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Last Updated on January 19, 2021

6 Amazing Vision Board Ideas To Help You Achieve Your Goals

6 Amazing Vision Board Ideas To Help You Achieve Your Goals

It can take a lot of critical thinking and reflection to capture great dreams, visions and set ambitious goals for your life. Achieving these goals, however, will require more than just hard work and determination.

You need the whole of your mind to cooperate with you to achieve your goals. This is why vision boards are essential – using imageries you can relate with to prepare your subconscious mind for action.

In this article, you’ll find some vision board ideas that can help you visualize your dreams and goals for different areas of your life.

What Exactly Is a Vision Board?

A vision board is the image of your future. A tangible representation of where you are going.[1]

Vision board is a visual representation of the dreams and goals that you aim to achieve. It is a collage of images and texts meant to stimulate your imagination and make you visualize your goals.

One of the main reasons why having a vision board is important is that it gives you a daily reminder about your goals and dreams. In addition, by placing the ‘images of your ideal future’ before you daily, you will find the right emotion, motivation, and energy to pursue and achieve your dreams.

Another reason why making a vision board is good for you is that it forces you to think clearly about what you want for your future. This keeps you focused as you make choices about what your pursuits would be.

Vision boards also help you to get your mind ready to take action whenever an opportunity presents itself for the accomplishment of your goals. Because you have consistently fed your mind with visual information about something, your mind will notify you when it comes in contact with any related opportunity. It will also stimulate you to take action. Therefore, you can train your mind to identify opportunities with vision boards.

5 Steps to Creating a Vision Board

In order to create a vision board that will resonate with your personal dreams and vision and drives you towards their accomplishment, you can take the following steps:

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1. Reflect and Write out Your Dreams and Goals

What are the things that are most important to you? What are the big goals of your life? What would you like to accomplish in the next year, three years, or five years? What are those things you wish to accomplish in your lifetime?

Think about these things and write them down.

2. Collect Relevant Images to Your Goals

After writing down your goals, it’s time to visualize them.

Begin to collect relevant images of people, places, objects, texts, quotes, and even your own pictures that represent the images of your mind. You can cut out some sections of a magazine or find images on the internet.

Type a search query on platforms like Pinterest, it will return loads of images that are relevant to your search.

3. Make a Collage from Your Collections

Assemble what you’ve got and then make a collage from them. Arrange them in a way that each of the items can be seen easily. You can place them on plane papers, cardboards, poster boards, etc.

4. Personalize Your Vision Board

Add your own words to your vision board, you can use markers, paints, stickers, quote cards, or your computer, etc. to add words to those images in a way that will inspire you.

5. Display Your Vision Board

Display your vision board where you can get to see it every day. Place it in your bedroom, office space or any other place that is conspicuous.

Vision Board Ideas for Achieving Your Goals

To become truly successful in life, the key areas of your life must be put into consideration. Therefore, when making your vision board, create different columns for your different aspects of life:

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  • Physical health
  • Family life and relationships
  • Work and career prosperity
  • Wealth and money satisfaction
  • Spiritual wellness
  • Mental strength

If you have space, you can also have separate vision boards for each of these key areas so that your vision board will not become cumbersome.

Below are some tips for creating vision boards for each of those areas I have mentioned. Sample images sourced from Pinterest are also provided for illustration purposes.

Physical Health

You have to keep fit, happy and healthy and exude optimum physical energy to face daily demands. This is something you can put on your vision board to remind yourself every day.

For example, if you are aiming to trim down, you can find images of your ideal shape and size; this could be someone else you admire; a model, athlete, a weight loss success story or any other figure that represents what you desire.

If there are certain foods that you think you want to incorporate into your diet to stay healthy, look for those images. You can also find some quotes about healthy living and make a collage from your collection and place them on your vision board.

    Family & Relationships Fulfillment

    You have to be deliberate about enjoying peace, harmony, and happiness in your family and relationships. Therefore, feed your mind with daily inspirational images to shape your thoughts, behavior, and approaches in your family life.

    Start by writing out what you want for your family and relationships. This might be related to living in a home of your dream, or you and your partner escaping to some islands for vacation. They can also be in the form of words affirming your love for your spouse and your commitment to your marriage or raising your children in a certain way.

