If you’re reading this post I think I can safely assume that you know what a vision board is, so I won’t waste our time going into that. My question is, have you ever created one? By creating I don’t mean cutting out a bunch of random pictures, slapping them on a board, and putting it somewhere never to be seen again. No, by creating I mean have you ever sat down at the end of the year, taken inventory of your life the good and the bad, and created a legit vision board based on your needs and desires?
Where do you want to be 5, 10, 20 years from now? And what would you like to accomplish in the next year that will help get there? For the first time, this year I used my vision board as a tool for my monthly goal setting. And for the first time, I can say ending this year that I’ve checked off most of what I wanted to accomplish.
Below are a few tips that have helped me use my vision board to make this one of my most self-fulfilled years yet!
- Vision first; then pictures: The first thing I did was collect my thoughts and write out my vision for the year. What did I want to do? Where did I want to go? How did I want to feel in the process? Then I selected pictures that to me represented that vision and arranged them in a way that was aesthetically pleasing and made sense to me.
- Digital vs. Physical: Before this year I’d always created my vision boards on a poster to hang. This year I decided to use a website to create my board and saved it as my wallpaper on all of my electronic devices so that the images were often seen throughout the day. I used Canva (www.canva.com) to create mine, but there are other apps and websites advertised to make the creation of your digital vision board easier. This is definitely something I plan on doing with my 2017 board as well.
- Get Real: While I’m all about pushing and challenging myself, I also have to be realistic in the process. I’m not going to put everything that I want to accomplish in life on one board for one year. For instance, I want to be debt free! No credit cards, student loans, car payments, zilch! That is something I envision for myself. However, I know that’s not likely to happen by 2017. So I’m not going to put an image representing that, however, I will add an image that represents reducing it by a certain percentage.
- Affirmation Board: A year is a long time. And although I swear by vision boards, it’s still easy to fall off track or get a little discouraged along the way. A couple of years ago I listened to a podcast where the author suggested making an affirmation board to go along with your vision board. I think it’s cool to remind yourself of who you are and what you are capable of accomplishing, and an affirmation board serves as just that!
- The board is just the beginning: Is the biggest lesson I’ve learned. If you’re not using your vision board to create your monthly goals, then you should definitely give it a shot. This year I did monthly goal planning sessions with my vision board in mind. It’s become the easiest way for me to track my progress so that I can say today that I’m finishing the year feeling accomplished, encouraged, and focused heading into 2017!
If you’re looking to spruce up your yearly vision board routine give some of these tips a try. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!
Are you also a vision board enthusiast? Drop me your tips below!