We live in a world of reactivity. We react to the alarm clock in the morning, the traffic on the way to work, the food environment around us, the everyday demands of our relationships. We have to wake up early, we have to cook dinner, we have to get that project done by 5 pm. We allow our external world dictate our actions with so many have to’s that we lose the ability to to pause and ask ourselves: “Will the actions I take today bring me to where I want to be tomorrow?”
Without this great, tremendous pause, _________________________ … our lives continue as waves of obligations and responsibilities that lack passion and drive. We are left feeling drained and unfulfilled, constantly thinking about what’s next, unappreciative (even unaware) of what’s happening now. This type of idle, future-focused thinking creates the perfect recipe for anxiety, angst, and burnout.
And, this is where vision boards come in handy. Vision boards include images of everything we desire for our lives– from the car and house we want to buy to the relationships we want to cultivate. Vision boards take our minds out of the present and into the future without judgement or overwhelming demand. They ignite a new sense of purpose and direction. They remind us why we do what we do on a daily basis, and redirect misguided or faulty behavior patterns that don’t serve our greater cause. Vision boards allow us to pause our reactive nature, and refocus our actions to proactively pursue what it is we truly want from life.
So, how do you create a vision board? It’s simple. All it requires is a printer, a cork board, and time.
- Set aside 1-2 hours one weekend for your Vision Board Creation.
- Purchase a cork board that you will feel proud to hang in a place in your house where you can see it everyday. (I hung my vision board next to my bed so that it is the first thing I see in the morning and last thing I see at night.)
- Think about everything you desire for your life. Remember, everything we want in the world is attainable and no dream is too big. I divided my vision board into specific categories of: Financial and Professional Goals, Personal Development Goals, Spiritual Goals, Relationship Goals. Feel free to add any categories you’d like to your board.
- Find pictures on the Internet that match your vision. If you want to buy a house, don’t just pick out any house on the web. Find the exact house that matches your vision. The more precise, the better. Leave no detail unturned.
- Print out pictures and lay out on cork board. Arrange them according to categories. Maybe include daily mantras or prayers that will help fuel you everyday.
- Hang your vision board in a place you will visit every day. Take pride in your vision and allow it to fuel you first thing upon rising and last thing before bed.
Creating the vision board is only the first step to living the life you want. It gives us the macro-view of our life’s purpose and reminds us that each small action will either contribute to or deter us from our ultimate desires. It is a great tool to keep us motivated and proactive in our daily living. But without strategic action, these visions will just stay in our imagination.
Stay tuned for next Monday’s Motivation blog post to learn how to turn your visions into reality through strategic action and planning. If you want to learn more about vision boards, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love staying in touch with my followers and conversing all health, wellness, mind, body, and soul.