What Is a Vision Board?


A vision board is the collage that you make that contains the images of the things you want in your life. It’s one of the most common used tools for manifesting, as it keeps you motivated and focused on your goal.

Why Use Vision Boards?

The idea is that when you surround yourself with the image of what you want to have, do or become, and you look at this image often, focusing your thoughts and allowing yourself to feel like you’re in the image, your life will eventually change to match the image, the desire the the image represents.

Vision boards are actually one form of visualization, and we have talked about why visualizations are a powerful manifesting tool: the image that we form in our mind focuses the creative energy of our thoughts, empowering them with emotions that activate the law of attraction.

Vision boards then serve to complete the image, to either reinforce its strength and clarity, or just to remind us of our goal as we’re moving forward with our daily tasks. Essentially, vision boards can serve a few purposes, and each of them is pretty important:

  • For many of us it’s difficult to precisely image what we desire, especially if it’s something abstract: for example, when we first start with manifesting, many of us want a better life – but what exactly that better life means, what it looks like, is it about the things or about the people…? Creating a vision board practically “forces” us to think what it is precisely, to actively seek the images that represent our dream life, to narrow it down to specifics – which then gives us something concrete to work with while consciously manifesting.
  • A vision board allows us to discard the dreams that aren’t really ours: if you’re visualizing meeting your perfect partner, and you find an image of two people holding hands under a palm tree, you put it on your vision board, but after a while you sense that deep inside it’s not how you want that scene to be (you just can’t make yourself feel the complete joy – your emotions are a great indicator of whether the scenario that you’ve chosen is right for you), then you’ll know that you should re-investigate your true desires, to find what you actually want.
  • Having your vision board in front of you as you go through your day helps you stay focused: let it be the first thing you see when you get out of the bed in the morning, and the last thing you see before going to sleep, and try to put it somewhere where you’ll be able to look at it during the day (on the fridge, on the desktop of your computer – any surface that you know you’ll be seeing often) – to remind you of your goal, even when your attention is wanted elsewhere.

Types of Vision Boards

As vision boards are something intimate to you, not only in the sense that it’s your dreams and wishes, but also that it’s you who should respond to them (that’s why it’s important to find the way of creating a vision board that suits you best), there aren’t any strict types of vision boards, but Christine Kane has given a pretty good distinction:

1 – The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re very clear about your desires.
– You want to change your environment or surroundings.
– There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)

2 – The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re not sure what exactly you want
– You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
– You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
– You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.

3 – The “Theme” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle.
– If you are working with one particular area of your life. For instance, Work & Career.

How Effective Can Vision Boards Be?

We can’t stress this enough: vision boards are only a tool; by themselves, they can’t manifest anything. It’s the energy of your thoughts that does the manifesting.

A vision board can be of tremendous help as it keeps you focused; but you have to make the effort that goes beyond starring at the images all day long: you first have to imagine yourself in the image (putting a self portrait next to the image can help with that), feel what it looks like to be there, to believe that it’s on its way to become real in your life – and most importantly, to take action when the opportunity presents itself.

If you want to learn more, please follow on to the article that talks about how to create a vision board.

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