January 15th, 2021
A vision board is a collection of images, chosen by you, to help visualise your goals and dreams. The more you can truly visualise something, the more you will attract those things, and the closer you'll get to achieving them.
I used a double page spread in my bullet journal for my vision board. You can use anything you like; an actual cork board, the back of your wardrobe door or even a large piece of paper.
I then decided to add affirmations next to these photos, to serve as reminders, that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
Affirmations are simple positive statements. The idea is, if you repeat them often enough, you start to believe them and can make positive changes to your life. Combining them with a vision board, can make both the vision board and the affirmations even more powerful.
I've shared some helpful affirmations below, across different categories. Feel free to use or tweak any of these to make them work for you. But first, let's talk about how to start setting up your vision board.
If you're creating a vision board for yourself, start by having a think about your goals and try to visualise what you want your life to look like. There aren't any rules about how far ahead you should be thinking or what it should be about, just anything that comes to mind.
It can be things like buying a new house or getting a new job. It can be how you want to feel (e.g. peaceful or empowered). Or things you want to do more of (e.g. exercise or family holidays).
It can be short term or long term. Just let your thoughts run wild and go with it.
The next step is to look for pictures from magazines or Pinterest to bring your goals to life. I decided to use myself as inspiration for my vision board, by using photos of my own experiences instead of pictures from Pinterest. My thinking was, photos that trigger emotions or memories would surely be the most effective.
For example, I found an old photo of when I did my first 10k race. It made me think of the first time I went for a run, and I couldn't breathe. I thought I'd never be able to get into running. Then I got a new job and moved into a tiny flat that had a really horrible bathroom. I joined a gym near my work which had really nice showers. So I convinced myself to pop into the gym after work, and walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes. Just so I could use the nice shower there!
I did that day after day. As my body and mind got used to doing it, I started to increase the speed a little, and turned it into a mix of a walk and a run. Eventually without even realising when it happened, I was running 25 minute 5Ks and signing up to a 10K race.
I remember feeling fit and strong, and when look at the photo, it brings back all of those feelings, and reminds me that I can do it.
Using myself as inspiration, will trigger stronger feelings, than if I'd chosen pictures of strangers who are fit and strong.
If you don't have many of your own pictures to work with, you can of course use pictures from Pinterest. Try and find pictures that evoke an emotion. The more you can attach feelings to the photo, the better-able you are to visualise it, and then work towards it.
Once you have your photos you can lay them out onto your board. This can be on an actual board, a piece of paper or a journal.
Avoid sticking the pictures down. Spend some time laying them out and leave some space for text. If you want to decorate the page with sketches or designs, take into account space for those too.
Look at your photos and think about some positive statements that can help you achieve them. It's helpful to look through example affirmations (see mine below) to find statements that resonate with you. If you're comfortable, you could write your own affirmations too or even just tweak the one's that you find so that they work for you.
For my 10K race photo, I chose the affirmation:
Getting in shape is something I can accomplish.
I want to get fit and strong like I used to be, so this photo and affirmation will give me the positivity that I need to tackle the goal.
Once you have your affirmations, start sticking your photos down and write your affirmations next to them. I've shared my full set up on YouTube.
FYI, I also have a video on how to write your own affirmations here, or you can use any of the affirmations I have shared below.
I have the power to control my health.
I am happy, healthy and fit.
Getting in shape is something I can accomplish.
I deserve to be healthy and happy.
My body is healing.
My body is healthier every day.
I will be kinder, smarter and wiser.
I am positive, peaceful and worry-free.
I am dedicated to building a stronger body.
I am releasing all negative emotions from my system.
I am emptying my head of busy racing thoughts.
I can find peace inside myself.
I choose peace.
I choose to live in peace.
I'm becoming more peaceful and content.
I am peaceful and grounded.
I choose to feel calm and peaceful.
I am calm and at peace.
I allow love to find me easy.
I choose love.
I attract good relationships.
I surround myself with people that bring out the best in me.
I am co-creating my own love story.
I deserve the love I am given.
I give and receive love freely without fear.
I choose to embody freedom in all that I do.
Every day brings me more freedom.
Every day I am getting closer to total freedom.
Every day I create the feeling of unlimited freedom in my life.
I have the freedom to create the life I desire
I am worthy of success.
Nothing will stop me from being successful.
I am worthy enough to follow my dreams.
I trust in my abilities.
I am good at anything I put my mind to.
I am in control of my future and will succeed.
I am powerful.
Through courage and hard work I can achieve anything.
I will succeed.
I am doing my best for my child.
I trust my intuition to make intentional parenting choices.
I love the mother/father I am.
I am patient and understanding with my children.
I enjoy being a parent.
When there is chaos around me, I am the calm.
I will overcome any challenges.
I am open to new adventures in my life.
I let go of negative feelings about myself.
I find things to smile about every day.
I make a significant difference to the lives of people around me.
I have unstoppable confidence within me.
I deserve happiness.
I choose to be positive.
I am braver than I think.
Everyday I am learning and growing.
I can accomplish anything.
I truly hope you enjoy setting up a vision board with affirmations as much as I did.
To see the full process of setting mine up and the affirmations/photos I used, here's the video: