Over the years, I have helped many of my coaching clients become pros at creating a vision board that works and it all started with making them for my own big hopes and dreams. Seriously, no matter how much I feel stuck in my life and how big and unrealistic my vision is, every vision board I have created has pushed me to make the impossible possible in my life.
It's hard to believe that a tiny board with some magazine clippings on it has so much power, but the truth is that it works because of HOW you create it and what you do with it once you have it created.
Please friend, don’t just slap some pictures of Oprah on a poster board and call it a day.... I mean, that might work…..but I have a better solution that’s takes a little more time and work, but will actually help you get so crystal clear on what it is that you want in order to make YOUR perfect vision board.
Every single time I make a vision board, I spend weeks reflecting internally about what I want and then combed through magazines, tossing out anything that doesn’t SPEAK VOLUMES to my soul.
The entire process takes some time... and each time, it's totally worth it.
Here are the five things I suggest that you should do BEFORE you even begin creating your vision board:
1. Your year in review: dip into the past
It's time to reflect on what you've already accomplished this year.
A lot of things happen over the course of 1 year. If you consider social media alone, millions of things happen over the course of 1 day. (In any 30-minute span, you could see public outrage over some company's insensitive+non-inclusive ad followed by excitement over the latest zoo animal to have a baby which quickly gets upstaged by what color a dress really is and whether you hear "yanny" or "laurel" in a sound-bite.
Take a moment to reflect on what has happened in your life in the past year.
- What did you accomplish?
- What did you try and fail at?
- What did you do that made you proud this year?
Taking account of your successes will help you understand what you need to build on.
2. Look deeply at your present
It's time to think about what direction you want to take your life in next.
It is so easy to forget that you are definitely in control of your life. If you don't enjoy something in your life, you can change it.
One affirmation I take with me every day (and write at least three times a week in my journal) is:
"I am the architect of my life. I build it's foundation and choose it's contents."
How many times have you stayed in a job, a relationship, friendship, living situation simply because... There's no real reason you're there, but after a while you start to convince yourself that this is just the way life is.
The beauty of a vision board is that it's a regular reminder that you can change direction and that you GET TO CHOOSE your next destination.
3. Look toward the future
It's time to decide what you want to change.
No matter who you are, where you are or how successful you are, everyone knows at least ONE THING they want to change about themselves.
Maybe you want to...
- Lose weight.
- Finally get your side-hustle off the ground.
- Spend more time with family and friends.
- Strengthen your marriage.
The things you are unhappy with are the key to determining where you want to go next.
Once you understand exactly what you want to change, you can do the real work figuring out HOW you will change it.
4. What needs to stay/ be added/let go?
It's time to think about what you would do differently if there was nothing holding you back.
I know what you're thinking... what you want to change and what you would do differently are pretty much the same thing! Oh, sweet dreamer, I promise they are not! 😃
Often, we find ourselves in an unusual position where we have something that we want to change, but there's nothing we can really do about it. Most people have at least one thing that ties them to something they don't particularly want in their life.
- Your spouse's job may keep you in a certain area.
- Your children's daycare costs may keep you from saving as much as you want.
- Aging parents consume your free time so you can't start that business you've been thinking about.
What would you do if none of those barriers were holding you back from living the life you want today? Take some time to reflect on this before you move forward...
5. Be clear and get ready
It's time to be clear on your next BHAG (BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL).
Having a goal in mind BEFORE you start clipping cute quotes and pictures out of inspirational magazines is crucial to creating a vision board that serves your purpose.
Your goal could be...
- Building on your past success
- Changing something that's making you unhappy
- Eliminating (or getting around) barriers holding you back from living your best life
ONLY when you have a clearly defined goal can you be strategic about finding the visuals to put on your vision board to serve that goal.
Your vision board CAN transform your life but it's your job to build the vision you want to become.
I created The Ultimate Vision Board Workbook just for you to help you build your best Vision Board and walk it out.
Many of my friends who have already purchased the workbook have sent me messages letting me know HOW they were using it, and it's all pretty amazing!!!
Some are using it:
- with their spouse, fiancé, partner to get on the same page about their goals and dreams.
- " " to get new ideas for their date nights.
- with their kids for how they want to make the most of their summer.
- for their job: to bring to life their goals at work.
- for their own business: to solidify their vision for the rest of the year.
- for their home remodel to make the project cohesive.
- for their health goals.
- for planning their new outdoor space.
- for their main life priorities (keep the main things the main things).
- for their personal summer bucket list.
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!
So friend...How will you use it? I'd love to hear about your experience with vision boards in a comment below and if you've never made one, click add to cart and let's work on brining your vision to life... together!
All my glittery love,