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Vision Boards and Goal SettingNone of the above actions are enough. Once you have a goal you must begin to identify the steps necessary to accomplish the goal. There are lots of books and articles available on how to create a goal but many stop right there and so we aren't successful in making the goal work. One of the best ways to begin the process of accomplishing a goal is to create a vision of what you hope to accomplish through creating a vision board. I've used vision boards both at school with students and in my personal life. In every case I find that not only do participants love making vision boards but they find them very useful for moving forward. The idea behind a vision board or creativity board, is that what you focus on, what you visualize is what will occur in your life.
Supplies for a Vision BoardCreating 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 BoardOnce 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:
- Peruse the magazines and tear out the pictures and words/phrases that catch your eye. Make a stack.
- Sort the items you selected and arrange the ones you like on the board.
- Glue them down in the pattern/collage that you have created.
- Add any decorative items that you wish--using gel pens, glitter, feathers etc to finish your board.
Types of Vision BoardsYou 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- A board that is created around a certain theme or even one word that will inspire you for a period of time. Our students in the writing club created boards around a word that they chose.
- 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 BoardWhat do you do with the board once you have it completed?
- Put it in a prominent place.
- Focus on the board on a regular basis. Incorporate it into your daily review of goals and action steps.
- Add to the board as you feel inclined.