How to use Vision Boards to Get Your Clients Focused and Excited! January 2, 2012 Reading Time: 1 min 50 sec Share12Tweet3Share28Pin200243 SharesA Client's Vision Board from one of my Vision Board Workshops The end of a year - or early in a new one is a great time for people to get focused on what they want from the year ahead – or even their lives. For me, a Vision Board is a way of teaching our mind to focus on the things that are important to us! Vision Boards can also be a great way to connect with our subconscious wants, desires and needs - and make them conscious! A "Vision Board" can help people: Clarify who they are, what they want or where they're going. Get their new year off to a flying start. Tap into their inner wisdom and inner knowing. Create some focus or refocus themselves. Simply get to know themselves better! What is a Vision Board anyway? A Vision Board is simply a collective name for a wide variety of inspirational maps (a collage) that we create from pictures. The map can be WHO we want to be or HOW we want our lives to be but it’s a visual representation of our goals and dreams—a powerful way to make our aspirations more tangible and attainable. How I believe Vision Boards work: Our minds can only hold about 7 pieces of information at any one time. And yet there are millions of pieces of information available to us at every moment (think about everything you can see/hear/feel for starters). So, to ensure we don't get overwhelmed, our mind learns to filter information and to only show you pieces of information it thinks is RELEVANT. That’s why when we get a new car we suddenly notice little red cars everywhere - just like ours. THIS is one of the key ways that Vision Boards work. The very act of CREATING the vision board tells our mind what’s important – and it may just draw your attention to something you might not otherwise have noticed. How to create a Vision Board: Simply get your clients to cut out and collect pictures, words, quotes that inspire them or that catch their eye. THEY MUST NOT ANALYSE! If it grabs them, tear it out! Then ask them to paste and organize these images, words, quotes etc onto a big piece of paper, giving it a title and date. How much time to allow: This will depend on your client, but when I run a Vision Boarding Workshop I usually allow around 2 hours (this allows for introductions, getting settled in and a little reflection/closing at the end). If someone is doing a vision board by themselves - I would say to allow 1-1 1/2 hours. Finally, it can also be fun for your client to get a group of friends together and make an evening of it - then they should probably allow 2-3 hours for chatting etc. What they'll need: A piece of bristol board or cardboard, scissors, coloured pens, glue and a supply of inspirational magazines to cut out pictures from (eg. Oprah, home magazines, spiritual magazines, National Geographic etc.) Top Tips: The Vision Board MUST HAVE PICTURES – even if they are just line drawings and stick men/women. While they look for pictures, they should allow their minds to run free and dream. INCLUDE ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that appeals or speaks to them! When creating a Vision Board, HOW THEY FEEL is more important that what they think! Include PERSONAL AFFIRMATIONS or inspiring quotes to nurture and cherish themselves. Use COLOUR! Coloured felt-tip pens, colour post-it notes, colour pictures, make it VIBRANT and exciting. Encourage them to look for the UNFAMILIAR – to get outside their 'normal' box… Finally, remind them this is not about creating an artistic masterpiece but creating something that visually INSPIRES and EXCITES them! Finished? Well, there are two main schools of thought out there as to what to do next and I have had clients who have had great success with both methods. SCHOOL 1) Says FORGET about the Vision Board, put it in a closet. You’ll find it in 5 years and things will magically have happened. This is so that we remove any attachment to it and don’t FORCE things or try too hard. After all, when we put something somewhere obvious, we tend to stop seeing it after a while anyway. SCHOOL 2) Put the Vision Board somewhere you'll SEE IT EVERY DAY – to remind, inspire and focus us. And then every once in a while, just sit down and REALLY LOOK AT IT. Review it, allow yourself to feel it and get excited by it. Just before we go to sleep is a great time to do this as it allows our mind to work on it and absorb it over night. But whatever people decide to do with their Vision Boards afterwards, the vision has been created. And who knows where that will take them... "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." Gloria Steinem If you liked this article about Visioning and Vision Boards, you may also like: Coaching Tools 101: Life Vision Exercise Ideas for Visioning and Life Planning! Our Extraordinary Goal-Setting Toolkit 10 Meaningful Areas to Reflect On as the New Year Approaches… And finally, if you're running a workshop, be sure to ask for feedback