Visualize Your Goals

A common cause of unproductivity is a lack of motivation to pursue your goals. It is therefore important to always remind yourself of your goals and why you have chosen to pursue them in the first place. Some ways to remind yourself of your goals include: setting calendar reminders, getting accountability buddies, setting an alarm, and creating a vision board.

This article is all about using vision boards to visualize the results of your goals as well as some guidelines for putting your vision board together. A vision board is a tool used to clarify and help maintain focus on your goal(s). Traditionally, it is a board of any form to which you paste images that represent what you would like your future to look like. The process of putting together a vision board gives you a chance to clarify your goals even more. Additionally, seeing the desired results of your goals frequently will always serve as a reminder of what you are working towards.

Below are some step-by-step instructions for designing your own vision board.

  1. Write down your goals and ensure to phrase them in a SMART way (see Goal Setting Techniques).
  2. Close your eyes and imagine what it would feel like to accomplish your goals. Think about the specific details of the milestone moments. What do you look like? Who is with you throughout the process? Where is everything happening? What feelings are shining in you as you succeed? Take a moment to let those details sink in and write it all down. Your notes will be helpful when you’re looking for images to include in your vision board.
  3. Gather your materials. If you would like a physical vision board, find a surface like cardboard or whiteboard upon which you can paste images. You will also need old magazines, newspapers, photos that can be cut up. Grab some glue, scissors, pens, paint, or whatever your creative self needs! If you are creating a digital vision board like we will be teaching you to create, then you should have a drawing or presentation software ready, and the internet can be your trusted source of photo clippings.
  4. Revisit the notes of your visualized goals and start clipping images that resonate with the images that came up in your imagination.
  5. Once you have all the clippings you need for the pictures, begin pasting them onto the board. No one knows you better than you, so feel free to scribble any notes, titles, etc. as you see fit!
  6. Put your completed board where you would see it regularly. A good vantage point for a physical board is right in front of your bed, so you see it as soon as you wake up or next to your bathroom mirror so that you can be reminded of your goals as you brush your teeth. For a digital vision board, consider making a picture of your vision board your phone screensaver or your desktop screensaver.

Note that having a vision board is not a guarantee that you will achieve your goals as you still need to put in the work. It should only serve as a reminder of the future. Hence, you still need to make daily or weekly action plans for your goals. Visit the next post if you would like to see how we build a vision board!

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