At the start of the new year, I posted my thoughts on the past decade. While much has occurred, there is one thing that remains consistent. For the past ten years, maybe even fifteen, I have started my year by doing a vision board. My vision boards have served as a source of motivation and direction. So, I did the same for 2020. I am pleased to say that one of my college classmates and fashionista, Carol Anthony, joined me in the process, and we kicked off our vision board session with a Texas-inspired brunch and tons of discussion about what the year would hold. These are my top five tips on making a vision board.
- Spend time reflecting. What’s the saying, “In order to know where you are going, you must know where you have been.” Usually, in mid-December, I start shifting my mindset from closing out the year to planning for the new one. Because of my vision board, I am able to assess my progress. I journal what happened, what didn’t happen, and why. The reflection process is my time to hold me accountable for my successes and misses for the year.
- Set goals that help maintain balance and peace in your life. If all your effort goes towards one goal, there is a chance that other areas in your life might become neglected. Please don’t get me wrong. There are times, like when I was in grad school, where all our energy was focused on just one thing. However, our lives are meant to be lived with a sense of balance and purpose. For this reason, I divide my vision board into quadrants. Each square is devoted to an area in my life that I would like to see change. These are examples of what I’ve focused on in the past – finances, relationships, career, and spirituality.
- Make it colorful. Because we want our futures to be bright, I tend to fill my board with imagery that is vibrant and channels the positive energy that I need to get me through the year. For this reason, I start collecting magazines around October to be used for my board. I also get creative by using paints, markers, and stencils to share my thoughts for the future artistically.
- Think big. Since only we can say where we plan on putting our efforts, put in your mind that you will use these next 365 to do BIG things. Don’t cheat yourself out of your greatness by setting your goals too low. Since its your vision, go BIG with it. For example, instead of setting a goal of just losing weight, commit to living a healthy lifestyle that will enable you to achieve your weight loss goal while also creating habits that enhance your overall health and wellness.
- Keep it in front of you. Now that you have a board that inspires and directs you for the year don’t hide it away. Hang your vision board in a place that you will look at on a frequent basis. A tip that I saw from a lifestyle blogger was to take a picture of your vision board, so you can carry the image with you.
Here’s to an awesome 2020 to kick-off the decade. Happy vision boarding!!!!