Becoming Your Ideal Self With the Help of Vision Boards

By Samra Ashe, Press & Written Media Team

Everyone has dreams and aspirations for their ideal life. But sometimes, we can get so caught up in the monotonous pace of life that we stop living with those dreams in mind. They seem distant, far away and impossible, something destined to remain a fantasy forever. Vision boards, a collage of pictures representing one’s dreams and goals, offer a solution to this dilemma. Not only are they a fun and creative pastime, but according to Psychology Today, they have been proven to increase motivation, confidence and motor performance. The process itself is fun and fulfilling, and only requires a few steps.

Reflect: Before you start constructing your vision board, take some time to think about what you’re hoping to portray. When you close your eyes and imagine a life where you’re happy and fulfilled, what do you see? It can be about any and all aspects of your life, from your career, to your social life, to where you want to live, etc. There isn’t one clear cut way to do this. Some people suggest listening to music, closing your eyes and visualizing in your head. Another recommended method is to simply write out your goals and plans for the future. If you’re someone who is a little lost about what they want from life, you might find it helpful to browse through magazines or image sharing services like Pinterest and noting down what images make you feel happy, regardless of whether they relate to your life or not.

Find your images: It’s time to find the images that your vision board will comprise of. One of the most popular sources people refer to for this task are magazines. However, you can also find images online and print them out. There is no limit to the images you choose. If one of your goals is to be healthier, you might include vibrant pictures of fruits and vegetables. If you want to read more, you could cut out cozy pictures of libraries and books. The key is to choose images that represent the life you want and that, as Marie Kondo might say, “bring you joy.” At this point in the process, keep in mind that while you might not use all the images you end up selecting, you’re not focusing on the actual arrangement. Aim on finding as many inspiring images as you can, and once you start experimenting on your board, you’ll make the choice of what to keep and what to scrap.

Experiment: At this point you’ll need the “board” component of the project to arrange your images on. The most common choices are a cork board or a large piece of poster paper. Once you have your board, start to experiment with the placement of your pictures. How you choose to design your board is completely up to you. Some people like to have a main image or theme at the center of the board, while others mash ideas and images together randomly. One general rule of thumb, however, is to prioritize size and space for the pictures that represent the most important goals and aspirations for you. If you have a dream of becoming a doctor, images like that should probably take up a lot of space or be centered. Do what feels right. Remember, your vision board is meant to inspire and remind you about your dreams, so design it with that goal in mind.

Stick on your images: Once you have your vision board completely laid out and planned, you can begin the process of finally sticking these images on the board. Tape, glue or push pins are all recommended options, but anything that ensures that your pictures remain firmly intact and stuck on will be adequate.

Give your board a home: Now that you’ve finally finished your beautiful board, it’s time to place it somewhere it can always be seen. Many like to hang their boards by their bedside, so that it’s one of the first things they wake up to in the morning, while others might hang it near their workspace for a spark of inspiration during longer days. Once again, the decision is completely up to you. Just pick a place where you know you will be able to see and appreciate it.

During these last few weeks of summer break, you might find you have some free time on your hands. If you do, consider carving out an afternoon to craft your own vision board. Not only is it a fun creative project, but you might also learn a few things about yourself and who you want to be.

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