Making the vision a reality
Vision boards are just that; visual representations of specific goals and intentions. They are meant to be reminders of our values and dreams. When there are large, colorful words and pictures staring us in the face every day, we won’t easily forget what we are working towards. The visions we have for our future are only unachievable dreams if we never put any energy into achieving them.
As a collective, we approach the new year feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle new challenges. We are beyond excited to have a fresh start, but the novelty always seems to wear off by February. For most people, sticking with “new year’s resolutions” literally seems impossible, and for no good reason really.
On the flip side, there are plenty of people that crush their goals every single year. Day after day, month after month, they never give up! They never lose sight of what their bigger purpose is, and it never ceases to inspire them. Ultimately, this is the secret sauce everyone needs in order to make their visions a reality. Daily motivation, and a reason to keep pushing through the struggles. Vision boards are fantastic tools for keeping the fires that fuel our passions blazing!
Do these observations resonate with you? Which one would you rather be? How does one stay motivated enough throughout the year to actually achieve their goals?
In this blog post, I intend to present a fun ritual for creating an effective vision board, with a whole bunch of inspiration! Plus action steps to take once your vision board is completed. I’ll make it clear what a vision board is NOT so you won’t have to worry if you’re doing something “wrong.” And, I’m offering you a collection of goal-related journal prompts to accompany your board. For free, of course! See the sign up form below.
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When is the best time to make a vision board?
Okay, I would like to make one thing very clear. VISION BOARDS ARE NOT JUST FOR RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR! There is no better time to manifest a new reality than the present moment. It’s like we’re always waiting to have that perfect clean slate of a new year. As if that is the only time of year new goals can be created. Obviously, this isn’t true at all!
The best time to create a vision board is right now! No reason to wait for circumstances to be “perfect.” You have the power to make changes in this very moment–use that power!
The New Year is an excellent time for goal setting–no one can deny that. However, don’t feel obligated to wait until the end of the holiday season to revisit your goals. If you have any sort of goal you’re dying to achieve, why wait for the new year? I know that having a perceived “fresh start” can be nice, but it could potentially be holding us back. So whether it’s January first or July first, make that vision board!
Energy flows where attention goes, and that’s exactly why vision boards work wonders. They act as motivating reminders, keeping our goals at the front of our minds. Remember your “why” – why do you want to achieve these goals? Why is this your life vision? There’s no need to wait for circumstances to be perfect to work toward our vision. The sooner you commit to creating the life you desire, the sooner you will manifest it.
What a vision board is not
Vision boards are not the finish line. Simply setting goals is never enough. We need to make sure we don’t forget why we set the goals in the first place. And just slapping some pretty words and pictures on poster board isn’t enough either. We must take action to see real changes, and we must stay motivated in order to take action.
Vision boards are not the type of thing you let collect dust in the corner. Display those bad boys loud and proud, somewhere it can be admired every day. Even if other people can see it, put it out there regardless! Do not be afraid to show the world what you intend to create for yourself.
Comparison has no place on our vision boards. The images selected should be empowering. Avoid anything that makes you feel inadequate or unworthy.
Finally, vision boards are not the place for impossibly high expectations. Do not haphazardly download images off the internet of multi-million dollar houses, fancy sports cars, the winning lottery ticket, and designer clothes for your vision board. These types of material things do not get to the root of what we actually want to manifest.
There is a delicate balance between reaching for the stars and being practical at the same time. Take the time to reflect on what you actually envision for your life. Often, expensive material items actually represent an emotion or feeling that we want. And the item we wish to have won’t necessarily give us that emotion. Be sure to ask yourself if the million-dollar house is actually what you want, or if you’re after something more meaningful. And if you decide you actually do want to manifest a mansion, then by all means put it on your board. Just be honest with yourself.
