Vision Boards: How to Make one and Why they Work
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Vision Boards: How to Make One, Why They Work, and How They Help You Plan Your Year

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Vision Boards: November 2017. It’s that time of year again, when we start thinking about what we’ve accomplished in the current year and what we want to achieve in the coming year. Our post on vision boards is a great reminder to focus on your goals and start planning for 2018!

December. This is the time of year where we reflect on the year that is quickly ending, the goals we have achieved, and become hopeful about the year ahead of us. In many ways 2016 is a year that many of us be may be glad to see come to an end. With the political circus that was the 2016 Election, I know that I’m happy to turn the page and lay out my strategy for personal and professional success in 2017.canstockphoto40828417

In 2016 I set some ambitious goals and I accomplished some of them (hint: you’re reading one) and some are on the table again for 2017 with some modifications. But one thing that really helped me in goal setting was finding a way to capture and articulate my goals in a way that keeps me inspired and mindful for the entire year.

Several years ago I decided to take a different approach in the New Year and create a vision board. Vision boards are a visualization tool that allow you to represent what you want to achieve through pictures, items, and the feelings that they bring. It is visual goal setting that helps you to focus your intentions in a meaningful way.

Vision boards get a lot of hype, and rightfully so. Oprah is a big believer in the power of vision boards and even talked about them in her Life Class with Steve Harvey. Check the link when you get a chance, it’s well worth the time.  Celebrity attention aside, I have had better success with goals using the vision board method than just writing goals down, and I’m not the only one. Several friends have confirmed that by creating a visual reminder of their goals they have traveled to bucket-list destinations, accomplished fitness goals, and achieved professional success­—including being featured on a television program to promote their business­— all things that were included on their vision board.

Here are some tips for creating your vision board and moving into 2017 with intention:

  1.  Prioritize. Your vision board should be focused on your highest priorities. You cannot include every thought that passes through your mind, as tempting as the idea  may be, it would distract from your more important goals in the long run. Ideally your vision board should be centered on just 1-2 goals in the most important areas of your life.
  2. Include a picture of yourself. The whole purpose of a vision board is you. By including a picture of yourself on the board you are centering the board around your life, your goals, and the growth of, well, you! Even without a picture, yes, the board canstockphoto31225697would still be centered on you, but it’s easier to envision your life the way you’d like it to look if you include yourself on your board to remind you of what could be in real-life if you put your nose down and do some work.
  3. Dream Big. Your vision board doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be, entirely about short-term goals. Find some large and/or long-term goals to tackle that seem hard to achieve. Even if they seem far-fetched, if they’re important to you they should be canstockphoto21090161on the board! You never know what you’re capable of doing until you feel like you have to do it- even if it seems impossibly hard when you think of doing it (ever seen the TV show Naked and Afraid? It’s something like that.) The sense of accomplishment you feel from completing your goals will make you forget the fear that initially seemed to paralyze you.
  4. Put Your Vision Board Somewhere Visible. There is no point in creating something visual and putting it in a place that you’ll never see it. Put it in a prominent place in your home where it’ll be seen and inspire you the most. If your goals are about self-improvement and one goal is to “cook healthier food” and another is “watch less TV” it’d be best used in the main living space of the house. On a similar note, if your goals are more career-oriented your office or workspace would be a better place to put your vision board.
  5. Share it. Once you create your vision board share it with those who will help keep your motivation up. This ensures that you’re not only visualizing your goals- but you’re putting them out into the world for other people to hold you to and support you with. This increases the likelihood of your follow-through.
  6. Leave room for change. Revisit your vision board throughout the year. You may find that some of your goals may need a second look or revising. There’s nothing wrong with updating your goals to reflect the reality of your year or any hang-ups or changes you may need to make. You may also find that after accomplishing some of canstockphoto30356302your goals earlier in the year, you have more ambitious goals that you would like to add to the board.  The point here, is that your vision board is a reflection of you. You are growing and changing and so should your vision board.

Your vision board is not a magical wishing board or a genie in a bottle, it will not work simply because you created it. You must still do the work necessary to make things happen. It is intended to help you focus and recall all of the reasons that you set your mind towards a particular goal to begin with. Do the work and the results will come.

