As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to wrap up loose ends and start to think about what we want our lives to look like next year. Whether you’re one of the lucky ones with clear plans or you haven’t a clue, a fun way to work with it is by creating a vision board.
When you make a vision board and look at it regularly, you are programming yourself to move towards what you want. You automatically start to take the necessary actions and make the most of opportunities that present themselves.
A vision board can be themed for any area of your life, for example, career, relationship, finance, home, family, or a mixture of all of those elements. The key is that it should reflect what you really want, not what you (or someone else) think you should want.
Here’s how to go about it:
- Get hold of a bunch of old magazines and a big piece of card (A2 or A1 size, preferably) in a colour you like.
- With your focus in mind (e.g. “My vision for 2015”), go through the magazines and tear out pictures and words that you like. Don’t analyse them and don’t get distracted by articles! Set a timeframe, maybe an hour or two.
- At the end of the time, go through your pile and select which ones make you feel really good.
- Trim those neatly and lay them out on the board in a way that appeals to you.
- When you’re happy, stick them down. Feel free to write in extra words, draw pictures or decorate it however you want.
- Date your vision board.
- Stick it up somewhere where you will see it often.
You can also do this electronically by finding images online and creating a collage. Then print it out or make it a screensaver so you can see it every day. There’s no right or wrong way to create a vision board – the main thing is to have fun with it.
Once your vision board is done, have patience and keep an eye out for any opportunities that might lead you closer to your goal. Have faith – they will show up!