A Fertile Mindset: To Fulfill Your Dreams, You must first see them clearly

I recently created a new vision board, something I have done on numerous occasions in the past. And without fail, each time I am shocked when a year or two later many of the things on the board have come to be–almost exactly as I envisioned them.

Vision boards don’t have some kind of special magical power to them. What a vision board does have however is the ability to turn all of your attention–that of your mind, body, and spirit, onto the things you want most.

When you create a vision board you may notice that your body gets tense or fear rises up. This experience is normal. It is as though the act of moving past the dreaming into the physical form stirs up trepidation. What if I don’t put the right thing down? What if I put this picture down and then what I want most still doesn’t come to be? Am I truly, completely ready for this?

Sometimes places in myself that I haven’t fully acknowledged come to visit when I sit down to quite literally put the dreams from my head, and the intentions from my heart, into physical form on a board I look at nearly every day.

Yet once I acknowledge that those feelings are there, while still moving forward, those feelings seem to subside.

Being able to look at the board every day reminds me of where I am headed. It is as if the board is a lighthouse steering me past the rocks and toward the shore.

I thought that the below blog by Christine Kane was a great overview of vision boards. Enjoy reading, and hopefully making one of your own this weekend!

How to Make a Vision Board
Written by Christine Kane

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or a Visual Explorer or Creativity
Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that
you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who
you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you
want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

For instance, before I ever started performing music and I had no idea how
I’d ever get a gig, write enough songs, or assemble a press kit, I drew a
picture of myself in a bar with people watching me perform (I’m a terrible
visual artist, so I actually had to label the people “people!”). And though it
wasn’t the only factor in making it happen, I had a calendar full of
bar and coffeehouse gigs by the next year.

My drawing was a kind of a vision board. Vision boards do the same thing as
my drawing did. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions.
For instance, at the time I did my drawing, I knew I wanted to play in bars and
coffeehouses. (I have since left the that circuit, and I’m performing in
theatres and at conferences. But in my early twenties, I wanted to play in bars
and coffeehouses. I was pretty clear about that!) Taking the time to draw it
out, even poorly, made it indelible in my mind.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I’ve
written about each one below. You can choose which one works best for you,
depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

Supplies you’ll need for creating a Vision Board:

– Poster board. (Target sells a really nice matte finish board. I highly
recommend it.)

– A big stack of different magazines. (You can get them at libraries, hair
salons, dentist offices, the YMCA.) Make sure you find lots of different types.
If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while. When I facilitate
my women’s retreats, I always make sure we have plenty of Oprah, Real Simple,
Natural Home, Yoga Journal, Dwell, Ode, Parenting, Money, Utne, and an
assortment of nature magazines.

– Glue. Not Elmers. (It makes the pages ripple.) I
like using Yes!
or Rubber cement. Glue sticks are my second choice because
they don’t last.

Before you begin your vision board:

No matter which method you’re choosing, have a
little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set the
intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want. Maybe
one word will be the answer.
Maybe images will come into your head. Just
take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It
gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more
clearly create your vision.

Put on soft music. My favorite music for activities
like this is Anugama Shamanic
Dream I
and Shamanic
Dream II
. I love these CD’s for massage or any activity where you want
to keep your mind quiet.

The Five Steps of Creating a Vision Board:

Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear the images from
them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through
magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy.
Have fun with it. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your
favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This
step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board,
you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might
assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality,
Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all
over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a
story. At my retreats, I’ve seen women come up with wildly creative ways to
present a vision board.

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you
want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very
center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look
radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see
it often.

Three Types of Vision Boards:

1 – The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re very clear about your desires.
– You want to change your
environment or surroundings.
– There is a specific thing you want to manifest
in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)

How to create this vision board:

With your clear desire in mind, set out looking for the exact pictures which
portray your vision. If you want a house by the water, then get out the Dwell
magazine and start there. If you want to start your own business, find images
that capture that idea for you. If you want to learn guitar, then find that
picture. I remember at the last retreat, one woman yelled out, “If anyone finds
a picture of a little girl with red hair who looks happy, give it to me!” And
someone else yelled out, “I’m looking for a Cadillac!” Pretty soon, a lively
trading session began. Following the five steps above, create your vision board
out of these images.

2 – The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– You’re not sure what exactly you want
– You’ve been in a period of
depression or grief
– You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain
about it in some way.
– You know you want change but don’t know how it’s

How to create this vision board:

Go through each magazine. Tear out images that delight you. Don’t ask why.
Just keep going through the magazines. If it’s a picture of a teddy bear that
makes you smile, then pull it out. If it’s a cottage in a misty countryside,
then rip it out. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. Then, as
you go through Step 2 above, hold that same openness, but ask yourself what this
picture might mean. What is it telling you about you? Does it mean you need to
take more naps? Does it mean you want to get a dog, or stop hanging out with a
particular person who drains you? Most likely you’ll know the answer. If you
don’t, but you still love the image, then put it on your vision board anyway. It
will have an answer for you soon enough. Some women at my retreats had NO idea
what their board was about, and it wasn’t until two months later that they
understood. The Opening and Allowing Vision Board can be a powerful guide for
you. I like it better than the first model because sometimes our egos think they
know what we want, and lots of times those desires aren’t in alignment with who
we really are. This goes deeper than just getting what you want. It can speak to
you and teach you a little bit about yourself and your passion.

3 – The “Theme” Vision Board

Do this vision board if:

– It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a
new cycle.
– If you are working with one particular area of your life. For
instance, Work & Career.

How to create this vision board:

The only difference between this vision board and the others is that this one
has clear parameters and intent. Before you begin the vision board, take a
moment to hold the intent and the theme in mind. When you choose pictures, they
will be in alignment with the theme. You can do the Theme Vision Board on
smaller pages, like a page in your journal.

Some things to remember about vision boards:

– You can use a combination of all three types of vision boards as you
create. Sometimes you might start out doing one kind, and then your intuition
takes over and shifts into a whole different mode. That’s called creativity.
Just roll with it.

– Your vision board might change as you are making it. I was just talking
with a friend of mine who said that she had been making a vision board for the
new year. The theme was all about what she wanted in this year. Then, as she
pulled pictures and began to lay them out, the theme changed into a simpler one
about her everyday life and the moments in each day. It surprised and delighted
her to experience that evolution. You might find that you have little epiphanies
from making a vision board.

Make a Vision Journal

Another option is to use these same principles in a big sketch book. Get a
large sketch book and keep an on-going vision journal. This is especially
effective if you’re going through many transitions in your life.


  1. […] A while back I blogged on the topic of vision boards: A Fertile Mindset: To Fulfill Your Dreams, You must first see. […]

  2. […] of remaining open, for me, was creating a vision board; creating a place where I could dream my biggest dreams, and leave them open for the swirling, […]

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