A “Vision Board” is a collage of pictures, concepts, affirmations, inspirational quotes, and symbols that help you conceptualize your dreams, goals and aspirations. Creating a vision board can allows for introspection, and clarity. You’ll need to think about what you value, how you want to show up in the world, and how you define living a ‘good life’. You are then faced with the challenge of coming up with ideas, plans and steps for achieving your desires. As you overcome these challenges, you gain clarity, confidence and a sense of empowerment. Simply put, Vision Boards can help us become our best selves.
Step One – Reflect on what’s really important to you, ask yourself:
- What do I really value?
- What do I consider to be a good life?
- What would a good life look like for me?
- What are my relationship goals?
- What kind of ‘partner’ do I want in life?
- How can I improve my interaction with others?
- Whom do I want to spend time with?
- How do I want to spend my time?
- How do I want to contribute to society?
- What would I like to accomplish or learn?
- What are my career goals?
- What steps could I take to help me land my dream job?
- What are my goals for fun and recreation?
- What are my health and fitness goals?
- How can I achieve the weight, strength, flexibility, health I desire?
- What are my personal goals?
Step Two – Choose a format and supplies.
Most people who make vision boards make them out of poster-board, foam-board, cork-board, or on any material that can be hung up or propped up against a wall. Others may choose an electronic format such as MS Word or In-Design programs that allow you to ‘cut and paste’ contents via your computer when needed. Still others may take advantage of the social media web-site Pinterest, that allows you to electronically pin images and information to a ‘board’ of your creation.
My personal favorite is a 3-panel foam, display board used for science projects. The 3-panels allow you to address multiple topics on one board. The construction allows it to stand alone, and because it’s light it can also be suspended if space is limited.
You’ll also need a pair of scissors, a glue stick or mounting tape, colored paper, colored markers and an optional easel-back so it may stand-alone. Gather together any magazines, cards or photos you’d like to include. Those who enjoy creative self-expression may include glitter, rhinestones, ribbons, frames, block letters or other crafting items of their choice.
The idea is to create a board that speaks to your mind and your heart. A Vision board is best created from a place of gratitude for where you are. Try to suspend self-limiting thoughts or judgments about what you can achieve. Approach your Vision board with a sense that “Anything is Possible”.
Note: To be continued…..Check back next week for How to Create a Vision Board – Part 2 of 2!