No matter what you read about vision boards and where you read it, you’ll usually find them being referred to as an inherently personal exercise. Given that they’re all about personal goals and ambitions, and the process of thinking them through, it might lead you to ask “can I make a vision board for someone else?” The short answer is that yes, you can, but you need to follow a particular process and ensure that they’re taking it seriously before you make yourself available to help.
Once you start to experience success with vision boards, you’ll begin to tell people about them. I still remember soon after I made my first vision board and managed to check off the first thing. I was pretty excited and told a couple of people about it. One of those people was my mother, and she wasn’t exactly surprised. She’d had a vision board for several years already and experienced her own success. The other person, a friend, had no experience at all with vision boards. We were and remain close enough that it piqued her interest. Without that experience, and not having a conspicuous place at which to start, she asked if I would make a vision board for her.
You can make a vision board for someone else, but you have to be sure that they’re serious and committed to the process.
Ghostwriting a Vision Board
When I’m not writing about the law of attraction and vision boards, I’m usually writing about a variety of other topics. One of my favourite things to do is ghostwrite books. ‘Ghostwriting’ a vision board isn’t as lengthy or strenuous, but it’s easy to draw comparisons. Think of it as a compact version of writing someone’s autobiography. The better you know them, the more you can write under your own steam, but you’ll still need to consult them on the specifics.
If you’re going to make a vision board for someone else, you need to spend some time together. Vision boards start with establishing specific goals and ambitions or being as accurate as possible in choosing material objects. If you’re creating a vision board with the law of attraction in mind, manifestation is essential and it works best when you can specify what you want to bring into your life.
No matter how well you know the person you’re working with on their vision board, you won’t be able to envision their goals without their help accurately. It’s a good idea to schedule some time together to go through what they feel deserves a place on their board. If you’ve created your own vision board previously, you might be able to nudge them in the right direction based on what you’ve learned. Even if you’re a relative novice, remind them of the importance of being genuine and specific. You can also decide at this stage whether you’re going to collaborate on a general vision board or one that ties into a particular part of their life.
Making a Vision Board for Someone Else
Once you’ve combined your efforts to establish what should be on the vision board, you need to decide how you’ll display the board. Remind them that they work best when they’re seen regularly, and even better when they’re on display at relevant times. For example, if there’s a promotion on the board, displaying it at work may be a fantastic idea.
It’s also the right time to decide between physical and digital. I’m of the opinion that vision boards work the same in their traditional format and when displayed on a screen. The latter has the added benefit of being suitable to display on phone and computer backgrounds or printed out. They’re also far more comfortable to modify in the future. With that said, I’m not trying to push you in a particular direction, and if they prefer the idea of a typical vision board, you should go with that as they’re more likely to stick with it.
From there, your job is to create the board as you normally would. Pull together words, pictures, quotes and anything else that accurately depicts their dreams. I’m a big fan of metaphors, but there are two options here. You must either make these metaphors obvious or discuss them with the recipient beforehand. While an image might mean one thing to you, it may mean something entirely different for your vision board partner. This can lead to irrelevant, wasted space on your vision board, which is never a good idea.
Handing Over the Completed Vision Board
Never forget at any point during the process that you’re doing this for someone else. Ultimately, your goal is to hand over something that will help them to achieve their goals in their way. If you know them well, you can try to put yourself in their shoes during creation. If not, stick to vision board best practices.
Before finishing up and giving them the completed vision board, it’s worth getting together one more time to discuss the content. You can point out what each image or quote represents and ensure that it works for them. You can explain how the finished vision board fits in with the goals you discussed initially and also go over suggestions for placement. Indeed, you can share your personal experience on what makes a vision board as effective as possible. I’m assuming you’d only do a vision board for a friend, so you should invest in their success!
Can I Make a Vision Board for Someone Else? – In Summary
Something I haven’t mentioned in this article is that you’ll find varying answers to this question depending on where you look. Some consider vision boards as being an entirely personal experience, and their response would, understandably, be a resounding ‘no’. However, having seen vision boards used at parties, in classrooms and various other collaborative environments, I don’t feel like a vision board is something that necessarily needs to be kept private.
However, there’s more to making a vision board for someone else than them asking you to and you getting to work. It would help if you had a connection with that person, whether that involves asking questions, discussing goals or anything else to ensure you’re on the same wavelength. The process should be collaborative throughout, so they know what you mean when you use individual pictures or specific quotes. Being specific matters a lot during the creation process, and experience can play a part. If someone asks you to make them a vision board, the chances are you know what you’re doing. Share that knowledge freely and learn along the way, and you’ll both have a greater grasp of the vision board concept by the time you’re finished!