When you follow your bliss… doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” ~Joseph Campbell
Have you ever used a vision board to help you attract the things you want in life? They work surprisingly well, in our experience. There are of course alternatives, such as a vision book or an online vision board. But today, we’re talking about how to make and use a vision board to help you take advantage of the law of attraction and get what you want.
The law of attraction (LOA) is an almost magical way that you can take control of your life and bring into it what you want to have or to see happen. What you think, feel, and believe all have underlying energy.
This energy gets projected out into the universe. Even if that energy isn’t positive, it will still flow out into the universe. That’s why it’s so vital that you try to keep your energy positive – because what you put out from you into the universe is what you get back. Negativity energy out really does cause negative things to flow toward you and you certainly don’t want that.
“WE ARE WHAT WE THINK, ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITHIN OUR THOUGHTS. WITH OUR THOUGHTS, WE MAKE THE WORLD.” ~Buddha
What Is a Vision Board?
A vision board – some people refer to these boards as a map of life or a Law of Attraction collage – is a board where you put pictures, words and quotes that you’ve found.
These items are a simple visual representation of what you want to have happen in your life. The purpose behind having a visual board to look at is for you to draw to yourself the good things that you want. It’s the power of LOA that makes these things come to pass.
What do you put on a vision board?
On your board, you can put up photos of what you want to do in life. For example, if you never finished college but want to, you would put up pictures and things that deal with that purpose.
Some of these items might be the image of a college or a picture of a smiling person wearing a cap and gown. This board can be as broad as you want it to be.
Everything that you want in life can go on the board, regardless of what it is. If you want a certain kind of home in a particular neighborhood, go ahead and put a photo or image of that home up on your board.
If you currently live in one state but long to move to another, you can put up photos or words that depict the state that you want to move to. It doesn’t even have to be something huge.
If you’d like a particular purse or designer shoes, there’s nothing wrong with putting those up on your board either. Your vision board is unique to your life desires.
If you’d like to go somewhere on vacation because you’ve always wanted to go there but could never afford it or could never get time off from work to go, then you should put that up. These can be photos and pieces of travel brochures or tourist maps from that vacation spot for your vision board. By creating a vision board, this does not mean that there’s a mythical fairy godmother waiting in the wings to make all of this stuff that you want to happen occur.
What this means is that when you visualize something, you subconsciously begin to alter your life so that it reflects the things that you want as shown on your vision board. These visuals give a concrete projection to your desires – and that enables you to subconsciously go that direction.
What types of vision boards can I create?
While vision boards all usually cover specific areas of life, the boards can be one of several different types. You can make the vision board as unique as you are.
Goal Vision Board
One type of vision board that’s popular is the goal vision board. This one is for people who know exactly what they want in life. This is for people who don’t want to “graduate college” but specifically want to “graduate college with a teaching degree in Science.”
These boards are not as open as other boards because they’re not open to things that steer you away from your goal. When you’re doing a goal-specific board, you’ll want to choose visuals that reflect these exact goals.
‘Open to Change’ Vision Board
The next kind of vision board is the “open to change board.” This board is for people who struggle to specifically identify what they want to attract to their life. They’re seeking something, but they can’t really name what it is that they’re seeking.
For example, they’re seeking happiness, but they don’t know what it would take to make them happy. These kinds of boards can be fantastic image tools because they can lead the person who doesn’t know what they truly want to attract to discover what it is.
To create these boards, you simply look for the images and words that speak to you. It doesn’t matter what it is. For some people, discovering this kind of board has led to making career changes or making a move that brought them profound joy after they realized their images were leading them in a certain direction.
Area Vision Board
Another kind of vision board is an area board. These boards are for people who desire to use the Law of Attraction with a particular area of their life. For example, if they’ve had a string of bad relationships they can choose to create a relationship board.
For this board, they would use images depicting the kind of relationship they wanted to be in and the aspects of that relationship. These boards are good to use for people that feel that their lives are already utilizing the LOA except in this one area.
