This week some friends and I will gather for our annual vision board creating party. I created my very first vision board back in 2008 for the 2009 calendar year. I had never heard of Vision Boards until my friend Jodi introduced me to the concept. I had so many amazing things happen to me that year, I was forever hooked on the power of vision boards.
I create one every year and while people use vision boards in a wide variety of ways, I use mine to help set the stage for my year. Along with my OneWord, my Vision Board helps me nurture the things I most deeply desire as I move through my year.
What is it?
On the surface a vision board is nothing more than a collection of phrases and images that inspire you but it is so much than that. Years of creating one has proven to me that a vision board can be a powerful tool to help you stay focused on the goals you have for yourself.
But this is not just about setting goals. The process I go through when I create my board is far more about creating space for my intuition to show up and reveal to me desires I didn’t even know were in me. I have goals and they play a role but my intuition is in charge.
I pay attention and notice the things that are capturing my heart or calling to me in some way even if I don’t fully understand it. My intuition is also present as I organize my board, guiding me on what to include and what to exclude.
When it is all said and done I am always surprised by at least one area of my board because I allowed my intuition to lead the process. When I try to force something to fit I notice that part of my board usually has no energy behind it as I progress through the year so I’ve learned not to force things.
I could talk for days about why I believe so strongly in vision boards but in the interest of not making this the world’s longest blog post, here are just three benefits I believe you gain from having a vision board.
Your vision board keeps you focused on what you most want to accomplish because Shiny Object Syndrome is a real thing. You start out with good intentions but then something comes along that catches your attention and suddenly now you’re doing that thing instead. A vision board minimizes the chance of you turning into Doug from the movie Up. :-)
Your vision board is filled with images and words that inspire you. On the hard days when discouragement is lingering over you, your vision board can remind you of how you felt when hope was high and nothing felt impossible.
When you’re first starting out on something, whether it’s the New Year or some other adventure, there is a lot of excitement. Inevitably though, that excitement wanes and you start losing motivation. Your vision board can act as a catalyst to reignite your motivation and keep you moving forward instead of staying stuck where you are.
To help inspire you to action I’ve created a Vision Board Guidebook that will walk you step-by-step through how to create your own vision board. This guidebook is specifically about creating a vision board for the New Year but the principles can be modified to create a Life Board or a board about a specific goal or dream.
The choice is yours but I encourage you to give creating a vision board a try. You just might be surprised at what you learn about yourself in the process.
From my heart to yours,
I’d love to hear your thoughts on vision boards. Have you ever done one? If so, what was your experience with it? If not, what would it take to make you willing to give it a try? Tell me in the comments below or head over to Facebook and share your thoughts there.
Ohhh and one more thing, looking for a great way to plan and prepare for the New Year then check out Leonie Dawson’s Shining Year Workbooks. My OneWord, my Vision Board, and Leonie’s workbooks make up my toolkit as I plan for a New Year. Disclosure: I am an affiliate with Leonie and may receive compensation if your purchase through my site but I will never recommend anything I don’t believe in and I LOVE these workbooks.