It’s that time of year again. The time where we reflect on all the things we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months and set goals for the upcoming year.
For the past several years, I’ve always written down my goals in my bullet journal and scratched them off as I went. But this year I’m finally going to make a Vision Board! I’m not new to the concept of vision boards, in fact I think we can all pretty much agree that for most of us Pinterest is a giant vision board. But since 2018 was a raging success for me in terms of smashing all of my goals (even my wildest dream of a castle wedding) I want to take things to the next level buy putting my dreams into a visual collage that I will see every single day.
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is simply a collage of photographs of the things that you want to achieve in the future. Could be things in the very near future, maybe a 5-year plan, or a specific board like a wedding vision board of a dream home vision board. This collage is displayed somewhere you will see it all the time which helps you maintain your focus on your ultimate goal.
What is the purpose of a vision board?
It’s easy for me to answer this question for you because I thought the exact same way. Why do I need to go out of my way to create a vision board when I can just write down my goals. It’s the same thing, right?
The difference between a hand-written goals list and a vision board is using images to visualize your dreams until they become a reality. Vision boards help use the Law of Attraction to bring your dreams to life.
If you don’t know much about the law of attraction, it is something that has become increasingly popular in 2018. The concept is smashing your goals by attracting them to you by changing your entire mindset.
Digital vs Physical Vision Board
A physical vision board is usually made from clippings from books and and magazines, cut and pasted to a piece of poster board and hung on the wall in the bedroom or office.
A digital vision board is a collage of images sourced from all over the web and arranged neatly into a collage with a photo editing program.
I will be creating a digital vision board. I’m really picky about the printing quality of images that I hang on my wall, so I’m just going to create an awesome collage and use it as the lock screen on my phone. I unfortunately look at my phone way too much, so this is the absolute best place for me to have a vision board.
It’s an awesome way to subliminally put these thoughts into my head all day every day. It’s going to increase my drive and motivation to get these done.
How to create a vision board.
Step 1: Question yourself.
Before you begin with your vision board, you must figure out what kind of things you want in life.
- What would improve the long-term quality of your life?
- What would bring you happiness?
- How do you want to feel once these things are achieved?
- What is the timeframe you want to accomplish these goals?
- Are you creating a board for a specific goal like vacation, or wedding?
Step 2: Find inspiration!
Find the best pictures and quotes from all over the web. My top 3 favorite sites are Pinterest, Tumblr, and WeHeartIt. You don’t have to have too many pictures, just enough to get the point across. I think I’m going to start with about 15-20. Save them all to a folder on your computer or on your phone.
Step 3: Create!
I will be using Canva to create my board. I know there are tons of photo editing apps and programs now a days, but for me Canva is the absolute easiest thing to use. So, pick your photo editing software and let’s get it going!
Arrange your images in a collage that makes you happy. Then either print it or save it on your phone.
How to use your Vision Board.
A vision board is no substitute for a hand-written goals list. Once you’ve got an awesome vision board put together, then you can start planning out how to achieve them.
First, write down the main goal, and then the baby steps you will need to get there. Baby steps are absolute gold when it comes to setting goals. You never want to set something completely unrealistic for yourself. You will become overwhelmed and discouraged. Start with small, simple steps that you can make awesome progress.
Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way. It’s a big deal when you achieve a goal that you’ve set for yourself. Take yourself to dinner, treat yourself to a pedicure, whatever makes your feel good. Just don’t forget to celebrate your wins.