If you’re struggling with achieving your goals this year, then your free solution is here: Make a vision board.
Vision boards have exploded in popularity over the years, but only a handful of people actually use them. And guess what?
They’re proven to work.
What are vision boards?
If you’re anything like me, you have 10 tabs open at once, started a bunch of projects… and haven’t completed anything yet. Or maybe you’re just looking for a method to the madness, like a visual organization method.
Enter vision boards.
Vision boards, put simply, are visual representations of our goals, inspiration, and aspirations. They can be any shape or size, although many experts recommend you use a large poster/cork board to give yourself enough space for creating.
It has been proved time and time again that successful people write down their goals. Thus, vision boards serve as more aesthetic, visually pleasing ways for us to see our goals. When we see our goals written out or staring at us in plain view, we’re more likely to act on them.
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How do vision boards work?
Vision boards are simple. They’re a collage of personal, inspirational photos, quotes, mantras, and affirmation words that represent what you want in your life. Most people make vision boards at the beginning of every year, much like New Year’s resolutions that are visually staring at you on a daily basis.
Vision boards are proven to work most effectively when you visualize yourself attaining the goals you’ve collaged. Every morning when you wake up and every night before going to bed, instill positive affirmations in yourself. Train your mind to believe that you will achieve each and every one of the things listed on your board before the end of the year.
Yes, it sounds cheesy. However, as reported by Forbes in 2016, 82% of small business owners that used a vision board from the get-go reported that they had achieved over more than half their goals that they included on the board.
Visualization is powerful, more powerful than we even realize.
What should I put on my vision board?
There is no right or wrong way to create a vision board. You want to personalize it to yourself, your characteristics, and passions, above all else. Your vision board should not replicate anyone else’s you find on the web.
My 2020 virtual vision board is my current phone wallpaper for the rest of the year:
For anyone who travels a lot (like me, even though that’s out for the rest of the year), a virtual vision board is ideal since you don’t have to worry about lugging a giant board everywhere you go.
Your vision board should be a reflection of yourself and the person you want to grow into over the next year. Some even add physical objects, like feathers and an inspirational note from a friend, in relation to overarching goals.
You can include as many or as little items as you feel comfortable with. I’ve found that personal photos tend to evoke the most nostalgia and connection, which in turn help me believe that my goals are 100% attainable.
Remember to focus on how you want to feel (“powerful,” “joyful,” “happy”) rather than just collaging material items as well. Emotions tend to ring stronger than material items, so the more feelings you put behind your collage, the more they’ll come to life.
Some ideas of things to include:
- Personal, professional, financial goals
- Hobbies & passions (i.e. volunteering, writing, hiking, sports)
- What skills do you want to hone this year? (i.e. learning a new language, reading more, listening to more podcasts, editing more videos)
- Dream job
- Travel/vacation destinations that bring you happiness
- Mentors & people you admire
- Anything that energizes you and makes you filled with excitement
- Health & fitness
- What do you want your personal brand to be?
- How do you want to be remembered?
- How can you make a difference in the world? What’s your legacy?
- Sources for images & quotes: Pinterest boards, Canva, Google (use royalty free images if planning to make a virtual vision board public, like mine)
Where should I put my vision board?
You should place your vision board somewhere in plain view where you can always see it.
If you make a virtual vision board, set it as your phone & laptop wallpaper. If you make a physical vision board (recommended), place it on your nightstand, where you can see it every morning when you wake up and before going to bed.
A vision board isn’t just something you create and then allow to collect dust. It’s meant to be a resourceful tool for your professional and personal growth.
Should I redo my vision board throughout the year?
This is all up to personal choice. Some of my friends consistently add to their boards throughout the year, leaving purposeful gaps and spaces to pin new ideas and thoughts. Others create more than one board based on categories (work, home, finances).
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, since it’s whatever feels right to you. Some people only refresh their boards at the end of every December, cutting what they’ve accomplished and leaving anything that needs to be continually visualized for the next year.
Your vision board should be the best version of yourself that you intend on bringing to life. When you use it effectively (analyzing it and using positive affirmations daily), your goals will be accomplished.
This year may have been an unexpected tornado of destruction for most, but it doesn’t mean that the rest of the year has to go to waste. Achieve your goals now and bring your goals to life with a vision board!
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