I once heard
someone say that people spend more time planning their vacation, than they do
their life and I believe this (sadly) is pretty accurate. The truth is if you don’t define the
destination, you can’t develop the roadmap to get where you want to go. This is where the concept of a “vision board”
or “dream board” comes in. We are HUGE fans
and do them every year to set intentions and define the things which speak to our
soul and bring joy. After 2020, we can
all use some new energy and vision for the future.
By putting a vision board where you can see it every day, you will prompt yourself to visualize your dreams, goals and ideal life on a regular basis. Think of it as your compass and your true north. Many super successful people swear by them, including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Beyoncé, and Denzel Washington.
According to Psychology Today, mental practices (like visualization) can increase
motivation, confidence, and even motor performance. In fact, in one study, researchers found that, in
athletes, visualization was almost as effective as physical practice.
As it says on our bottle ‘Embrace
Life. Dream Big. Accept all Invitations’… so have fun
envisioning your future self!
4 STEPS FOR CREATING AN EMPOWERING VISION BOARD
Pinterest Board might provide some ideas as a launching off point.
Step 1 – Defining your Goals
Do a brief 10-15-minute
brain dump of what first comes to mind as the areas of your life that are
important to you right now (family, relationships, hobbies, well-being,
finances). Think about what excites you – learning French, teaching yoga,
traveling, buying a home in the country, taking music lessons, starting a
If you aren’t feeling crafty, the same exercise in a journal is very
effective as well.
Step 2 – Items Needed
- Magazines, Postcards, Stickers,
Catalogs, Wrapping paper, Fabric, Ribbons, Leaves, Flowers
- Posterboard, Foam Core Board, Large Cork Board or of preference an
Art Canvas (16×20 or larger)
- Glue sticks
- Fabric or ribbons
- Maybe washi tapes, stickers, gems, sequins, metallic pens, crayons etc.,
for accentuating your board
Step 3 – Finding Inspiration
Grab yourself a cup of coffee, or a glass of Le Grand Courtâge as the bubbly helps get you in that sparkling mindset. Start cutting out images that speak to you and gathering ‘visuals’ of things that align with the objectives that you’ve identified. You will amass quite the pile of things that inspire you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.
IMAGES: Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life. Focus on how the images make you FEEL. Look for those that immediately make you say, “Yes! That is what I want in my life!”
MOTIVATIONAL WORDS: Add affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts. I like to add words that describe how I want to feel – such as: joyful, abundant, fearless, free, balanced etc.
You are dreaming about creating a life you love so don’t rush it… set aside an evening or weekend day. We often do ours over a few days.
Step 4 – Laying out & Creating your board
Use only the words
and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that
inspire positive emotions in you and make your heart sing. There is beauty in
simplicity and clarity.
Start to lay out your
images on your board. But DON’T GLUE YET! It is easier to lay images out
on the board so you can re-arrange until you have fit all the items. We often overlap and layer portions of images
above or below others, so we wait before gluing the edges down.
When you’re happy with
the final layout, start gluing down all the edges. You might want to place some
books or magazines on top to keep the images flat as it dries.
You might even
consider a board for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. Whether you call it manifestation, a law of attraction or just bringing
clarity to what you want, it is a creative exercise to do alone or with friends
– and a nice alternative to all the binge watching we’ve all partaken in during
Write the date on the back of your vision board and your
location so you can go back and remember where you were and what you were doing
at the time.
Take a few moments to contemplate your vision board every day. Keep your eye on the prize (or rather your dreams in this case). We take a picture and save it as the screen saver to constantly reminds us. It brings us back to center and helps maintain that champagne state of mind!
Founder- Le Grand Courtâge