How To Make A Vision Board To Improve Your Life

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Last updated on July 20th, 2021

You’ve probably heard of vision boards. At this time of the year they are everywhere…
And for good reason!

After all, when designed and used correctly vision boards are an incredibly powerful tool that will help you nail your new year’s resolutions in no time.

What do you want to achieve in the coming year? How would you like to improve your life?

    – Lose weight?
    – Improve your career?

A vision board can definitely help you with that!

Here’s what you need to know about how to make a vision board to improve your life.

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What’s a vision board?

Before we start, a quick refresher: a vision board is an assemblage of visuals, often in the form of a collage, that is used to help you achieve (more precisely to manifest) objectives.
The idea is that by focusing on an objective you want to achieve you will attract it in your life. 

I know it sounds a little woo-woo but bear with me for a second, there’s a rational explanation behind this. 

Here’s a gross simplification to help you:

Focusing on what you want to experience activates a system in your brain called the reticular activating system. This system is in charge of prioritizing what is important to you and filtering information out.

When you place your attention on specific objects, circumstances, conditions, you signal to your mind that you want more of these specific objects, circumstances, conditions.

Your reticular activating system then attempts to bring you more opportunities to experience what you have placed your attention on. 

You’ve probably observed the work of your reticular activating system in action after buying a new dress (or a new car) and realizing that your darling new dress (or fancy new car) that had seemed so special before you bought suddenly seemed to now be on every street corner.

That’s the reticular activating system in action: it brings things that you may have not noticed before to your attention. 

In addition to this reticular activating system, we are vibrational beings who resonate with experiences, people, things with which we share similar frequencies.

By changing what you focus on, you change your frequency and in turn this changes what you resonate with and your experience of reality

In other words, when you make a vision board and you focus on what you want, you give instructions to your mind to find ways to bring to you what’s featured on your board.

If you’re skilled at using your board, this will have the effect of changing your vibration and you will begin to resonate with new experiences that match what’s on your board and you will attract them effortlessly. 

Notice, my last sentence: ‘if you’re skilled at using your board‘… 

Let’s clear up some huge misconceptions about vision boards.

Before diving into making your vision board, there are a few misconceptions I’d like to clear up for you, as these can seriously hinder your ability to gain any benefits from your vision board.

First, a vision board is more than a collage.

A vision board is an assemblage of visuals (symbols) that illustrate an objective.

Often, this does take the form of a collage. Most people pick up a pile of magazines, flip through pretty pictures, clip away random things that speak to them and paste them on a board. 

It’s fun, it’s cute, it makes for a fun afternoon and a (more or less) pretty collage. But it completely misses the point of making a vision board: it’s unstructured, random and unfocused.

And obviously this leads to less than desirable results!

Personally I recommend making vision boards using a computer. So, technically my vision boards are not collages. 

Most importantly, instead of clipping away random things that pop up, I carefully curate the symbols I use on my vision board. The point is to very specifically define an ideal outcome and to use very precise mental and emotional triggers to manifest a objective that actually benefits you.

It’s very focused, intentional and precise.
And of course, this leads to much more desirable and beneficial outcomes!

I love making my boards this way because they are so much more flexible.

    – You can update them as you grow! Simply change a picture or adjust an affirmation.
    – You can print them out in multiple instances and scatter them all around you: above your desk, on your bathroom mirror, in your planner, …
    – And, you can also use the in digital format as a screensaver in your tablet, in your computer or in your phone.

Another benefit of making a vision board with a computer is that you are not limited to the images you can find in magazines. It’s a lot easier to find visuals that perfectly capture the essence of what you want to manifest.

If you’re interested in my approach, this workshop walks you through all the steps of my vision board making process.
I take you on a behind the scenes tour and show you exactly how to translate your desire into powerful symbols that will ignite your manifesting ability, how and where to find the best visuals for free so you can bring your dreams to life fast.

making a vision board with a computer

Second, a vision board is not a 5-year old’s Christmas list.

One of the most crucial clarifications I need to make is that the process of making a vision board should never be equated with flipping through magazines and saying: ‘I want! I want! I want!’. 

Why?
You’ve probably heard the expression: ‘Be careful what you ask for’… 

That’s why!!!

Most of us really don’t want (or need) everything we want.

Throughout our entire lives, we’ve been programmed by society, by our schools, by our peers, by traditions, by the media, by celebrities, by movies to want certain things.
More often than not, these things aren’t aligned with our highest good, with our real personal values or with our true desires.

In other words, we’re just cluttering our lives with… junk!

Making a vision board by pasting away things that appeal to you because you’ve been conditioned to want them, rather than because you actually would benefit from them, is a great way to fall victim to this social programming and self-sabotage your life.

Additionaly, when you paste random visuals on your board, you get random results in your life…! 

When you paste random visuals on your board, you get random results in your life!

Third, a vision board is not magical.

A vision board is simply a nifty focusing and clarifying tool.  
It’s simply a tool that allows you to tap into some of your innate abilities to filter through the smorgasbord of experiences available to you and enter in resonance with our preferred aspect of reality. 

For it to work in your favor you must be intentional.

Fourth, you have to learn how to use your board.

Sure, some people may get results from a vision board just by having it in a box in a closet and forgetting everything about it (there was a famous example of this in The Secret), but for most this won’t do.

