Three weeks into the New Year, are your resolutions are already being compromised? Are your goals that were set with high energy and virtuosity beginning to fade away?
Or are you struggling to locate your true identity, your wants and desires that have been put on a back burner in the busyness of life – and dreading yet another year rolling around with no change in sight?
Creating a vision board is a great way to begin to articulate and clarify what motivates and energises you, and can be the first step in setting meaningful goals aligned to your true values, in addition to exploring the age old question: Who am I?
A vision board helps to clarify and maintain focus on your aspirations. It is any sort of board where you display images and items that represent your passion and purpose – whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
It’s a tangible representation of what inspires you and can be used as a powerful vehicle for discovery in your journey towards achieving your dreams and goals.
A vision board helps you:
- Awaken what gives you inspiration and energy
- Identify your vision and give it clarity
- Keep your attention on your intentions
- Align your goals to your values
- Consistent re-enforcement of why your goals are important
- Aid the revelation of your true identity
For my clients who are stuck, this is a tried and tested activity that kick starts the process of revealing their true desires and personality.
Why do vision boards work?
In addition to bringing your passion and purpose into sharp focus, the vision board is a constant reminder to your conscious and subconscious mind of the benefits of the goals you have chosen to focus on.
Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the messages you give your subconscious mind. This powerful tool is your image of the future – a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going.
‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’
How do I create a vision board?
1. Find items that represent or symbolise the experiences, feelings, and possessions that inspire you and include your hopes and dreams for the future. Place them on your board.
2. You can include anything that inspires and motivates you. The purpose of your vision board is to motivate you to define, focus on and achieve your goals. Suggestion: think about what you desire in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth (including spirituality, social life, education) and health.
3. There are no rules!
4. Have fun with the process. Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet, fabrics, objects, colours – whatever interests and inspires you. You can include inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts. Be creative. Use anything that speaks to you – as long as it fits on the board.
5. Consider including a picture of yourself on your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment.
When complete, place your vision board somewhere you will see it continuously. Spend time each day reviewing the items on it asking yourself probing questions like: What is important to me about this? How will my life change as result of achieving this? What needs to happen to achieve this? What is the first step? How will this bring me fulfilment or satisfaction?
Get started today and share your successes with me.
Professional coach, Suzanne Simmons-Lewis helps her clients clarify and achieve their true purpose and ambitions in their careers and businesses, drawing out their unique talents. She inspires, supports and challenges clients in their journey to making their long-held dreams an exciting reality. E:email@example.com