A vision board is a visualization tool that sets an intention for what you want and how you want to feel. The point of making a vision board is to bring everything that’s on it to life. It’s a manifestation concept based on the law of attraction, which states that your entire life experience is formed by your thoughts.

If you’re thinking about getting sober or if you’re in recovery, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about where you are in your life and where you want to be. By displaying images and inspirational words that matter to you, you’re creating a visual representation of what you want to attract into your life. It continually reinforces the future you want.

Focus on Feelings, Not Things

Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things you want. Of course, it’s OK to include images of material things like a house or a new car, but stuff shouldn’t be the predominant theme.

What are your aspirations for your relationships, career, home, self-improvement, health, hobbies, etc.? Once your goals are clear, use them to shape the contents of your vision board.

Anything that inspires and motivates you is fair game, like inspirational quotes or sayings that help you focus on recovery, even during challenging times, and magazine clipping or pictures of activities you love to do, people with careers you want, scenes that inspire you, places you want to visit, etc.

Be Specific

Sobriety is the obvious goal for those in recovery, but it’s vague. Get specific with your goals not just for sobriety, but in other areas of your life. “I want to stay sober” becomes “I want to attend 12-step meetings every day for the next three months.” “I want to read more” becomes “I want to read at least 20 pages of a book every day.”

Make it Visible

If you make a poster board, corkboard or shadow box vision board, hang it somewhere you’ll see it every day: above your desk, in your bedroom, next to a mirror. Take a picture of it and set it as your desktop image or phone background. You can make a vision board on Pinterest, but it’s better to have something physical.

Update Your Vision Board Accordingly

There aren’t any hard and fast rules about how often you should update your vision board, but if you ever feel compelled to add to it or take things away, do it. Your vision board will change as you evolve. The end of the year is a logical time to rethink your vision board. During a time where many of us are taking stock of the past year and setting new goals for the year ahead, it makes sense to spruce up your vision board.

What’s Your Vision for Sobriety?

Shifting to a more positive way of thinking is a key part of the law of attraction, but your dreams won’t manifest with positive thinking alone. You actually need to work to make them happen. In sobriety, you have the power to create the life you want. Guardian IOP can help you create it.

We employ several alternative therapeutic modalities, including art therapy, to create visualization. Our art therapy program helps clients reconnect with their true, authentic selves–who they were before addiction.

To learn more about our holistic approach to addiction recovery, contact Guardian IOP at 855-517-1871.