5 Steps to Creating the Optimal Vision Board
2016 is officially here—opening the floodgates for New Year Resolutions and social media posts about the “New Year | New Me”. I find it intriguing! It’s the time of year where everyone is motivated to embark on becoming the best version of themselves.
You are probably one of those people. You’re determined to make this year your best year yet and have got tons of ideas about everything you want to accomplish in life.
But I’ve got a question for you: Have you written any of those ideas down?
Your answer to that question is the greatest indicator of whether those dreams you hold dearly will come to life or whether they’ll stay trapped in your imagination forever.
You see, while having big plans in your head is a great place to start, it’s crucial for you to take the next step by putting those ideas to paper. What this does is creates something tangible that you can see with your eyes and even touch with your hands. It literally provides VISION for where you’re headed.
One of my favorite books is one by the name of “Heaven Rain” by Kris Vallotton. In it, he states, “Vision is the invisible manager that guides, encourages, and inspires fervent souls…” This statement highlights a critical component to what it takes to reach your goals.
What I want to do in this blog is show you the 5 steps I took to create my own Vision Board.
Note that while this is how I did mine, it will be most effective for you if you find something that works for you. In other words, if you’re a techy person who’s allergic to paper, maybe it’d be best for you to create a virtual vision board and then make it your background image on your laptop or smartphone! Whatever rocks your boat and keeps the vision in front of you!
Without further ado, here’s how I made my Vision Board.
STEP # 1: I WROTE OUT MY GOALS
I started with writing out goals, dreams and values that matter to me and which I want to accomplish. I then grouped those things into key categories. (i.e Personal Goals, Business/Financial Goals, Important Relationships, and Philanthropic Endeavors).
STEP # 2: I CHOSE A CANVAS
I then bought a cork board from Michaels that I used as my base. (Note that you could also use a poster board, chalk board, or even your wall to do this!)
STEP #3: I CHOSE PICTURES/WORDS THAT REPRESENTED MY GOALS
I then started cutting out pictures and words from magazines that represented the items listed out in STEP # 1. For things I couldn’t find in magazines, I searched for them on Google and printed colored copies for my board.
STEP # 4: I CREATED MY COLLAGE
I then covered my cork board with computer paper and then stuck my cutouts on it according to their section on the board. (Note, the above image is my actual vision board as of 1/6/2016. You’ll notice that I typed up different categories and then printed them before attaching my cutouts to the cork board.)
STEP # 5: I PUT IT ON DISPLAY
Finally, I placed my vision board in a location that is visible and makes my board easy to reference.
BELOW IS A CLOSE UP OF WHAT MINE LOOKS LIKE SO FAR!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
I want to leave you with an excerpt from the book “Heavy Rain” that I referenced earlier in this post. The following story brings the point home about how having a vision and keeping it before you affects your attitude, your work ethic, and your determination to see it to the end.
“[There’s an old fable about] three bricklayers all working on the same long wall. Someone came up to the first man laying bricks and asked, “Sir, may I ask what you are doing?”
“I am laying brinks,” he snapped sarcastically. “What does it look like I am doing?”
The man approached the second bricklayer and asked, “What are you doing?”
“I am building a wall. That’s what I am doing.”
Finally, the inquisitive onlooker approached the last mason, finding him hard at work, laying bricks with exceptional excellence and speed. “Mister, could I trouble you with a question? What is it that you are doing?” the man asked in admiration.
Still hard at work, the bricklayer answered, “I am building a great cathedral for God.”
What’s YOUR vision? Can you see it?
— Naida Lynn
PS, Please share your thoughts and comments below and be sure to show me what YOUR vision board looks like!!