How to Make a Dream Board and Why You Should

“Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.”
― W. Somerset Maugham (Tweet This)

The Law of Attraction (LoA) is a powerful, universal law that can shape our lives and attract our deepest, greatest desires.

The Law of Attraction states, “Our attitudes and beliefs create a magnet to attract events, circumstances, and opportunities to live out those attitudes and beliefs.”

One of the most powerful tools for utilizing the LoA is a vision board.

Creating a vision board is more than cutting out magazine pictures and gluing them onto a board, hoping to attract your desires.

What Is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a powerful LoA tool that helps you narrow down your desires through the power of choice. It helps you invest the time and energy to visualize your goals, and it always reminds you of your hearts desires and life goals.

Another popular term for it is dream board.

Let’s look at those three purposes of your dream board in more detail below.

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The Power of Choice

Visions boards force you to examine your desires and focus on those that matter to you. Whether creating one or several boards, the limited space in a way that empowers you to focus on your most treasured desires.

Choosing what to put on your vision board is a simple, yet meaningful process. First, identify your wishes or desires, then select images that represent those desires. This simple selection process narrows down your focus and personalizes your board with specific messages that matter to you.

For example, you decide to put a picture of a house on your vision board because you want to buy your dream home one day. But you’re not satisfied with pasting an image of just any house on the board, so you find the perfect representation of your dream home. Or, you might pick aspects of homes and collage them together to fashion your perfect home.

There is power in focusing on the details of representing your desire. The process of making those choices sends a very specific and personalized message to the universe about your desires.

The Power of Visualization

Without a doubt, it is the visual aspect of a dream board that drives home your desires and sends a very loud, clear message.

It’s easy to think that focusing on one desire helps achieve that specific goal, but visualization isn’t as straightforward as we think it is.

To understand why visualizing your desires is so powerful, we need to look at the brain. Our brain is an incredible machine geared toward making us successful in every action we take. Our brain trains our bodies to prepare for action. When we imagine ourselves preparing for an activity, our brains actually run through the process and send signals to the rest of our body to complete the action.

Visualization is almost as powerful as performing the action. When you visualize yourself living in your dream home, your brain trains your body for that reality.

If you’re still not convinced, check out this incredible story from the famous actor Jim Carrey about how daily visualization of $10 million led him to earn $10 million.

The Power of Consistency

It’s no secret that consistency is important.

Whether attempting to learn a new skill or create a new habit, consistency is the key. We’re wired for repetition, and every time we repeat an action, we become stronger in that action.

By creating a vision board and placing it in a spot you see everyday, you create the opportunity for constant visualization. You train your mind, body, and spirit to become acclimated to the reality of your desires.

The wonderful thing about a dream board is that it only requires the time and energy for the initial creation. After that, the consistency in the visualization happens every time you look at it.

How to Make a Vision Board

Feeling empowered to create your own dream board?

Great news! It’s easier than you may think. Follow the steps below to execute what may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

Lets get started.

Step 1: Plan out Your Board

Start with a plan for your vision board.

Take some time to thoughtfully consider the message you want your personalized board to convey and how you want your vision board to look.

Before you begin, ask yourself the following questions and commit to your mental “shopping list.”

a. What true wishes and desires do you want to reflect on your dream board?

Think about:

  • Your values
  • Career goals
  • Family life
  • Love life
  • Health & Wellness
  • How you spend your free time
  • What you want to learn
  • What you want to grow into

Make note of your answer before you begin selecting your images.

b. Do you want one board or multiple boards for different areas of your life?

Some people prefer to make several small boards to visualize several categories of desires. Others prefer to make one large board that encompasses everything they want.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to place this board in a visible area that you see everyday. For a small space, don’t buy a huge poster board. If you’re picky about design and want your board to match your decor, consider that as well.

Once you’ve figured out whether you want one board or many boards, follow the action list for the creation of your board.

Action — Add to Your Shopping List: Size(s) & color(s) for your board(s)

c. What type of images will you use — printed or actual photographs? Where will you source them from?

You can source these images from:

  • Newspaper cutouts
  • Magazine cutouts
  • Images/Quotes printed from the internet
  • Your Pinterest board
  • Photographs
  • Pages from a book
  • Brochures/pamphlets/flyers

Images are a major component of vision boards. For photographs printed from the internet and cut out from magazines, use stick glue, tape, or hot glue. For precious items or photographs, buy acid-free, removable adhesive that is safe for photos.

