by Allison Aboud Holzer

For several years I taught a workshop called “Create Your Own Vision Board” to high school students, advanced adult Fine Art students, and elderly residents at a nursing home.While I approached the workshop from different angles depending on the audience, the overall message was the same: visually representing your goals helps you achieve them.

I’m not talking woo-woo “law of attraction” here. There really is something logical to this. Psychologist Laura King studies the impact of writing about your goals and (what she calls) your “future best self” on well-being. She has found that writing down your goals not only improves the likelihood that you achieve them but also makes you feel happier! To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a study on creating a vision board of your goals using collage, but I suspect that it would benefit you similarly. Why?

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Making a vision board does not require any prerequisite artistic skill. Here’s how:

  1. Write down about 1 – 5 goals you will represent on your board.
  2. For two weeks, look for images that inspire you or remind you of these goals. Cut them out of magazines or print from the web. Keep them together in a shoe box.
  3. Materials you need: An ~8”x 10” cardboard piece (cut from a box), glue, your images you collected, and optional colored paper, fabrics or beads.
  4. Create your board on your own or with friends! Spread everything out on a table and create a collage representing your goals with visual images (not words). Have fun!

When you have finished, put your vision board up in your home so you are reminded daily of why these goals are important to you, keeping them close to your mind and heart.

* King, L. (2001). The Health Benefits of Writing about Life Goals. Personality and Social Psychology 27, 798 – 807.