One Word and Vision Boards

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How to use vision boards to set and achieve goals

For the last two years, I have chosen a word in January to give me focus for the year.  This is in addition to setting goals. 

Choosing the word takes a bit of thought.  I want it to stretch me and ground me at the same time.  I want it to encourage and inspire. 

Last year my word was JOY and this year, as I moved into retirement from my school counseling job of twenty years and into entrepreneurship, I chose, ADVENTURE.

I have a group of women that I meet with on Thursday nights and I encouraged them to all choose a word as well.  In our recent meeting, I felt it was a good time to revisit our words and talk about how we are using the words in our lives. While we discussed our word and what it had meant to us so far in our year, we created vision boards.  This is a great way to create focus around a central theme.  Here are some directions for how to create vision boards.

Supplies for a Vision Board

Creating a vision board is very simple.  You will need the following supplies:

  • Poster board or cardboard–any size is fine but think about what you want to do with the board to help you decide.  Sometimes a small board that you can take with you when you travel is a good  idea.  Or maybe you want a larger board to focus on each morning or even to  hang on a wall in your house.
  • Lots of magazines–you can ask co-workers, friends, or even medical offices for their cast-offs
  • Rubber cement or glue
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Fun stuff–glitter, feathers etc
  • Music to create by…

How to Create a Vision Board

Once you have the materials you are ready to go!  You can create the board alone in your home or get together with friends. Here’s the process:

  1. Peruse the magazines and tear out the pictures and words/phrases that catch your eye.  Make a stack.
  2. Sort the items you selected and arrange the ones you like on the board.
  3. Glue them down in the pattern/collage that you have created.
  4. Add any decorative items that you wish–using gel pens, glitter, feathers etc to finish your board.

Types of Vision Boards

You can create a board around a theme, a word, a goal or multiple goals.  You can use pictures, quotes, even photographs. There are no rules for vision boards.  Here are the basic vision boards that you could consider:

  1. A board that centers around a certain goal.  I have a board that is centered around the goal of writing and publishing for instance.  You might have a goal around getting a new job or losing weight.
  2. A board that is more general and open to possibilities.  This might be a board that gives a certain feeling or atmosphere such as serenity or adventure.
  3. A board that is created around a certain theme or even one word that will inspire you for a period of time.
  4. A transition board.  This might be the board you would make as you move into retirement, or motherhood or college or a first job.

How to Use the Vision Board

  1. Put it in a prominent place.
  2. Focus on the board on a regular basis.  Incorporate it into your daily review of goals and action steps.
  3. Add to the board as you feel inclined.

I have used this activity in various workshops and training classes and it is always a hit!  Have you ever made a vision board?  How have you used it?  

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