We are over a week into January and those New Year’s resolution might have already gone to the back burner. That’s just one reason why I love vision boards. Vision boards can be a powerful tool. A good vision board can help you clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal, reinforce your daily affirmations and keep your attention on your intentions. I don’t know about you, but I need that daily! I am someone who welcomes distractions. Having a vision board, in my vision, is essential for me to achieve my goals.
What is a ‘Good’ Vision Board?
I have made really good vision boards and not so good vision boards. What is the difference?
A good vision board is in your face. You see it when you walk into your office or main room you work and spend time. You keep a picture of it on your laptop, on your phone, on your fridge. It is the visual aspect of a vision board that really drives home your desires and sends a very loud, clear message.
A not so good vision board? Those are the ones I slide behind my desk, under the bed or I’ve put them somewhere I’ll rarely notice them. Yes, it’s important what you’ve put on your board. Your board should reflect YOUR vision. However, the key is having your vision board actually… well… visual. Why? Because visualization is nearly as powerful as performing the action. When you visualize yourself living in your dream home, your brain trains your body for that reality. Now that’s powerful!
Tools of the trade
I recently went to a workshop where I met some amazing women, had great conversations and created my vision board. If you can do a workshop, I highly recommend it. Not only is it fun but it can really get the creative juices flowing. If you cannot attend a workshop, no worries! There are a few things you can do to create your badass vision board:
!. Reflect on your goals
You can ask yourself a couple of questions. What’s important to you? What activities do you want to learn how to do? Hobbies? Career goals? Relationship goals? What do those look like to you? Do you have travel goals? Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers. That’s okay. The beauty of a vision board is you can add to it, change it or even make a new one down the road. I went into the workshop with very little direction. Oh, I have some big goals and plans but I let the pictures and words come to me as I made the board.
2. Decide on format
I made a physical board. That’s what I personally prefer and I have it propped up at my workspace. You can use poster board, cork board, matte, paint canvas. However, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just this style of vision board. You can also make an electronic version of a vision board. You can design your own webpage or blog, use sites like Pinterest, or even create a document on your computer where you’ll collect your inspirational images and affirmations. Use the format that works best for you. I took a picture of my board and it is now my screen saver on all my devices.
3. Collect your inspirational images
Now it’s time to find pictures, quotes, words that mean something to you and will inspire you daily. Print them, cut words out of magazines. Looking to get in better shape? Cut out a picture of a women hiking or badass workout words. If you have a specific goal like “I am going to travel to Australia”, cut out pictures of Australia. You may be surprised at the words that’ll jump out at you from a magazine when you are vision boarding. Cut out a lot of images or words. As you put your board together, you may decide one is more important than the another. A picture or a words fits better in your vision over another.
4. Put your vision board together
This all your own style! I have seen vision boards that are strictly black and white, ones with one word in the middle, one picture in the middle. Some people’s boards are very ‘neat’. This will flow for you as you start to put your board together! My advice is to not stress about the perfection of the board. Rather focus on what the board is saying and meaning to you.
Keep Your Vision Board In Your Vision!
Now go find a spot!! Grab your scissors, pictures, glue, glass of wine, and go for it! You can include your kids and make it a family fun night. I wish I had known about vision boards when my kids were home! I would have loved to see what they’d put together! Invite some badass girlfriends over and have a vision board party. However you do it just do it and make it fun, make it badass!! Keep your vision board in your vision!!
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