Five reasons why you need a vision board
Do you have a vision board? If so, what’s on it? And let me ask you this – when was the last time you updated it?
If it’s been too long, or you don’t even have one, there’s no better time than NOW to start.
What is a vision board?
While a traditional vision board is often made up of magazine clippings or printed words and images from a Google search, the truth is, a vision board is as individual as you. It can take the form of a Pinterest board, a smartphone wallpaper or even a written journal entry. It can be whatever works for you!
While I dig deeper into how to create an inspiring vision board in this blog, here we’ll look at the why behind creating one.
What a vision board is not
A vision board is not a magical place where you place your dreams and somehow they all come true. They DO NOT work like this! A vision board is far more intentional and a clever tool that can help you meet your goals.
Five reasons why you need a vision board
- Get clarity on your goals. This is essential in creating your vision. You need to know where you want to be in order to make a vision board. It’s worth noting that it’s not all about flashy cars or mansions as many would have you believe. You can use a vision board to work towards any or many goals. You can have separate ones for different areas of your life or bring them all together within one board. The choice is yours. By working out what it is you want, you can then find the images and/or words and quotes that represent what you want to achieve. For help on how to figure out your goals, these blogs may help:
- Keep you focussed on your goals. A vision board is a visual representation that you can look at daily (or even more frequently) to remind you of what it is you want to achieve and even more importantly, why you want to achieve it. It can be so easy to set goals and then let them slide away when they’re not on your mind. By taking the time now to create a vision board, you’re setting yourself up for success when ‘life gets in the way’.
- Get inspired to work towards your goals when your initial motivation slips. It’s easy to be pumped about your goals when you first set them. The motivation factor is high and you feel like you’re ready to conquer the world. But suddenly it’s Tuesday and you don’t feel like taking the action you need to take to achieve your goals. Your vision board can be a powerful tool in setting you back on track. When you’re feeling a bit flat or blasé about your goals, look to your vision board for inspiration and to remember the reason you set these goals in the first place.
- Help you create a life you truly want. We can all so fleetingly set goals, but goals are not ‘set and forget’. They take consistent work and action to achieve. Your vision board can be a great catalyst to help you achieve your goals and create the life you truly want for yourself. One caveat here – DO NOT use your vision board to display what other people want for you or what you think will impress people. This is about YOU and creating the life YOU want.
- Allow you to celebrate the wins when you accomplish your goals. Celebration is so easily forgotten about when we finally accomplish a goal. By having a vision board with your goals clear to see, you can check them off when you achieve them and celebrate! You should celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. I suggest also marking this somehow on your vision board with a visual representation to really hit home what you’ve worked so hard for. Give yourself a gold star sticker (yes, like the teachers had in primary school) to represent your efforts. Go on – you deserve it!
By using a vision board the way it’s intended, it can truly be a powerful assistant in helping you realise your goals and dreams.
Over to you
Have you ever used one? Did it work? Has this blog inspired you to revisit your vision board or even create one for the first time? Let me know in the comments below.
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