Vision Boards: Activating the Law of Attraction
I’m in a coaching group with women from all across the globe. (Yes, you can pretty much guarantee most coaches continue to get coached themselves!) We’ve been discussing the Law of Attraction and how it manifests. Most of us have vision boards.
One of the women in my group, Mary, shared a great example of how vision boards can work in our lives: she created a vision board last year with herself on the cover of Forbes magazine. Just two weeks ago, she got a call that she made the first round of cuts for Forbes “Top 100 women in finance” issue—she’s made it into the top one-third of contenders and is now in the interview process for the final round!!! Now that’s a kick-ass call to get, and that’s the magic that can happen when you work the law of attraction by creating a vision board.
Vision boards don’t get as much play as they used to when Rhonda Byrne’s book “The Secret” was all the rage a few years ago. But they are very powerful tools, and I can personally attest to their power in my life, which is why I got together with 15 other women a few nights ago to teach a class on making them. Today, I’m going to share a little about how they work, and then give you steps to creating your own.
One of the best vision board resources out there is one of my coaches and mentors, Christine Kane, who talks about three kinds of vision boards in her terrific e-book “The Complete Guide to Creating a Vision Board” (see resources below for where to download). I saw all three of types last night at my workshop:
- “Opening and Allowing” Vision Boards—For those of you who—like me doing my first Vision Board—are not sure what exactly you want. You know you want to change but don’t know how it’s possible. Go through each magazine. Tear out images that resonate, without trying to figure out what it means. It will become clear.
- “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Boards—For those of you who are very clear about something you want to manifest in your life. Look for those images. The dream house. The dream job. The dream organized closet! (Just saying…whatever it is!)
- “Theme” Vision Boards—This works best for those of you who are focused on improving one particular area of your life, for instance, career. The only difference between the Theme Vision Boards and the others is that this one has very clear parameters and intention.
My own Vision Board experience
I read The Secret. I watched Oprah. I wanted to make a vision board long before I did. I thought that just wanting something would attract it to me. Not so much. I waited. Nothing happened. But then beyond the thought, I did nothing to attract what I wanted. Our thoughts ARE powerful, but they need to manifest!
So the truth is that I made my first vision board last year during an enjoyable evening with a few friends. I accumulated magazines, grabbed my scissors and a glue stick and got stuck in, not really sure what would come out of it. But my vision board, once completed and displayed outside my closet, worked its magic on me during the last year. I got very clear about what I wanted in my life, got clear about my career, and, well, found a few surprises. I made an “Opening and Allowing” board. Turns out, what I wanted to open and allow for was a change to come into my life: I wanted the feeling of adventure, to feel calm, relaxed, and to make some real life decisions.
How you want to feel, not just what you want
Creating a vision board that works is pretty simple. The key is to focus on how you want to feel, as much as what you want.
Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
Here’s an example: my last vision board had images of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast on it. But I had already been there. What I wanted was the feeling I had in Positano, the feeling of adventure, camaraderie, and connection. I wanted to create than on a daily basis. What I did was seek out more adventures, more opportunities to say “yes” to trying something new, and more opportunities to connect with people whose company enriched me.
The most intriguing thing on my vision board was a series of quotes around change—at the time I was going through an internal struggle about my career—whether to continue at my corporate job or do branch out and do something else. At the time, I thought all the quotes around indecision were related to getting off my butt and ramping up my exercise routine. I wrote a whole blog post last week about that quote in the middle: “The way you do anything is the way you do everything“… so profound!
There aren’t any rules. That’s the beauty of a vision board. You can’t do it wrong! You can’t mess it up.
Last night I saw a lot of travel photos – those came from people who wanted to attract feelings of adventure, freedom, enrichment into their lives. I saw some relaxation, more subtle, but evident from softer colors, decor and calming photos. And then there’s the energy I saw exploding from some boards, reflecting the drive and passion of the creators who wanted to go further. In short, there was a great mix of everything, reflecting all the individuals there.
The whole purpose of a vision board is to guide you visually towards what you’d like to attract. So here’s how to create your vision board and channel the magic of the law of attraction.
Eight steps to Vision Board Magic
- Gather all the supplies you’ll need
- Collect magazines. I suggest something like 6-10 magazines of various kinds: travel, home, fashion, business…whatever you like. I browse Barnes & Noble!
- Curate anything else that’s meaningful to you: photographs, postcards, ticket stubs, ribbon…you get the idea
- Buy some poster board – I found the cheapest and most practical were from Target, but you could go with cork or something fancier from Etsy.
- Grab some scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue stick to put your board together.
- Add some of those cool new gel pens, stickers, washi tape, or anything else that you like
- Get quiet and get clear
- First, get clear on what you want in your life, but be specific, in your life where? Job? Home? Office? Relationship? Set your intention. Be clear about what you want. When I did my first board, I was less clear about what I wanted, and what manifested for me was clarity about what I wanted. So from that perspective, my board worked p. This time, I’m much clearer about who I want to be.
- Bring the things you want to life on the board. What motivates and inspires you? The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life. First, think about what your goals are in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.
- Flip & Rip
- Flip through the magazines… when something catches your eye, cut or rip it out. Don’t ask why, don’t belabor it. Trust your subconscious here.
- Next sort you’re your cache into stacks, again without thinking too, too much about it. Let your intuition guide you!
- Now grab the poster board and arrange the images, quotes, etc. on the board. Don’t forget to put yourself in your vision board with that photograph! Then, you might do as I did and make quadrants for career, health, travel and relationships. Or, you might have a wheel-spoke type arrangement. Do what feels right to you. No rules! The options are endless.
- Paste & decorate
- After you’ve arranged all the items in a way that works for you, paste everything onto the board, add some decorative touches: paint, gel pens, whatever strikes your fancy.
- Display for magic!
- The magic of vision boards happens once you hang it where you can see it every day. Remember, it’s essentially a daily visualization of the feelings and things you want to attract into your life. So put it where you can see it every day. Mine hangs outside my closet.
- Take action!
- Your vision board may have goals, dreams, and desires that seem light years from where you are, but remember that every journey starts with a single step.
Visualization is a powerful mind exercise
Christine Kane is fond of saying “energy flows where attention goes,” which means that what you focus on expands. Putting a vision board in a place you can see it— for me that place is outside my closet—is like a mini visualization every time you look at it during the day. As Christine says:
“When you surround yourself with images of who you want to become,
what you want to have, where you
what you want to have, where you
where you want to live or vacation,
your life changes to match those images and those desires.
Your attention is that your life changes to match those images and those desires.
Your attention is that powerful.”
So my friends, make some vision boards! It’s a great thing to do with a group of friends, or on your own on a quiet afternoon. It’s crazy powerful. I didn’t know. And now I would not be without one.
- Christine Kane’s “The Complete Guide to Vision Boards: How to create your perfect life effortlessly” – this e-book has been downloaded tens of thousands of times. You’ll love it!
- What is a Vision Board?