Do you ever feel like your goals are too big to accomplish? That you can't get out of the hole that is your day-to-day life, and that all you want to do is give up? You're not alone.
Everyone wants to be more successful and happier. But this can seem like a long and challenging process.
It's easy to get overwhelmed, but the truth is, there are many ways to be happy and prosperous.
One technique for achieving clarity is creating a vision board.
A vision board is essentially a collage of images and texts that represent a tangible form of your hopes, dreams, and ambitions you want to achieve in life. These are perfect for helping you visualize your life in the future and makes it easier to set your goals and accomplish your dreams!
Here are four steps to creating the vision board that will inspire you to reach your goals in life.
- Goal Setting
Setting a goal is the first step to achieving it.
All too often, a lack of focus leads people to lose sight of their goals, which is why so many people are plagued with a never-ending to-do list.
What you need is to be clear about your goals and vision. There are many ways of setting a goal. Here are some of the top tips:
- Specific: Be clear and specific about your goals. You cannot have a vague goal, like being wealthy. You have to put in a particular number. Write down exactly how much you wish to have in your bank account.
- Measurable: Set parameters to analyze and evaluate your results. If you can’t measure your goals, you won’t know how far you’ve come.
- Achievable: Your goals should be challenging and have a 50% success probability.
- Realistic: Break your goal into smaller tasks.
- Timely: Set a specific date for completion and put schedules and deadlines to achieve them.
Now that you’re aware of setting goals, let’s look at some components of goal setting: Money & Finance; Career & Business; Health; Fun & Recreation; Environment & Community; Family & Friends.
You can set goals for any or all these components and work towards them.
Now once you have written your goals, it’s essential to get them into a visual form. But before that, what is the role of visuals in goal setting?
As the saying goes, ‘Seeing is believing.’
People recall the outcomes in visual forms better compared to the written goals themselves.
We see things we want to see, and a vision board is an inspiration and confirmation that we are heading in the right direction.
As per the law of attraction, you manifest what you think and see, and whatever you put your mind to in life will come to you. So, whatever you give your energy and attention to is what will come back to you.
When you focus on the good things in your life, you will automatically draw more of the same in your life.
- Gathering the components for Vision Board
There are two ways to create your vision board. You can either do it online or offline. Either way, it’s fun!
For making your boards online, there are many websites available for the same purpose.
If you decide to do it offline, you can use images from magazines, stickers, doodles, printouts, anything inspirational (quote or power words), etc. Other accessories include charts, cardboard, scissors, glue, sketch pens, etc.
What’s important is to take note of the picture that you choose to represent your goal.
As you know, humans are driven by emotions and creativity, which is represented by the right-sided brain. You need to focus on your feelings and let your heart lead you.
These images will activate the creative powers of your subconscious mind, and you will unexpectedly do things that move you closer to your ideal life.
- Assembling the Vision Board
Now that you have everything ready, it is essential to assemble them systematically. Make sections for the various components mentioned earlier.
Find a symbol or shape for each goal and decorate your board using quotes, pictures, and objects to support your vision and make it come to life. Put up phrases that reflect your personal and family values.
Some of these goals can be to get in shape (put up pictures of healthy food, a person exercising, etc.), be a millionaire (put up images of piles of money), live in a luxury home (put up pictures of your dream home).
Do not put up more than three pictures for a goal, as these can get distracting.
- Make the board part of your daily routine
Putting down your goals is fun, but nothing is accomplished without action.
Look at your dream board as often as possible and feel the inspiration it provides to action. It will remind you of the most important things to you and help you prioritize them.
Ideally, keep it somewhere you can see every morning after waking up or every night before going to bed. Hold it in your hands, make it your mobile's home screen, and embrace what it represents. See yourself living in that manner and believe that you can do it.
Make it a point to analyze your progress regularly and keep updating your dream board.
Your goals will keep getting bigger with time, and your board should keep up with that.
A vision board is a motivational tool used for goal-setting.
These are reminders of what we hope to achieve or feel in a given time frame. It's a great way to stay focused on your goals and give you visual inspiration.
Many successful people make these boards, including Oprah, Tiger Woods, Katy Perry etc.
So, get ready with your collage of photos, magazine cut-outs, or even words written on a poster board. Set your goals and find the motivation to go after them.
And remember, a dream is only as good as its dreamer. You are the vision board!