I have always been a goal-oriented person. I set goals every year, both professionally and personally. I follow the SMART goal guidelines and work towards goals that are:
This year I decided to switch it up and try a different approach, mostly because I have some really important goals to accomplish. I expect 2018 to be a big year and I knew I needed some extra motivation. For me, a vision board seemed like the best way to do just that.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.1
A vision board starts out with the written goals you want to reach. Once you establish those, next comes the fun part: adding the visuals. After I wrote down my goals, I used pictures and words that were important and meaningful to me. I even managed to find a few images to match the exact goal I had written down. How cool is that?
Once my vision board was complete, I knew I had taken the right approach. Here are some reasons that I felt the vision board worked best for me:
- I can put my vision board where I can see it every day
- I can look at visuals that inspire me and remind me of what I am trying to accomplish
- The planning and creation was fun, making the process more manageable
- I can physically check off the goal as I accomplish it – I love checking off lists!
- I am committed to the vision because I signed and dated the board when it was complete.
If you are normally a person who writes down your goals, take a stab at making your own vision board. Remember to place it where you can see it every day and use images and words that inspire you. Then use it to check off all of your successes this year.