Taking some time out to create your own vision board is a fun and creative way to help you set your goals for the coming year. It is a collage that contains pictures of all the different goals that you would want to achieve this 2012. A small caption is placed under each picture to explain what it represents. Underneath the caption is a deadline (usually the month and year) when you would want to achieve this specific goal.
Perhaps the nicest thing about making a vision board is that there is no specific way of doing it. It can range from the simple to the extremely artistic. Some people even create more than one vision board, each with a specific set of goals for their business, finances and even for themselves.
Why Use a Vision Board?
Many teams and departments within corporations create a vision board because it’s more advantageous and effective than just simply writing these goals down on paper. Here are just some of them:
1. A vision board helps you remember your goals.
It is said that the chances of you remembering something is higher whenever there is a specific image that is attached to it as opposed to merely using words. Since the vision board contains both pictures and words in them to describe your goals, you are more able to remember them than just detailing them with a bunch of words.
2. A vision board helps you focus.
Keeping focused on the goals that you’ve set for this year is important. One way to stay focused is to keep reminding yourself about these goals you’ve made. Putting your vision board in a place where you always will see it will help remind you of these goals. And because you have already associated this image to a specific goal, each time that you see this, you are immediately reminded of the goal you’ve attached to it.
3. A vision board can encourage you.
It’s such a great feeling to accomplish a goal you’ve set out to achieve, isn’t it? After that first goal, you become more encouraged and motivated to go after your other goals. Once you’ve completed a goal you’ve included in your vision board, you can mark it by crossing it out or by writing the word ‘done’ across it. Seeing these completed goals along with those that you’ve yet to accomplish will give you a sense of encouragement, especially once you see that there are more crossed-out goals than those that you are still working on.
Things to Remember When Making a Vision Board
Although there are no set rules for making your own vision board, there are a few things to remember when you make a vision board:
1. Be specific when making your vision board.
Like all goal setting activities, you need to be as specific as you can when it comes to listing down each of your goals. The more specific you are, the more focused will you become. Don’t just simply say ‘I want to get a car by next year.’ What car model are do you want? What color? Would it be using an automatic or manual transmission? Is it going to be a brand new car or one that is slightly used?
2. Make your vision board eye catching.
A vision board is to help you stay focused with your goals by constantly reminding you about them. For that to happen, it should not only be in a place where you will always see it. It should also be eye catching so that it can always grab your attention and help you remember your goals.
3. Be realistic of your deadlines.
One of the reasons why a vision board is not effective is because people tend to set deadlines that are unrealistic. Some goals can be accomplished within just a few weeks. Others may take months to reach. Still some others can take years. Being realistic of the deadlines you set will save you from the frustration and heartache of not being able to reach your set goals.
4. Do your part!
No matter how eye catching your make your vision board, or how realistic your deadline, nothing would happen if you just stare at it and dream about these goals. You still have to do your part to make these goals become realities.
If you will create your own vision board for 2012, what goals will you include here?
Photo Credits: Nadia Arbach Flickr Creative Commons