A vision board can help you reach your goals for 2021 – but not if you make it and put it away in a closet, never to be seen again. Here’s how to make a vision board that will be in your face every day, helping you actually achieve your goals.
2020 was a rough year, but we survived. We grew through it. We are stronger than we thought we were. So let’s dust ourselves off, give ourselves some credit, and let’s move forward to 2021 with some new goals. But where to start?
Goals should be created with three important factors in mind.
- Clarity: They need to have clarity. You can’t expect a goal to happen if you aren’t clear on what you are going after. Even if your goal will take more than a year to accomplish, be clear on what that goal is and what your success at achieving that goal will look and feel like.
- Realistic: You have to believe that you can realistically achieve that goal. If you don’t think you can do it, you are setting yourself up for failure. Henry Ford was right when he said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
- Consistency: Divide your goal into mini, bite-sized goals and set a realistic pace that allows you to achieve those mini-goals consistently. Every time you self-assess and realize that you are closer to your ultimate goal, you are succeeding and moving forward.
Once you have your goals set, it’s time to create a Vision Board. This Vision Board will live on your computer or phone home screen, so you will see it every day and constantly be reminded of what you are working towards. It’s easy if you follow these steps:
- Use Pinterest or another similar app. Create a new board on Pinterest and then start searching for specific topics that relate to your goals.
- When you are searching, think of what you want your future to look like. What kind of emotions do you want to feel as you achieve those goals? Think of specific tangible moments that will occur when you achieve your goals and then find images and photos that are a snapshot of those feelings and emotions. Those are the images that you will pin to your new Pinterest Board.
- As you are searching for images, think of specific life categories that you want to set goals for yourself. Your life categories could include: Family, Social, Spiritual, Business, Financial, Physical, Intellectual, and Relationships.
- Don’t use vague pictures for your Vision Board. If you can’t look at a picture and know exactly what goal it represents, then don’t use it on your Vision Board.
Once you have all your images collected, it’s time to create your Vision Board. Again, this is simple to do if you follow a few easy steps.
- Use a design program like Canva or PicMonkey to create your Board. There are free versions of these programs that will work for you.
- Determine the size of the device that you will be using to showcase your Vision Board. It can be your desktop on your computer, your mobile phone, or your iPad. To find out the size of the image you need, Google “Resolution of” and then whatever device you will be using. The important thing is that your Vision Board needs to be in a place where you will see it every day.
- Once you’ve determined the correct dimensions, open a new image, blank canvas, and then input the dimensions you need.
- Now it is time to create your Board. Grab the pictures you collected on Pinterest and drag and drop them onto your Vision Board. Keep the categories together. You will create a collage of pictures that represent all your goals.
- Add keywords to the Board if you need them to remind you of what your specific goals are. You can also add the actual categories to the Board to identify each section of your Vision Board.
- Put the most exciting images and your most important goals toward the center of the Board, where you will see them the most.
Now that you have your Vision Board created, upload it to your computer desktop or mobile phone. And look at it EVERY DAY! Once a month or so, do a self-assessment of your goals to ensure that what you are doing on a daily basis is actually moving you closer to your goals. If they aren’t, you need to make a change. One of my favorite things to do is place check marks on top of goals that I’ve achieved during the year.
Vision Boarding is more than cutting out pretty pictures and putting them on a piece of poster board that is going to get tossed in your closet and never looked at again. It is a visual representation of the goals you set for yourself that will become a daily reminder of what your life can look like when you achieve those goals. You can learn more about the Vision Boarding process in this YouTube .
About the Author
Angie Bellemare built a successful lifestyle brand and business by helping people achieve their health & fitness goals. She has built the 4th largest Beachbody team worldwide. Her lifestyle brand focuses on helping people “dream grander and smile bigger.” Angie uses social media to encourage people.. @AngieBellemare