To get results from a vision board, you have to use your board. 

Now that these misconceptions are out of the way, let’s begin.

The proper way to make a vision board to fix your life!

Making a vision board is a process that should help you clarify what you want from life, help you identify all the aspects of a problem you want to solve or a situation you want to improve and upgrade your vibration so you can easily manifest it.

In a nutshell:

    – You define the situation you want to solve (for ex: lose weight, attract true love, troubleshoot your career, …).
    – You choose symbols to illustrate what you want to solve and how you want to feel once the situation is solved. 
    – You ‘vibe’ your board regularly (that’s a term I came up with to describe the process of using your vision board).

This is a fairly simple but rather intricate process. If you’re curious about the details, I walk you through the entire process in this workshop.

How to lose weight with a vision board

This is an intricate process.

The challenge is: there are many ways to solve a problem. And, the key is to ask the right questions that will help you find the right answer… for you!

Let’s use the example of wanting to lose weight:

    – For one person, weight issues might be connected to a health condition. 
    – For someone else, weight issues might be a matter of discipline.
    – For a third individual, weight issues could be related to an underlying emotional issue. 

Of course, the way you would address these 3 situations with your vision board is completely different: the fears that may be attached to a serious health conditions are not the same as issues of procrastination and boredom!

I hope you can to begin to see that making a vision board to lose weight is not about pasting thin people all over your board. Your vision board should be addressing the underlying issues that are connected to your objective of losing weight: the health concerns, the procrastination, the boredom or whatever emotional stuff you need to deal with…

If you don’t understand the underlying motivations, the underlying issues and the underlying struggles connected to your situation, your vision board for losing weight won’t really be useful since it won’t address the real issues that need to be dealt with for you to get lasting results.

And sadly, without this, you will probably be back to square 1 very soon (broken resolutions, anyone?…). 

That’s why in ENVISION, my vision board workshop I spend a lot of time guiding you through all this preparatory work: all these soul-searching steps that help you define your challenge properly and understand what’s really at play in your situation. (There’s even an in-depth workbook packed with insightful prompts to guide you!)

This is a crucial and non-negociable step that most people ignore.

How to make a vision board to improve your life.

If you really want to improve your life with a vision board, you must:

    1. Get clear on the conditions you want to improve : what’s bugging you, what lights you up, what you need, what you dislike, …
    2. Identify the obstacles that prevent you from getting your ideal result: your fears, your doubts, your circumstances, …
    3. Define a comprehensive solution that addresses everything you want to improve.
    4. Transcribe this comprehensive vision into the appropriate symbols or visuals.
    5. Use your board daily. 

Skip any of these steps and you will be wasting your time.

You will either be pursuing the wrong objectives, you will be blocked by obstacles that you haven’t cleared or you simply won’t get any results.

The beauty of the system I shared above (and that I detail in my vision board workshop) is that it covers all your bases.

How to make a vision board to improve your life

3 ways to improve your life with a vision board:

I like to think vision boards are a creative goal-setting tool that basically lets you improve any aspect of your life. You can use them for any challenge you encounter in life, anything that needs to be fixed or improved such as finding a new home, planning a trip or transforming your business. 

In Envision, I break down 3 very common life challenges that women struggle with that can greatly benefit from making a vision board:

How to make a vision board for love

Avoid the common vision board mistakes.

Now, as I have said before there’s a wrong and a right way to create a vision board.

For instance:

    – for weight loss you could stick tons of pictures of models with slender bodies on your board,
    – for a new career you could paste pictures of money, luxury swimming pools and fancy hotels rooms (living the laptop lifestyle, you know!).

The problem is this:

    – Is the laptop life style really for you? (Are you following your social programming, the trends, or you aligned with your soul? …)
    – Do you feel inspired or resentful when you look at those slender bodies on your board? (Do you have mental or emotional stuff that needs to be addressed before you can reach your objective?)

how to improve your career with a vision board

I know I sound like a broken record, but cannot stress this enough: making a vision board that actually works starts with the inner work, the soul-searching, the clarifying. 

For example, if you want to make a vision board for weight loss:

    – you must understand the reasons why you want to lose weight (health crisis, being more fit, better self-image, …),
    – understand what has prevented you from losing weight in the past,
    – the negative beliefs that you have around weight, around your body, around exercise,
    – the fears, the frustrations, the anxieties,
    – the doubts you have about losing weight,…

To be powerful, your vision board must address all these elements.

Same goes for finding love or for changing your career

How does a vision board help me with my resolutions?

In my experience people fail to reach their objectives (and specifically their new year’s resolutions) because they grossly under-estimate the role of their subconscious mind in achieving their objectives.
They believe in powering-through and in willpower.

Alas that’s not how the mind works. 

By making a vision board in the way I describe in this article, you will be way ahead of the game.

Not only you will have clearly defined objective that will inspire and serve you (you wouldn’t want to climb the wrong ladder…), you will also be working in the language of your mind which will magnify your chances of success.

Last but not least, you will also be tapping into a powerful process that will deliver your objectives on a silver platter.

And if you’re curious about results you can when you use manifestation: these are the types of results you should expect (this, this, this or this. It’s really powerful stuff!

Want to experience some of this goodness in your life? 

Get started making your vision board!

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