    Look for images, quotes or write out your own thoughts on cards and make a collage with them.

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      Work & Career Prosperity

      Whether it is getting your desired job, climbing the career ladder or simply boosting your paycheck, you can find images like the ones below and arrange them on your vision board to inspire yourself to action.

      You can also look for images of the kind of companies you want to work for, or an individual who currently have a similar portfolio like the one desire to have and put them on your vision board.

        Wealth & Money Satisfaction

        A vision board can help you to manifest wealth and money satisfaction. This can be achieved by using images and words that can inspire you to make more money, save more and invest more.

        The goal will be to have enough money to take care of all that you’ll ever need and still have extra. As you look at these images every day, you will find inspiration and ideas to make it work.

          Spiritual Wellness

          To keep your spirit and soul sound, you need to fill your mind with daily inspiration that will keep you happy and fulfilled.

          Collect images that speak to the kind of spiritual experience that you desire, make them into a collage and place them or your vision board like the ones below.

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            Mental Strength

            Achieving your goals requires a high level of mental alertness, motivation, and resilience. You need to keep your mind in a state that it can withstand the pressures that come from work, family, and society.

            Collect images of personal affirmation, encouragement, and motivation to keep your head above the waters.

              Going Digital with Vision Boards

              Making vision boards for different areas of your life might require space and time that you might not have. However, with digital vision boards, you can create as many as you like and access them on the go on your computer and mobile devices.

              To create a digital vision board, you can use online tools like Pinterest, Canva, or the tools available on your computer such as Paint to make a collage. To cut and save pictures online, use the Snipping Tool (or Grab if you use Mac).

              Once you have made your vision board, you can then set it as your homescreen, screen saver or put it on a slideshow to display when your computer is idle.

              The Bottom Line

              You will get the most from vision boards when you determine to put in the efforts required to attain your goals. Study confirms that people who visualize themselves carrying out the requirements for achieving their goals have more chances to succeed than people who visualized themselves getting the goals.[2] So, incorporate more actionable images and words on your vision boards!

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              Featured photo credit: Estée Janssens via unsplash.com

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              9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

              9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

              Having a dream and being a dreamer are two different mindsets. Dreamers are drifters just floating through life with no real plans. One who has a dream, is a doer on the path towards achieving their goal.

              Once you decide to remove your head from the clouds, tackle the obstacles that faceyou, and organize a plan of attack, you become a doer. If you are ready to put in the work, here are 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing.

              1. Accept responsibility for your own actions

              “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

              It is the most unattractive thing to hear someone constantly wine and complain about their life. Especially when they blame the world for their problems. The whole universe is probably against you, does not care about you, and will deceive you. This does not make any actions, or lack there of, on your behalf their fault. Say this statement out loud, “I am in control of my behavior and choose how to react to circumstances.” Say it everyday. Nothing is more true than that statement.

              You can, and need, to start actively controlling your thoughts and emotions. Learn to control your rage when you are angry. When a negative thought slips in, push it right back out. This takes practice because we have been programmed by our environment to behave and think in certain ways. Fight to change your negativity, or you will remain a bitter and miserable person. Use your aggression in a positive way by working out, or put it into your work.

              2. Give and receive love and forgiveness

              “Learn how to fill your day with POSITIVITY. Think of how your ideas CAN work, not how it won’t work.” -Steve Harvey

              Once you harness your inner power of controlling your thoughts and emotions, it is time to start focusing on positivity. The best way to start is by accepting others and forgiving the people who have caused you pain. Giving love and forgiveness really isn’t about giving at all. It is about you healing by letting go of negative relationships. If these people really love and care about you, they will fight for you. If you walk away and never hear from them again, you know they never cared, so why should you? Your grudges make you focus on people who do not deserve your time or attention. Anger leaves you feeling irrational, depressed, deceived, sad, regretful, and lonely. Learning to truly forgive those who hurt you will lift a thousand pounds of burden off your shoulders. You will free your mind and be able to start working on your dream.

