The law of attraction is the belief that you attract into your life whatever you focus on, whether positive or negative. It’s a concept that you may have already heard about on The Secret or listened to on Oprah and there are many theories behind the practicality of the process. However, there is one simple thing you can do to begin manifesting the life you want, and that is to create a vision board.
Many years ago I created my first ‘vision board’, which at the time seemed like a whole lot of pretty pictures and not much else. I filled the board with luxurious travel destinations, celebrities I admired and some images of handsome boys (I was miserably single at the time). Fast forward a few years and I’ve since travelled to most of the destinations on my visual bucket list, I’ve worked for one of the celebrities on the board and I now have the ideal man in my life. So I guess you could say I’m a big fan of a vision board. It’s clear to me that it’s a whole lot more than just pictures and it can actually start the process of achieving the life that you desire.
To learn more about how to put our dreams out there, we asked Lauren Trlin, ‘Life Purpose Alchemist’, serial entrepreneur and master of Vision Workshops, why we need a vision board and how we can all begin manifesting the life that we want.
What exactly is a vision board and why do we need one?
“A vision board is a simple yet powerful visual tool that activates the universal law of attraction and allows you to begin manifesting your dreams into reality.
It contains images, colours, visuals and quotes that resonate with you and reflect the vision that you have for your life. A vision board assists us in recognising the things from our external environment that we want to invite and create in our own life. There is a great statement that really captures this – “Energy flows where the mind goes.”
What are the steps we need to take to create one?
“You’ll need the following materials: A3 board, your favourite magazines or printed photos, scissor, glue and your wild imagination. Put aside at least 2 hours to create your vision board and make sure that you won’t be distracted during that time. Put on some music and light a candle. Create the right “vibe”. Cut out images, quotes and words from the magazine that jump out at you. You don’t want to overthink the process. You just want to include what feels right for you. Then glue everything onto the board in a way that really resonates with you.”
What are some of the things we should be including on a vision board?
“Before you sit down to design your vision board, set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is that you want. Just take a moment to sit with that. This project should be a lot of fun. You’re looking for pictures that express your inner passions, personality and deepest desires. What is it that lights you up? What is it that puts a smile on your face, warms your heart and gets you “in flow”? Your vision board can be for a specific period of time or for a specific part of your life. For example, you may choose to create a vision board just for your business or you can create a vision board for the next 6-month period of your life. There are no rules!”
How long should a vision board take to make?
“I generally recommend that people put aside 1.5 to 2 hours to complete their board. It should be an enjoyable and creative experience but you shouldn’t be overthinking the process. I also tell people to put aside 15 to 30 minutes at the end of the exercise to reflect on what they have created. At the end of the exercise you can ask yourself the following:
What key insight can I draw from my board?
Does anything on my board surprise me? If so, why?
What are the key themes that have emerged from my board?
What is the title for my vision board?
How do I feel looking at my board?
What can I begin implementing immediately on my vision board?”
Has a vision board worked for you in the past?
“Yes! I use a combination of vision boarding and goal setting to bring my big dreams to life. I’m always blown away when I look at copies of my old vision boards. It’s a great way to acknowledge the progress we have made to bringing our dreams to life.”
Have you witnessed a vision board working for others?
“Yes, many of my clients have used their vision boards to inspire them to start their new business, acquire a skill set or tick a travel destination off their bucket list. That drive and determination has always been within them – the vision board just serves as a reminder of where they want to be heading. For example, one of my clients wants to open his own cafe. His vision board inspired him to complete a barista course the following month.”
What happens after we’ve created a vision board?
“Once you have finished, you MUST place the vision board in a place where you are going to see and look at it every single day. For example, some people place the vision board in their bedroom. I have mine scanned to my computer and it is my desktop background. Every single day, I check-in with my goals list and my vision board and I ask myself:
Am I taking a step towards my dreams today?
Am I living in alignment with my vision?”
What are some other simple steps we can take towards manifesting our goals?
“One myth surrounding the law of attraction is that you can ask for something and just sit back and wait for it to happen. That is incorrect as what we’re doing then is resisting the law of attraction. Manifesting our goals can be achieved in 3 simple steps:
- Clearly articulate our vision, our purpose and our goals.
- Break the vision and goals down into actionable steps.
- Take ACTION every single days towards that vision.”
If you’d like to find out more about actions you can take to achieve your dreams, or to attend one of Lauren’s Vision Workshops, visit www.laurentrlin.com.au.