Vision boards are meant to help motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals using a combination of images, quotes, affirmations, and photos. You can either make a physical vision board that you can hang in a place you’ll see it often, or you can create a digital vision board that you can save as your computer background.
Vision boards aka dream boards are not some magical entities that’ll grant your every wish, but more a visual reminder of what you’re trying to achieve or bring into your life. Think more Law of Attraction than magical genie in a lamp.
So, let’s dive into how to actually create a vision board for 2021!
1. Set your goals
First things first, before you even think of picking up a pair of scissors, you need to actually sit down and set some goals and intentions. Now, some people are a fan of the SMART method which is making goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-limited. An example of this would be “Hit 5,000 followers on Instagram by 2022.” Only problem with this is, whether or not someone follows you is kinda out of your control. That’s why choosing to take the Atomic Habit approach to my goals this year. Atomic Habits by James Clear is a book about creating good habits that will yield the results you want.
In the book Clear writes, “Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits.” So, let’s say you make it a habit to sleep in your makeup, your outcome will more than likely be a break out or clogged pores. On the other side, if you take your makeup off every night, your outcome will most likely be healthy, happy skin.
I decided to go with this approach because it takes out the unknown factor when it comes to goals and puts the control in your hands. You can’t control whether or not someone follows you, but you can control how often you post and how much time you spend engaging with your audience.
For those of you who haven’t read Atomic Habits by James Clear, I would highly recommend it.
2. Find Your Visuals
Finding the photos and quotes you’re going to be using for your vision board is the fun part. You can go old school and cut pictures out of magazines, or you can go to the ultimate inspiration source, Pinterest! You want to find images and quotes that you feel an emotional response to. I don’t mean it needs to bring you to tears, but it should make you feel some type of way. Whether that’s motivated, inspired, relaxed, happy, you want to cultivate images that tie into your goals and attract positive vibes when you look at them.
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3. Get your supplies
Alright, now that you’ve set your goals and picked out your visuals, it’s time to put together your vision board! Here’s what you’ll need if you making a physical vision board:
- Foam or pin board
- Something to attach your images (glue, washi tape, or push pins if using a pin board)
- And of course, your images
4. Create Your Vision Board
Once you have all your materials, set aside some time to put together your vision board. Maybe pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass… or two , while you tack on your images. I like to lay mine out first before attaching any images to create an arrangement that I like.
This year I decided to do a pin board, so that I could update my vision board throughout the year. I decided to hang it above my desk as I spend lots of time there editing photos and videos, and writing blog posts.
Aj2 years ago
Thank you!! I always skip #1 and go straight to cutting a decorating the board. But you’re absolutely right, it’s starts with sitting down and really think about what your want and how to reach your goals, great post!
Dominica2 years ago
I love the idea of the SMART method. Been vision boarding for a while now but never tried doing that method with it. I’ll definitely try it next time.
Desarae2 years ago
You did a really good job explaining vision board. I made one for my blog to help keep me on track and I love it.
Jasmine2 years ago
Wow! Your board is so inspirational. i love the colors on it. this year, i did my vision board on a very small board so I can fold it and put it in a binder. I can go back and view all years in the future. But, I do love the way you created yours… less trees.
Tiy2 years ago
You’re definitely vision board goals lol. Every year I say that i am going to do a vision board but I never follow through. I love your step by step breakdown makes it look a lot easier than it seems in my head.
Tiy2 years ago
You’re definitely vision board goals lol. Every year I say that i am going to do a vision board but I never follow through. I like the step by step breakdown makes it look a lot easier than it seems in my head.