Vision Boards: Setting Your Desires in Motion

I have a dear friend who has been a big part of my life for over twenty years. His earthly body is young enough to be my son; although he has an old soul.

Fred has been on an enlightened journey which has included creating an annual vision board. Through the years, I have watched his growth, his life take shape and his success materialize.

At first, I thought it might be a coincidence that what he put on his vision board became a reality. But when I saw this repeated year after year – I realized it was no accident.

Fred and I have shared many hours through the years talking about what he wanted in a home, a relationship, a career, a business, a team, and a lifestyle.

I saw vision board pictures of his dream home manifest into the magnificent home he now owns. I watched as his stated expectations for partner qualities and characteristics came to life in the person with whom he now shares his life.

I’ve seen what I thought of as financial pipe dreams not only be met, but exceeded year after year. Seeing is believing so watching Fred and others’ vision boards become reality made me a believer.

What is a vision board anyway?

A vision board is a special place that displays what one wants to achieve/receive and brings it to fruition. It is based on the concept of what we focus on expands. By creating a vision board and placing it where you see it often; you are programming your subconscious mind and visualizing what you want many times through the day… sending those vibrations out for the world to manifest.

One of my favorite authors is Dr. Wayne Dyer. The essence of his book “Change your Thoughts, Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao”, is that our thoughts become our actions, and our actions become our lives. Fred is one of many who are a living testimony to this quotation.

Creating a vision board is easier than you might think and harder than it looks. Like so many quality things we desire, you get out of it what you put into it. A good place to start is by having a few supplies on hand: poster board, glue, markers, magazines, and quotes or articles that have caught your eye. There is no right or wrong way to “do” a vision board.

Capturing images: Some people are always thinking about the future and are on constant lookout for images of the future they desire.  They start a file and drop it in. When it’s time to create their vision board, they lay out all their collectibles and look for trends or themes. People tell me they will find the same picture in their file multiple times.

Focused Approach: Other folks take a more structured approach. They will schedule a specific time for their “Vision Board Creating Session.” They come prepared with supplies in hand, and let the creative process begin. With this approach, it might be helpful to build in some think time before you start snipping pictures

Keep these questions in mind as you flip through your stacks of magazines:

  • What are your dreams for the next year?
  • What do you see yourself doing?
  • Who will you be sharing it with?
  • What is your environment, work, home, or play?
  • What do you want to see when you look back at your life a year from now?

Are all vision boards magical? Will yours produce amazing results for you, like Fred, many others and myself have seen?  Successful vision boards all have one thing in common …they come from the head and the heart.

A well-thought-out vision board enables you to not only see it with your eyes, but feel it within your soul. It becomes real to you. If you envision a vacation on the beach, you not only see the logistics of what you need to do to make it happen – you feel the relaxation, the excitement, the sun on your face every time you look at your vision board.

When you create your vision board, you are setting your desires in motion.

Your vision board is unique to you, because you are unique. Your vision may include:  health, wealth, relationships, career or lifestyle.

Launching our vision board is just the beginning. It’s like planting a seed for growing a beautiful flower. We plant the seed by setting our intentions. We nurture our dreams through “watering” daily reinforcement by seeing and feeling and taking actions until our dreams become a reality.

I am sitting here looking at my own vision board as I type this message. It is mostly pictures and quotes with a few key captions. It makes me happy. I see and feel the best version of me as I look at the picture of the beautiful, Italian looking woman, tastefully dressed gently touching the brim of a straw hat with a black band. I have added to the top, Relax and Enjoy!

It’s your dream and you can dream anything you want!

Like you, I am a multifaceted individual, so my vision board embraces several feelings.  In addition to relaxation, as I look at a picture of the muscular young woman rock climbing, I feel strength. The look of determination in her eyes and on her face make me feel powerful. I have added two captions: Pushing the Limits and Loving it, and Enjoy Every Step of the Journey!

Both are great reminders.  I am pushing the limits and I do love it!

There are days that I need a little reminder that every step of the journey is be enjoyed – not just the days I knock it out of the ballpark. The vision board cheers me on.


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  1. Tony Latawiec

    Great article on building a vision board! Love this quote “Our thoughts become our actions , our actions become our lives.”

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