What is a vision board? A vision board is any sort of board that you use to display images and words of things you want in life. It can be as simple as creating a collage of things on a journal page or buying poster board and displaying everything on that.
A vision board helps you:
- fine tune the vision you want for your life
- keep your life vision in one place so you can reflect on it
- keep focused on reaching your goals
Take this for example:
Before graduating from nursing school I made this mini vision board in my journal. This was focused solely on passing my NCLEX and getting my license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
You’ll see I put in there the phrase “I Passed” and I wrote about how happy I would be in the nursing field. I acted as if I already had all those things.
Fast forward a few months, blood, sweat, tears and one kidney infection later (on the last day of school I was so sick, after we tested I drove myself to the ER and missed celebrating with my friends) and BAM! I was a nurse! In real life I passed my NCLEX and I was so happy!
Did it happen just because I made a vision board for it? Of course not. Had I not worked hard, kept my focus and stayed positive and motivated I would never have pulled it off.
That page in my journal motivated and inspired me. I focused and deep down I knew it would happen so I kept on going.
Fine tune your vision
Think about your life. What do you want out of it? If time and money were no issues what would you be doing?
Dream big! No goal is too big or too small.
This is what we did: we sat around the table as a family and placed all the magazines in one pile, we then took turns cutting things out of the magazines. We made a HUGE mess 🙂 I also took out a lot of scrapbook stickers I didn’t want and we used those on our boards too.
I tried to explain it as best as I could to my children. I wanted them to dream up their wildest dreams and goals and act as if money were no object.
Sadly, my 11 year old son just didn’t get it. And he’s not much of a crafter, he’s more of a gamer.
What I think would be most helpful for him is me sitting down with him and asking him about his goals and dreams. Then, I can go through magazines or print from the internet pictures and words that represent his life vision.
I don’t want to make it for him but I do need to help him fine tune his vision. I want my kids to look at their vision boards and GET EXCITED and motivated about their lives.
It’s never too early to instill positivity and an attitude of abundance to children!
How to create your own vision board
- Grab old magazines (A lot of them!)
- Glue –we used that purple glue stick and that seemed to work well
- Poster board we used the 11 X 14 size **try the Dollar Tree
- Removable poster tape
- After brainstorming and fine tuning your life vision, start cutting out words, phrases and pictures that represent what you want from life.
- Arrange your items on your board but don’t glue just yet. Make sure everything fits the way you want it to.
- Start gluing — That’s it! keep your life vision in one place so you can reflect on it
Keep your life vision in one place so you can reflect on your dreams
After you complete your board you want to hang it. DO NOT leave it in a desk or on top of the fridge. Use your removable poster tape and hang your vision board in a place where you will see it every single day.
My step-daughter has her vision board in her bedroom. She really loves doing any crafts with me, so naturally she loved this one.
My husband and I put our vision boards on the wall in our bedroom. Right in front of the treadmill. I look at my vision board every single day and I reflect on the ideas I have for my life.
Keep focused on reaching your goals
I believe in starting each day with a positive attitude. I’ve come to realize that my day is set by my attitude. I can choose to be happy, to look at my vision board and believe, be motivated and stay on track.
That’s what I have been choosing by the way.
And what a difference my attitude has made!
Your vision board is going to inspire you.
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