25 days into 2017 and I still haven’t written my New Year’s resolutions. In my honest opinion, I’ve never been a fan of them. The concept of beginning the New Year with a list of promises and decisions like going more to the gym, saving more money, being more punctual, eating healthy, etc. seems a little vague to me. One too many times I’ve heard friends confess how they started working on their resolutions and a few months in, they completely gave up on them. And some won’t even make it to the three-month mark!
I could be wrong but I strongly believe this happens when you don’t hold yourself accountable for the changes you wish to implement in your day-to-day lifestyle. But how to accomplish this without making these life changes feel like an unnecessary burden? My friends, let me tell you about vision boards. Even if you don’t dig them, there’s a very important part of the vision board making process which I strongly suggest everyone should attempt. But let me rewind for a minute cause I’m getting way too ahead of myself! Haha!
What is a Vision Board?
When we have a clear vision for our life and what we wish to accomplish, we become more aware of the necessary sacrifices we must make today to have our vision become a reality in the future. This creates a context for us to be motivated, determined to take action, and have discipline. Here is where the vision board comes into play, as a powerful tool and reminder of the vision we have for ourselves, and our lives, in the present and not so distant future.
Within a vision board, you’ll display images which will represent your vision of who you want to be, what you want to do, have, learn, experience, and achieve over the course of time. It is also an incredible visualization tool which will enable you to focus on your goals in a proactive and non-intrusive manner. When you create a vision board and place it somewhere you’ll be seeing it often, you’ll further end up performing short visualization exercises throughout your day!
I’ve already talked to you about positive affirmations and practicing gratitude daily, but visualization is also a great exercise as it keeps your thought pattern focused on your objectives. Remember, what we focus on expands and the vibrational frequency of our minds will determine what things we attract or repeal from our lives.
What You’ll Need to Create a DIY Vision Board
- A white poster board
- Glue and scissors
- Magazines, prints, pictures, postcards, and/or any inspirational imagery you’re able to find
Before You Begin, Ask Yourself This
The key to a successful vision board is knowing what you want in order to properly display it. Now, this will require you to have a little convo with yourself. As I mentioned, everyone should attempt this part of the vision board making process, regardless of whether you’re making one or not. It requires a bit of introspection and self-reflection so grab a pen and paper, get comfy and ready to define wat your ideal life looks like with these questions:
- Things I love about my life
- Things I regret in my past and won’t repeat (reflect on these, then destroy upon completion)
- Who I want to be in a personal and professional aspect
- What I want to accomplish in a personal and professional aspect
- Things I want to have in a personal and professional aspect
- People I admire and characteristics to emulate
- What does my perfect job/client look like?
- 15 goals to accomplish in the next year
Final Steps to Completing Your DIY Vision Board
Gather inspiring images: Select images for how they make you feel, rather than a literal depiction of what you want. These images should be aligned with your vision and make you say “This is what I want in my life!”
Arrange your photos, fill gaps with words: After arranging all of your images on your poster board, feel free to fill any gaps you weren’t able to fill with an image with quotes, words, and inspiring phrases. Try using different colors for these, get creative!
Post your vision board in a visible spot: To keep your mind and sight set on your vision, find a place where you’ll be able to see your vision board a couple of times per day. Try as often as you can to connect with it and remind yourself of your “why” while reflecting on your vision.
After giving you the low down, keep in mind it is 100% up to you to make your vision board as helpful and useful as possible. Now have a blast visualizing your success and actively displaying it on this DIY masterpiece!