I remember when I made my first vision board. I was in a place where I felt stagnant in life and didn’t know how to get out of the rut. I’m not quite sure how I came across the concept of vision boarding, but it came at the perfect time. The idea of creating a visual representation of my goals and dreams while making sure that I work towards them everyday was so simple. Unlike resolutions that can sometimes feel so abstract, placing your goals on a vision board shows the first step towards making a change to accomplish a dream. As I worked on creating an updated vision board a few weeks ago, I thought I’d share some of the reasons why I think everyone should have a vision board too.
- A Vision Board Helps Keep Your Goals in the Forefront of Your Thoughts
Every morning and every night, I take a look at my vision board. Being able to see my goals carefully placed on a simple, brightly-colored piece of posterboard helps me to always keep my plans in mind. There’s something so powerful about being able to mold my wishes into positive thoughts right before bed and positive action right as I conquer the day.
- It’s Great to Help You Visualize Your Goals
If you’re anything like me, being able to see something with your own two eyes helps to make it more real. I set up my vision board by placing my greatest desire at the moment in the center. Then I fill out the rest of the board with my other goals, including general images that inspire me throughout.
My first vision board included images that represented my desire to travel and I chose a yacht to symbolize that. Each time I looked at the image, I imagined myself traveling – enjoying a nice breeze, relaxing with a cold drink, exploring a new city. I admit that when I first started, it felt a little weird. But a few months later, I was able to go to Europe for work and visit seven different countries! You might call it coincidence, but I call it the power of intention. Weird works.
- You Can Be as Creative as You’d Like (Or Not)
Whenever I sit down to make my vision board, I gather about 5 – 10 different magazines. I carefully look through the pages and cut out the images that stick out the most to me. I usually end up with more pictures than I need, but I prefer sorting through them and selecting the final ones that help me fully envision myself in the goal that I’m thinking about. Then I simply glue them on the board and voilà! My way of creating a vision board is pretty straight forward, but don’t limit yourself. I’ve seen other vision boards that have hand-drawn designs, affirmations written in fancy script, you name it.
- You’ll Subconsciously Move Towards Your Goals
Creating a vision board has caused me to be more intentional about envisioning my accomplishments. As I go about my day, I’m subconsciously working towards all of my goals. For example, when I was given the opportunity to travel, I said yes and worried about the details later. Yes, I only had a week and a half to add some warm clothes to my Miami wardrobe in preparation for a very chilly Europe, but I made it work! Having a vision board allows me to fully think out what I want in life and when it starts to manifest, I don’t give myself time to overthink. I know that I can simply say “yes” because it was something that I wanted all along.
- It’s a Great Way to Hold Yourself Accountable
Having a vision board is a visual representation of some of my major goals for the year. Every day that I take a look at it, it reminds me that I need to be intentional with all that I do throughout the day. It helps me to stay focused and on task and also to get back on track when the inevitable distraction pops up.
So there you have it! 5 reasons you should have a vision board. If you’re in need of a quick push to help you realign yourself, then you should try creating one. It’s important to note that it’s not simply the act of thinking about your dreams that makes a vision board so powerful. It’s all about using that focus to actively step out into the world to accomplish them. And if you happen to reach most or all of your goals sooner than the timeline you envisioned, that’s awesome. Create a new vision board and get ready to tackle your next batch of goals!