At the beginning of every year we always here the phrases, “New year, new me,” “This is my year,” “This is the year I achieve everything I’ve ever wanted to,”, but we seldom hear about how people plan to do it. There are steps to every achievement, and studies show that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them or come close. A vision board is one way that helps you write down your goals, and, if you hang in your room, it is the first thing you see in the morning. It reminds you and drives you towards your goals.
Did you know how to make your own vision board?
Here are easy steps to follow when making a vision board.
1. First sit with your journal and think about the goals you want to achieve. Write them down. You may want to divide them up into short and long term goals (so goals for this year, and then goals for future few years, and where you want to be).
2. Write down what you need to do to get to those goals. (eg if one of your goals is doing well in Maths then you may want to write down – get extra tutoring, or find online maths support.)
3. Get a magazine or a newspaper. Page through it to find images that are linked to your goal in some way. They can reflect what something may look like when you have achieved the goal, or they may be more symbolic (like a map if travel is your goal).
4. Cut out all the images, and stick them on a piece of paper. This is your vision board!
5. Hang your vision board in your room.
Writing down your goals helps you to clarify exactly what you want to achieve, which helps guide your daily actions towards goal achievement. Written down goals are more powerful than goals you keep in your mind. Writing down your goals forces you to get clear on what you want to accomplish. If you have a detailed vision board it can help you to keep your goals in mind.
Obviously a vision board is not an automatic guarantee that your goals will be achieved, it is a guide – you then need to put in the work.
Tell us: Do you use vision boards?