AN EFFECTIVE VISION BOARD
Happy new year my people. Last year, I discovered a new and effective way to keep new year resolutions: THE VISION BOARD. I am going to show you how a vision board can be an effective tool in achieving your goals this year. A vision board is a collection of pictures and words of one’s dreams and desires. WHY? A dream is more likely to be achieved when it’s written down.It serves as a form of encouragement for when you feel discouraged . A vision board is a good idea but if you are not doing it properly it’s ultimately useless. I will be helping you to create an ideal vision board.
Highlight your goals. To do this effectively ask yourself these questions:
What do I want and need to achieve in 2019?
How do I want to feel when these things have become your reality?
When answering the questions that involve emotion ensure you use single emotion words like happy,comfort etc.
The exact tools you need will depend on what kind of vision board you are making. Below are the tools you would need to make a basic vision board.
Something to attach images to e.g a) board b) a large sheet. c) book.
Something to use to stick images e.g glue, tape,etc.
Marker / pens.
Old magazines, old newspapers. (If these are not easy to get, then you can download appropriate pictures and words.)
A pair of scissors.
When getting your tools ask yourself ,”what kind of vision board do I want to make?” and pick the tools accordingly.
A vision board can’t be rushed so create space and time for it. Find a space large enough to accommodate all your tools such as a large table or floor. Choose music or anything that would make you comfortable and connected to your desires. At this point, you are going to gather images that match your goals without pasting them. If you don’t have images,find quotes or words that describe your goals. Example, if I intend to be a better footballer this year,I would have a picture of Messi/Ronaldo.
In this step, you are going to carefully go through the picture and words. Then, paste pictures / words that accurately describe the feelings you intend to get from your goals. For example, if my goal is to practice more self care. I would have pictures of ice-cream, exercise, sleep etc.Don’t paste pictures that seem too out of reach to avoid feeling that the goals are undesirable or attainable. Place your vision board somewhere it can be easily seen. An easily seen vision board serves as a source of encouragement.If you are mobile, a book would be a better option.
Create a list on how you intend to achieve your goals and be specific. Example, if one of your goals is to read more, in your ‘achieve goals’ list you write. Read 12 books this year: Read 2 books each month.(Possibly take it a step further by describing the types of books you intend to read each month). This list may have to be edited numerous times because of the changes that occur through out the year. Once you accomplish a goal, tick it. The list will serve as a means of accountability. Evaluate daily and ask ‘how are things going?’ . Answer this question truthfully. Make appropriate adjustments where necessary. REFOCUS AND FIRE AGAIN.
A perfect vision board will be useless without persistence, accountability and hard work. Remember that resolutions are cheap but resilience is gold.