One of the biggest challenges faced after you have set your personal and professional goals is sticking to them. Have you ever set your goals and then never got around to taking action on them?
The phrase out of sight, out of mind is very appropriate here. But is it possible to keep you personal and professional goals front of mind every day? The short answer is, yes.
One of the best ways to keep your personal and professional goals in mind daily, bring you closer to your dream life is to put them on a vision board.
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a craft project, either physical or digital – a collage that includes pictures and words that reflect your personal and professional goals. The vision board can address your life in general or one or more specific areas you choose.
A vision board shows what you’re seeking in life both personally and professionally. It prompts you to consider what you want. Before starting your vision board, ask yourself what your goals are. What do you want your life to be like?
Preparing to Construct Your Vision Board
Follow these preparation steps:
- Gather supplies (physical vision board). Use a large square or rectangle of poster board or foam core board as the base of your vision board.
- You’ll need colored ink markers, magazines with plenty of words in headlines and pictures, scissors, and glue.
- Select your Vision Board App (Digital Vision Board). There are many pieces of software on the market that you can use to create your vision board.
- You will find more information on which vision board app to is best for you here
- Ponder what personal and professional goals you will include on your board. Decide the life area(s) you wish to address: all aspects, such as prosperity, relationships, family, sports, health, school, jobs, and careers or just 1-2 of your most-sought-after goals.
- You’ll use pictures (and videos if using a digital one), and words about the things you desire, the place(s) you want to live, and anything else representative of the lifestyle you seek.
- Plan time to start work on your vision board. Schedule a day and time to make your board when you’ll be uninterrupted. Allow yourself 3-4 hours. You might not complete it in one sitting. That’s okay. It’ll take some time to browse through magazines and select images to clip and use.
Vision Board Day! Personal and Professional Goals
It’s time to get started.
- Reflect on your most important Personal and professional goals. Set a timer for 20 minutes and clarify to yourself what you want in life.
- Right now, what’s important to you? What do you want to pursue? It’s okay if you’re not sure. But give yourself time to think about it. When you emotionally connect with your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them.
- Find the pictures (music, video, affirmations) you want to use. Browse through magazines (websites) and clip images that reflect your personal and professional goals and dreams. Then, without gluing, arrange and re-arrange the pictures on the poster board until you love how it looks.
- Leave a space somewhere on the poster board to place a favorite picture of you.
- Once you have a pleasing arrangement, affix your collage with glue.
- Include words to express goals and desires. Write words that connect you with the pictures. Express your thoughts and emotions using markers. You might choose to clip words from magazines (larger print is best) and glue them on your vision board.
- Glue on a picture of yourself that you like and voila, you’ve just created your vision board!
- Recognize it’s a process. You might start out making your vision board about your career and discover you’re really more interested in deepening friendships or making money from a job you’ve never tried. That’s okay; switch gears on this board or even construct another board later.
- Display your vision board. Hang it in your den, bedroom, or somewhere you’ll see it every day. Stop and look at it, touch it, and say out loud, “I’m working for that!” Let yourself get excited about the prospect of achieving your goals.
- If you created a digital vision board. Create a shortcut to your digital vision board on a screen where you look every day. Set a still image of it as your background as a reminder to check it daily.
Making a vision board keeps you oriented toward your life desires. Construct a new board later as you reach current personal and professional goals and add new ones. Motivate yourself to attain your goals and dreams through making your own vision board.
What’s Next for Your Personal and Professional Goals
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