers, postage stamps from other countries, ticket stubs, glitter, beads, bottle caps, ribbon, lapel pins, business cards, flowers, leaves and other natural elements, whatever enables you to envision your best possible future.
2. What size should a vision board be and what materials should it be made from?
Size: Most people choose to make their vision boards by hands on poster or chipboard that is approximately 18 x 22 inches. Many prefer boards that have Styrofoam backing because it’s sturdier. There are also software vision board kits that produce files that can be adapted into screensavers and even ported to your cell phone for wallpaper.
Materials: Photographs, vintage postcards, drawings, stickers, stamps, foil stars, beads, rhinestone decorations, and even ribbon add a personalized touch. Unusual objects include shells, vintage medals, labels from brand products, etc.
3. What types of images/visuals should I use and where do I find them?
Bright, simple images seem to work best, and I suggest no more than eight to ten major images per board. You can find images everywhere, in old magazines, in your own photo albums, vintage stores, garage sales and art shows.
Searching online for images? Consider going to www.flickr.com and looking for images that are marked “Creative Commons”, which means the photographer agrees that you can use his or her image without permission and without paying a fee.
4. What kind of adhesive should I use?
Some swear by glue sticks, while others prefer paste or even colorful thumbtacks or spray adhesive. Experiment with the design and format of your board and different kinds of images and methods of displaying them on your board.
5. What’s the perfect design for my board?
There is no one perfect design. Overlap images, tear your pictures into strips, copy your favorite poem and add it to the mix. Some find that just posting a few well-chosen pictures on their boards manifests faster because their focus is concentrated on those few images.
6. How big should my pictures be?
Most people find that images are most effective when they are at least 6 x 9 inches.
7. Should I include my photo on the board?
I encourage my clients to immerse themselves into their visions, and many find this much easier when their pictures are on the board. Seeing themselves living their dreams of driving a race car or working in outreach in India adds emotion and strengthens their intension.
8. Why share my board?
We live in a time of renewed community both on and offline. By sharing the law of attraction, you’ll attract like-minded people who support your vision. Of course, follow your own intuition. Remain positive about your board. Don’t compare it to others; remember your board is special. A perfect response to any comment about your board is “thank you for your input”.
9. Should I create my board on my own or with my spouse, love or partner?
There are no “shoulds”. Many of my clients find that they benefit by creating a joint board and vision and also designing their own special interest boards for hobbies or their own passions. Often parents prefer creating a joint family board and then individual boards for mom and for dad. Your own board reminds you of your independence and adds to self-esteem.
10. Colors of Vision Boards
Using certain colors in different areas of boards that focus on such topics as success, health, relationships, and wisdom can strengthen the manifestation process.
Success: Royal Blue is helpful in manifesting professional success
Health: Emerald Green helps manifest good health in body, mind and spirit
Relationships: Rose is helpful in manifesting great relationships
Wisdom: Yellow is helpful in manifesting wisdom and knowledge
Schwarz, Joyce. (2008). The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.