Why you should make a vision board:
1. A picture is worth a thousand words
40% of the neurons in our brain are devoted to processing visual stimuli. We are visual creatures, and pictures are more effective than words. Designing a schedule may give us the specifics of how to achieve our goals, but it never hurts to have a visual reminder why we’re so self-disciplined.
2. Visually represent your goals
Life is messy and beautiful. By making this image your desktop background or taping it to your wall by your desk, the incentive to live all of these positive outcomes is always present in your mind.
3. Use the law of attraction
Visualizing a positive outcome becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Law of Attraction states we manifest the life we think about. Creating a vision board sets conscious intentions and inspires you to align your values with your actions, which increases the odds of you achieving your goals.
4. See how you change over time
Perhaps a less-anticipated effect, you can learn a lot about yourself by seeing how your goals, priorities, and desired lifestyle changes over time. Maybe you start out more materialist and start gradually prioritizing experiences more. Maybe your diet and exercise regimens shift over the years. People change and so do their life journeys, and that’s okay because we learn more about ourselves in the process.
How to make a vision board: 4 steps
1. Consider your goals, values, and desired lifestyle.
What do you value? Examples include connection, health, experiences over possessions, living in the present.
What kind of lifestyle do you want to lead? Examples include organized, creative, close to nature, adventure, live simply, travel
Holistic health: What do you want to achieve in the next year in order to be mentally focused, physically energized, emotionally connected, and spiritually aligned?
Mind: What do you want to learn about? How will you get there? Examples include courses, books, videos, research, and podcasts. How can you simplify your life and get more done each day?
Health/Fitness: How can you extract more energy from your body?
Personal/Lifestyle: What hobbies or activities do you want to spend more time doing? What’s on your bucket list?
Social/Relationship: Who do you want to get closer with? How can your network bring you closer to living the life you love?
Spirit: How can you align with your passion and purpose? Example includes meditation practice.
Career: Does your personal brand reflect your inner state? What can you give to the world?
Finances: How can you gain freedom by making a living out of what you love to do?
All of these questions can help you set goals and get closer to living a life of purpose.
2. Visualize the outcome
Imagine what this life looks like. Start saving photos that align with this vision. I use Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.
3. End-of-year reflection
Your vision board can also be a visual reminder of the what you want to expand on in life. Use these questions as a prompt to reflect on your yearly goals:
What were your favorite memories and highlights of the year?
What have you learned this year?
What were your biggest successes? What went well this year?
What didn’t go so well?
Have you hit your goals for the year?
What was the biggest surprise? What did you accomplish that you weren’t expecting to?
What do you want to continue with and build on?
What do you want to end/stop doing?
What do you want to achieve next year? What actions do you want to introduce?
4. Make a collage
Compile your pictures and start designing your life! You can use a collage maker such as BeFunky and opt for a simple 3x3 or 4×4-grid layout. The simpler, the better. You may alternatively prefer to make a paper collage.