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Vision boards are for folks with big goals. It isn’t called a vision board because it helps you play it safe and stay in your comfort zone. Vision boards help to hone in on the bigger picture, the things that drive you to get up out of bed every morning with excitement in your belly. Vision boards are for those with vision, and for those who truly want to see that vision manifest in their lives.
So, what is it to have a vision anyway? Well, my favorite definition of it is by dictionary.com, and states that it is “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” Sounds fun, right?
Now, for those of you who want to create a positive space for thinking about and for planning your future, you’ve come to the right place. That’s exactly what creating an effective vision board is all about. Here are a few steps to making yours!
Step 1: Get in the mindset
When you are creating a vision or anything for that matter, you want to get into a quiet space. Whatever helps you to tune out the noise of everyday life, incorporate that thing. In the past, I’ve used Spotify’s Brain Food playlist. Think about your lighting, too. So, for me, that means setting up my creative station by a large window and working during the day. I try to minimize the distractions like my phone or the TV, but that’s just because these sorts of things tend to take my attention to the point I’ll never get my vision board done. If they’re helpful for you, by all means!
Step 2: Narrow your goals
Keep it simple. Every single goal you’ve ever had in your life does not need to be plastered on this board, mkay? It is going to be overload for your brain, and it really won’t help in the long run. What works best is thinking about the goals you have for your life in the next year, and then creating broad categories. For instance, you decide you want to go to the gym three times a week, you want to lose 20 pounds, and you want to get a personal trainer. Well, all three of these goals can slide under the overarching goal of physical fitness. Write out the specifics, but use the bigger goal when selecting your images to strategically place on your board.
Other categories include, but are not limited to:
- Personal Growth
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Step 3: Create it!
This is the fun part. Decide whether you will be creating a physical or virtual board, as the process will be very different for each. For your virtual board, you can use sites like Canva or iPiccy to find the cork or white background, and create your complete board. If you are creating a physical board, like myself, then you wanna shop for your canvas. I got this pretty basic, but nice cork board from Target for only $9! There are so many beautiful boards out there!
After you decide on the foundation, it’s time to select your content. Don’t do this for anyone else but yourself. Place on your board the images you know will motivate you toward your goals. (I’ll include an image of my finished board below!)
Okay. So, now you have your goals written out, you have your canvas, and you have your images. Only one thing left to do, hun! Let’s get to work placing everything just how you like it. Have fun with it – it’s not meant to stress you out.
Step 4: Put it in the way
Yay! You have a beautiful vision board, handcrafted by you. It’s amazing to look at, it’s inspiring and motivating. You feel so good about your goals, you wanna conquer ’em all right now. Yes, girl! Go conquer the world, and change it for the better. I support you a thousand percent!
But, first, find the best place in the house or in your room to hang your beautifully inspiring masterpiece. This spot needs to be in the way, a place you won’t be able to miss. This spot needs to be seen while you are going about your daily routine, brushing your teeth and putting on your mascara. Your board needs to be in a place where you sit down to work on homework or your business. You get the point. Put it in a place you can’t help but notice it, which leads me to the final step.
Step 5: Mission accomplished
What I plan to do this year that I did not do in 2016 with my vision board is set aside time to visualize myself completing the goals. I want to create the ideal image in my mind, play out the scenes in the very fiber of my being. It’s going to be sort of an experiment, but I welcome you to join me! Let’s see if this added step will catapult us into positivity in our lives, and into living our wildest dreams.
I want to know about your experiences with creating your vision boards. Leave me a note in the comments!
Here’s my finished vision board, as promised –
See you soon!
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