Make a Vision Board

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Today is National Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Really. I have a few dreams for 2009 and beyond, and I'm guessing you do, too.

You may have seen vision boards on Oprah or read about them in Cafe Sheri's post about inspiration boards. I spoke with singer/songwriter, creativity instructor Christine Kane about how to make and use a vision board to its fullest potential. Creating one helps us reach goals, which makes us more confident and happy.

A vision board starts with a blank piece of poster board. Much like your kid's elementary school art project, you gather images from magazines of your dreams and wishes. Who do you want to become? What do you want to have? Where do you want to live? Where would you like to go on vacation?

"The reason vision boards work is that they tap into your imagination and delight and provide a place to get clear about your desires," Kane explains. "Many of the women I coach have a hard time articulating what they even want in their lives. It’s a big deal when they finally open their minds and hearts to the possibilities that are available to them."

The idea is that when you surround yourself with images of who you hope to become, your life changes to match those images and desires.

How helpful is a vision board? Kane adds, "I’ve heard all kinds of ah-ha’s and discoveries from all kinds of people. You'll never know what you can create and how it works until you make your own.

Want to make your own? Here are specific how-tos from Kane:

What you'll need:

  • Poster board (matte finish is best)
  • Big stack of magazines--lots of different types
  • Glue (not Elmer's), preferably rubber cement

Before you begin:

  • Have a little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set your intent: Ask yourself what you want. Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your head. Take a moment to think about that. Let your ego step aside just a little so you can see your vision. Put on soft music--anything that will keep your mind quiet. Find a really great photo of yourself where you look happy.

5 steps to creating your vision board:

  1. Go through magazines and tear out images. Let yourself have fun pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Make a big pile of pictures, phrases and words.
  2. Lay your favorite images on the board. Throw out images that don't feel right. As you lay the pictures on the board you get a sense of how the board should be laid out. You might assign a theme to each corner of the board such as health, job, spirituality, relationships. Be creative and organize it however you like.
  3. Leave space in the very center of the board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy.
  4. Glue everything onto the board. Add writing, paintings or drawings if you want to.
  5. Paste yourself in the center of the board.
  6. Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

I think the act of thinking about our hopes and dreams--and reminding ourselves often--helps us reach our goals. Do you think vision boards are helpful or a bunch of hooey? And I can't help but ask, what hopes and dreams would you put on yours?

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