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How to Create a Vision Board

It's the beginning of a brand new year and if you've never created a vision board, now is as good a time as any. For those of you not familiar with what a vision board is or its premise, the concept has been around for a while but was made especially popular by the book The Secret.  In the book, the principles of the law of attraction are discussed. Essentially, the idea is that we have the ability to attract the things we want out of life through positive thinking and more specifically, visualizing precisely the very thing(s) that we would like to have or would like to have happen to us.

To be honest, I don't completely buy into the idea that just thinking of something incessantly will actually make that thing appear before you. However, I do believe that keeping your vision prominent in your train of thought can be an extremely useful tool in helping to keep you focused.

Some people have the ability to envision what they want and just go for it, while others need a precise plan of action. I'm a planner, so for me I make it a point to not haphazardly place items on my board without thinking about what I can do to make them happen. The goal is to look at my board in terms of vision and action. I'm not just thinking about how bad I want those things but also thinking about the actions that I can take to get me those things. The board itself is a daily, visual reminder to put in the work (and prayer) for the things I want.

How to Make a Vision Board

If you want to get started on one but you're not quite sure how to make a vision board, rest assured it's fairly easy. First get your thoughts together. What is it that you want to accomplish? Think about what you want to see happen in your career, family life, health, etc. Once you’ve put some serious thought into that, you can get started on building your board. You’ll need the following supplies.

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Magazines/photos/printed images
  • Glue or tape
  • Markers/pens

Traditionally the base for your vision board is a poster board, which works great but some people choose to get creative and use things like corkboard or presentation board, or even dry erase boards. Corkboard is great because you can pin things on and swap items out as you please without ruining your board.

You’ll want to gather a couple of different magazines covering different topics or interests so you can find and cut out all of the various images you want to have represented on your board. Some of the things or events you want may not be well represented in the magazines you’ve chosen. That’s okay. For hard-to-find imagery or very specific ideas you have in mind, you can always do a web search and print out the best images you find from there. Start gluing/taping/pinning your selected images to the board. There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to placement. Do whatever feels right. I don’t like for my board to feel cluttered. I want to see everything clearly so prefer to have plenty of white space around my imagery.

What Do I Put on My Vision Board?

Put whatever you want on your vision board; short-term goals, longs-term goals, emotions, material things, spiritual things, words, phrases, drawings. This is your board to do with as you please. Use images from your magazines, personal photos, word cutouts and hand drawn messages that will inspire you.

Where Do I Put My Vision Board?

Put your vision board where you can easily see it everyday and take a moment to reflect on everything displayed. This can be on your closet door, next to a mirror, above your office calendar, or any other can’t-miss area. Mine currently sits right above my monthly dry erase calendar.

In today’s digital age, many people are creating digital vision boards using creative software or mobile apps like Wishboard or iWish. In this case, your vision board can literally be with you anywhere you go. If you’ve created a traditional vision board but would to keep it handy, you can do as I’ve done and take a picture of your board and use it as a screen saver for your laptop and/or mobile devices.

There you have it. You now know how to go about starting your vision board. Good luck and may all you’ve envisioned come to fruition!

Thank you for reading. Now… Let the power moves continue.

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If you haven’t started your planning for 2015, you’re a little behind but that’s okay. In my last post I touched on goal setting for the New Year and as I called it, planning for Q1.  I thought I’d delve a little deeper and share some insight into how I approached this task.


Step 1 – Make a list (check it twice or 5 times… or whatever)

The first step was taking the time to think about what I wanted to achieve this year and then listing those things out.  I’m talking clearly-defined, measurable goals people.

Step 2 – Take note

I thought it was also important that I do a year-end review of 2014.  What was I able to accomplish last year? What didn’t I accomplish that I really wanted to? What are some positive/successful actions that I’ll want to carry into the next year versus things I should make sure I leave in 2014 and stay clear of this year?

Step 3 – Set priorities

Now, of all of these goals, which ones are most important? Prioritization is imperative to ensure that I’m not just tackling whatever’s easy first.  I want the big fish so I can’t be dilly-dallying with the sardines. I need to focus.

Step 4 – Strategery (Yes that's  strə-tee-jər-ee a la Will Ferrell)

Now that I know what I want, it's time for the plan of attack.  I need to determine when I want it and how I’m going to get it. It’s time to think strategy and create a plan for achieving each goal. Set timelines and figure out how I’ll be investing resources like time and money.

Step 5 – Plan A, B, C… and F it

I needed alternate strategies for achieving my goals, especially the larger more complex ones. It’s inevitable that in working towards my long list of goals certain instances may arise where things don’t work out exactly the way I planned and I end up needing to take a different course of action. By planning thoroughly enough I give myself the luxury of falling back on a reserve strategy which gives me a good chance of achieving what I initially set out to do.  If all else fails, say F it and reevaluate.


Things to keep in mind:

Keep tabs on your progress: Do regular audits of your progress to make sure you stay on track.

Keep a visual: Whether it’s a dry erase board with to-do items listed on it or a vision board with imagery of what you want to achieve. Keeping a visual is a great way to stay motivated.

Don’t sweat the small stuff: Avoid dwelling on failures, delays or unaccomplished goals. Dwelling doesn’t help, action does. Learn from mistakes and apply solutions.

Celebrate achievements: It’s okay to do a little celebrating for small wins and quick wins and when you get those big wins it’s a requirement that you celebrate. It isn’t all about the destination, the journey is equally important.

That’s my 2 cents. Hopefully this format will be as helpful to you as it was to me as you complete your 2015 goal planning.

Thanks for reading.  Now… “Let the power moves continue.”