Creating Effective Vision Boards
Vision boards come in all shapes, sizes, and complexities, always reflecting the style of the person who created it. Right or wrong doesn’t exist in vision boards because they are so personal. Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration, but don’t try to model your vision board after someone else’s. Stay true to you!
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams a reality.”
I know having things neatly organized and laid out is a major stress-reliever, so below is a mini ritual that will help you to create an effective vision board!
1. Be grateful and accepting
Be grateful for all the blessings this current moment has to offer. Accept where you stand today so you can move forward. If we never accept where we stand, we will remain stuck there. Love your life right now, and commit to making it even better in the future. There are tons of things to be grateful for, even if it seems like nothing is good right now.
2. Get specific
In order to create a vision board with intention, we need to have a really good understanding of what we actually want out of life. Think back to the million-dollar house example. Do you want the house, or do you want the emotion you think the house will give you? Use the form below to receive a free list of journal prompts that will help you get specific about what you’re trying to manifest! Thank you in advance my friend.
3. Gather supplies and get crafty
Whether you’re cutting images out from magazines, printing them from the internet, or using things you already have, it’s a good idea to have everything ready to go in one spot. That way, you won’t get distracted from holding your intentions as you construct your collage. Create the space to focus on manifesting your vision. The more energy you put into your vision board, the more effective it will be overall. Make it as small or as large as you need to illustrate your vision fully.
4. Display and plan
Pick a spot for it to be displayed! Then, sit down and create an action plan that will bring you closer to your goals. Perhaps make a list of mini-goals or tasks that will contribute to the larger goals. Dreams will always be dreams if you never take any action to make them come true. Everything you do after you create your vision board should have clear direction and focus.
5. Release attachment
Trust that the Universe wants you to have what you want, and is conspiring to make your dreams a reality. Keep an open mind, because blessings can manifest in unexpected ways. Know that your message is being received by the Cosmic Intelligence, and it will come back to you. Or, something even better will happen. “For the good of all, or not at all!”
6. Pay attention and stay grateful
Synchronicities are happening all around us, all the time. Our level of awareness affects how well we receive these little clues from the Universe. Once your board is created, it’s important to keep your eyes open for synchronicities that may be telling you to keep doing what you’re doing. This is extremely validating and wonderful to experience.
7. Revisit and revamp
Once a goal on your vision board becomes reality, it’s time to replace it with something else. Maybe a more refined version of the original goal. The idea is to not let your vision board go stale. Remake it as often as you intuitively feel you need it. Reflect upon your progress often. Keep things relevant.
My Personal Vision Board for 2018
For the last few years, I’ve been mindfully crafting vision boards and have noticed something interesting. Pretty much every year, I have the exact same set of goals and intentions. Just slightly tweaked to fit my current situation. I’m always striving to improve my health, enhance my awareness, get in tune with the Moon, build my business, read more books, etc. These are lifestyle choices that have remained consistent for me.
Does that mean I’m not achieving my goals? Not in my opinion–I think of it as working on extremely long-term lifestyle changes. My perception is extremely big picture. And I believe there is always room for improvement, so every year I reflect upon my progress and recommit to moving myself forward.
This year, for 2018, I have some big goals I’m ready to achieve! Below is a picture of my vision board–I’m so in love with it. In this section, I’ll go through what each item represents for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to spark some inspiration for you!
At The Very Center
At the very center of my vision board is the Pagan Wheel of the Year. I printed off a well-known design and colored it in for a bit more personality. All eight Sabbaths and their dates are named here. Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltain, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon each have a little picture that represents their essence.
I decided to put the Wheel of the Year at the center of my board because it’s the center of my spirituality. Paganism is an important source of inspiration for my spiritual practice. And I wanted to become more aware and in tune with the seasonal changes of the Earth.
My Five Focus Words
You’ll notice that there are five large printed words that all start with the first letter of the alphabet. Alignment, ascension, abundance, authenticity, acceptance. This was only slightly intentional! When I initially sat down to brainstorm some focus words for the year, I realized that I had a whole list of words starting with “A.” Immediately I made a numerical connection to the number one, a very spiritual number.
