When you are creating your vision board, you want to know your goals, desires, and anchor words that will keep you grounded and in constant progress. I have compiled some of the best practices you will want to adopt before you create your next vision board so you can keep on track and live your dreamiest life.
In this post:
Vision Board Best Practices
What the Different Types of Vision Boards Are
Steps to Creating Your Vision Board
Steps to Writing Your Intention Letter
Best Practices Before You Start Vision Planning
Be specific. When you have a goal, be as clear as possible. Really paint a picture in your mind of what achieving the goal looks like, feels like, who is there with you, what the aromas in the air are like. Once you have the picture in your mind, try this super powerful visualization technique: you can adjust the saturation, clarity, and volume (yup, just like on a TV) until it feels expansive and energizing.
Make it Realistic. Now, I’m not saying settle. Not even a tiny bit! But what de-motivates a lot of people in the early stages is setting a goal so high that when they fall short, they give up. For example, if your goal is financial, instead of saying you’re goaling a six-figure year when you have never brought in more than a couple grand, you may say your goal is to bring in $5K consistently over three months.
Understand the Emotions and Feelings Behind Each Goal. If your goal is financial, the underlying emotion may be peace. If your goal is to Be Your Own Boss, the underlying desire might actually be to explore your creativity. Ask: Is the thing what I want or does an emotion drive my desire?
Explore Different Options of Vision Boards. There are video vision boards where you cut together scenes and snippets of video that project your ideal life. There are magazine cut-out vision boards. There are digital vision boards you can create on free online software like Canva. There are Chalkboard Planners where you track your progress. Intention letters bring your vision to life in the past tense (you write a letter to yourself from a year from now celebrating how you’ve accomplished your goals.) Find something or a combo that feels right for you.
Is It Important When it Happens or That it Happens? This is a biggy so Ima say it one more time for the people in the back. Is it important when your dream happens or that it actually happens? I don’t believe you need to tack on high-stakes and timelines to your dream. Your dreams, desires, and passions are inside your heart because they belong there. They are meant for you and you’re supposed to see them through. Don’t dishonor them by giving up because it didn’t happen when you through it was *supposed* to.
Through the years, I have always done both a digital Vision Board and an Intention Letter. I find the combination galvanizes my dreams and have had amazing results from it. I found an intention letter I’d written about five years ago now and it had things in it I’d completely forgotten. I’d mentioned a second child (we weren’t even pregnant at the time), my writing career (I now practice my craft almost every day), and lots more dreams that came true.
Something magical happens when you simply take your dreams out of your head and put them in the physical world.
This is where to start, so let’s get into it.
Steps to Creating Your Vision (Board)
It’s okay to get it wrong. You may put things on your VB that you’ll fall out of love with. That’s to be expected as you grow and evolve.
Understand your Emotional desires (peace, freedom, joy, excitement, wonder, curiosity...) Use the words that resonate on your board.
Decide on your medium: Corkboard and magazine clippings, a chalkboard, a Google Doc, or a Canva document.
Hop on Pinterest and find your inspiring images.
Save them to a Board named “Vision Board” or whatever you like. I usually turn mine to “Private” so it’s only when you are creating your vision board, you want to know your goals, desires, and anchor words that will keep you grounded and in constant progress. I have compiled some of the best practices you will want to adopt before you create your next vision board so you can keep on track and live your dreamiest life.
Steps to Writing Your Intention Letter
Write as yourself from a date that is one year in the future.
Write the letter as if you’ve already accomplished your goals.
I’ve found it helpful to hint at how you accomplished your goals.
Write down all the celebrations you’ve had during the year.
Save it somewhere and set a Google Calendar reminder to open it in one year!
When creating your vision for the future, keep in mind that you have the ability to make it a reality. You need to declare it as the first step towards success. Then you take it one day at a time and keep yourself centered on your core beliefs and vision. Yours will be deferent than everyone else’s and that is not only okay, it is perfect. You shouldn’t be on anyone else’s journey but your own. Others may not understand, try to make you pull back, even say you’re not cut out for it. But they aren’t you and their reality isn’t your reality. Take time to rest and then keep going.