Inspiration Board 101: Everything You Need to Know About Vision Boards

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You have the power to create the life you want.

Through visualization, your mind can decide what it wants to happen and then manifest that outcome.

Are you trying to become a healthier you? Land your dream job? Or meet your soulmate? It’s not as hard as it seems; all goals are possible when you visualize.

If you’re ready to start living the life you want, you need to have an inspiration board. Keep reading to find out why they’re so important and learn how to make yours.

What is Visualization?

You know the motivational phrase if you can dream it you can achieve it? Visualization is the realistic and practical form of that quote.

By imagining your life with the things you want in your possession, you bring them into reality.

The key is not picturing yourself wanting these things; you need to picture them already in your life. For example, if you’re saving for a vacation you need to picture yourself on that vacation having the time of your life.

The popular new-age book The Secret emphasizes imagining what you want becoming yours. The more you put that image into the Universe, the more likely it is to manifest.

If you’re constantly picturing yourself working hard to save for that vacation, but not actually enjoying the trip, you’re less likely to find yourself on a plane.

Visualization is the practice of seeing yourself happy and with your goals achieved.

Many people from professional athletes to CEOs practice visualization daily. Not only does it send positive energy into the Universe, but it allows you to focus on your goals and not the unimportant stuff along the way.

What is an Inspiration Board?

An inspiration board is a collection of images that inspire you. It can include pictures, quotes, symbols, and other items that elicit a positive emotion from you.

Inspiration boards are incredibly useful tools for visualization.

The practice of visualization usually requires you to sit comfortably, relax your eyes, and literally picture yourself with what you want. An inspiration board can help you focus that time on your goals and prevent you from drifting into other thoughts.

And, the images serve as mini visualization practices every time you glance at them throughout the day.

What Can You Put on an Inspiration Board?

Some of the most successful boards have a mixture of images, text, and symbols. You want your board to be meaningful and represent your goals while also being aesthetically pleasing.

The items on your board need to represent what you want to achieve.

So, if you’re trying to get healthier in your lifestyle and have a fitter body, you could include images of celebrities you aspire to be like. Or, you could include symbols for fitness that motivate you, like pictures of weights or running shoes.

Another common goal is to meet the love of your life. In that case, you could include pictures of couples living happily together, beautiful wedding pictures, or text that says the kind of relationship you want (“forever in love”).

If you have already found the love of your life, you can create a vision board specifically for your wedding. As you add wedding-related ideas, your vision of your special day will become clearer and you will be able to fill in the gaps before they become a problem.

You can be as literal in the items on your board as you want. Maybe there are symbols that remind you of a goal, but others wouldn’t understand it just by looking at your board. That’s okay; this board is purely for you.

How to Make an Inspiration Board

First, you need to decide if you want a physical or digital inspiration board. It doesn’t make a difference in its use; you should choose the method you’re more likely to see during the day.

You could even create multiple boards for different spaces.

If you’re on a computer for work, you could create one for your desktop. If you’re constantly driving, you could place one behind your sun visor or on your dashboard (as long as it doesn’t distract you from driving!).

The most common locations for visualization boards are vanities where you get ready for the day and in your place of work.

What Do I Need?

If you’re making a digital board, you’ll need a vision board app. Or, you could manually edit a phone background that includes saved images.

For a physical board, you’ll need:

  • A base (usually a corkboard or bristol board)
  • Adhesives (pins, tape, or glue)
  • Images
  • Quotes/Text
  • Symbols

You can find a base at your local craft supply store or home d?cor store.

For the images, feel free to print them from your computer or cut them out of magazines. The text can be from another source or handwritten yourself.

How to Create the Layout

Layouts vary from person to person.

You may want to have a section for each goal on the board, like career aspirations centralized in one corner. Or, you could make it one big collage.

Decide for yourself what will be most helpful in your visualization practice.

Should I Update My Board?

Absolutely! You should change and alter your inspiration board whenever you have a new goal. As you achieve goals and start working towards the new ones, adjust your board.

It’s common for people to assess their board on a weekly or monthly basis.

You may choose to have short-term goals that will be accomplished within the month and therefore, need to be changed monthly. Or, your board could have long-term goals you focus on for a year or more.

Always feel free to change up the items on your board when you want a new look or have new goals to add.

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You have all the tools you need within yourself to achieve happiness. The challenge is valuing yourself enough to use those tools effectively.

Visualization is a practice that helps you manifest your dreams and become the person you want to be. All you need is an inspiration board.

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