Here are a couple places you can look for tickets to vision board parties to help you start your 2017 vision board! Maybe I’ll see you there

Happy New Year!!

 

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Aija Rhodes

Aija is the founder of BossChix Network, a women’s empowerment and lifestyle blog that celebrates women’s professional achievements, community involvement, and family life. BossChix Network also empowers women to overcome challenges and achieve their goals, BossChix Network serves as an outlet for women to connect and collaborate with others who seek to climb the corporate ladder, land roles that prepare them for senior leadership, and live authentically. Aija is a management consultant for a Big Four consultancy firm. She is a certified Project Management Professional and has fourteen years of program and project management experience assisting clients in conquering an array of business challenges. Most recently, she led a team that designed an IT security program and portfolio management processes for a global healthcare company. When she isn’t blogging or working with clients, Aija can be found enjoying the restaurants and museums of her hometown, Washington, D.C.

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Ellie
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I love the idea of vision boards. I’ve been struggling for inspiration lately so this sounds like a great way to get creative.

David Elliott
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I really never would have thought to put together something like a vision board. But it does make quite a bit of sense when it comes to creativity. Very interesting.

Nayna Kanabar
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I love the concept of the vision board, I think its a great idea and I am definitely going to try this fir my self.

Chloe Ciliberto
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One of my friends also told me to create a vision board this week too. I’m definitely going to do it now. Thank you for the how to tips. 😀 I’m going to go and grab all the materials and pictures for it today. x

nicki
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I made a vision board last year and it did not work for me because I made it a life goal board and its too far in the distance. I am going to remake one for the year with your tips and see if that helps.

Ola
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I don’t have a traditional vision board, but I do keep a binder with all of the details of my brand and what the ultimate goal is for it. Helps a ton.

SHIVRANJANI RATHORE
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I am a visual person so this works for me. I like the tips you have shared.
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Aine
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Such a good idea, and I like the concept of leaving room to change too

Anosa
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I couldn’t agree more on this article. Mood boards are very helpful to me. It really drives my motivation and I feel so happy whenever I get to accomplish a certain to do list or goal that I have set it.

jhilmil
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Yes, I agree so much. Vision boards needs to kept in front of eyes for 80% of the times to get through that determination to excel and achieve what big you’ve dreamt of.

Blair villanueva
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Mood board are true motivators. Many firms uses it even the magazine industry. I have mine at home as well, but a bit clutter, haha

Karyn Locke
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I’ve considered creating a vision board. Thanks for the happy push!

Dada
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What an excellent idea of having a vision board! I think I would hang it on the front door so I can see it before I leave home and when I come home. And yes we tend to have to many goals so it is better to have 1-2 goals that really matter!

Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
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I really enjoyed reading this post. I’ve created vision boards over the last couple of years. I find them so inspiring.

Evelyn | PathofPresence
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Thank you for this post – it is inspiring! My favorite is #6 – allow space for change – this releases our ego and provides what needs to come to you leeway – b/c even as we call forth what is ours, it may show up in a different package, and if we don’t leave room for it, we may miss the blessing altogether. The visual of having it present is powerful!

ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory
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I love this. I have never made a vision board but I do write down my goals. My dear friend swears my vision boards so I guess that is something that I will do to help keep my on track of my goals!

Mimi Green
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I’ve always said I would create a vision board but had never done it. This year I am going to do it. I’m going to take a picture of it and make it my computer and cell phone wallpaper. I need to see it constantly. I also pinned this post.

Lia World Traveler
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This is so on time for me. I am growing right now as a blogger/freelancer and sort of flying by the seat of my pants. This is a good reminder to do the work and get organized and lay out my vision. Thank you

Crystal Nicole
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Vision boards are great. I’ve already made a list of the top three things I want to focus on for the rest of this year and next year and have started a mini vision board. I think the most important thing is to allow room for change and to not become so attached to the end goal because we don’t always get what we want, although in many cases the things we do get turn out to be greater than what we had asked for.

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Rachel
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This is such an awesome idea. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish every year and I often lose focus. Having a vision board may keep me on track. I’ll get it done before the New Year and let you know how it goes in 2017. It would be great if there was a vision board party that I could attend.