AND for permission to stay in touch with your attendees! Read about how to use our Free Workshop Feedback Form to do this here >> Categories: Coaching Tools & Exercises, Goal-Setting, Vision 15 Comments Wendy Buckingham January 8, 2012 Vision Boards are wonderful, but you have to trust them! I once created a vision board with a random old advertisement for an apartment I had cut out of a newspaper. (One of my goals was to buy my dream apartment). Quite accidentally I found the apartment I was looking at was the one I had cut out some months ago, and it had come back onto the market. And it was perfect! But then I let my mother sew the seeds of doubt and talk me out of it because it had too many stairs. Years later, I still regret not trusting my vision board to deliver my goal. Reply elelsey January 9, 2012 Hi Wendy, what a great (sad!) story. It sounds like you have learned lots from it! It's so true that we need to trust ourselves - and our intuition. And Vision Boards are such a great way to tap into our intuition... Warmly, EL Reply Bjørg-Elin August 25, 2014 Hi! Thanks for sharing. Quick question: How much time does People need to work With this? Of course it will be individual, but it would be useful with a hint:) Thanks, BE Reply Emma-Louise August 25, 2014 Hi Bjorg, I have just updated the article to include some information on how much time to allow! So great question. Here is what I said: How much time to allow: This will depend on your client, but when I run a Vision Boarding Workshop I usually allow around 2 hours (this allows for introductions, getting settled in and a little reflection/closing at the end). If someone is doing a vision board by themselves - I would say to allow 1-1 1/2 hours. Finally, it can also be fun for your client to get a group of friends together and make an evening of it - then they should probably allow 2-3 hours for chatting etc. I hope that helps! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Michelle Johnson April 2, 2017 Very helpful in explaining the purpose of a Vision Board!!! Thank You! Reply Michelle Johnson April 2, 2017 This article was very insightful! I always understood the purpose of a VB, but now I feel I can explain what it is with eloquence! Thank You!!! Reply Emma-Louise April 3, 2017 Dear Michelle, thank-you for taking the time to comment! I'm so glad you found the article helpful 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Lori April 2, 2017 Where do you get content for the vision boards when doing a group meeting. Love this idea! Do you charge them and if so how much? Reply Emma-Louise April 3, 2017 Hi Lori, I have a stack of saved Oprah Magazines. Home and Garden magazines are great - as are National Geographics! Women's magazines can have a little too much focus on fashion and appearance, but the headlines can be good to use for word portions. So I would keep these to a minimum. People can also bring their own magazines... I hope this helps. Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Laila St. Matthew-Daniel January 24, 2018 Hi Lori thank you for explaining this in a clear and detailed manner. Now I feel more confident to coach some people in this area. Reply Emma-Louise January 25, 2018 Dear Laila, so glad you found this article helpful! Enjoy vision boards 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply John Kilian October 2, 2018 It is always great to come across new and creative ways to use existing tools to get my clients moving forward. Thank for an awesome article. Reply Emma-Louise October 4, 2018 Dear John, thank-you for taking the time to comment! And glad you found the article helpful! 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Sheryl Spangler January 21, 2019 Great article and appropriate for the new year! One question -- what is a good fee range to charge for a vision board workshop? I would include all supplies. Reply Emma-Louise January 21, 2019 Hi Sheryl, Thank-you and good question. It all depends on what YOU want to achieve. You could make it free for maximum exposure and to get people to sign-up for your newsletter (manually at your workshop for example), you could do it by donation to charity (which I am doing next week). You could charge solely enough to cover your costs - eg. $10 a person (do you have room hire to consider? tea/coffee/snacks etc?). You could charge $25 to cover costs and your time (assuming you get 8-10 people for example). Or more, if you wanted. But as it's something people can do for themselves, and whilst you will definitely bring something to the table, it's not like you preparing and running a time management or life balance workshop where there's more education for them and content prep for you. So whilst you could charge $30-50 a person, I think then people would expect more. More organization, good food etc. Finally, it also depends on your audience. What would they think is reasonable? How much disposable income do they have? I hope that helps! Warmly, Emma-Louise Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.