From my experience, it’s usually hard to visualize something without literally seeing it. We all know that in order to accomplish anything in life, we have to be able to see the “bigger picture.” I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can get a little frustrating because that picture in our head is exactly that, in our head. It means at times when we get frustrated or angry about something in our lives, whatever it may be, we lose track of what we are really trying to do.
Enter, the VISION BOARD! *Insert Trumpet Fanfare Here* YES! What is it exactly? Well, other people call it different things; the dream board, inspiration board, awesome board, some-day board, etc. It’s basically a big presentation board littered with pictures representing your goals you have set out to accomplish. You may or may not have heard of it, but for those who have not it is an awesome tool to add to your arsenal of positive-life-making utility belt!
I learned this concept from high school during a leadership class I took. We all had to a do a “me board” project, summarizing our lives in pictures displayed on a presentation board. It amazed me to literally see what my life looked like through pictures on a board. I had pictures of my family, my dog, my friends (break dancing at the time), cars, certain movies (FINAL FANTASY!?) and various other interests. I may or may not post it because I don’t know if my friends want pictures of them in their high school years up on the internet. (You’re welcome).
I loved the fact that I was able to see everything I actually valued. Then I thought, why not make a board that helps me see everything I want to accomplish? I recently made one for me and my girlfriend focusing on places we want to travel some day. It’s pretty motivating to see pictures of the beaches of Hawaii, the scenery in Australia, and the Disney theme parks around the world! It’s perked up in her room because she needs it more than I do. I’m currently creating one for myself!
It only takes about an hour or two to actually make. The things you need are:
- Presentation board.
- Awesome pictures that represent what you want to accomplish.
- Scissors and glue.
You can get these at your nearby office store, but once you start making one time will just fly because you’ll be so inspired by the pictures and try to see if you can fit even more pictures in there! After you’re done place it somewhere you can see it every day, like by your bedside, in the kitchen or near your computer screen. The more you literally see what your ultimate goals are, especially on a daily basis, you’ll have just that much more motivation to keep pushing and striving towards it!
It doesn’t necessarily have to be career oriented either. It can be an upcoming wedding, a car you want to buy, a house, losing weight, gaining muscle, beating an illness, graduating school, starting school, etc. The whole purpose of the vision board is to give you a tangible connection to a hopeful future. It is a constant reminder of why you do what you do. It is your lighthouse helping you see through the fog of life, all you have to do is keep working towards that direction.
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”
– Robert Collieri