Whether you subscribe to the “New Year Resolution” hype at the beginning of each year or not, EVERYONE has goals and dreams simmering in the back of their mind.
At the end of the year, those resolutions we lament over were generally incredibly achievable, but we often lacked the focus to reach them or don’t realise the progress we made towards them.
That’s where a vision board comes in!
So, what is a Vision Board?
Also known as a dream board or action board, a Vision Board is a motivational tool that utilises a collage of inspirational pictures, words, quotes and goals. Really, it can be anything you want it to be, but the ultimate purpose is to keep you moving forward!
Sound a bit wishy washy? Not at all! It’s simply putting everything that inspires and motivates you in one place, such as:
- The goals you have in your mind or hastily scribbled somewhere;
- The inspiration quotes and memes that you’ve stuck to your wall and posted on social media; and
- Meaningful photos you’ve already got dotted around your office and desk.
So, let’s take a quick look at at how to build YOUR vision board with these simple steps:
STEP 1: Understanding That Your Vision Board is About YOU
No two vision boards are alike. It comes down to what works specifically for you!
The words and images you choose shouldn’t be ones that you “know to be popular” – they should AFFECT you. You need some kind of emotional gut reaction to them, otherwise they’re just words and pictures. You could read a million blog articles about vision boards, but there’s just no point in including stuff that doesn’t resonate with you.
STEP 2: Set Your Goals
One of the quotes on my vision board is:
“You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you
are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” – Steve Garvey
It’s absolutely OK to shoot for the stars, as long as it’s realistic. Push your boundaries a bit and make some of your goals ones that you really have to work for. Once achieved, they’ll be the goals you’re most proud of.
Create a set of goals that are balanced. The smaller goals that you achieve on the road to the larger goals are like food – they give you the energy and motivation to keep striving for the big stuff!
On my board, I’ve set goals such as “be consistent with your content and blog” … then personal ones that are slightly tougher that are to do with taking control of my health and wellbeing … and then there’s the big ones – professional goals that are going to be a little scary, unchartered waters for me, but will develop my business in exciting ways that put more of ME into it.
If you don’t achieve your goals or reach a point where you feel like they’re just not as attainable as you thought, don’t remove them from the board!
Take a look at that pesky goal and break it down a bit. You may not have achieved the goal this year, but you can bet you laid down a ton of foundation work. This streamlines your goals for next year.
Be proud of the hard work you’ve done and what you have achieved!
STEP 3: Pick & Place Your Content
What speaks to you?
Vision boards can often be portrayed as girly and perky and flowery – I’m first to admit that that’s a pretty accurate description of my own vision board. But that’s because it’s how I like it! I respond to pretty stuff and positive affirmations.
It doesn’t have to be like that. If you respond more to plain text, tough love, skulls, and black badassery then go for it!
Here are some content ideas for your vision board:
- Your goals – well duh, that’s really the whole point!
- Inspirational quotes – make sure they speak to you, motivate you, and relate to achieving your goals.
- Powerful words – If you plan to smash your way through the year, you could use words like “fight”, “brave”, “courage”, and “strong”. If this is a year of healing for you, you could use words like “Kindness”, “Self Love”, and “Enough”. It’s important to make sure the font suits the word and stands out – you’d be surprised by the difference using the right font can make on the impact of one word!
- Photos – these could be of yourself and the things / people in your life that bring you joy. I have some photos of myself to encourage myself to improve my own body image and feel positive about myself. I also have photos of my son and husband, because they’re my world, make me feel good, and part of the reason I work so hard.
- Images – I know it seems like it’s kind of the same thing, but I wanted to differentiate just slightly. These can be images and clippings from magazines, newspapers, and Google that relate to your goals. What and who inspires you??
- Reviews – Those positive reviews you get shouldn’t be viewed once and forgotten, pin your favourites to your vision board and let them buoy your spirits. You ARE good at what you do!
You can keep adding and changing these items (except removing goals) – move with what inspires you!
STEP 4: Position Your Vision Board
Seems like a weird tip to include but creating your vision board and stashing it under your desk or in a drawer is going to work for VERY few people!
A popular option is to hang it at your desk, so that it’s a sort of “in your face” reminder when you really ask yourself why you’re working so hard and tackling so many obstacles.
Mine IS in my office, but I’ve chosen to set it up across the room with other lovely and motivational items around it. I use it as a reminder, but also as a kind of “time out” where I can step away from my desk when I’m frustrated. I get up, do some stretches and breathing, and absorb my vision board motivations.
Position it where it works best for you – if that’s the fridge or the back of the toilet door, go for it!
Do a bit of googling – you’ll find some great ideas and inspiration for your own vision board!