I was 23 years old and living at home with my parents in Missouri when I became inspired to create my first vision board.
I was in between seasonal work and had a deep burning desire to firstvision move out west to Montana. I didn’t have much money and I had no idea how I could afford the move or where I would find work when I got there.
Because I struggled with so much doubt as to how I could transform my vision into a reality, I decided to create a vision board for my “Go West Dream” – even though I really didn’t have a clue as how to make one. I cut out photos of myself and glued them on top of images of a cabin in the mountains.
I also cut out images of me doing my ideal work as well as images of me surrounded by new friends. I remember looking at my board daily and yearning for my dream to come true.
And much to my excitement and surprise every one of my dreams on that vision board did come to pass.
With just a few hundred dollars in savings I decided that there never would be a perfect time for my move – so I rented a U-haul and went west. Miraculously, everything fell into place. I got a job that had only become available one week prior to my moving to Montana and was hired on the spot.
I found a place to live in a town that had very limited rental housing at the time. Not only that but I found my “dream cabin” in the mountains surrounded by thousands of acres of hills, forests, streams and wildlife. I never in my wildest dreams could have orchestrated these events so perfectly.
I can whole-heartedly attest to the power of vision boards. Put quite simply, it contains images of you achieving the things you want to achieve, doing the things you want to do and living the life you yearn to live.
Here’s 4 simple steps you can take to make a vision board…
1. Indulge in daydreaming. Before you begin collecting images for your board spend some time imagining the kind of dreams that you want to achieve in the next 12 months (I like to create vision boards for a year at time, but you can create a board for any desired time frame).
And you can create vision boards anytime throughout the year – not just at the beginning of the year.
I’ll also create smaller vision boards throughout the year for a specific goal that I’m working on (for example, if I’m training for a half marathon or leading a live two-day event).
Create an inspiring atmosphere for your initial daydreaming/visioning session. You might want to light a candle or play some soft music. Give yourself full permission to be a kid again and to daydream about everything you’d love to achieve in the next 12 months.