I love the opportunity that a new year brings. A fresh start. A time to dream. Set goals. Make plans. Brainstorm. The inner “strategy” in me thrives on taking pen to paper and planning out my goals.
I wasn’t always this way. A childhood full of utter chaos, uncertainty, the idea of dreaming, vision casting, and goal setting was not on my radar. I remember countless years where I would look back and say, “that was the worst year ever,” and just wanted the new year to be better than the best. That’s it. My goal was “please let this year be better than the last.” My childhood was one of survival mode.
If you’ve never made a vision board before, you’re in good company. This was my first time making one. I decided to make a girl’s night and invited over my local leaders on my team, and we had a vision board making night.
Why make a vision board?
After a little research I learned that people who practice visualization are more likely to achieve their goals. Visualization is the practice of using your imagination or mental images to create a vision of what you want and how you want it to happen. It’s a practice very often used by athletes, and in many cases can better prepare you for a more positive outcome.
Supplies needed for vision board:
- Foam board
- Washi tape or regular tape
- Stickers, scrapbooking decals (Hobby Lobby had a great selection of fun stickers)
- Glue sticks
- Magazines, pictures or quotes, anything that inspires you
You can’t mess up a vision board. This should be fun, not stressful. If you’re doing this alone, set the mood with some music. I had my diffuser going with believe and abundance oil. Set aside at least an hour to do this and maybe take a break and go back to it later on. I started my vision board during my girl’s night and then finished it a few days later when my kids were napping.
Because I prefer some structure, I divided my board into sections (health/wellness, faith, business, girl relationships, marriage, parenting, writing). I cut out pictures from magazines that inspired me or related to my goals or vision in that particular section, stickers, inspirational quotes and more.
Once your board is finished, display it somewhere in which you will see it every single day. I have mine displayed in my home office. Be intentional to look at your board and add to it as you feel led.
Some of the questions you should ask yourself as you’re putting together your board include:
- How do you want to feel in the new year?
- What do you want to accomplish in the new year?
- What do you want to make time for?
- What are your non-negotiables? Things your willing to sacrifice or not sacrifice to achieve your goals.
- Who will be impacted by your vision board?
Consider having an accountability person once your board is done. Who will you share it with? How will you hold yourself accountable with some of your goals? If you’re a rewards-oriented person, consider treating yourself to something special such as a massage or a fun purchase when you achieve one of your goals.
How do you hold yourself accountable on your goals? Comment below, I’d love to hear it!