Action — Add to Your Shopping List: Glues/Adhesives needed

d. What do you want your board’s style to be? Messy or tidy?

Some people don’t mind haphazardly cutting out photos and gluing them to a board. Others prefer a tidy and neat board. If you’re fine with imperfect cutouts, stick to scissors. But, if you need perfectly cut-out, intricate images, pick up an X-Acto blade and a cutting mat for a much more enjoyable experience.

Action — Add to Your Shopping List: Scissors or any other cutting tools

e. Will you add embellishments to your board?

To imagine “the look” and the unique experience of creating your board, consider the following:

  • Do you want your board to feature an affirmation? You might want stencils or letter stickers.
  • Do you want to add decorative elements so your board will fit in with your decor? You may need decorative tape or stickers.
  • Is there a certain kind of incense or candle you’d like to burn while you create your board?

Make sure to have all the supplies on hand to make that happen.

Action — Add to Your Shopping List: Write down supplies needed to make the board uniquely yours.

Step 2: Buy Your Supplies

With your shopping list in hand, go out and buy all the supplies you need. If cash is short, thrift stores and local “free” sites like Craigslist often have plenty of crafting supplies to offer.

Gather your vision board images. Many people choose to use cut-out magazine images, text, or quotes for their vision boards. It’s fun to go through the magazines and find images that speak to you. You’ll need to either buy magazines or find a way to get a stack of free ones.

But feel free to get creative and gather your images from other sources! For example:

  • Newspaper cutouts
  • Images/Quotes printed from the internet (Check out our articles with lots of quotes: motivational quotesgratitude quotes)
  • Photographs
  • Pages from a book
  • Brochures/pamphlets/flyers

Printing images from the internet can use up a lot of printer ink. Keep that in mind when buying vision board supplies.

Step 3: Set up Your Space

Creating a vision board is a special ritual.

It’s a time to get in touch with your true self, identify your true desires, and focus your energy on attracting them into your life. Treat this moment as something special, as something kind you’re doing for yourself.

Here are some ideas to make creating a vision board a special experience for you:

  • Find an uninterrupted, quiet space — This is your own time and your own experience. A vision board is all about you and what you want for your life. Make sure you’ve got a few hours all by yourself to focus on this special gift.
  • Set out all your supplies — To ensure uninterrupted creativity, double check that everything you need to create your vision board is on hand. Don’t forget the extra glue sticks!
  • Light some candles or incense — Our sense of smell is very powerful and delightful. Remember to engage it. Use your favorite oil burner, perfume, lotion, candles, or incense to invite a welcoming and soothing energy to the experience.
  • Turn on some music — If there’s a certain artist or style of music that lights up your soul, go ahead and play it. If you get distracted by lyrics or think the content of certain songs will influence you, then find some nice, instrumental music to play. Tibetan chants, singing bowls, and even nature sounds can bring on a sense of comfort and peace, setting the mood for the experience.
  • Meditate or say a prayer before you begin — If you often ask God, spirit guides, source, the universe, your higher self, or angels for help, go ahead and call in those energies to empower your experience. It also helps to meditate; take some time to sit quietly and check in with how you’re feeling. Let go of all your worries from the day. This moment is all that matters right now.

Step 4: Create Your Vision Board

For this step, let your creative power shine. It’s up to you whether your board is simple and literal or complicated and metaphorical. Cut out your images and tell a story with your board or create a collage of images that speak to you.

What matters is that the images mirror your desires. When you look at the board’s images, you should feel a strong connection to those desires.

Take time to cut your images out. Sit with your images for a moment before you attach them to your board. Hold them in your hand and stare at them. Feel the desire running through your body. Notice what emotions arise when you think of that image and the desires that it conjures. See yourself getting what you want and feel the happiness radiating from it.

Whatever you’re feeling in this moment is exactly what you want to experience every time you look at your vision board.

After Creating Your Vision Board

Once you’ve created your vision board, place it in an area that you see everyday. Many people like to view their vision board near their nightstand or another place that they look at first thing in the morning.

After a time, and to avoid “not really seeing” your vision board, make a positive habit of sitting with your board at least once a week. Take 10 minutes to look at your board, reflect on why you chose those images, and revisit the feelings of happiness and gratitude of eventually having achieving those goals.

Not only is a vision board a wonderful reminder of what you want in life, it’s a powerful motivator for achieving your goals.

Treat your vision board like it’s sacred. It’s a special gift you’ve given to yourself and a powerful tool to attract all your desires into your life.

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