How are those New Years Resolutions coming along?
So many of us start out the year with the best intentions to meet our goals to drink more water, get better sleep, spend less time scrolling Instagram, and get more sleep. But all too often we have quickly forgotten about these goals by March.
I have nothing against the notion of wanting to take the opportunity to better yourself and goal setting. In fact, I know that goal setting is actually a very good and even healthy activity to take part in. But the idea that many people “set goals” just to set them is enough to make me roll my eyes.
Here’s the thing – if you’re going to take the time to think about what you want to accomplish in the next 365 days of your life, then why not do it in a way that will allow you to actually accomplish those goals? Maybe in cynical but I refuse to take part in an activity simply because “everyone else is doing it” and allow it to take up space in my life without serving a real purpose.
Let me introduce you to the vision board.
To put it simply, a vision board is a visual space for you to create goals through envisioning what the outcome will look like. The concept allows you to consider how you want to feel, look and be in the new year.
What is a Vision Board?
I first heard of this tool for goal setting and manifesting from Rachel Hollis. She shared about how her family sets goals each year through the creation of these vision boards. A vision board is a collection of photos and words cut and pasted onto a poster board or digital page that create a visual representation of the goals and aspirations you have for the year. It can contain anything from vacations you want to take, to words that you want to keep in the front of your mind for the year.
Why Vision Boards Work
I’ve created a vision board for the last two years and can speak from my own experience that they actually do work. I’ve been able to actually DO the things I say I want to do at the start of the year by giving myself a vision for what it will look like at the end.
That’s the issue with generic goal setting. So many people miss the most important part. Seeing the end goal and creating a roadmap for how you are going to get there is the missing link. You have to be able to see yourself at the finish line.
With a vision board, you are able to visualize the outcome. The Rachel Hollis start today journal shares the benefits of writing down your dreams everyday as if they have already or are currently happening. For example, I would say, I am a present mother. Rather than saying that I want to be a present mother. This mind shift allows me to begin seeing myself AS that and begin to fall in line as a present mother.
How to Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board is about visualizing and seeing all of your goals in the outcome. So the first thing you need to do to create your vision board is to do a brain dump of all the things you want to accomplish in the next year.
Give yourself time to dream and explore what it might look like if you were to create the life you want. By visualizing what the end target is we can allow ourselves to imagine what it might feel like to reach that place we see. Consider what a day in your life would look like in this perfect vision. You get a much clearer picture of exactly what it will take to get to this point by using this reverse engineering strategy.
Lay it All Out
Once you have done all the brain dumping and dreaming you can begin to search for photos and words to represent all of those ideas.
There are two approaches to how to physically create your vision board.
- Go old school with poster board and magazines
- Cut and paste digital photos to a PowerPoint slide
There isn’t a wrong or a right way to create your vision board. The main idea is that this vision board feels right to you and depicts all that you envision for your year. Gather all of the photos and words you may want to use to represent your visions for the year and begin to arrange them on the board.
Hang It Up and Look at it Everyday
Find a place to post your vision board that you will see every day. I have hung mine on the mirror in my closet and next to my desk at work. You could easily put your vision board on your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, or in your car. The point is, you want it in a place that you will see consistently as a reminder of all the visions you have for yourself for the year.
I wrote about vision boarding last year and you can check that post out here if you’re interested. I’ve come a little ways since I started using this tool for goal setting so I felt it was good to revisit and explain the process to you from my current perspective!