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Visualize Your Goals for 2012 with Your Own Vision Board

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Stay focused and determined to reach your goals this 2012 with your very own vision board

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
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  1. Hi Adeline, this sounds like a wonderful crafty project and a fun way to make us stick to our goals. Thanks so much for sharing this idea! Best wishes for you and have a wonderfully happy new year!
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  2. Love this post. I made a vision board before teaching abroad, and the photos I had of Shanghai lights and Buddha statues are a reality for me now! Visualization is an extremely powerful technique that’s easy to use. Thanks for this post, I look forward to reading more in 2012!

    Lindsey
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  3. Hi Adeline! I already made my vision board. I can see that I have made every details and became very specific with what needs to be done this year. Thank you for your ideas.
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  4. Hi Adeline! Sounds very interesting! I will try it as soon as possible! Vision board is a good way to start up your goals!

  5. Loving this overview, Adele! I made a vision board for the first time last year and it’s a digital one that I have on the desktop of my computer! =) This is first time I’ve set such specific goals and I’m such a visual person that the board has been perfect for motivation!

    My biggest goal for 2012 is being more active by going to the gym 3 times a week! I barely did anything active last year. =P
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    • Going to the gym is also one of my resolutions this New Year, Samantha. I’ve also been quite inactive last year, and I have already been feeling it towards the end of the year. So far, so good. I’ve been going with one of my close girl friends and that has made it less of a chore and a lot more fun for me. Hope you’re having a really fun and great New Year, my friend.

  6. I dont have a clearer picture of what things to do for this year but there are things that are waiting to be implemented. I guess a vision board is a good way to sort things out.
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    • That’s one of the reasons why I really found creating a vision board very helpful. It helped me really take some time to sit down and be very specific on the different goals that I want to achieve each year. At the same time, it helps me also assess opportunities that come my way that may seem promising but actually can cause me to divert from my set goals. :)

  7. Hi Adeline, this ia a great photo of a vision board. Visualisation is really important with goal setting, and this a a novel way of visualising, rather than just putting one picture up in front of you and looking at that one picture all the time – I love it! I think you need to be careful though of not having too many pictures up as that will detract from your end result – but certainly worth making goal setting more enjoyable. Timescales, as you said, are also important, not to be neglected.

  8. I love the collages you made. Also the tips you have shared are very much inspiring. When ding you’re own vision board, you really have to make sure that you’ll follow it and be persevere.
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    • That’s quite true. Creating the vision board is just the first part of it. From there, it’s all about perseverance and patience and determination. Otherwise, it would just be another collage.

  9. What a great article and just what I was looking for. I have tried putting my goal sheet up in a place where I would see it every day and this gave me a certain amount of success. But I think this vision board is a much better idea as it is so easy to remember an image rather than just a written out list.

  10. I totally need this, I feel as though my life is in chaos because i don\’t have such organized thoughts and schedule :/ I have so many things I wanted to do and must do but I always end up doing things that shouldn’t really be priority…
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    • I feel you, Marie. I have that same problem as well. Having a vision board always keeps me in check. Of course, along the way, there are a lot of other things that will spark our interest, which is why we need to always go back to our vision boards and see which ones weighs more.

  11. This looks like a great idea, Adeline – a really fun way to set goals and visualize your objectives. My goals for this year would include having at least 150 posts on my website, creating a related Facebook page, driving a steady stream of traffic to my site and beginning to build a list of subscribers.

    Thanks very much for this – seems to me it’s an interesting alternative to a ‘mind-map’,

    Sue
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