Some people have discovered that whatever area needed changing usually held some level of negative energy. Once they created the board, they were able to see what they’d been attracting and how creating the board led to getting what they wanted instead.
What Supplies Do I Need to Make My Vision Board?
The first item that you’ll have to get in order to create the vision board is posterboard. You can find this at stores such as Target or Walmart usually in the stationery or the school aisle.
After you get the board, you need a list of what you want to attract in life.
These wants should be a list of everything that you imagine for yourself in the areas that affect you. For example, you could have a list dealing with your job or career, your education, your finances and your health.
Depending on how many areas you want to include on your board, you may need to use an extra-large one – or some people use more than one board and each board is divided by category.
What some people do is take a large square board and they cut it into a big circle. Then they divide that circle like you would the slices of a pizza. Each slice represents an area of life.
In the center of the board is a circle that holds either a photo of the person creating the board or an image or phrase that’s particularly meaningful. Once you have the board, you’ll need to start gathering your images and any quotes or words relating to your goals that you want for the board.
Where to Get Images for Your Vision Board
One good way to find images is through the use of magazines. If you don’t have a wide variety of magazines at home already, you don’t want to make the mistake of rushing out to buy a big selection of them because it can be too expensive to buy them individually.
Some magazines now cost almost five dollars per monthly edition. So you’re doing to want to find some free or cheap ones to use for the board.
- Ask friends and relatives to save their old magazines for you.
- Libraries will often offer free or reduced magazines because patrons donate magazines.
- You can also get slightly out of date magazines from doctor’s offices or other places just by asking.
- Some schools and colleges pitch magazines that were unused at the end of every school year so you might want to ask about getting those.
- Contact magazine publishers and ask for a free sample.
- Keep your junk mail.
- Brochures with images on them that you might like are also available from hair salons, car dealerships, real estate offices and more.
- Go online and print out any image that you find that you feel suits your LOA desires. Some of the stock photo sites have great images on a variety of topics that you can buy fairly cheaply to use for your board. Or, you can just print out images you find on the Internet.
While it can be tempting to start putting the board together as you gather the images, you don’t want to do that. You want to completely finish gathering all of the images you need first before you start to work on the layout.
Other Supplies for Your Vision Board
You don’t want to use regular kid’s school glue because this type of glue has a tendency to over-saturate the images. Even if you’re careful to use only a little bit, the glue can still make the images take on a wrinkled appearance.
Instead of school glue, you can use either photo adhesive, dots or squares carried in the craft or photography section of many retail stores. Some people use glue sticks or rubber cement and those will work just as well.
How Do I Put My LOA Vision Board Together?
If you’re like most people, you’ll find that you’ve collected an abundance of images and words that speak to you. To help narrow down what should go on your board, you need to follow your instincts.
Put the pieces that stand out the most to you on your board. You’ll want to group the like themes together. For example, put things related to job or career in one area of the board.
Let’s say you want to return to college and that move could help you with your job or career, then you could both of these topics in the same area. Don’t worry about trying to make the board look perfect or polished or like a work of art. That’s not what this is about.
Building the board is about using the Law of Attraction to bring into your life what you want the most, so use your board as a flexible tool and let it reflect that genuine desire rather than trying to make it look perfect.
Once you’ve selected the images and things that you feel belong on your board, you’re going to want to create a pre-layout. This means you should put the images and words on your board as you would want to attract them.
Whatever is most important to you should go in the very center of your board. Seeing the images creates within you positive emotions, which in turn helps you send out positive energy into the universe.
Once you have the images that you want to be placed around your board, you’ll want to put any quotes, phrases or words on there, too. Some people use simple one-word descriptions of what they want to attract to themselves such as “joy” or “happiness” or “abundance.” Others use phrases or full sentences.
How to Use Your Vision Board
After you have the images where you know you want them to stay, then you should glue them on. Around these images, you can feel free to write inspirational thoughts or something that would motivate you.
