It isn’t easy to get accepted to the Military Academy in Austria. The selection process is hard. But my son set his heart on it. And he made it happen. But I didn’t realize how much the vision board we created two years ago on New Year’s Eve supported his dreams. It only started dawning on me when he insisted on making one again on this year, as it was a vital part of making this dream of come true.
Luckily it did work for him so well.
But it didn’t happen by accident.
He made it work.
So how can you make your vision board work for you too?
There are no fixed rules on how to create your vision board.
But there are principles to create a vision board with magic and power.
Ignoring these principles might be the reason why your vision board will have less impact on you and your life.
Creating a vision board is not just a magical spell that cast once and then it solves all your problems as well as makes all your dreams come true.
But if done right,…
If you know how to unfold its magic,…
It can be a miraculously useful visualization tool and success booster for you.
So first, let’s cover the 5 biggest stumbling blocks when creating and implementing the power of vision boards. And which you might face too.
1. You weren’t able to access their power (This is the most crucial part! And you get all the exact steps to make them work, promised!)
2. You never even started a vision board because the creation can be quite time-consuming.
(Interested in a fast execution? – Just keep on reading!)
3. You felt overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start or how to put everything together.
(Don’t worry, I show you a simplified version that works wonders!)
4. You feel confused by them
(I was too – you also get some simple, neat tricks on how to avoid that…)
5. You don’t like their rough-unpolished looks
(Hey, I’m not joking this was REALLY a problem for me! And yes, I show you how to beautify them with a simple trick!)
All these challenges I encountered myself. Vision boards were confusing, time-consuming and ineffective for me. To make yours a success, I’ll show you in a second how you can overcome these stumbling blocks.
First though, you need to realize why they can be so effective.
So, why will a vision board, if done right, speed up your success rate?
Your vision board can be your sacred space that brings your dreams and wishes into life. The reason why this works is simple:
“What you focus on expands.”
So when you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, it helps you keep your focus and activates your subconscious mind to assist you with this goal. You can even multiply its effectiveness by doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.
How can you make a vision board actually work for you?
Like already said, vision boards can add magic and grace to your life if done right. Here’s how you can skip the 5 major pitfalls:
1. How to avoid ineffectiveness
RULE #1: Good feelings only
Everything you put on your vision board must give you a good feeling or even better excites you! Vanilla is not good enough.
So whenever you look at your vision board, it should uplift you and your energy. It must give you a boost or turn on the longing of your heart. The images must create a strong, positive feeling in you. If you feel negativity, lack or pressure for whatever reason, change the image and/or work on your mindset.
This is ESSENTIAL!!! Because everything you focus on will come to life – the abundance and good vibes as well as the lack and scarcity.
RULE #2: Make a concrete plan
You need a plan. Without it, you won’t see the possibilities arising in front of your very eyes. And you lack direction.
TIP #1: Make it simple, but as encompassing as necessary. You don’t need to have all the details because you might find even better solutions in the future because of your vision board. But you should see the first 3 steps you can take so you can get active fast.
TIP#2: Write down your aims, don’t just think about them. A written aim is more powerful than one made up in your mind. If you want to top it, then handwrite your goals instead of typing them. It will connect you on a deeper level with your dreams and aspirations.
RULE # 3: Take inspired action
A vision board can help you. A lot!
But it won’t do the work for you.
I can help you keep your focus.
It can fuel you with inspiration and vision.
It can help you attract the right circumstances and people.
But you still have to do act and do the necessary work!
If you’re dreaming about owning a new business…
Just fantasizing alone isn’t enough.
Just looking on your vision board is neither enough.
It won’t get created all by itself.
To make it work, you need to put in the effort to create what you want.
So a vision board can make your journey easier and more successful.
But in the end, it’s effectiveness depends on you!
Tip #3: Take aligned action.
Be proactive and go for your dreams. An action that’s aligned with your vision and that gives you a good feeling, you love to do and ignites you.
But be aware, you might not always feel good when you start doing it though. Your mind might try to trick you. To avoid that, focus on how you feel, once you did it!
For example, my two sons both decided to shower with cold water only to enhance their willpower. They may need time to encourage themselves before starting their cold shower (particularly in the winter) and might spend 5 or 10 min in the bathroom before they are finally able to do it. But when they finished it, they feel encouraged and are proud of their accomplishment.
Only if you combine your visualization with an aligned action, you’ve found the secret key to unfold your vision boards magic. Then you can bring everything on it to life.
So a clear, trackable plan and is essential to make your vision board work. Want to know how to make your vision board a success too? Click here to get your complimentary worksheet on how to create your successful vision board.
2. How to avoid overwhelm:
There are numerous ways to make a vision board.
I tried many of them and too often I got stuck in the middle.
I learned, that not only does your vision board help you to stay focused, but you also need focus to make it!
If you want to follow the traditional approach to vision boards, then determine your aims for the most essential areas of your life: relationships, business, finances, family, travel, personal growth, education, health, living, social life, community,… Write them all down and state shortly how you want these areas to look like. Then you start searching for images.
And this can be quite a lot.
At least it was always for me.
Too much to focus on.
Too much overwhelm.
I need clarity, structure, and simplicity.
That’s how my brain works.
And this brings me to my next tip:
TIP #4: So my approach is more simplistic – I create a SLEEK VISION BOARD instead.
My sleek vision board:
It’s elegant, simplistic but highly inspiring and consists of 4 parts.
