Using a Vision Board to Clarify Your Goals

Who knew how much fun a pile of magazines, glue, scissors and a bunch of small business owners could be?! Every year I think I’ll make a Vision Board and I don’t.
Why?
Because in some ways it feels like a waste of “time”, which when your self-employed is a precious commodity.  How often do we give ourselves permission to sit and cut up magazines?  In reality a Vision Board is more than just cutting and sticking.

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What is a Vision Board? : 

Jo from Jo’s Healing Cabin helped to facilitate the workshop she says; “A Vision Board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of your dreams, goals, and things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map, or vision map. Creating a Vision Board can be a useful tool to help you manifest your goals and can serve as a source of motivation as you work towards achieving your dreams. Our minds respond strongly to visual stimulation, so by representing your goals with pictures and images, you will strengthen and stimulate your emotions.”

I prefer the word “vision” as it feels like you are setting up the future whereas “dream” to me doesn’t feels a bit like well unicorns 😉 The physical process of making a Vision Board helps you to clarify your ideas, thoughts and feelings, goals and aspirations for the year ahead. Getting them out of your brain and keep them somewhere you can visually see them as inspiration or motivation.

It’s not rocket science but I really loved Jo’s comment to us about flicking through the magazines and seeing what we are being drawn towards. I had a preconceived idea about what images I would use, I had taken with my a photocopy of a painting we bought in Corfu last summer and a Thank MOO card as much of the beginning of 2019 is guided by the closing of Charlie Moo’s.  Once I started to collate all my images I’d cut out I realised they were all pastel colours blues, greens and pinks without even noticing my eye was drawn to these.

Joanne Vision Board

Using My Vision Board To Plan 2019 :

One of my main goals for 2019 is to declutter my home office and change it from a part office part stock room into somewhere I can relax too. On my Vision Board I added words and phrases “clear out the clutter”, “time for relaxation” to encourage me to work towards this goal. I also added a beautiful upholstered luxury chair too. The idea here is to have a space to curl up in, to read, digest my thoughts, feelings, ideas and goals. I also found numerous words around books, reading, bestseller as I really want to get my second book out there this year.

You can’t have a Vision Board without money and it was funny listening to everyone asking “has anyone found any money images or words”. We all wanted to add this too our Vision Board. Vicki used lots of images and words associated with money and fanned them around a magnet to show she’s a “money magnet”. Kate used “making money” as her key word and I used “financially fabulous”.  We are all in business for many, many different reasons and money is one of them. It’s not particularly British to talk about cash, yet all the positive words and affirmations didn’t make it feel vulgar at all.

Once home I added family photos, stickers using my Sproket and bullet journal collection until I felt that it was “finished”. I liked to have my images overlapping as if they build into one big goal but you can have lots of blank space around it’s really up to you.

Networking :

Turning the process of creating your vision board into a networking event meant conversation naturally flowed. We talked about VA’s, business growth, closing down businesses and rebranding.  The atmosphere was relaxed and informal and it became a learning experience too.

Samantha, Dorset Hill Jewellery I found that the time flew, I never even got a coffee (unheard of!). I’m loving that I didn’t overthink it, the images are all just what drew my eye immediately. My Vision Board is on my bench right now, a little curled as the fires on!”

sam vision board

Vision Boards and Children : 

Of course once I started tinkering with mine at home Megan obviously wanted to make one. Unlike me she had very definite ideas about what she wanted to put onto hers. I wasn’t surprised by her desire to find words and imagines inspired by dancing, especially ballet. One of our new year traditions is to watch the ballet at Lighthouse Poole. We have been going for 6 years now and it’s such a special time for the both of us.  This year we saw Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet performing the fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score sets the scene for the romantic story of Princess Aurora rescued from a deep sleep by her valiant Prince. Wicked Carabosse and the beautiful Lilac Fairy are joined by a host of fairytale characters, a highlight being Puss in Boots he was superb. I love the ballet. The music, the performance, the soft beat of pointe shoes on the ground, it’s truly a magical experience.  Megan also filled her Vision Board with food and cute pictures of animals! I love her style!

megan vision board

Have you created a Vision Board for 2019? Where do you hang yours so you can see everyday, in your office? In your bedroom? Do you add to it through the year? I shall definitely put bits away for next years board.



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