Like if you want to attract health (and losing weight is part of that health), then you want to address this in a positive manner. Too many people bring negativity when they treat the weight loss part of their health with unkind words such as “fat” or even “unhealthy.”
Those have a negative connotation. Instead, you need to choose words like “get fit” or “be active” as your vision words. Some people choose to put photos of themselves on the board as a reminder of their inner happiness.
Having an image of yourself looking happy can be a great motivator as well. When you have your board ready to put up, you want to make sure that you put it where you’ll be able to see the images every day.
This helps keep the positive energy flowing out into the universe. The good thing about creating a vision board is that you can choose whichever type you want to make.
Some people use just one kind of vision board while others make their board a mixture of more than one kind. And just because you create a specific style of vision board doesn’t mean that it has to stay that way.
You can also allow for any changes that you want to make to the details. The thing that’s the same through whatever kind of board you choose to make are the areas where you want the LOA to work for you.
Some people call these areas themes. Regardless of what you call them, you should choose a label for all of the areas you want to use the LOA and then put the details inside those areas.
The Career Section of Your Vision Board
This is one of the biggest areas that people want the Law of Attraction to work for them. That’s because too many people feel stuck in jobs that they hate. Or, they went to college, set off on one career path and have now discovered that it doesn’t fulfill them or bring them happiness in any way.
A lot of young people fall prey to what they “should” be in life. They choose a particular career field because a well-meaning parent or other mentor told them they needed to go into the field.
They might have gone into it to please this person or because the field offered a high paying salary. Law of Attraction can help you to figure out why you need to change your job or career.
Usually, it’s because you’re simply not happy and you dread going to work. You might not even know what you want to do for a vocation – you just know this isn’t it.
What you can do is to start looking through images to create a vision board for the area of job or career. Just look through the pictures of work fields and what pulls at you is usually your intuition telling you that your subconscious desires that field of work.
If it makes you happy rather than feel negative, you can bet that’s a good clue. You may be in a position that prevents you from simply up and leaving your job or walking away from your career.
You might have financial obligations that you can’t just push aside. What you can do is to create your vision board. What will happen is that once you create your vision board, that positive energy is flowing out into the universe.
When you see visualized what it is that you want, you will unknowingly begin to chart your course for that job or career. The LOA will guide you toward people or opportunities that will make what you want to happen a reality.
Use the Board to Help You Attract the Right Relationships
Creating a relationship area on your vision board can help you attract a relationship. This can work for getting a new relationship into your life. Or, it can work to help you create the right kind of relationship out of the one that you already have.
Too many people spend their lives looking for the right person. They inevitably end up with someone that ends up being all wrong for them. This could be that you’re stuck in the cycle of spending time with the kind of person that doesn’t work well with your personality type.
You break off one relationship only to end up in one exactly like it. This cycle can be broken. Even if all you’ve had in the past has been a string of bad relationships, the LOA can change that.
The relationship area will help you visualize what it is that you want out of your relationships. Every person in the world wants to be loved and to be in a relationship where they’re appreciated and respected.
This does not mean that we’re supposed to be looking for what we feel is a missing piece of ourselves. That’s not the way that the LOA is intended to be used.
A relationship area of an LOA board means that we’re looking to grow love, to attract it to us and to have one that’s positive and right for us. You should create a vision board for relationships if you seem to always end up with someone that’s an unhealthy partner emotionally.
Or create one if you’ve always been in relationships that created a lot of negativity. These are the kind of relationships that never work out in the long term because of that negativity.
These boards are also helpful for people who are in a relationship already but the relationship seems to be standing still. You’re ready to rev the relationship up a bit, but the other person just seems content to keep things the way that they are.
On a relationship board, you would put what it is that you’re looking for in another person. This is something usually dealing with his or her character or personality traits, but it can also focus on their physical attributes as well.
