3 Steps to Creating Your First Vision Board
Taking the time to create a vision board is a great way to align yourself with your goals. It will also help you realign and connect back with your goals when you are hitting a wall in life, like stress, no motivation or a fork your path.
What do you want to accomplish in your career or personal life? More importantly, how do you want to feel? These are questions that we all mull over periodically, but it usually isn’t something we take the time to plan out or jot down somewhere to remind ourselves for later.
We are doing a disservice to ourselves by not recording this information in a tangible way.
When we aren’t conscious of what we want to accomplish and where we want to be mentally and physically, we don’t always know what we are working towards in our day to day life. It also makes it easier for us to start to move in a direction that isn’t aligned with what we really want. The further off track we get, the harder it seems to accomplish what we really want.
When we light up our brains with images of what we want and allow ourselves to reflect on what that would feel like, we are conditioning ourselves for success. We are conditioning our minds to visualize reaching our goals.
With that in mind, I sat down to create a new vision board. My big dream for over a year has been to start this blog. I also wanted to finish my master’s program. Now that I’ve graduated, and the blog is up and running, I haven’t taken the time to re-imagine what is next. Working on this post was the perfect time for me to create new dreams and goals.
When you are imaging a new path, it can take a little time, but once you get the goals and feelings down, you will feel like you are on fire with this project. I had newfound excitement towards what was next and began thinking about how I was going to get there. I didn’t have anything set in stone yet, but brainstorming is a first great step!
I’m going to walk you through how to create a vision board for your goals and dreams and share mine with you, so you have an idea of what one can look like.
Think about what you want to achieve and list it out
I asked myself these questions to get started:
- What would your perfect situation look like?
- What career goals do you want to accomplish?
- What skills do I want to learn?
- What has been missing from my life that I want more of?
- What inspires me to push myself further?
When I was working on this portion of the vision board I was having trouble just thinking about ideas. The questions above helped to jumpstart my thinking.
Here are some ideas to help spark inspiration:
When we develop goals, it’s always a good idea to keep a time-frame in mind, it’s OK if this changes as you progress. This pushes us to achieve our goals. Without a time-frame holding us accountable, its easy to stray off the path and keep putting things off.
Keep this in mind while creating your vision board. Think about how long you want to take to complete your goal. Remember to be realistic. It’s always exciting to get things done fast, but fast isn’t always feasible and that’s OK!
Your vision board is the visual reminder of your goals, it’s what will give you the motivation to keep going. The deep planning will come later.
Find photos to print out or use magazines
A vision board is a tangible visual item for you to refer to. The fun part about this assignment for me was creating it and finding images that made me excited about my goals!
There are many ways that you can accomplish this. We usually never get enough opportunities as adults to be creative, so let yourself imagine something great.
This can be done by:
- Putting your images together in a scrapbook style poster
- Putting your images together in a book style
- Using Pinterest to build a vision board
- Microsoft Publisher or Word
These are just a few ideas, use your imagination and add your own unique style.
I used Google to find some great images that got me fired up and excited to accomplish my goals.
I really like organization and decided to organize my images in a pre-made photo collage template in Canva. I really liked this layout, and it was easy to use. For me, using a template also helped me narrow down my top goals since the template was designed for 12 images. This forced me to be more intentional about what I was putting on my board, which for me is a great thing because I cut out the fluff.
I realized during this process what was truly important to me, and what wasn’t.
I get really inspired by quotes and affirmations, so I found a few that I LOVED and added them to my vision board. This doesn’t get everyone inspired so decide on images that provide motivation for you!
Keep your eye on the prize
A vision board is there to inspire you when you need it. It also keeps you on track when you need to decide about a fork in the road or new opportunity that comes up.
I have chosen to keep my vision board where I can refer to it easily – in my workspace. Before making this decision, I thought about creating a Pinterest vision board or creating a version that could be saved as my phone background.
Some other ideas of great places to keep your board could be your bedroom door or next to the mirror you use when you get ready in the morning.
If you’re a private person and don’t want it up and visible, maybe a vision book is up your alley.
Even while just creating the board, I was already thinking about how I could make these images a reality for myself. As I continue to view my board, I will continue to go deeper into brainstorming sessions about how to achieve these goals.
The template that I chose on Canva has space for 12 images. I get really inspired by quotes and I ran out of space so there are two additional quotes that I added to the top and bottom border areas.
Here is the breakdown behind my images from left to right.
- Learning how to garden.
- Create a tribe that connects wonderful people with their goals and with each other.
- Have more energy and feel healthier.
- A quote I found from the Female Entrepreneur Association.
- Continue to achieve some great financial saving goals.
- Take a vacation and feel relaxation.
- Continue to find great ways to make an impact for nonprofit organizations.
- A quote I found on Google. I have tons of ideas right now and things that I want to do, so I feel like I’m in the process of building my empire.
- Being more confident with public speaking is important.
- Get an email list to 5,000 subscribers.
- Be a mentor for other women in business.
- A reminder that I’m bigger and louder than I think sometimes, and I need to use it.
Creating a vision board is a great way to keep your goals and dreams at the forefront. Creating the board will give you time to reflect on what you really want to achieve and where you want to be in the future.
Find images that inspire and motivate you on the good and bad days and keep your vision board in a place where you can easily refer to it.
We would love to hear what you experienced or learned about yourself while creating your vision board. Tell us in the comments.
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Brandon and Cristal