              3. Accept yourself

              “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

              Now that you are focusing on living a positive life, it is time to look in the mirror and love what you see. Physically and mentally. No one is perfect. It is time to accept that you will never be what society expects you to be. Follow your intuitions. Do not let someone else dictate your life. That only leads to a boring, predictable, miserable, and mediocre life. Do what makes you happy instead of just dreaming about it. Love yourself flaws and all.

              4. Choose who you surround yourself with wisely

              “We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”

              This journey will end many relationships in your life. The people who are not supportive, who are negative, and who use you, need to go! At first you may feel lonely and insecure. If you focus on you instead of them, these feelings will go away. It is time to move on. It is time to let go. The ones who truly care about you, respect you, and accept you for who you really are will stay. They will support you throughout your journey. These relationships will become more valuable to you than ever before. If you have given your all to a relationship, and they do not give back, stop chasing after them the next time they leave. You will thank yourself in the long run.

              5. Learn to ignore the negativity from others

              “I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

              Now that you are starting on your journey, you will have people who will try their best to pull you down. That’s why the steps above are necessary to complete before starting. If you have prepared yourself for the haters, you will be able to rise above. It is easier to criticize others than work on yourself. Knowing this gives you peace about where you are in life and where they are. You are obviously ahead, even if it doesn’t look like it to others. Keep moving on and let them talk.

              6. Carefully layout your plans

              “Failure is not the opposite of success, inaction is.” -Rois Liano

              Freeing your mind from your emotional baggage gives you room to focus on your dreams. Now that you have a clear picture, it is time to take action. To be a doer, you need a game plan. Write your end goal at the top of a sheet of paper. Below, write out the steps you plan to take to get there in an organized, realistic fashion. Say your goal is to become a nurse. Your first step should probably be volunteering at your local hospital to see if you would really enjoy it. Next maybe list the schools you are interested in applying to. The third step could be to gather your necessary paperwork to apply to colleges. See what I am doing here? The sum of all the little tasks you do equals your goal. Lay it out in daily, weekly, monthly tasks that will get you closer to your dream.

              7. Do SOMETHING, ANYTHING

              “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

              Many people will get to step 6 and stop. Your plan does not come to fruition magically. You have to now take action to get yourself there. So start researching, traveling, volunteering, writing, calling, interviewing, working out, or whatever opportunity you can find to get you moving forward. You may have to take on many different hats to get you there. Start where you can, do whatever you can, this is where the physical work begins.

              8. Embrace failures and detours along the way

              “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

              We all have epic failures in life. It is time to stop viewing these failures as an end all. Failure is an inevitable part of success. Ask any highly successful person if they’ve ever failed, and they will tell you they have 100 times. Failure only means to try a different way. Start viewing failures as a positive experience. How can we learn without failing? Failures result from trying. People who avoid failures at all costs are content with a mediocre life. We are not these people. We want true happiness and inner peace. I remember going to work in a past career and absolutely dreading it. I now think about work and feel peaceful and happy. It’s still hard work, it’s just work that I am passionate about.

              As you begin the journey of pursuing your dream, it may change a little, or a lot, along the way. Your passion is already programmed inside you. Uncover your God-given gift through this process and keep moving forward no matter what may come.

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              9. Network and use resources to your advantage

              “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” -Chris Grosser

              You will realize, eventually, that you need others to help you get to your goal. Whether it is in absorbing information and experience from them, or getting recognized for your talent. Look online for good informative websites, look for classes or lectures where you can learn and connect with others. Drop the pride and shamelessly promote yourself with your work and/or knowledge. Whatever you can find, whoever will help, take it seriously. Opening one door can lead to many more opportunities.

              Start at step one. Do not pass go and do not collect $200. If you commit to these 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing, you are facing your fears head on and taking a leap of faith. Congratulations, your life will now truly begin. Please note this will be hard and sometimes not fun. Stay focused, but don’t forget to take time to clear your mind and relax along the way. I hope you now feel inspired to step out of your comfort zone, and risk being happy.

              “Dreams are like floating down a lazy river. The path to success is like riding a roller coaster. Find the courage to get on the roller coaster, and stay on the ride until you puke.” -Margaux Daughtry

              Featured photo credit: Artem Bryzgalov via unsplash.com

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