Manifest Your Dreams Through The Power Of Visualization
Use a vision board to create change in your life.
To arrive in your dream life, you first have to know where you’re going. I’m sure that most of us have a general idea of where we’d like to be. Maybe you’d like a well-paying job, maybe you want to travel more, maybe you’d like to make more friends. Have you ever tried spending some focused and dedicated time visualizing these dreams, in order to make them a reality?
The power of visualization is immense, and a not so big secret that many of the most successful people in the world use in their day to day lives to reach those inspirational landmarks. It’s used in healthcare to assist with the rehabilitation of injuries. It’s used by high performance athletes as part of their training routines. The phenomena of visualization even swept the world when “The Secret”, a self-help book based in the power of attraction, was released by Rhonda Byrne in 2006. So, why not use this powerful tool to create the life that you desire?
"Visualization is the process of creating pictures in your mind of yourself enjoying what you want. When you visualize, you generate powerful thoughts and feelings of having it now. The law of attraction then returns that reality to you, just as you saw it in your mind.”
I’m going to show you how to get your life organized and manifest your dreams, using a vision board. This particular board takes a holistic, well-rounded look at several aspects of your life, and provides an opportunity to really figure out what you want and need, in multiple areas. You’ll need to set a time-frame for this vision board. I recommend a year, which I find to be a very manageable timeline for goals. It’s far enough ahead so you have some real time to work on it, but it’s near enough that you will be motivated to get your butt in gear! Plus, spring time is the perfect time to look forward and set our goals for the year ahead. Just as the flowers and plants are germinating, so will we plant our seeds for harvest at year's end.
You’ll need a few pieces of materials to get your vision board together.
- Journal and pen, to take notes on your goals.
- Images for the board: you can print these (which I did), or cut out from a magazine.
- Glue and/or tape to attach your images.
- The board itself – I used a foam core Bristol board.
I encourage you to get as creative as you want here. You should be excited about this board, so if you want to draw your entire vision with pen and pencil instead, go for it. If you want to glue items to the board instead of images, heck yeah! Just make sure your glue is strong enough to hold whatever you want to go on.
How the Board is Organized
This board is completely customizable to your visualization needs. You are going to choose areas of your life that you really want to see a change in, areas you feel you need to get in order. There will be 5 designated categories on our visualization boards. The 1st one in the center of the board, is Self. You can think of this area as self-care, spirituality, “me-time”, whatever works for you. This is the only area of the board that is non-negotiable, the other 4 categories are yours to choose! I would also highly recommend that you include “home” on your board, as the home sets a strong foundation for our lives (especially lately), but I’ll leave that up to you!
My categories are Self, Home, Romance, Friends & Family, Education & Career.
Before we begin collecting images for the board, we’re going to take a moment to reflect inwards and envision what we want our lives to look like in a year.
To get my mind and body prepped for this, I chose to do a short meditative/yogic practice. This 10 minute, half meditation, half vinyasa yoga, guided video by Arianna Elizabeth (Bright and Salted Yoga on Youtube) was perfect!
Once you feel ready to reflect, take out your journal and do 10 minutes of steady writing on each category you’ve selected for your vision board. Adding bullet point notes, and single words are also great, since those types of succinct thoughts will serve you well when picking representative photos. Remember to get specific! This is vital to help you manifest your vision. For instance, instead of “I’d like to get a job interview”, expand on that. What company will the interview be with? What’s the position you are going for? What type of qualities do you want to show them?
Here are a couple of examples of the bullet points for my categories:
Career & Education
- Ryerson University Class 2026
- Work and volunteer with Harbourfront Centre and Gardiner Museum.
- Host more film panels.
- Develop writing portfolio.
- Find a mentor.
- Reading. Poetry.
- Nature, trees. Birch Tree
- Vulnerability and growth.
- Nourishment, health.
Now you are ready to select images for your board. This process can get kind of lengthy because you want to carefully select each thing that goes on your board. You need to be excited about the image when you look at it, it has to conjure passion and motivation. Joy. Pinterest is a great resource to save pics that you love as you go along. You can even make Pinterest boards for each category of your vision board. It’s like Pinterest was made for this or something!!
Some of the images might be very specific. Maybe like me, you want to make more cash doing what you love, so you select a photo of cash for your Career section. As you can see, I’ve put my photo of cash right beside my Vocal profile and the 1st place challenge badge! Praying to the Vocal lords here ;).
But in all realness, yes, I do want to win more challenges and I do want to make money from my writing. So, in it goes! Some other areas I’ve used specificity for, are images of the company buildings I would like to land jobs at, a photo of a dance routine my husband and I would love to learn together, and this beautiful shot of a fiddle leaf fig tree because I want one so bad!!!
You can also get a bit more symbolic with your choices. I often use a lot of symbolism in the Self section. I love to select a poem that I feel represents the type of energy I want to invite in for the next year. Funnily enough, they’re almost always by Rumi! What can I say, his words speak to my soul. One of the selections this year was The Breeze at Dawn by Rumi.
Another way I got symbolic with my board was in the Friends & Family section. Instead of using images of each person I wanted to spend time with, I used birth dates and initials of some of my closest friends that I’d like to be around more this year. For my family that lives out of town, I used the airport code in their city to represent going to see them.
Pro Tip: Make sure you are selecting images that are attainable in the next year. You want to look at this board and feel like “YES, I can make this happen.” I also like to use images of myself, or times in my life that are evocative of the things I want to do more of. For example, I used a sexy photo of my husband and myself from our engagement shoot in the Romance section because I would like to make intimacy a priority in our relationship.
Arranging the Board
As I mentioned Self will be in the middle of the board. Your other categories will go in each of the four corners. Your categories can blend into each other or you can keep them strictly separate! Whatever makes you happy. Whatever makes you inspired.
Now get to it! Cutting, crafting and gluing galore! This is the fun part, enjoy and take the time to place things where they make sense to you.
There you have it! The vision of what your life will look like by Spring 2022.
I love looking at mine. It feels like the ultimate representation of what I want for the next year.
How to Use Your Vision Board in the Day-to-Day
Now take this beautiful visual of the life that you are creating and place it somewhere where you will see it every day! If you are currently working from home, I would say that in your work area would be a great space for it. Or maybe you would prefer to put it in an area where you feel relaxed and happy. Again, whatever makes you feel the most motivated! Use your intuition.
Look at it each day and use it to check-in with yourself. Are you making progress towards this vision? Use the same journal and jot down something small you did that day to work towards your goals.
These vision boards are great to do with your partner, family or even someone you have a work relationship with, as a group vision exercise! For example, with family you could choose Family, Home, Travel, Meals, and Activities. So many opportunities to have fun and make real changes in your life.
Best of luck with your vision board! I can’t wait to see how things turn out in Spring 2022.
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My Pinterest – with all accredited images used.
Honouring Blackness in Yoga Spaces - 4 Essential Black Yogis – Laquesha Bailey’s article where I learned about Youtuber Arianna Elizabeth.