Your board can also focus on a couple together, not just the one person you’re looking for, so look for images that show couples being romantic or having fun or sharing a tender moment.
If you want someone with a great sense of humor, you would look for images and words that portray that. If you want someone who’s athletic or someone who’s into charitable causes, you would put that on your board.
For people who don’t desire to have a relationship in their life but are looking for good friends to attract to their lives, a friendship board can be used in place of a relationship board.
This will attract the kind of dear, life-long friends that you can count on to bring enrichment to your life. You can also create a board that helps you achieve happiness as a single person if you’re trying to break free from a negative relationship.
Manifest Money with a Vision Board
Having an abundance of wealth is something that has a lot of power to do good – not only in your own life, but in the lives of those that you’ll help out of that abundance.
If you’ve felt the strain of financial stress, then you know how much negativity it can produce. So whether you want to attract wealth for yourself or as a way to help other people, a LOA money board can help.
You need to shake any negative thoughts that you have when it comes to money. Look at money as a sense of freedom and generosity rather than focusing on what you don’t have or what kind of debt you’ve racked up.
When you’re ready to start gathering images, look for ones that represent what money means to you. For some people, this will be something as simple as a way to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing.
For others, money represents a better lifestyle than the one they currently have. The images you cut out or print can be ones that reflect how many can enrich your life emotionally as well as physically.
You can include images with words like joy and satisfaction or other phrases that represent a positive feeling about money. You can use quotes about money and some people take a picture of themselves holding money or something of value and put it in the center of their vision money board.
Education and the Law of Attraction
There are thousands of young people who want to go to college and can’t afford it. There are also thousands of older people who either didn’t finish college or didn’t get the chance to go simply because it just never worked out with their schedule.
Regardless of the reason, if you want to start or finish a college education, you can attract that goal to yourself with an education vision board. For this, you would need to have an image of the college that you’d like to attend.
You can even print off an application, shrink it to size and stamp “accepted” across the front of it before you glue it to your board. Whatever classes that you want to take, you can glue images related to these classes onto your board.
If finances are the reason that you haven’t reached this goal, you can cut out pictures of money or scholarship approvals and paste those onto your board.
Again, the way that the Law of Attraction works is that when we see what we want most and it’s clearly identified, we take steps to make those goals happen and we’re often not even aware that that’s what we’re doing!
Health and the Law of Attraction Vision Board
The Law of Attraction works for any area of your life – including health. You can attract better health and you can also attract healing. It doesn’t matter if what you’re experiencing is a minor illness or something that’s been deemed more serious.
You can still attract healing.
What you have to do is to let go of any negativity that you’re holding onto when it comes to your condition. Don’t allow your mind to think about aches and pains or to dwell on how bad that you feel.
Also don’t allow fear, which is negative based, to rule your mind. Negativity can provide a fertile breeding ground for disease. This is why stress is so bad for the body.
It’s the type of negativity that can open the door for you to end up on the receiving end of ill health. Your mind has a powerful influence over how your body does physically.
To keep ill health from flourishing within your body, you must keep your thoughts settled on things that are positive. That includes emotions, too. Focus all of your emotions on ones that will yield peace for you such as happiness and joy.
Where positivity reigns, negativity will cease to exist. It may be that you’ve already been told that you have a serious health problem that could end your life. When this occurs, what most people do is to allow the shock of the news to overtake their thoughts.
They allow the health condition to consume their thoughts and actions. When you hear serious news about your health, that can definitely be a psychological trauma.
But you can’t allow your mind to dwell on the negativity. You can’t allow the illness to become the very center of your focus. When you focus on something that you fear, what it does is keep your mind churned up, which feeds into your body.
That, in turn, puts out a lot of negativity and doesn’t attract good things to you. You can’t always talk about or think about health issues that upset you. You also shouldn’t continually dwell on ways to deal with it.
Remember that negativity thrives in a negative soil of the mind, even more so if you’re allowing fear and worry about the future to take root. Pull the negative energy that you’re putting out and turn it into positive energy.
