Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their resolutions each year? I want you to say ‘goodbye’ to resolutions and ‘hello’ to well thought out goals for 2018! A vision board is a powerful visualization tool that can actually help you achieve your goals. It’s a collage of quotes, images, and words that represent the life you would like to have in the new year. You can include your career goals, fitness goals, romantic goals…whatever you want to focus on!
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I’ve been using a vision board for the past 2 years, and love that it gives me the motivation each day to achieve my goals. Trust me, they really work! Set aside a few hours to build your own vision board. I like to light candles and play soft music in the background while working on mine. Some people prefer to host vision board parties with their friends. Choose the setting that works best for you and limit any distractions. Make sure you are able to focus on what YOU want for yourself, not what others want for you. Let’s get started!
How to Use a Vision Board to Reach Your Goals
Supplies You Will Need
- Poster board or corkboard (I used this one from Amazon) – I recommend using a corkboard because you can remove/add to it throughout the year. You can also re-use it each year.
- Magazines to cut out quotes and images from and/or printouts from Pinterest
- Markers, paint, glitter pens, stickers, etc.
- Glue, tape, staples, thumbtacks or pins
Creating Your Vision Board
Step One: Determine the focus of your vision board
Create a list of S.M.A.R.T. goals for the most important areas of your life. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. For example, instead of writing, “Get fit,” you should write, “Run for 30 minutes, twice a week, and only eat fast food once a week.” I also wouldn’t write, “Run a marathon in two weeks,” because that is not attainable or realistic for me. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be for you to measure your own success. Your goals are for you. Therefore, YOU should define what success looks like!
Step Two: Cut out visual representations of your goals from magazines or print images from Pinterest
You can also include personal photos or memorabilia. For example, one of my goals is to run a 5K each year. I included my medal from The Color Run I ran last year (truly the happiest 5K on earth!). Most importantly, find images and items that inspire you. They should also represent how you want to feel in 2018. The possibilities are endless!
Step Three: Design the layout
Spread a few cut-outs across your board and map out where you think certain elements should go. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so just have fun! Use markers/paint, etc. to write your goals or favorite quotes on sheets of paper. I think it’s more powerful when you handwrite your goals, rather than typing and printing them. When you’re happy with the layout, pin or glue all of the images to your board.
Step Four: Put it on display
Hang your vision board in a place you will see it every single day. This is CRUCIAL in order for you to realize your ideal life. The more you see it, the more you will believe it. If you believe it, you can achieve it! Review your goals each week/month to stay motivated. Taking specific actions towards your goals will ultimately bring everything on your vision board to life!
Check out my vision board and other resources below. Leave a comment if you have used one before, or have any additional tips!
Cheers to accomplishing our goals in 2018!