How to Use Vision Boards to Clarify Goals and Propel Yourself Forward

If you’ve never put together a vision board to help you clarify and visualize your goals, then you’re missing out! When you create a vision board and put it in a spot that you see every day, you end up doing visualization exercises throughout the day that serves as a reminder of why you do what you do each and every day.

Jack Canfield, New York Times Bestselling Author, is a big believer in the power of vision boards. Canfield has said, “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you.”

And that’s because vision boards work. They help you get clarity when you’ve fallen off track with your daily routine. Vision boards also help you prioritize what’s important to you, both personally and professionally.

 

The Power of Vision Boards

What is a vision board? In its simplest definition, a vision board is “a collage of images and words representing a person’s wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation.”

A vision board is a concrete representation of your wishes, aspirations, and goals. They are fun and easy to create and can serve as a valuable tool to motivate you towards concrete, daily actions in pursuit of your most significant life goals.

 

Why do vision boards work?

I’m sure you think about your goals all the time, but do you really focus on them? Do you document them anywhere outside of your head? Vision boards force you to sit down and examine your goals so you can focus on what truly matters to you.

Vision boards also bring clarity. They serve as a motivational reminder on those days when you feel burnt out and uninspired. I personally look to my vision board on days that I feel stuck, frustrated, and discouraged.

Tony Robbins has famously said when talking about the importance of moving toward your goals and dreams that “if you aren’t growing, you are dying.”

 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on creating your vision board for 2019 and beyond!

 

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Any type of poster board. If you really want to get creative, you can also use a corkboard so you can change, move, and add to it as the year progresses.
  • Scissors, tape, glue sticks
  • Pins (if you are using cork boards)
  • Markers, sharpies, pens, crayons, pencils
  • Embellishments like stickers or decorative tape
  • Magazines that you can cut images from, photos that inspire you, quotes, postcards from friends or your vacations, and just about anything that can encourage you

 

How to Get Started:

 

1. Set aside about an hour or two for a distraction-free zone. Give yourself time where you can entirely focus and not get distracted by the daily grind of Slack messages, emails, texts, and phone calls.

 

2. Turn on some music and enjoy a beverage of your choosing. It helps you get settled and in the right state of mind.

 

3. If you’re social, invite a few friends or coworkers to join you. Share your goals and talk about what you’re working towards. It’s a great way to get some accountability throughout the year and build off ideas!

 

4. Get clear on your biggest goals. Take a few minutes to write down the big 3-5 goals that you can to accomplish in the next 12 months. Then start to fill in with smaller, short term goals along with longer-term goals.

 

5. Start dreaming and start cutting. Layout your images on your board and get inspired! Use stickers, decorative tape, or doodles to help round out your board. Get as creative as you want!

 

6. Hang it in a place to see each and every day. Remember, this is a living document and should change as you grow, realize or make new life goals. Take a look at it every few months and reassess, mark what’s been accomplished and what needs to be updated. Also, enjoy the accomplishments and visualize how they’ve changed your life.

 

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