Why you Should Create a Vision Board
Vision Boards are a complete and total game-changer. To put it simply, they aren’t hocus pocus. They work. Having a visual reminder of your goals creates a short but powerful visualization exercise in your brain.
Visualization is used by top athletes all over the world to improve their performance. Psychology Today reported that the same brain patterns that are activated by activities such as lifting weights are ALSO activated when a person visualizes lifting weights.
A vision board is designed to help you visualize your goals and how you want to feel when you achieve these goals. If something on your board triggers you to feel stressed out and miserable… take it off. Your goals and dreams should excite you.
In the following blog post, I’ll outline how to make a vision board and how to create a vision board online! Both methods are equally effective as long as you store them in a place you’ll see daily.
3 Ways to Create a Vision Board
Vision Board Materials
You may be wondering – where can I buy a vision board? Or what supplies do I need to make a goal board?
My favorite way to make a vision board that actually works is to use a corkboard with physical pictures.
Other possible vision board supplies include fadeless paper, markers, thumbtacks, string, etc. I like to flip through old magazines and cut out photos that represent my goals. You can also thumbtack photos to a corkboard or glue them onto a poster board.
Some vision board ideas include –
- Dream Career
- Dream Car
- Home Improvement Ideas
- Achievements (Running a 5K, Getting a Promotion, Speaking on Stage)
- Inspiring Quotes
- Books you want to read
- People you’d like to meet
What I love about this method is it allows you to be creative and hands-on. While I’m putting everything together, I love to light a candle and have fun upbeat music playing while I cut out all of my images. Sometimes I print pictures to place on there as well.
However, you must follow this number one rule… DO NOT hold back or try to “be reasonable” with your goals and dreams. Don’t DOUBT any ideas for your vision board. This is not the time to ground yourself. JUST GO FOR IT.
How to Make a Digital Vision Board
There are a number of ways to create a digital vision board. I’ll show you how to create a vision board online and how to make a vision board on your computer (without internet).
How to Create Your Board Using Powerpoint
If you are a visual learner – I have a step-by-step video on The Calm[ish] Teacher Facebook group. In this video, I set up a digital goal board using only Powerpoint.
Before you start creating your collage, be sure to have images saved to your computer either in a folder or on your desktop. This will make it easier to insert your pictures.
Next, open powerpoint and click on the “design” tab. Then “slide size” – “page setup.” Set your slide to have a width of 8.5 and a height of 11 inches. This is the size of an average piece of paper.
Once you have your slides the correct size, you may insert your pictures. You can do this by clicking “Insert, Picture, and Picture from File. Click on all the pictures you want to insert or insert them one at a time.
What I love about creating a collage on Powerpoint is you can crop your pictures directly in the app and you have the luxury of moving them however you want. In Microsoft Word your movement is limited.
How to Create Your Board Using Canva
If you’re not familiar with Canva, it’s a website that assists you in creating graphics for social media, a business, etc. and it’s free to use. Before using Canva, you’ll want to make sure you have some photos saved on your computer to use. You may click here for some vision board inspiration.
When creating a vision board on Canva, you simply type “photo collage” into the search bar. You’ll be directed to a page with a ton of different layout options, pick the one you love, and get started.
On the left-hand side of your screen, you’ll see a button labeled “uploads.” Here you can upload pictures on your computer and then drag and drop them into your project. When you are done, click download on the top right-hand corner.
Vision Board Ideas
I typically use my board as a decorative piece in my office or bedroom. I want it somewhere that I’ll see daily.
I’ve also created digital vision boards and made them my iPhone background or computer desktop.
Some of my friends print their board and tape them to the inside of their bathroom mirror.
How and where you want to display your board is totally up to you. I would encourage you to place it in a location that is comfortable (privacy vs. no privacy) and somewhere YOU will see it every day. Having this visual reminder is a great visualization exercise for your brain.
As time passes, remove things from your board as they come in to fruition. There’s no better feeling than taking something off your board because it’s finally become a reality!
Other Mindset Resources
- Free Vision Board Activity for Kids
- How and Why You Should be Setting Goals With Your Students
- 7 Awesome Self-Care Tips
- Your Guide to a Healthier Year
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