Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us probably create a list of New Year’s resolutions once we notice January is around the corner. We write lists, sign up for gym memberships and say things will be different this year! Let’s face it, it can be hard to keep that enthusiasm going all year long.
Vision boards are known to most of us as collages made with magazine cut-outs representing the life we desire. It may seem silly to spend an afternoon cutting out pictures and gluing them to a poster board like a grade-school art project, but the power of manifestation is strong. And it’s magical and real. (Plus, it’s fun to flip through old magazines.)
A vision board is not to be mistaken for a shortcut to your dreams. It only works if you do. It’s meant to be a reminder of what you’re working towards; a way to manifest the changes you want to make and turn them into truths. Step one is to make the vision board. Steps two and three are to make plans and then take the steps forward, or else your dreams will remain as they are: just dreams.
You have to be willing to change in order for the manifestation process to work. Not everything you put on your board has to be tackled one-hundred percent right away - you can include long-term dreams, like owning a house or a business - but you still have to be willing to make the necessary changes in the present that will get you there. If you want to start a business, make sure you’re paying your bills on time so you have a good credit score; and start putting a percentage of every pay cheque into your “business” account, so you have start-up finances.
On those days when things get tough and you think you’d be better off taking the 9-5 desk job, having someone tell you what to do and when to do it, you have to remember why you’re running down the road you’re on. Before this all gets going, have a little chat with yourself and figure out why it’s important for you to throw caution to the wind and go forth chasing your ultimate life. You’re the only one who can answer this question, and you’ll need to know it’s answer in order to remind yourself that you got this, and to keep going.
There are no hard-and-fast rules for how it all plays out. Be willing to make changes in your life to help you accomplish your goals, but also be forgiving to yourself (and circumstances, if necessary) if your led down another path than you first set out on. Listen to your gut, though. Follow your heart. There’s always another magazine you can flip through to make the needed adjustments to your board.
The lovely Inner Fire Luminary, Savannah Wishart, wrote a list of things to keep in mind while you create your vision board, and you can read all about it here . In the meantime, here is a guide for how to start the manifestation process with a handmade vision board:
You will need: