When we don’t have clarity on our goals and what motivates us, it is difficult to know where to put our energy and focus. Creating a vision board will help you refocus your life and make your goals a reality because they no longer only live in your mind. A vision board is a tangible representation of the goals you have for your life.
I enjoy creating vision boards because it helps me develop new excitement about everything that I can achieve. As I’m put my vision board together, I like to think about how I will accomplish a goal and I like to daydream about what it will mean for my life. When you get clear on your goals, it will be easier to imagine the path you need to take and you will be unstoppable.
After reading this post, you will gain clarity on your goals and you will know how to construct a vision board that’s effective for you. I will also share an example of mine and the thought process behind it.
Creating Goals to Document On A Vision Board
Getting clear on what you really want to achieve can be the trickiest part! It can be easy to get stuck and not know how to move forward. When this happens, I find it helpful to turn to journaling prompts and reflection. Here are five questions that can help you gain some clarity around what you want:
- What would my perfect work day or life look like?
- What career goals do I want to accomplish?
- Are there new skills that I want to learn?
- Is there something missing from my life that I want more of?
- What inspires me?
When I’ve gotten stuck, I’ve found it helpful to think about the many different areas of life and pinpoint any areas I want to improve. Don’t feel like your vision board has to tackle all areas and focus on what matters most now. Review the examples below and notice if you’re drawn to working on any of these areas in your life:
Our vision board template If you’re following along with our vision board template, you will see that we left you space to address many different areas of your life. The vision board template was designed to focus on one theme in life that can translate over many areas. This may not be a good fit and you may need to choose only one or two areas to work on, so rename areas of the template to fit your needs.
Choosing The Right Format For Your Vision Board
Vision boards come in a variety of structures. Finding the format that is going to be effective for you is just as important as creating the goals themselves. You won’t get the full benefit if you are having difficult referring back to your board when needed or if you forget about it. In this section, I will reference traditional cut and paste boards and digital boards, so be thinking about whats a good fit for you.
The first type of board I want to mention is a traditional cut and paste board. This is the collaged board you would commonly think of hanging on someone’s wall. For this process, you will find photos to paste on your board from magazines or online. This is a great option if you enjoy being creative and working with your hands. Your board doesn’t have to only exist on your wall and could include images in a scrapbook or in your journal.
Digital boards are also a fun option and can be saved on Pinterest, your computer desktop or the be the background image on your phone. Use your imagination and add your own unique style. For the example you will see at the end of this post, I used a Canva photo collage template. You could also put your vision board together using Microsoft Publisher or Word. Use Google images, Canva images or a free resource like Pixabay or Unsplash to find images that inspire you.
Getting Inspired By Your Vision Board
One thing that I get really inspired by is 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!
A vision board is there to inspire you when you need it and it will keep you on track when a new opportunity that comes your way so be intentional about what you put include. Once you’ve assembled your board, decide where you are going to keep it. 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. You could also hang board on your bedroom door or next to the mirror where you can see it every morning.
Example Of A Vision Board
When I created my vision board, I turned to Canva and chose a photo collage template. This template has space for 12 images which was plenty for all my big dreams. I did run out of space for my inspiring quotes but it was easy to add them to the border areas.
Here is the breakdown behind my images from left to right.
- Learning how to garden
- Create a community that connects people with their goals
- Have more energy and feel healthier
- A quote I found from the Female Entrepreneur Association
- Achieve some great financial saving goals
- Take a vacation and find relaxation
- Continue to find ways to make an impact for causes that I care about
- A quote I found on Google that speaks to the many things I want to do
- Become more confident with public speaking
- Grow 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 and I need to use it
Keep Your Eye On The Prize
Creating a vision board is a great way to keep your goals and dreams at the forefront. The process of creating one will also 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. The more you space you give yourself to focus on the goals you want the achieve, the more important those goals will become and they won’t be easily swept aside.
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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