You can get a cheatsheet for creating a powerful vision board right here, so you can quickly refer back to it at any time! Click here to download your vision board cheatsheet!
Vision boards are pretty much the cross-roads for a goal setter, intention-living creative. They mix all the great things about positive thinking, affirmations and massive belief in yourself and your ability and that creative passion and love for beautiful looking things (photos).
When I first made a vision board it was more powerful than writing my goals down on paper. I was used to goal setting and having words in front of me. I was not at all accustomed to having photos of those desires staring straight back at me. Now you can see my current vision board for 2017 right here.
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you know that I am a true believer in the power of visualisation and the need to have a visual (even if it’s just words) representation of your goals to work towards and that there is no reason, if you plan for those goals well enough, that you can’t achieve them.
Goal achievement takes a lot of work: especially with massive goals of financial freedom, happiness, business development and personal health. But it also takes a lot of belief. Belief that you are worthy of the goals that you set, that they are achievable for you and that you will get there, if you put in the work. If we stop believing in the goals that we have set ourselves, we stop doing the work. I have done this more times than I can count, sadly. It probably just goes with the personality of a compulsive goal-setter! But the bigger, overarching goals never go away.
I love this visual form of goal setting, because as I have gotten older I have realised strongly that it is the feeling we are most attracted to with the outcome of a goal – not the outcome itself. Therefore, the best way to create the outcome we want is to live with the feeling we want to manifest for as long as possible. And a vision board – because those images are more powerful even than words – can instantly remind you of the feeling you want to achieve in your life and give you a kick start back into achieving that feeling in your life.
It took me a long time to create a powerful vision board, I certainly wasn’t all for it originally and thought it was a pretty abstract way to pinpoint your goals. But now I am loving the whole concept, so I wanted to share with you how you can go about making your own vision board and getting closer to achieving the life that you want every day.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A VISION BOARD?
A vision board is a collection of images, words and other visual representations that depict the life that you want to lead in the future – near or far. When you design a vision board with focus and purpose it becomes a tool for helping you to goal set your way towards that ideal life and can help you to accomplish the goals you have set yourself.
It serves you as a great piece of motivation and reminder about the road that you are travelling and where you want that road to end up. Unlike written goals, the overall feel of the life you depict on your board can stay the same as your specific goals may change over time – it will still show you the story of the life you are hoping to create.
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HOW TO CREATE A VISION BOARD:
- The goal setting part
I hope that you already have, somewhere, a collection of the goals you are working towards. You need to gather together these ideas and lists so that you know exactly what you want to work towards. Choose the timeline for your vision board too, whether that is 1 year, 5 years or 7 years just be clear on when you want this life to manifest for you. Just like all goals, setting them is important to make sure that they actually happen so don’t take this step for granted. Instead, take the time you need to really examine where you want your life to go, and when you want to get there.
Make sure that you balance your goals and include all the areas of your life. It’s easy to focus just on the thing which is most important to us at the present time, but to lead a happy life you need to have a heightened sense of achievement and purpose in every area.
I find it really useful to think of the 10 areas of life from Hal Enrod’s The Miracle Morning
- Family and friends
- Personal growth and development
- Fun and recreation
- Health and fitness
- Physical environment
Whether you want to include all 10 of these areas is up to you but it gives you a really great idea of how to balance your goals
- The fun part
Now we get to start selecting visual representations for your goals. This is the step where you don’t need to be as specific, and it is more about the feeling that the images illicit for you than the image itself. For example, on my vision board I have the image of a mini cooper – the car that I have wanted since I was 9 years old. Now, a owning a mini cooper is not actually a goal of mine per say, but the image and the thought of it makes me think of success. I have told myself that if I manage to achieve all of my goals, and I can justify owning a small car (as in we don’t have 4 children by the time that happens) then I can buy one, if I want to. So the mini is not the goal for me, but it gives me motivation to achieve the other areas of my success.
Collect pictures, images and words the old fashioned way through magazines or my personal favourite way through Pinterest. Make sure every image illustrates your desired goals in some way.
Don’t get distracted by other images which have nothing to do with your goals and desires.
Now, after you have collected and printed all your images attach them to a poster board or cork board in any fashion that works for you. There are two main ways to organise your vision board:
- In a random fashion that gives you an overall snapshot of your life
- In an ordered fashion where you divide up your board into different areas of your life: relationship, career, money, health, spirituality, etc.
Have fun and make it as motivational as possible!
- Learning how to use your vision board
For some, the process of visually collecting images of your goals will be enough and you won’t need to look at your vision board regularly. This is fine and many people just put them in their spare room or their closet and take it out occasionally to see if they are on the course they intended to be.
However, I find it far more powerful a tool if you can see the outcome of your ideal life in front of you, so I recommend having it somewhere that it can be a constant reminder of what you are working towards.
Whichever method you think works best for you, use this board to your advantage.
- Use your vision board to achieve your goals
Creating the vision board, while a powerful motivator won’t help you to achieve that life if you don’t start to work on those goals.
Use the images you have in front of you to create a plan of action to achieve them. For each specific goal that you have represented, work out what you need to do and by when you need to do it, in order to make it a reality.
- Keep looking ahead!
Don’t just let your goals become part of the furniture. Become so familiar with your board that you know it in your sleep, add to it as your life changes and constantly review the progress you are making in your life in relation to the goals that you set yourself when you created it. Believe that you can achieve the images you have shown yourself and keep working at them every day.
I hope that you are encouraged to start using this different medium to represent your goals and motivate you into action. Like I said, I haven’t always been keen on vision boards, but I was surprised at the clarity and motivation it gave me.
If you want to see how my vision board looks this year, then check out this post…I even included a little video run-through for you!
Share your goals and how you achieve them with the community in the comments so we can all learn from one another!
Keep making the most of every day,