What better time to think about goals for yourself and your future than the start of the new year? For so long, I have been helping clients create vision boards as a therapeutic tool but always put off creating my own. Finally, I decided to make the time and practice what I preach. Since then, I have been getting so many questions about my own DIY vision board so I decided to make this post and hopefully inspire others to make their own! Read on to see how I created my killer vision board and how you can too.
Why Vision Boards Work
There are numerous reasons why vision boards can be an effective and motivational tool to help you achieve your goals. For one, it is a visual reminder of what you are working towards. My vision board hangs in my bedroom where I can easily see it every day. When I do, I ask myself a very powerful question: “What am I doing today that will help me reach my goals?”
Additionally, setting and achieving goals is a self-esteem building skill. When our confidence is higher, we are more likely to take bigger risks, and therefore reap bigger rewards in life.
Vision boards are also motivation to keep moving forward when times are hard. Life is full of ups and downs and we may not always achieve everything we set out to, and that’s okay. We learn from our mistakes, pull ourselves back up, and keep moving forward. Reach for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
Identifying Your Goals
The first and maybe most obvious step to creating your DIY vision board is identifying the goals you want to achieve.
When choosing your goals, I recommend thinking about different aspects of your life and goals or even sub-goals you have for each. It would not be wise just to focus on one area when life itself is so complex.
Some ideas to help you narrow your focus include:
- Personal Development
If you look at my vision board, you can see that I have finance, professional, family, personal development, and travel included.
Turn Goals into Reality
Once you’ve decided on the goals for your vision board, the fun begins. The best thing about your vision board is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Whether that’s digital or on an actual board is completely up to you. Make it your own! Make it inspiring, and most of all, make sure it’s visible.
Pinterest is full of beautiful and inspiring photographs. This is where I found my pictures and quotes, minus one of my children that I took myself. Then I simply printed out the ones I loved, taped them to construction paper, and aligned them the way I wanted onto a bigger collage.
If you choose to create yours the same way, you can always laminate it. However, I chose not to so that I may have the option of adding new goals on later.
Each picture or word represents a goal that I created for myself to achieve in 2018. For instance, my travel goals include going to Paris and Scotland. Each of these is represented by it’s own photograph.
A personal goal includes spending more time with my children. I chose to represent this with a picture of them and a quote.
I’ll have to wait to post a full update at the end of the year. However, I can say that since I created this DIY vision board, I have been more motivated than ever. Furthermore, I realized that previously, not identifying my goals led to getting sidetracked often. Since I now have them narrowed down and literally staring me in the face every day, I am more intentional on what I’m setting out to do.
Overall, this simple project took me a few minutes to make and is doing wonders for me so far. I’m excited to see what the rest of 2018 will bring. Who knows, maybe I will have to add more goals later on as I start knocking these out!
Have you created your own vision board or been inspired to? Leave a comment below!