Simple tips for making your next vision board your best one yet.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Visualization. Manifestation. For some, these terms can provoke inspiration; for others, skepticism. Wherever you fall in terms of belief, it’s worth knowing that visualization is scientifically proven to be a powerful tool. According to Psychology Today, visualization is a mental mechanism that can enhance motivation and increase confidence and self-efficacy—which brings us to vision boards.
Perhaps you’ve made them before, cutting out pictures and words of affirmation. How thoughtful were they, really? Did they come with a clear sense of the why and how to actualize? With these questions in mind, we spoke to Nitika Chopra, certified life coach and the founder of Chronicon, a platform dedicated to elevating the lives of those living with chronic illness, for some guidance. Here, she shares how to make a thoughtful vision board with potential to yield real results.
What Is The Point Of A Vision Board?
“Sometimes, we think we know what our vision is. We think we have clarity around our dreams, but when you’re forced to put pen to paper or create a physical experience with it, it makes you really think,” says Chopra. “You not only get clarity [from a vision board], but you’re also declaring [your goals]—even if you’re the only one who ever sees it.”
How To Map Out Your Board
You’ll need a few things to start: a board, magazines, glue (or pins), and introspection. Chopra suggests thinking about the literal things you want to manifest along with the energy you’re hoping to bring into your life. “The literal things are the non-negotiables,” she says. “[For example] if I didn’t have this thing on my board, I would feel like something is missing.” That doesn’t mean you’re not going to be ok if that particular part of your vision doesn’t come true, however. Chopra explains that adding these to your board encourages you to take full ownership of what you want.
In addition to your literal goals, she says creating a mood for your board is also an important component: “I have colors, flowers, and inspirational people that I really love on my board. It’s not that I need to have those flowers or that person in my life—I want my mood to be elevated to this place.”
Don’t Be Afraid To Leave White Space
If you’ve created a vision board previously, you might have filled it to maximum capacity. Chopra says to embrace the white space as well: “I always tell people, don’t be afraid of the empty spaces on your board; that’s where possibility or things you don’t even realize you want yet can start to form.” Think of the blank areas as representing your openness to going with life’s ebbs and flows and saying yes to new experiences.
Consider Making Additions (Or Even A New Board) Quarterly
Typically, a vision board is thought of as a project you work on at the start of the year. However, 2020 has forced us to rethink what’s important and how we plan our lives. “My vision board doesn’t feel the same this year,” says Chopra. “Future planning has felt like a traumatic thing for a lot of people during COVID.” But that doesn’t mean dreaming and goal setting is off the table. Right now, visually thinking of your life in smaller segments can be helpful.
“A lot of this is getting right with yourself and understanding your own needs and desires so that you can act accordingly,” says Chopra. “Making a vision board might seem like a leap or a strange thing to do right now, because you don’t know what the future is going to hold. I think there is a world in which people could have a smaller vision board, and say every quarter ‘I’m going to have a new mini-board that I focus on.‘”
Place Your Vision Board Somewhere You Can See It
Once you’ve completed your board, you may be wondering where you should place it and how often you should spend time with it. “[My vision board] is on the wall in front of my bed, so when I wake up and sit up in the morning, it’s the first thing that I see,” says Chopra. Everyone has a different set up in their home, so find a visible space for your board that feels right for you. Chopra says you don’t need to stop and stare at it every day, though. “Just having it in your space makes a difference,” she says. “Whether you’re consciously taking it in or it’s subconscious, it is a powerful reminder.”