Kids love to do arts and crafts. They like to cut out pictures and glue them down. They like to draw and decorate. With a little encouragement, they can teach us a thing or two about creating a vision board.
What's a Vision Board
A vision board is something that you create which represents what you want most. You create it on a sheet of poster board though you could create a smaller and more portable version of anything, even a piece of paper. The idea is to find pictures which represent your goals and glue them onto your board. You can add words and even decorate it. In order for it to be effective, put it up on a wall in your office or kitchen, somewhere that you spend a lot of time. As you work throughout the day, it will serve to remind you of where you are headed in your life and encourage you to make decisions that serve you in getting there.
Just as a child grows, develops new tastes and changes their mind, a vision board is not written in stone. As we learn and grow, we may discover that there is something even better, something that is even more important to us. As such, it might be a good idea to revise (NOT compromise) your visionboard every once in a while by creating a new one.
If you save the old ones and date them, it might be fun to look back at how your vision changed over the years. If you don't have room for your old vision boards, take a picture of it with a digital camera before you discard it. How does this serve a purpose? When you go through previous incarnations of your vision board, you may be reminded of a dream that may have been important to you at one time and may have been pushed aside temporarily during periods of your life when you felt other things had higher priorities.
Where can you get the pictures from? Anywhere really. You can cut them out of magazines, newspapers and digital pictures you have taken in the past. Google Images and other similar sites have tons of pictures available for your vision board. As you walk through life, take note of things that you want when you see them. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? How do you want to feel? How much money do you want to have? Where do you want to live? Do you want to loose weight? The only criteria is that it should focus on what you do want, not what you don't want.
Be specific. The clearer your vision, the more likely you are to get what you want. If you want a new house but have yet to see the home of your dreams, at least include a house on your board. You can always replace the picture when you find the perfect house. You want to have kids? The pictures don't have to be of your kids. Can't find a picture to represent what you want? Draw it or write words.
For example, I can't begin to tell you how many times people tell me "Michael, I want more money" when I ask them what they really want. Unfortunately this is not an achievable goal because once you have more money, your goal will continue to be to have more money which you will not have. There is a huge difference between "I want $1,000,000" and "I want more money". One is achievable with an outcome that is measurable while the other is not. If you can't clearly identify a point at which you will be able to say "I did it!", a point at which you will be able to celebrate, you will never be able to achieve the results you want.
Get the whole family together for an afternoon and create your individual vision boards together. It's a fun experience for the whole family. You can even invite your friends over to join you.