A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. Source: Wikipedia
I love Vision Boards!
I am new to this tool; the first time I did it was last year. So I am not the right person to teach and share with you all the details and experiences. I wanted to give a different perspective on how a Vision Board changed my life and why I recommend it.
I started to listen to the Vision Boards workshops only two years ago, and I found it a little bit silly initially; the thing with magazines, scissors, and the full logistics holds me back. I thought I should write my Dreams in my journal.
Then the journey of personal development brought me again to different versions of Vision Boards. There was this version in the computer looking for pictures in various sites, and then the silly part of crafting is over… now what?
Well, I did it as a kind of box with words inside and only a few pictures.
This year I decided to do it properly, with the full exercise, and I have to say I loved it!
Moreso, I did the exercise where we craft with my family, and it was how we spent our New Year’s Eve.
It was memorable, fun, and I sure had a lot of laughs, good discussion with my husband, our 13-year old son, and our 2-year old daughter. We had a board I bought from Walmart, and some magazines, glue, markers, and scissors! It took us about 2 hours to finish it!
Our family has a tradition for the last four years (only).
We do a Round Table with reflections of the year and the New Year’s wishes. The first year, we shared only in the table, then we started to write it in a template I built for the family.
This year we also did the reflections Round Table. But we did it before New Year’s Eve. This year, we used the template to define the Word of the Year.
After we did those reflections, I challenged my husband and my son to make their own Vision Board testing a Canva template I prepared.
So, in the end, when we were doing the craft session altogether, we were more than prepared. We were telling jokes with the pictures, and we let all the fun rise during that time.
I wish the Vision Board became a family tradition, it was fun and so powerful.
After this session, we came back to our own Vision Board to redo some of the pictures, following a bit closer the number one rule of the Vision Board: It is not about what is possible; it is about what you would like to happen to feel happy.
I think this is a beginner syndrome, having a lot of the blockers holding back the dreams. Like “it would be difficult” or “not sure how it will happen.”
Vision Board is a time to Dream about moments that make you feel good. It can be physical things, but also feelings.
For example, my husband was cutting a picture of a big smile from a dentist ad, and we were asking if he was thinking about the family doing dentistry treatment like my son is taking out his braces. That picture is representing our family having more moments smiling together. We were all, AWE… of course, the next question was… HOW?
Even if it is the next step of the Vision Board, the discussion was terrific regarding what it means to have more moments smiling together as a family, as those moments are different for each of us.
I became a big fan of the Vision Board after seeing the positive impact it had on us and the clarity of the things we would like to do together.
Like when my son saw a picture of a megaphone and a giant ear, he asked if he could have it in the Vision Board, so we can be a family to listen to each other more! OH WELL! Of course! Aren’t we listening to each other? Better if we do, right?
Honestly, bringing these moments to our family is gold!
I think the experience you can feel with the family was fantastic.
We first did our own. And the reflections were made, ready for discussion when we reunite the family.
If you didn’t do it, I genuinely recommend you do it.
There is so much information about the Vision Board, and the positive impact, for me, is about the clarity of what I want and to claim the power of what I want in my life.
I don’t think it is an easy exercise at first.
I did quite extensive research about how to do a Vision Board, its benefits, the formats, etc.
And there is a lot out there, just google it, and you will find plenty of resources.
I found great checklists and templates. I wanted a template that I could use only on the computer and avoid the craft part.
From my research, I think there are 3 articles I thought worth sharing. One is from Jack Canfield, one of the gurus of personal development, and the one relates the Vision Board strongly to the Law of Attraction.
The second one is an article I found fascinating, with some stats, saying 1 in 5 of small business owners or solo entrepreneurs do a Vision Board. And the result is to build their vision for their business. I don’t know many people who do Vision Boards and couldn’t find stats of corporate people having that practice in my corporate experience.
The last article I found was from a psychotherapist writing about why vision boards don’t work. I thought it was a great resource, as the main message is not only about dreaming like you are watching a movie and doing nothing to make it happen. It looks like there are people waiting for the law of attraction to work while sitting on the couch.
All these make me believe doing a Vision Board is a great tool that I highly recommend.
To help you get started, I am sharing the Canva template I used with my family to make our own.
The structure I built this template is the following:
1- Think of your life as 4 Quadrants: Self, Home, Work, Community
2- What are 3 to 4 things you would like to see in 2021?
3- When you picture yourself in those situations, assess how you would feel, and look for a picture of the moment. It can be something material, an emotion, an affirmation, a word.
4- Use your Word of the Year as a central command that could work for all the areas of your life.
5 – Print it.
6 – Have it in a palace available for your visualization.
I hope this helps you to find the clarity and inspiration to look after your Dreams!
Have you ever done a Vision Board? Share your experience with us by leaving a comment below!