1. Theme word:
I choose a theme word for the year
This is an easy but powerful way to set intentions for the new year. It’s a word or even phrase best describing what you want to experience throughout the coming year. For me, this year’s word is TRUST for me.
Once you decided on your them word, you top it up by choosing a picture that represents it. That’s the first part of your vision board.
2. Gratitude for what I got:
Now I write down 3 elements I’m thankful for from the past year
This should be rather easy, but don’t estimate it’s power! Gratitude for what you already have gotten is a booster for everything that you want to attract in your life! And it will also amplify your good feelings (principle #1), which is essential to make it work.
Once you decided on the three topics of your gratitude, start choosing pictures representing them. That’s the second part of your vision board.
3. What I want:
Then I determine 3 topics that I want to achieve
Make it quick and simple. Too many aims create overwhelm. By just focusing on the 3 major ones first, you start powerfully and set a clear focus.
For this section, you need to plan two rows. One for the elements “in the flow”. One for the images you’re about to create momentum.
Once you’ve achieved your aims or notice that things start flowing in this area, you can add another topic.
Then you simply move the corresponding image to another part of the vision board (the flow area) or you add it to the gratitude part of your board if you have achieved it. To be able to move the image around it’s helpful to use a removable dispenser.
Leave space for 3 images that you stumble upon in the magazines and that inspire you but can’t name why.
That’s your last section!
3. How to avoid wasting your time:
You can spend hours to put your vision board together. Because browsing through the wrong magazines can really time-consuming. How long it will actually take depends on one thing mostly. The right preparation and the available images to work with.
Thus choosing the right magazines is crucial to being able to quickly finish your vision board. And obviously it can’t support your dreams if it’s not finished!
Usually you won’t find inspiring images in cooking magazines (unless you dream about becoming a chef or opening your own restaurant) nor in the high end fashion and celebs magazines (unless you look for dresses and jewelry) So my suggestion is to use magazines that focus on spirituality or inspiration (like Light Of Consciousness, More To Life). They usually have
more usable images in them.
TIP #5: Variety:
Choose a variety of magazines with different topics like travel, inspirational, traditional coverage (e.g. Time magazine). This way your changes are higher you can cover all of your goals.
TIP #6: Collect in advance
Start collecting these magazines before you need them, so you have enough variety. You can even ask your friends and family to donate old ones to you. This way you are prepared and fully stocked once you start with your vision board.
TIP #7: Images from the internet
The fastest way though, is to use images from the internet.
You can either use google search or free photo sites like http://stocksnap.com.
Just type in your goal and choose from the pics. Then either print them out in color at home or save those images on a stick and have a copy shop print them out. You can even make real photos out of it.
4 + 5. How to avoid confusion and add beauty:
My brain needs structure not to get lost or confused.
But most of the vision board I saw are the opposite. I just don’t like looking at them, which is a bad idea if it’s my own. So do everything necessary to make you love your vision board and enjoy watching it.
Don’t neglect this part, because having a good feeling about the board is essential! If you need more clarity and beauty respect that feeling!
Now I truly enjoy watching mine, and if you’re curious how my version of the Sleek Vision Board will look like or just want to know how to create your own, you can download your full instructions (sleek planning included + demo photos) here.
I found 3 ways you can avoid confusion and beautify your vision board.
TIP #8: Clear edges
Many people just cut out their images with rough or irregular edges. I cut out rectangles instead. They make it easier to focus, keep a clean look, and a clear structure which helps me to keep my focus and calm my mind.
TIP #9: Framing it
I need clarity above all.
Not only in my mind but also in the look. So first, I choose a white background. You don’t need to choose a white one too, but my tip is to have at least a subdued monochromatic color, so your images are dominant, not the color of your background.
Subsequently, I love to unify the images with the same “frame”. For this, I buy colored paper (I prefer dark ones like purple or blue), gold or silver leaves or just use the paper of your background. Then I cut out rectangles which are larger (usually max. 5 mm or 0.2 inches) than the image I want them to frame. Then I glue them on the back of my image. This also serves a second purpose. Now the image plus + frame is more solid which makes it easier to move around on my vision board.
TIP #10: Naming it
You also find that many images might have words in them. So need to cut them out, if they have no or a different meaning to you or if they just bother you. Most people just cut around the wording which again leaves a curved edge. On the contrary, I still cut out rectangles first.
Then only as a second step, I cut off the part with the writing. Then I glue it to the frame and replace the cut-off part of the rectangle with a colored pen (I prefer a golden or white one). Just two simple lines are enough for me. Then on the space created and next to the image, I write the meaning the image has for me.
TIP #11: Leaving a lot of space
This one is also essential for me. I need a lot of white space around the colored pictures so my mind can work properly.
Again it gives me structure and clarity and enables me to focus on a single image and the feeling it has for me.
So, undivided focus works.
This is the reason a vision board can be your scintillating, focus-giving guide for you too. But you need to apply the three principles to unfold it’s magic and maybe use one or several of my tricks to unleash their power.
Always remember, your focus determines your reality!
– George Lucas
So how will be this year for you?
Obviously, you can start a sleek vision board whenever you want to reset your mind to success. You don’t need to wait for the next New Years Eve. So best start right now to boost your year. And if you want to give it even more direction, focus and meaning then activating your soul purpose with the Soul Purpose Alchemy Program will be your supersonic supercharger not only for this year but for the rest of your life.
All my best!