Happy New Year, everyone!
As we launch into 2018, I thought it would be perfect to write a post on vision boards and share my vision board with you. I highly encourage beginning every year with a vision board, as it will direct your steps for the course of the year!
What's a vision board?
A vision board is literally a visual display of your vision, in this case, for the year. It's meant to get everything in your head and heart down into visuals that are in front of you, that you're looking at every day to remind you of the goals that you set in the beginning of the year. It's all about where you want to be and what you want to accomplish by the end of the year. It will motivate you to intentionally move forward until you've reached your goals. The best thing is that you can create a vision board for anything whether it's for business, spiritual growth, personal growth, health, financial growth or even for a home project.
Before you create it, you want to put some thought into your goals for the year. Create S.M.A.R.T goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. You'll use these goals to pick out your visuals and content. In fact, you can even print out entire goals and stick them onto your vision board.
Goal: Collect more contacts.
S.M.A.R.T goal: Collect 50 sheets of contact information by hosting a raffle give-away at 2 events each month in 2018.
What keywords or phrases do you want threaded into the year? What do you want to focus on? Think about words that make you light up! Here are some examples:
- Financial Freedom
- Work-life Balance
- 120K Income
I'm sure there are tons of ways you can make a vision board! Here are some that I've seen:
- Cork board (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for like $7).
- Large picture frame (You can use the backing to paste contents and then insert it into the frame for a nice decorative piece in your living space)
- Poster board (You can insert this into a frame later)
- Pinterest board (if you'd like to go digital, but I'd recommend creating a physical board)
- Markers (you may not find your exact words/phrases in the magazines, so you may have to write them out!)
- Glitter/patterned paper
Magazines or print-outs
Ask your friends or family if they have magazines lying around that you can use. You'll use these magazines to look for images and words that represent your vision for the year.
One of my friends put an "ASK" out on social media. When she went to collect the magazines, she left her business card. Super smart, kudos to her!
If there are specific images that you've seen online, print them out and bring them along with you.
Host a party!
So the best part about creating a vision board is doing it with others! It's fun and it's a great opportunity to help one another get pass roadblocks of thinking of goals or keywords and even finding images. (By the way, you'll want to set several hours aside for this party).
It also provides a chance to meet people and learn about who they are and what they do. Have everyone introduce themselves in the beginning and then present their boards at the end. (It's okay if your vision board is not completely finished by the end of the party! You may find that you want to add to it when you get home). Consider bringing a promo item or doing a raffle for a give-a-way to promote your business!
Hang it up
Lastly, when you finish your vision board, make sure you put it some place that will be visible to you EVERY DAY. Your vision belongs in front of you, not in a closet! This will help you stay focused.