A vision board, also called a dream board, is a collage of words and pictures depicting your dreams and goals, usually specific to one aspect of your life. As described in the well-known book, "The Secret," by Rhonda Byrne, a vision board can set you on a path to achieving the dreams and goals that have previously eluded you. The key to a successful vision board is to post it in a place where you have to look at every day, where it will serve as a constant reminder of what you are working toward.
Gather as many magazines as you can that you are comfortable destroying. Go through each magazine looking for pictures and words that are in line with your goals, and have fun with it! Tear out all of the pictures or words that seem relevant and place them in a pile. Keep doing this until you have a very large pile of material to choose from.
Take the pictures and words and start laying them out on your poster board or cardboard backing. Discard anything that may no longer fit or does not work, and then begin organizing your board. For instance, if you are working on your personal goals, you may place images of a house in one corner, money and credit cards in another corner, school or continuing education in another corner and then friends or hobbies in the last corner. Many people organize their boards by themes but there are others who like to place pictures all over the board rather than assigning corners. You may want to consider leaving some space to write words that you were not able to locate in the magazines and leaving a space in the center of the board.
Start gluing and taping. Turn over each picture or word and add glue or tape to secure it in place. Once you have finished getting everything into place, you can use a marker to draw words or images that you feel are important to your vision board.
Place a picture of yourself in the middle of the board and make certain that it is a picture where you are smiling and happy, so that you and your happiness will be in the center of all of your dreams and goals.
Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it every day. This should be an area in your house where you spend a lot of time or are constantly walking through. Some great locations include the back of your bedroom door, a home office, a refrigerator or a bulletin board. Looking at the board every day will cause you to always be aware of your dreams and goals.
Remember that a large part of your success with a vision board is believing that you can do it and then figuring out how to meet your goals or achieve your dreams. You may want to consider making a different vision board for each particular goal. For example, make a vision board for your personal life, one for family goals and one for your professional goals. Anyone can make a vision board, including children. Get creative. If you cannot find a picture of what you want, draw one. You can find magazines at your local recycling center or ask your local library when they replace their magazines. Consider asking friends and relatives for their old magazines. You can make a different vision board each year for the upcoming year or just change your existing vision board.