One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that visualisation is one of the best things to help you achieve your goals, dreams and aspirations. Ok… I’m not saying that if you lie in bed and daydream all day about being a millionaire with Harry Styles as your boyfriend that it’s just going to magically come true. I do think though visualising your goals and seeing those motivations every day can help keep you on track, inspired and much more likely to actually achieving them!
So what is a vision board?
Vision boards are either a physical or digital collage of words and images that visually represent you goals, dreams or inspirations. The idea is that your vision board is something you look at every day and allows you to stay on track, motivates you and inspires you to consistently work at your goals until you eventually achieve them!
Planning my vision board
When I decided to create my vision board, I sat myself down with a pen and paper and asked myself a couple of questions.
- What time frame am I working with?
- What areas of my life do I want to focus on?
- What are some things I’d love to achieve in these areas?
For me, I like to focus my vision board over a yearly time period. At the beginning of year, I sit down and look at two areas of my life that I want to focus on (anything more can get a little overwhelming) and then reassess this at the 6 month mark. At that point, any changes to my goals can be tweaked and altered on my vision board. This year, my focus is on career and home. Because of this my vision board has lots of career based imagery and also cosy home photos. I also thought about some words that I find inspirational that I could use as affirmations throughout the year. Words that are also extremely useful on a vision board is how you’d like to feel in a years time. Words like Balanced, Grateful and Peaceful are really great starting points!
My visions for 2021
This year, I’d love to expand my beauty salon, by employing more staff and either moving to a larger location or opening a second location. So I knew I wanted a spa image to represent my motivation for this. I’d also love to expand my beauty business online via blogging, YouTube and an online shopping option. 2021 is also the year I hope to potentially get on the property ladder, or at the very least make a good go at saving enough to give me fighting chance! So I wanted lots of cosy living room and new home imagery on my board to keep me motivated towards my goal!
Putting it all together
Once you have a plan in place for your vision board, the next step is bringing it to life. For me, I knew I wanted a digital vision board. So I created a phone wallpaper on Canva. I pick up and look at my phone countless times throughout the day and I felt that it would be much more effective as my phone wallpaper. Other digital options could include a laptop or iPad background. Alternatively, you could choose a physical option to display in your bedroom, office or anywhere else that allows you to look at it every single day.
Pinterest is a great place to start looking for images that inspire you. Try not to look for something so specific to you but more images that make you feel something. For example, if you’re desperate to buy a white cottage with a blue door and fountain outside, you don’t necessarily need to find an image of specifically that. A house that looks cozy and warm and inspires you to work towards getting your own is pretty good too! If you’re creating a physical vision board, grab any magazines, newspapers or print out images to cut and stick onto your board!
I’ve made my vision board..now what?
- Look at your vision board at least twice a day and let yourself feel the inspiration.
- Believe it’s already yours and imagine yourself living that life.
- Read your words or affirmations out loud every day.
- Reassess your board often! (it’s ok for goals to change!)
- Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.