Focus on what you want to change about your health. Focus on what positive, good steps you need to take to feel better. You can create a vision board for your health even if you’re currently in good health because you want to keep attracting this good health to you.
On the vision board, use images or phrases that show where you want your health to be. You can use positive affirmations such as “I am healthy.” Just don’t include words that create negativity or induce fear on your board.
Visualize that your body has already beaten whatever health issue is going on. See yourself living a healthy and healed life. The images that you use can include images of yourself doing things like running a marathon or celebrating a milestone birthday.
Just use images that represent healing to you. Some people create a health board that shows them in future activities such as going on vacation or getting married.
Adventures, Vacation or Travel Vision Board
Many people want to have great vacations or adventures and travel to see the world, yet time always passes and it doesn’t seem to happen for them. This is how a LOA vision board can help you.
You can create one with an area dedicated to the kind of travel or adventures that you want to have. You can use photos of a beach scene or if you know a specific beach somewhere in the world that you want to visit, find images showing that beach and use that for your board.
Don’t worry about using a lot of images if there are a lot of places you want to see or adventures that you want to have. Your board can be arranged as neatly as you like it or it can be arranged so that the images and words overlap each other.
To make a vision board like this, you can use images from magazines or ones that you print offline, or you can also use images that you can get from the craft department.
Many of these departments have images of travel in their scrapbook area. You can find words such as “travel” and “adventure” along with tags that will help identify the type of vacation or adventure you want to attract to your life.
You can also use affirmations on this board such as “I am enjoying a trip to the Bahamas” or “I am backpacking through Europe.” Whatever your greatest desire is for travel or adventure, find related images for those.
If you’d like to go on adventures with companions, be sure and include that as well. You can take a picture of yourself and your friends and add those on top of the travel destinations to put you “in the scene” too.
Creating a Spirituality Vision Board
This can also be seen as a center of peace board. It’s used to attract serenity and a deep sense that all is well between your mind, body and soul. Images of light bulbs or candles or even the sun can be used to represent illumination and as a symbol of guiding your way through life.
Some people use images of practices that help them connect spiritually such as yoga poses or pictures of people in meditation. Others use images of monks or photos of Buddha or images of people known for bringing spirituality and peace to the world.
If your spirituality is based in religion, such as Christianity, then you can include passages from the Bible that speak to you, or images of Christ or the Bible to help guide you.
Updating Your Vision Board Over Time
As time goes on, your vision board won’t stay the same because you will have attracted what you want from certain areas of the board. You need to remove images and sayings for goals that you’ve met or for those things that have been attracted to your life.
Sometimes, what you wanted to attract to your life will have changed and you’ve discovered that you don’t actually want that any longer. So those items should also be removed.
You might find that one area of your life has taken on a great significance than another so you want to make that one a priority. If you’ve used scrapbook photo squares to put down your images, you can use a sliver of wax paper and work it behind the image.
The wax paper breaks the glue and frees the image from the board. If you glued down the images, you’ll have to be gentle or you’ll tear a hole in the board. What some people do is just paste a clean cut out piece of poster board over the entire area they want to update and they start again.
But you should also make sure that your LOA vision board stays up to date. A vision board can help you to become the best version of you that you were meant to be.
It can also help you to have the life that you desire. As your desires change, you need to make sure that you’re attracting the new desires and not wasting energy on what’s already been accomplished or what you no longer want.
As you update and evolve your vision board for the Law of Attraction, make sure you position it where you can see it each and every day. You don’t want to stick it in a closet because out of sight means out of mind.
You might make a set time such as the first Saturday of every month – to revisit your vision board and see what changes need to be made. Or, get involved in it daily and look for continual changes you can make.
Each time you run across something that would fit well on your vision board, add it to it. Or create a separate file to rotate items in and out of your board if you feel like yours is too cluttered and you want to keep things neat and straight.