Sunday, 28 December 2014

Vision Boards - What are they and why do you need them?


That space between Christmas and New Year tends to be filled with a sense of joy, even if you are not on holidays there is usually a holiday atmosphere. Work is slow or non-existent and your thoughts wander to next year.

This is a great time for you to do your vision board for the coming year. 


What is a vision board?


A vision board is a visual representation of your goals, your dreams and your desires. You can focus on just a segment of your life or you can focus on everything. Usually a vision board is an actual board you create but can be digital if you prefer. To get the most from your vision board it needs to be visible within your daily routine and it's better to see it more than once a day.


Why do you need a vision board?


Just like having goals helps us to focus and align our actions with our intentions so do vision boards. Having the vision board in place of prominence and being seen multiple times a day is a visual reminder of what we want to achieve and helps keep us open to opportunities that will get us there.

Life happens, little and big things along our path that challenge us and even make us forget what we intended to do. It's a lot harder for you to forget your chosen purpose if it is in your face every single day.


Are there different types of vision boards?


Well, yes there are. While vision boards are quite simply the visual cues to remind you of your personal vision you can create your board using one or more specific guidelines.

I feel vision boards can fall into 3 distinct categories, Clear & Direct, Opening & Welcoming and Specific Events.

Clear & Direct vision boards are for those who are very clear about what they want. These boards will be very specific about outcomes regardless of if they are situational or material.

Open & Welcoming vision boards are for those who have an idea about what they want but not so much the specifics. These boards tend to be guided by your intuition more so as it will be images and words that call out from the magazines to you rather than you specifically looking for them.

Specific Events vision boards are usually based around a specific area of your life or specific goals around and even like your next birthday or the new year.

You can decide to follow one of the above three types or you can combine them all into your board. Sometimes you will find your vision changing as you clip and glue away which is perfectly ok. That's one of the things that make vision boards so powerful, they really do help us to visualise our goals and dreams and sometimes help us to realise what we really want isn't what we thought.

How do I make a vision board?


Your vision board can be as simple or as detailed as you like. I will take you through the basics of creating your very own board for yourself.

Before I take you through the "steps" of creating your vision board you need to have some sort of idea of what you want to achieve for the year. I'm not saying you need to have your goals fully developed but you do need to have a general direction in mind. So, before you begin, take a moment to reflect on what you really want to become reality in your future. 

Supplies: 

  • Poster board - Kmart sells a great foam board that you can both glue and pin onto which I use.
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, pins
  • Markers, paint, embellishments 
  • A great collection of magazines, catalogues, brochures. Try to get a big variety so you're not limited.
How to make your board:

  1. Start looking through magazines, catalogues, brochures and cut or rip out images and words that resonate with you and your vision. Have fun and don't be selective. Collect large piles of images, words, phrases.
  2. Sorting through your collection start to lay your favourites on your board. The ones that call to you the most.
  3. Start gluing. You can leave gaps for writing and decoration. Be creative and just let it flow. 
  4. Place your completed vision board in a visible place of prominence. It needs to be seen everyday.

If you're doing a vision board I would love to see your completed board. Please take a photo and share it with me in the Business Zone Facebook Group where we are discussing vision boards at the moment.


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