Here we are in January 2022. Usually at this point we all have plenty of enthusiasm. We might be busy planning and setting goals so we can reach our desired destination. These are all things we’re big fans of. But even more than that, we’re fans of seeing ourselves and our clients make those goals a reality, and sometimes that needs more input, more reminders to keep going, some accountability and plenty of goal refreshing and resetting. That’s why you need a vision board.
But first, where does the January buzz usually go? How well does that new year’s motivation last? Does it kick off at a great pace and then slip a bit? How long before you ask yourself questions like “Why am I doing this”? When things get a bit tough and overwhelming? How soon before you lose sight of those bigger goals and the planning you spent time doing? How quickly do you become “reactive” and spend your time in your business, firefighting and getting done what needs doing rather than working on your business and creating small goals to reach your bigger ones? We’re guessing not all that long, because we see it happen so often.
But why a vision board?
If you can resonate with the above, this when you need to be firmly tapped into your Why. Your why is the reason you are doing what you are doing. We all need that reminder, we all forget sometimes when we’re feeling bogged down and overworked and we really do ask ourselves what it is all for. Well, as far as we’re concerned, what better way to remind yourself than a visual representation of your why, of what you’re working towards, of why all the hard work is worth the effort?
Enter the humble Vision Board!
But what is a vision board? Why do people use them? What are the benefits? So many questions!!! I’ve been personally using, and working with clients on their vision boards for many years now, and I love them. I’m going to break it down and talk you through exactly what one is and why you would want to use one, and I hope you’ll be converted and not be able to wait to get creating!
1. What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is, quite simply, a visual representation of your future goals. You can create your vision board for a time period of your choosing. It may represent your goals for the next 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years….whatever feels right for you. The overall aim is to source images and possibly words or quotes, that represent the things you want to create in your life. These may be material things like cars or houses or clothes, they may be images that talk to you about other things in your life such as fitness, health, mental health, happiness, fulfilment, business dreams….the list is endless. If it speaks to you, that’s the most important thing
2. What area of life is it used for?
As mentioned above, you can use your vision board to encompass any area of life you want to focus on. Personally, I always like to focus on creating balance in life. Therefore, a vision board with just my business goals on it would feel out of balance. I like to include all areas of my life that I either want to work on, or be more grateful for and pay more attention to. For me that would include my business, my selfcare, my family, my marriage, my friends, travel and my home.
3. Gives you clarity around what you want and where you are going.
Sometimes, even though we’ve done some planning and goal setting, our future goals can remain intangible and unclear. Creating a vision board and encapsulating all areas of your life allows you gain some real clarity around what you want. It can also help you see what you don’t want – I’ve lost count of the times clients have set off on one track when creating their vision board only to realise what they thought they wanted is not what they want at all. Some of us are very visual people, and therefore, seeing our goals in images, rather than words, helps us to visualise what that future would look like. That is powerful right there. Don’t be shy with the images, go for what you really want, however big and slightly scary that might be! Equally, don’t be scared to change your mind. Regular re-structuring of vision boards is most definitely encouraged. We want to keep them up to date and relevant so we’re focusing on the right future for us.
4. Stops you going off track.
It is so easy to become engrossed in what is going on day to day, week to week, and lose sight of our big goals and the actions we need to take to make them a reality. Checking in regularly with your vision board really does allow you to draw yourself back to the right tasks, keeping you on track with the goals you want to achieve.
5. Helps your ongoing goal setting.
We don’t know the How all the time. We don’t need to. We keep taking the next step. When we set our big goals, we most definitely do not always know HOW we are going to make them happen. And that is just fine. I always tell my clients they do not need to know the how, they just need to keep taking it a step at a time. Having a vision board as a tool can really assist your ongoing goal setting, helping you to work out what your next step should be. Goal setting is not always easy, so it’s great to give yourself a helping hand any way you can. A vision board makes the goal setting process more exciting, more driven, more balanced across your life and more targeted.
6. Daily motivation.
Once you’ve created your vision board you will most definitely feel excited about it, fired up by your goals and what you want to achieve. But how do you keep feeling that feeling and use the vision board to keep you on track? The worst thing you can possibly do with a vision board is stick it away in a cupboard or under your bed! Once you’ve made the board you then really want to use it wisely to keep you motivated. My suggestion would be to put the board somewhere you can see it every day, multiple times. And, choose to make focusing on your board part of your routine. Spend a few minutes each day examining the images and words if you have them, allowing yourself to feel the same excitement you felt when you created it. Those emotions you felt when making it are locked into the images and there for you to feel whenever you focus on them. I get excited just thinking about it! Be sure to take your time when making it, immerse yourself in the process, feel the feelings and let all of that be locked into the board for you to use every day.
7. What materials do you need to make one?
We’ve looked at why you need a vision board, but how do you get started? It’s pretty simple. You just need some sort of cardboard or even a pinboard, of whatever size you like – I think bigger is better because you have room to express your dreams and wishes. Then you need images – you might find those in magazines, but you may want to search for specific images online and print them out. You may want to include photos and also words or phrases that mean something to you. I’m a fan of personalisation and like to have my name on my board somewhere. You also need scissors and a glue stick and then you can get going!
If you want some help creating your vision board, why not join our next workshop? And if you already have a vision board, we’d love to see it!