There is currently a lot of chatter about manifesting, affirmations and vision boards, but do they actually work? The answer is yes, but not necessarily for the reason you may be thinking. Many of the advocates of said techniques would cite connection to the universe as the reason for the positive results achieved. If that is your belief then that is great and I have no quarrel with you, this article is however, for those who perhaps do not feel a connection to the universe.

Think about it. You have a board on your bedroom wall / fridge / work area, of images and words focused on your goals, beliefs and dreams. You see it every day, multiple times a day. It is only logical that the constant reminder and encouragement of those words and images are going to seep into your sub-consciousness and not merely be a SMART goal written down somewhere on that sheet of paper that you had that one night, the one where you had a glass of wine and watched Bridget Jones’ Baby, again.

Once your goals and dreams become subconscious, you will begin to make small decisions daily that may be secretly working towards your goals. You start to notice things that may have gone un-noticed before. Perhaps you see a FaceBook ad for a local dressmaking course, when it has always been your dream to make your own clothes. You contact the person running the course and you are one step closer to that dream of one day perhaps making your own wedding dress. Affirmations work in very much the same way. If you have an affirmation such as ‘I am a strong, talented woman’ that you say to yourself in the mirror 3 times a day, it will soon seep into your subconscious and you will start to believe it. As you become more confident in yourself you are able to take steps out of your comfort zone to move closer to your goals and dreams. What have you got to lose by giving it a go?

The most common way of creating a vision board is a stack of magazines, scissors, paper and a glue stick. Although in an increasingly digital environment, we are hoarding less and less magazines, therefore there are a couple of options here. If you want to go truly digital then Pinterest is your obvious choice, being essentially an online moodboard. You could then make it your screen saver on your phone, tablet and laptop for maximum effect. Or, you could create one on PowerPoint (or any other software that allows you free reign to move images around) and print out the finished product… The other way is to print out images and words and do the whole cut and paste thing as if you were using magazines. So, now that you have the practicalities sorted, how do you make a vision board?

  1. First decide what the focus of the board will be. Is it a general life goals board, a career board, healthy lifestyle board?

  2. Once you have decided on the focus, brainstorm what it is you actually want your life to look like. Think of words, feelings, images, people, and places. Write them all down. Nothing is incorrect here, it is your board.

  3. Start looking for images. You could start googling your brainstorm items or go to Pinterest (even if you plan to print images out).

  4. If you are doing a Pinterest board, then you simply find the image, quote etc., and pin it to your board. If you are doing a physical board or PPT board read on.

  5. Lay out images and words and move around until the board looks and feels right and then glue down (or, save and print out).

  6. Put your board somewhere that you will see it on a regular basis in order for the images and words to seep into your subconscious and work their magic!