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Now that we find ourselves firmly into the new year it is important to remind ourselves of the goals we are wishing to achieve during 2021. Even if it isn’t as cliché as a “New Years resolution” we all still have different paths in our lives that we are working towards reaching. They say that goals work best if written down. If you truly want to commit to something, you need to see it in writing. In fact, according to Forbes' Mark Murphy “Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success, and people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals."
Writing goals down helps us visualize them, and in turn—helps us become more likely to both remember them and make them a reality. When asked about goals, many people were asked if they were able to not only visualize their goals super clearly but when describing them to another if they could also without a doubt envision them. Visualizations make every thing a little more real. If you have a mess in the corner of your room for several days, wouldn’t you upon seeing the mess be more likely to do something with it? Visuals can be incredibly motivating, in any form. This brings me to this week’s 60 Minute Activity, creating a vision board.
What is a vision board?
On the surface, a vision board is most likely created in collage form, and by definition—a visual aid. Vision boards have been used in some form all around you: pitches at meetings, drafts for a future home or plan for a soon to release book. In this context, a vision board is a board (or poster) filled with pictures of your goals and direction. Some people refer to vision boards as dream collages, however—having a vision board is more than just a dream. It allows you to see and be able to visualize your ideal future right in front of you. It serves as a reminder and a commitment, a way to see your most important goals every day and serve alongside you by using the law of attraction to manifest them.
What should be included on a vision board? This will be different for everyone. Maybe your goals are in health. Perhaps you are looking to attract your ideal partner or learn to salsa dance. Maybe in a year from now you want to purchase a new home. Whatever it is that you have set goals for, you will want to include them. Many experts say to include different aspects of your life: travel, fitness, financial, work, and school.
Choose pictures that trigger emotions, images that are visually stimulating and will evoke response when you look at them. In order to the board to properly do it’s best work—you have to see it and be ready to feel, believe, and want to take action.
How to Make a Vision Board
You can do it old school with a poster board, cutout pictures from magazines or articles and stick with glue, or you can tack pictures on to a corkboard. You can include motivational quotes or positive mantras if you like. You can also do a digital vision board if you choose, by finding images online that you love and using an app such as Pic Stitch or Canva to structure them into collage form. You could leave this in an album on your phone or computer if you choose. My recommendation is that if you do the digital option is to print it out and leave it somewhere you will physically see every day, or to set it as your phone or desktop background.
Best Locations for Vision Boards
Everyone’s ideal location will be different, it all depends on your daily needs and processes, but it is recommended to put it in a place you will see a lot, that is still semi private. Mine will be going in my office. Other great options include closets, inside your planner, or by a mirror in the bathroom. Whichever placement and option you choose, make sure to reflect upon your board often and firmly believe in yourself as you craft these goals into reality!!