All five of these words perfectly encompass everything I wish to work on for the next year. So up they went onto my vision board!
Alignment means making choices that reflect my core values and intentions. Ascension means many things, but mostly it means to be of service to others and the greater good. Abundance means that there I always have enough, nothing is in short supply. Authenticity means staying true to myself and being mindful of my emotions. Acceptance means being grateful for all the blessings the current moment has to offer.
My Business Goals
Towards the top are some familiar social media logos that represent much more than just social media. As a blog and handmade business owner, my online prescense is essential for growth. Hence the Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest logos. But I also intend to grow my email list with incredibly spiritual souls (like you!) so we can form a more tight-knit community. Youtube is also on the horizon this year for Spiritually Inspired, so I can reach even MORE incredibly spiritual souls! Paypal simply represents my growing business income, because that is the goal of every business.
I also put up three of my own business logos, as well as one of the cute postcards I send out to my customers. Plus a giant “work from home” sign that is blunt about my career desires. Overall, these things all remind me of what I’m trying to achieve in my business, and they keep me motivated! In the bottom right corner, I have an image from Jeff Goins that reads “I am a writer.” His books were very inspiring for me and I wanted that daily reminder.
My Physical Health Goals
Speckled throughout my board are little illustrations of various yoga poses. I colored them in bright colors and cut them out. I decided to evenly spread them out to represent my desire for yoga to penetrate all areas of my life. Yoga is a lifestyle choice, and I want to be one of those crazy bendy people that never goes a day without stretching. I’m already well on my way to achieving this goal!
On either side of the board are two images of delicious fruits and vegetables. One has the quote “My body is a garden, not a graveyard.” And the other is in the shape of a heart. For me, eating whole and healthy foods is a huge priority, and I’ve been working on improving my diet for over a while now. There is no end in sight, so up on this vision board they remain.
My Personal Growth Goals
Mostly everything on my vision board is inspired by my spiritual practice. I have many images of people sitting in a meditative position to represent the importance of meditation. One of these includes the seven chakras, and I got this awesome image from the Journey Junkie. With the chakras there, I thought it would be perfect right in the front.
At the top, I have a little moon phase diagram from Lunar Abundance that shows my intention to become even more in tune with the moon. This is complimented by the little black canvas with the Libra constellation painted onto it. The bright and colorful hamsa on the other side keeps this spiritual energy alive.
In the bottom left corner, you’ll notice a rainbow of leuchtturm journals. I used this image to represent my intention to continue journaling and utilizing the bullet journal system throughout the year. Also, there is a cute little “Save the Earth” sign down there that is a reminder of my commitment to decreasing our carbon footprint. All of these will help me grow into the best version of myself.
Other Images and Goals
Just like many other people, I have the more common goals of saving money and traveling more. There’s a piggy bank getting filled up, and a map with a highlighted trail to illustrate these goals. I also have a merkaba down in the corner, which represents ascension and connection to the Universe. Sacred geometry is important, which is why I have a colorful mandala from Hippicious Jewels hanging along the edge.
In the opposite corner is a picture of an elaborate crystal grid that shows my dedication to working with crystals. And finally, I have a few little cards that have poems for joy, harmony, and cleansing on them that I can refer to whenever I need.
2018’s vision board is officially completed! Take a peak 😍💖🌍. Vision boards are just that; visual representations of specific goals and intentions. They are meant to be reminders of our values and dreams. When there are large, colorful words and pictures staring us in the face every day, we won’t easily forget what we are working towards. I wrote a whole new blog post about creating effective vision boards, and you can read it using link in my profile! And there’s a freebie waiting for you there, so definitely go check it out. Namaste friends! 😍💖🌍 . www.spirituallyinspired.co/features 👽
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What do you have on your vision board?
Sending you love and light,
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