Today is the sixth Sunday of 2021 and our sixth Self Care Sunday Idea, ‘Create A Vision Board’!
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Idea 6. Create A Vision Board
Our sixth Self Care Sunday Idea is ‘Create A Vision Board‘.
Creating a vision board, a tool that helps you visualise your dreams and your goals has become a popular activity in recent years. It isn’t just personal development gurus and life coaches who use Vision Boards. Top celebrities also know the power of using them to achieve their goals. Katy Perry started one when she was nine years old! It featured all her musical heroines and over them all, she prominently displayed her name, a huge #1 and the specific award she wanted to win. http://www.doseofbliss.com/celebrities-whose-vision-boards-came-true/
Why Vision Boards Work for Everyone…Even Those Who Don’t Believe in the Law of Attraction
Let me start off with a controversial statement:
“You don’t have to subscribe to the Law of Attraction to make vision boards work for you.”
In short, the Law of Attraction teaches that “like attracts like,” and when you put forth positive energy into the world, you’ll only receive positive results in return. All you have to do is think positively about your goals and dreams and they will become a reality. Vision boards also became a mainstream tool for manifesting those dreams with the idea that “if you dream it, you will achieve it.”
This sounds quite similar to the power of positive thinking, which some doctors credit to relieving every day stress and fewer hospital stays among cancer patients. Positive thinking is a wonderful thing but relying solely on the universe for your happiness gives doctors pause.
Vision boards are so popular now that every New Year you’ll find “vision board parties” or workshops or classes where you create a vision board based on your goals for the upcoming year. It’s great fun to get friends together and scour old magazines for those things that have meaning and that you want to achieve. What better way to think positively about your goals and dreams than to have a visual representation?
How to Make Vision Boards Work for YOU
- Choose your own goals. Don’t think about what you “should” work toward and please don’t choose something that OTHERS think you should do. What makes you excited? What will energise you to work every day and avoid binging on Netflix? Where does your purpose and passion lie? Dig deep to find these answers.
- Ask WHY these are your goals. Give yourself more time to look inside and discover WHY you have this business and what you want to work toward. Is it a physical product or an overall lifestyle you want?
- Create action plans based on your goals. Daydream all you want about your dream car or your dream home (or whatever your heart desires) but understand that the only way you’ll achieve those things is to TAKE ACTION. To move forward you have to take small steps with your legs, right? If you want to win the lottery, you need to go and buy that ticket. These are all actions bringing you toward your main goal. The same is true for earning that car or dream home. Take small steps forward every single day. And if you need to plan out your action steps or need a checklist to stay focused, try using Trello to map out the action steps for each goal.
- Allow yourself to change your mind. It’s perfectly fine if your goals change midway through the year. Maybe your path to a certain goal isn’t as straightforward as you once thought; allow yourself the opportunity to correct the course or try something new. We evolve over time and so will our goals and ambitions.
Bring your goal setting to a new level and create a vision board. Jot down some action steps to reach your goals and you’ve got a map ready to follow this next year.
5 Ways to Make Vision Boards Work for You Without Being Crafty
Vision boards are meant to be a tool to focus on what’s important in your life – focus on your family, business goals, or living a carefree lifestyle. How you create a vision board or what it looks like aesthetically doesn’t have any bearing on how well it will work.
If you have the Martha Stewart crafty gene in you, create a vision board as pretty as can be. Add pieces of fabric, paint an abstract background with your favourite colours, or dig out your long lost scrapbook supplies and utilise those beautiful printed papers and fun stickers.
However, if you don’t have a crafty gene nor have the desire to develop a crafty side – or if you’re male and want a more masculine look – have no fear: you can still make a no-frills vision board that suits your style and that will work!
- Cork vision board. Buy an inexpensive cork board and use thumbtacks to attach your photos. Using tacks makes it especially easy to move your photos around or to take some off after you’ve reached your goals.
- Vision books. If you have multiple goals for different parts of your life, then creating a vision book keeps all those goals on separate pages but still compact in the same book. A simple journal or a larger scrapbook serves the purpose. However, make a concerted effort to look at your book every day or find a unique way to keep your vision book where you can see it often instead of closed up on your bookshelf.
- Digital vision boards. For those who can whiz around the internet at the speed of light, digital vision boards are time savers. Search for a free template or use Canva’s grid template. Simply upload your photos and quotes to your chosen template and save. Save it as your wallpaper on your computer and phone. Go one step further and get it professionally printed on photo paper.
- Hang a single photo. In a 60 Minutes interview, Beyoncé said that she hung a photo of an Academy Award near her treadmill where she saw it every day, just to keep that goal at the back of her mind. She reached that goal in 2013 when she received the Oscar for her song from the James Bond movie, Skyfall.
- Write a vision statement. For those who are born wordsmiths, forget about the pretty pictures and write out your goals instead. However, write it as a letter to yourself, 10 years into the future. Describe what you’re doing and where you’re living, among other things, as if you’ve been living that life for 10 years and are giving an update to your long lost friend. That’s exactly what Luvvie Ajayi did as a training exercise for her job. She went from being laid off from the job she loved to being a NY Times Bestselling Author! You can read Luvvie’s story here.
So much time is spent describing traditional vision boards but as you can see, creating a non-traditional vision board or writing a vision statement is just as powerful. The most important point is voicing your goals and taking action to achieve those goals. How you package up your vision is completely up to you.
It’s Good To Share
I would love to hear what your experience of vision boards has been so feel free to submit your thoughts in the comments below.
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Happy Self Care Sunday, thank you being here. I hope your day is productive, mindful and intentional, much love Joanne
Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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