Vision boards gained popularity over the years with authors and speakers like Susan Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup), and others. Trained Life Coaches, like me, learned the proceess at coaching school or through the coaches they’ve hired. Then we in turn have our clients complete their own vision boards, sometimes alone or as part of a vision board workshop or vision planning parties.
“If your vision is in your head, that is not where it needs to be. It needs to be out in the world, for all to see.” — CoachMaria
Creating a vision board is most popular near January 1st when the New Year is dawning. People reflect on the past year and take a look into the future. Never let the time of year stop you from creating your board – or changing one – any time during the year. I have some clients who prefer to update their in the summer or during their birthday week.
The idea behind vision boards is that you find visual representations of your goals, hopes, and dreams and paste them onto a poster so that you see them daily. This way, you visually stimulate your brain while also keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind. Therefore, you remain motivated throughout the day. As with any topic, many people don’t believe in vision boards. They think that vision boards are a waste of time or that the Law of Attraction is hocus pocus.
Here are some commonsense reasons why the vision board naysayers shouldn’t sway you:
- What works for one doesn’t work for all. As with nearly any scenario, you’ll find multiple ways to do things, and one way won’t work for everyone. Vision boards are nothing more than a visual way to set goals. So, whether you use a vision board or a basic list, it should be the option that appeals to you the most and that you’ll use. Setting goals – and not how this gets done – is the most important thing.
- What can it hurt? In the end, you’ll have two possible conclusions: You set your goals and found a way to get motivated every day or you had an enjoyable afternoon thinking about what you want out of life. Self-reflection never hurt anyone.
- You are in control of your life instead of being a bystander. Often, adults react to situations instead of paving their way on their own terms. Knowing what you want in life, down to where you want to live or the car you want to drive, puts you in control. You can make better decisions that lead to your dream goals.
- Be a role model for your kids. A work-at-home friend said that she makes a vision board every year and shares her goals with her children. By this, she hopes to inspire them to work hard. She tells her kids what her goals are, and they are her cheerleaders when she crosses off those goals one by one. Another client creates her board as her small children create their own. She said that it’s been insightful to see what images her children put on their boards.
- Trust your gut. Would you jump off a bridge because your friends said to do so? Gather your information and then make the decision that’s right for YOU. If you want to make a vision board but your spouse laughs at the idea, make one anyway. Don’t be swayed into making a decision that doesn’t feel right. Follow your gut instinct.
In the end, you have only one life, so live it to the fullest. If that means prioritizing your goals with a vision board, go for it. Live with no regrets. You just might surprise yourself with how much you accomplish from your vision board.
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