If you have looked at vision boards before you will know what they are. They are a visual representation of the reality that you want to be leading now or in the future.
But vision boards don’t need to be limited to magazine cutout images. Your vision board content should contain anything that brings you happiness and gives you a clear picture of your goals.
Sometimes we can get really caught up in pushing images together and forget that anything which speaks to us emotionally and inspires us and reflects our dreams is your vision board content. While pictures are the easiest and most powerful of all the methods, there are times and places where there is more to a vision board than just pretty pictures.
Here are 5 types of vision board content:
I don’t love vision boards that are covered in words, mainly because I think you can express a lot more through images but sometimes words are necessary and do add meaning. This is particularly apparent in the case of mantras and affirmations. If you have a daily mantra which you are living my this year (you should!) then you should make that your vision board content. Do you have words that you really wish to live by? Put them on your vision board. Somethings are so personal to us that we could never find an image on the internet to properly express it, so in those cases words are the only way.
The other word to put on your vision board: your guiding word for the year. We set guiding words to be just that…our guide. So by putting it on your vision board you are allowing your path and your choices this year to be guided by that particular word.
Travel is obviously on most people’s vision boards, so it’s only natural you probably have some specific places you wish to travel. Rather than just putting photos of those places on your board you could put specific maps of the area you want to travel (even with a travel path laid out) or brochures of the place.
This will make the goal of visiting those places feel a lot more real, and you are giving yourself a specific goal to achieve – it’s a win win!
Sometimes, a vision board is a good place to put your bucket list. While it is much more powerful to have these goals in picture form if the list isn’t going to be completed for many years then specific photos of every single thing are probably unnecessary. A list makes sure you see and feel those goals, as a whole every time you look at a board but stops goals which aren’t important right now taking up a lot of space. There is quite limited space on a vision board, and a list can compact information so easily.
Plus, a list almost is an image in itself – it gives you a really quick overview of the big goal you have, and all the parts that are going to make it amazing.
Write your lists in beautiful calligraphy or typed out on beautiful paper and they are great vision board content.
Note: this is not the space to put a to-do list. This is a to-inspire list.
Sadly, people never think that just a colour can be so powerful. Colours speak directly to our emotions and can make us feel so many different things. You don’t even have to limit it to your favourite colour either. While we were building our house I had swatches of the colours I wanted to incorporate into my house so that they were in the forefront of my mind when I was making decisions. Maybe you want to include your brand colours, or a fabric swatch.
The best places to use colour? Those little spaces that pop up between images. Rather than pushing the images together, let the space in between them light up with colour.
The colours of the season is also a good way to boost your mood and get you into the summer/winter mood.
Not everything on your board has to be flat or printed out. There are a lot of things that can inspire us or motivate us that you probably keep around the house. Try sticking these things to your vision board to give it some added interest and excitement. You could try things like postcards, coins from travels, pins, sewing/embroidery.
Just remember to make everything speak to you on an emotional level otherwise you are just taking up space (mentally and physically) that isn’t really helping you out.
While none of these are images you cut out or printed off Pinterest, they are all powerful and will help you create a realistic view of the reality you want. Your vision board content can come in many different shapes and sizes and I hope this post has opened your eyes to that. This is by no means a definitive list of what you can include, you can include anything that you want as vision board content!
Enjoy your vision board process and have fun!
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To your success,