Vision Boards – Your Goals and Dreams In Living Color

Vision Boards – Your Goals and Dreams Up Front and Center:

It’s one thing to think about your goals for the upcoming year or just write them down. It’s another to do an active, fun, and creative activity that you will see every day to remind you in living color!

And the holidays—when there’s no shortage of catalogs lying around—are the perfect time to whip out the scissors and glue, and kick off the new year right by creating your vision board.

What is a vision board? Basically, it’s a poster or bulletin board you fill with images and words that illustrate your ideal life. You can tear photos from magazines, put up cards or print Google images, or draw whatever it is you need.

The goal is to choose five to ten goals you want to focus on. Maybe your board will include a new job and a perfect house, a dream wedding and a healthy baby, or you, smiling because you’ve finally gotten out of debt or saved up an emergency fund. Then again, maybe it will be filled with all of the above.

The benefits of this exercise are twofold: Not only can mapping out your priorities help you determine where your energy and money should go, tapping into your deepest desires can set you on a path to achieving what may seem out of reach today.

After all, just the simple act of writing down your goals helps you focus your energy on making them a reality. And if this applies, this is a wonderful exercise to do with your spouse or SO as you dream together and put down your plans for the future.

 What You’ll Need:

–Poster board or corkboard
–A glue stick or rubber cement (plain old glue tends to cause magazine pages to
ripple) or, if using cork board, thumbtacks
–Catalogs and magazines. The more variety, the better.
–Peace and quiet.

How to Create a Successful Vision Board:

1. Daydream

We’ve been conditioned to want the things we see around us. Designer clothes, a bigger house, a shinier car. Those things are all well and good, but now is the time to think about what would truly make you happy, even if it’s not the tried and true. Before you begin combing through magazines, takes some time to daydream and picture yourself living the life you want. Remember, you needn’t choose “things” only: An effective vision board should reflect your ideal reality, whether that’s a strong marriage, a mortgage paid off, or, okay, a new car.

2. Collect

Start flipping through your stack of magazines and indiscriminately tear out anything that speaks to you. Words, phrases, images—whatever catches your eye. You’ll sort through them later, but for now, anything goes. Maybe you’ll spy your perfect rustic cottage in an Anthropologie catalog, or tear out a woman enjoying an idyllic yoga retreat during her comfortable retirement.

3. Edit

Once you’ve got a sizeable collection of images and words, it’s time to edit down to the five to ten goals that are most important to you. Start by arranging the scraps of paper on your board, but don’t use glue yet. Think of this as putting the pieces of the puzzle together. How does it all fit? You might get rid of a few images as you go, and that’s okay. Keep the placement of items free form if you want, or organize them by timeframes (1-year goals, 5-year goals., etc.), or by theme (health, finances, fun). For this first board, you may decide to do a 1 year and title it “2012” with whatever term (goals, dreams, etc.) that speaks the most to you.

4. Commit

The next step is to cement your visions by gluing them down. Use this time to mentally commit to the goals you’ve chosen. If climbing Mount Everest is something you really, really want to do, then start telling yourself you will. It may feel weird at first, but this is the first step toward making your dreams a reality.

5. Revisit

The most powerful part of creating a vision board is identifying your goals, both big and small, but keeping them front of mind is helpful, too. If you can, hang the board somewhere you’ll see it every day. Or consider taking a photo of your board and making it your background on your laptop or smart phone.

6. Plan

Now it’s time to make your finances reflect your goals. To start, you might choose one goal to focus on this year. Then find creative ways to fit it into your budget: Maybe you make a jar labeled with one of your goals and drop all of your loose change in it, or decide not to spend $5 bills, but save them here instead.

Today’s Tip:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing big happens without first dreaming the dream. Before rolling up your sleeves this year, make sure you’ve set your sights right. And use your “Vision Board” to keep your goals front and center!

13 thoughts on “Vision Boards – Your Goals and Dreams In Living Color

  1. Wow! What a great idea. It would work well in combo with something I recommend when dieting – charting, keeping a list of alternative ‘rewards’, and listing your goals and reasons for losing weight.

    Would you mind if I blog on that idea and refer people to your page for how to make their own ‘vision board’ but with my recommendations incorporated into the boards?

    • I would be honored if you blogged on the vision board idea! I am truly inspired by you, your story, and your wonderful blog. And please do expand on it with your ideas and suggestions. The vision board idea isn’t anything new. I actually got it a few years ago from a previous boss’s wife who did them annually for her career and their family planning (she had a lot of trouble getting pregnant and it really helped her get through everything). Loved the idea then and a recent article expanded on and gave other great ideas on how to create and personalize them. Please feel free at any time to refer people to my page and I would ask if that would be ok from your end as well. You write beautifully and powerfully and it would be nice to introduce others to your work. Thanks so much for the request and for contacting me!

      • Thank you Kalima123!

        I’ll be sure and let you know when I finish my blog on using this cool idea! I have some info about using your super conscious as well that lends itself to this idea as well and you may find that interesting too. And, of course, feel free to link to me anytime.

        Re =D

    • If you look on the far right side, go down a bit and there is a place where you can “Sign Up” to receive emails and a space to enter email address. Let me know if for some reason it’s not showing up.

  2. I am so excited to have found your blog via Sandy’s site. I know if you moved and inpired her, you would likely do the same for me.

    Thanks for sharing this project. I have done a number of these in the past, but nothing recently–a great reminder.

    I too am attempting to lose weight, by the way. My blog is about the life I share with my partner Sara who is an international aid worker. I’m a writer/artist working on a memoir about growing up in an organized crime family and recovering, in an ongoing way, from bipolar disorder. If you are ever interested in reading any of my protected posts, the password is “mother.”

    Great to “meet” you!


    • So excited you have found my blog and absolutely love yours! Sounds like we are on a similar journey and look forward to following your ideas and experiences. Thank you so much!

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  4. Sandy, thank you so much for the comment and feel free to repost/copy/etc. Spouse and I are doing 2 this year – Financial and Overall Goals. Used just a “notepad” version last year on the computer and it was even quite helpful. Best to you for a happy New Year!

  5. I made a “vision board” a year ago around losing weight. Thanks to your inspiration, I think I’ll take a picture and do a post about it myself. I’ll link back to this post, of course!

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