The key to vision board success, four easy steps to manifesting your dream life!
The point of a Vision Board is not to manifest a new car, or an expensive handbag, it’s to intentionally design your entire dream life. To create a LIFE PLAN. To reconstruct your life from the ground up, like an architect remodel’s an old building. You map out each area, room by room, creating a blueprint for a whole new masterpiece. That’s what makes a vision board magical, because it’s the physical representation of the life you’ve carefully and thoughtfully redesigned. You have the power to create your destiny; these four simple steps will help you do exactly that.
Step 1: The Audacity to Dream.
Learning how to dream can be surprisingly difficult for most of us in the beginning. It goes against our very nature, it feels foolish and ridiculous at first, but it’s a critical first step to success. A great way to get this process started is to create an extensive, all-inclusive bucket list. This is essentially a list of everything you would like to do, or experience in your lifetime. I love this exercise because it forces you to visually walk through your life and imagine what it could be. Resist at all costs,
the urge to be “realistic”. This is a dream list, it’s not bound by your current situation, it’s not an action plan that you need to budget for, it is free from all those constraints. If it helps, call it a “fantasy list”, or your “what if” list. On this list, all
things are possible; there are no boundaries, no limits, no expiration dates.
Sit down, alone, in a calm quiet space with a pen and paper, and relax. Begin writing down everything you have ever wanted to do. Travel the world? Where to? What do you want to see when you get there? Be specific, break down a topic like “Travel the world” into experiences.
Example: I want to drink a bottle of wine on a terrace looking up at the Eiffel Tower. You are creating a moment, and specific experience.The deeper you get into your list the more exhilarating this exercise should become. Give yourself permission to feel excited and happy, the more you let go, the bigger you will dream, and the more effective this will be.
Step: 2 Create a Movie In Your Head.
Now that you’ve created a bucket list and started imagining all the things you want to
do in your lifetime, it’s time to narrow it down for your vision board. Again pick a quiet spot, grab your note pad and write out these five categories as bullets:
1. Family and relationships
2. Wealth and Finances
3. Health and well-being
4. Travel and vacations
5. Career and personal passion
Next create a movie in your head about each category; one filled with so much detail you can see it every time you close your eyes.
To start, imagine your “dream life” five years from now, one where money is no object, and anything is possible. Pick a day in your future life and begin creating your movie from the time you get up in the morning.
Answer these questions:
What does your home look like? Who wakes up with you? What are you wearing? You have your dream job, but what is
it? What car do you drive? What role do friends and family play in this future life? Your future self takes vacations, so where have you just come back from or heading to? What has having wealth and financial freedom enabled you to do?
What do you look like? You’ve focused on your personal passion, so what’s that outcome look like?
This step is so important because it’s laying the foundation in your mind, that this is your future reality. You’ve transitioned
from a “what if” list, into a day in your future life. Putting your focus and intention on that is the magic. It’s the feeling of living a fulfilled, successful, blessed, happy life in every area, which sets manifesting in motion.
Now go over each bullet and fill in the details, from the movie you just created.
Example: Family and Relationships: In your new life you’re married, and have several close friends, maybe you have a child
etc. List each desire out under that category. Do this for every category with as much detail as possible.
Step 3: Get to Work!
Now it’s time for the fun to begin! I like to start on Pinterest making a board for all five categories. Pinterest has the most beautiful pictures of the life you want to create, whatever that looks like for you. I love it because the photos tell a story. My “dream house” board looks so cozy, I can easily imagine myself unwinding with a glass of wine in the living room, or looking in the beautiful kitchens. In other words, you’re looking for pictures that visually and physically tell the story of your mind
movie as accurately as possible.
Remember we are looking for images that express our future life, its feel, its energy, its emotion. When you look at the pictures, they should trigger an emotional attachment which plays your movie, enabling you to mindlessly, and happily daydream about it. So it’s not about a random picture of a sports car, it’s finding a picture that best describes what type
of car, or bag or shoes, or house your future, super-successful-self, would have.
Example: A picture of an engagement ring, represents the desire to be engaged and in a happy healthy relationship. When you look at it, you’re not thinking; I want that exact ring, you’re thinking about the day the love of your life asks you to
Making your board
Once you have pictures representing your dreams for each category, print out your favorites. Grab a glass of wine, put on some fun music and enjoy the process like a little kid. Artfully arrange your pictures on a large cork board, making a section for each category. Keep going until your board is completely full and represents your future life.
Then HANG IT UP! Put it in a place where you will see it every day, all day if possible. Put it on your desk at work, hang it on your bedroom wall. Every time you see it you are invoking the magic and creating your future.
Step 4: Believe in Magic.
By now there is a part of you that already believes in this magic. Along the way you’ve had to silence the voices in your head at each step that told you this was insane. But you did it, and by doing so, you’re on your way to seeing results. The other part of you wants to ask; how is any of this possible for me? Lucky for you, that’s not a question you need to worry about, as crazy as it sounds. You do not control the how or the when. You only control your steadfast belief that this is your new future, and when the time is right each of these pieces will be drawn to you. By displaying your board you’re acting on that faith, and every time you look at it and play your movie, you are solidifying that belief. But much of belief in the beginning is simply faking it until you make it. Speak it into existence even if you don’t fully buy-in yet, pretend you do. Begin talking about your new future, what it will feel like the day you realize your dreams. Keep your focus there. Don’t ever say “if”, say “when.”
Claim your future. Go about your life expressing gratitude as if it’s guaranteed, because it is.
The magic begins to happen over time when you’re not even paying attention, but one day you’ll wake up and actually BELIEVE it, in every fiber of your being. Often your manifestations come quietly, unexpectedly and from a source you’d never expect. Stay aware and grateful and you’ll be there to receive them. And before long you’ll wake up and be smack dab in the middle of one of those experiences you so carefully envisioned, and you’ll have a Deja vu feeling… and then you’ll remember; I have been here before, only this time it’s my reality. Those are the moments I live for, and have experienced over, and over again. Nothing feels as amazing or joyous as that moment, when you’re living out the life you