A few years ago, I came across the law of attraction concept, and it was then that I understood the power of visualization. This caused me to make my first vision board, which was a collage of pictures that represented the things I wanted to achieve in life, like traveling solo, finding true love, and starting my own clothing business.
After just one year, I manifested my wildest desires. I now have an amazing partner in my life. He’s supportive, funny, honest, loving, and we live in a cozy little apartment in a pretty Dutch village. On top of that, I started my online clothing business, and that has allowed me to travel to many countries in Europe. But what was the secret to manifesting all of my wildest desires?
It wasn’t always all pretty. There were times when fear and doubt knocked on my door, but I just treated them as what they were, visitors. I did not allow them to stay. I protected my dreams like a mother protects her newborn. When your vision is clear, you become unstoppable. My vision board is what helped me stay true to my path, but there are some things you must consider when making your own:
- Take Action
I cannot stress enough how important it is to take action. Consider physically posting the word ‘action’ somewhere visible. So many people got the vision board concept wrong. They sit on their couches expecting the vision board to take care of itself. The vision board is there to inspire you, to remind you every single day why you are here. But a vision without action is like a fairy tale, just a fantasy.
The word ‘action’ can be scary, because you know it might mean hard work or leaving your comfort zone. But the more you work towards your goals, the easier it is to manifest them. The universe will always send you help along your way, as long as you are brave enough to go after your dreams.
- Adopt the right mindset
Don’t ever let your condition be an excuse to not start doing something. When I decided to start my business, I was broke. There were days I had money, and other days I would have to borrow money to buy food. However, not having enough money to pay for my basic needs was more painful than cleaning other people’s toilets. That’s why I started to clean houses, working 8-9 hours a day. I was exhausted, but at the end of the day I had money to buy my groceries, and I still managed to find time to work on my business. I did whatever it took to see those numbers in my bank account increase. Besides cleaning, I taught Spanish lessons, ironed clothes, babysat, and even walked dogs.
If I had had a fixed mindset of “I can’t” or “I don’t have”, I wouldn’t have worked towards my goals. But instead, I adopted a growth mindset and I worked hard for what I wanted the most. I put the money I earned from my day jobs in four different envelops: college, traveling, rent, and business. After some time, I saved enough money to travel to Italy. It was my first solo trip ever and my best travel experience too.
I also enrolled in a master program and registered my online business. After a while, I quit my day job and started working from home. I now live life under my own terms and conditions, and that for me is what success is about. It doesn’t have to do with how much money you make, but with having time to do with your day whatever you want to.
Make sure to take some time during your day to close your eyes and let the images on your vision board direct your thoughts. Imagine your dream as if it has already come true. Imagine the laughs, the hugs, and the drinking of a piña colada on a Mexican beach. Every single detail counts.
The good news is that you don’t have to sit and visualize for hours. By doing it for just 5 minutes, you are helping to build hope and excitement for the future. When you visualize, you vibrate higher and you attract more of what you are visualizing. Make it a part of your morning or night routine, or incorporate your visualization as part of your meditation practice.
- Be grateful
A key to manifesting the things on your vision board is feeling grateful for the tangible and intangible things in your life. Your dream house might not have manifested yet, but there are other things you can feel grateful for, like having a place to stay tonight, living parents, and food in your fridge.
Imagine that you give someone a present, and that person gives it back to you or complains about it not being what he wanted. You’ll probably think it twice before giving this person a present again. The same applies to manifestation. When you are constantly complaining about not having enough, the vibration you send to the universe is “no, thank you”. However, when you are grateful for what you have, the universe will want to send more good things to your life.
- Set a date for your goals
When you make a vision board, always keep in mind the time it will take you to achieve your goals. Are they short or long-term goals? Do you expect them to happen in the next six months, or in a year? You cannot hit a goal that doesn’t have a deadline. Focus on one area at a time. When that goal is achieved, move to the next one.
Finally, don’t get discouraged if after some time some of your goals haven’t manifested. This might be because of a change in priorities, or because you haven’t taken the necessary action. Or, it could even mean that they simply need more time. You can always include them again in your new vision board.
“You only have control over three things in your life—the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.” Jack Canfield
Here’s my vision board for 2018
If you would like to dig deeper into the topic of manifestation, check out this post where I talk about 5 ways to manifest more.
What’s your experience with vision boards? Have you made one for the new year ahead? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.