If you’ve never created a vision board you have to give it a try! It is some serious FUN! This is personally one of my favorite activities that has to do with goal setting and motivation. A vision board is not only fun to make, it’s also fun to keep looking at day after day. But the best part is beginning to see those visions become a reality in ways you never imagined. I have had some crazy things happen—literally as if they just fell off my vision board and into my lap.
What a vision board is not!
A vision board is not a magical manifesting tool that will help you magically pull money and happiness out of your ass. Though I definitely find value in the law of attraction I tend to take a more practical scientific approach to life. Which is why to me a vision board is more about setting aside time to clarify your goals and visually represent them. The visual part is what is so helpful for many. It makes the goal seem more reachable when you can see it and the pictures help to draw out positive emotions for many. A vision board also gives you something to focus on and, if you actually look at it every day, it can help you tune out things that aren’t part of your primary goals.
Most important concept when creating a health and wellness vision board
It’s NOT all about diet and exercise. In fact, diet and exercise are only small pieces of the puzzle. Even though I am a dietitian and fitness enthusiast, when I work with clients on achieving greater health and wellness, I look far beyond diet and exercise.
To stay motivated to reach your health goals, or any goals for that matter, you have to have some essentials: fun and purpose in your life, a job that doesn’t drain you, relationships that nurture you and a strong sense of self. That is why I recommend creating a well-rounded vision board—so you can achieve your health and wellness goals without feeling like it’s zapping all your energy to achieve them.
Steps to creating a vision board
STEP 1: Set the mood
Create a relaxing atmosphere. Start in a clean, quiet, uncluttered room. Play an upbeat or inspiring playlist and bring in some aromatherapy with candles or an essential oil diffuser. So you don’t feel rushed, set aside an hour or more to complete your vision board. Some people also like to set the tone by meditating to clear their minds.
STEP 2: Get inspired
Spend some time getting clear on exactly what you want your ideal life to look like. Consider these questions:
- What do I want?
- What do I need?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What do I value?
- How do I want to feel?
- What can I remove from my list of priorities? If you have too much to focus on, you may feel overwhelmed. What you want is to be able to devote adequate attention to the things most important to you.
For life balance, consider various areas of your life, such as family, work, health, personal growth, spirituality, etc. Journal out some of the answers if you find it helpful.
STEP 3: Gather images
Cut out images from magazines that represent the life you want to live. For example, if you want to start exercising, you might clip photos of yourself or others enjoying exercise. If you want to find a great romantic partner or spruce up your existing relationship, you might snip pictures of happy couples smiling at each other or happy pics of you and your significant other.
TIP: If magazines don’t get the job done, check out Google images and search for things you’d like to post on your board or even use pictures you already have of yourself.
STEP 4: Create messages
Use markers, paint or your computer and printer to create personal mantras and/or favorite quotes that inspire you. You also just can cut out words or phrases from the magazines to paste on your board that remind you of the life you want to live.
TIP: Google inspirational or motivational quotes if you need a spark.
STEP 5: Put it all together
Paste or pin your images and quotes onto your board. You can lay out images and words in random places or section off parts of your board for different areas of your life, such as family, work, health, etc. There is no “right way” to arrange your board.
STEP 6: Make your vision a reality
Display your vision board somewhere you’ll see it every day. Make sure to reflect on your vision board and how your goals make you feel for at least five minutes every day. Follow your reflection time with making a list of things you can start doing in the next day, week and month to get you in alignment with making your vision a reality.
Vision board wrap-up
Creating a vision board is a fun, creative and inspiring way to clarify your goals and stay focused on bringing them to life. Make sure to get clear on your goals before you get started. When you’re done creating your vision board, I’d love to see how it turns out. Post a picture of your vision board on Instagram with the hashtag #VidaVisionBoard and be sure to tag @DietitianDina.
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