A happy and prosperous 2023 to you!
This is the time when most people perform the ‘out with the old, in with the new rituals’- setting new goals and targets to reach at the end of the year. This comes with different names such as Goal setting, New Year resolution, among others.
Over the years, the way people get things done have been fine tuned and goal setting is not exempted. Now, buzz words like “Vision boarding”, “Dream boarding”, “Achievement mapping” among others have been testified to work by hugely successful people thus entering mainstream culture.
So, how can you make vision boarding work for you?
Put simply, a vision board is a visual representation of your goals. The board, typically a poster-sized visual aide, contains all kinds of images and text that represent something you’re trying to accomplish. This shows the power of visualisation, which is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance.
Now it’s time to make one.
Sit down with the intention of creating the board, and begin by clearing your mind. The vision board gives you this time of going totally blue sky, totally beyond what you would think is possible.
- Acquire several different kinds of magazines. You’ll need 3 to 5, and make sure not to buy publications you normally read.
- Go outside your comfort zone. Leaf through them, only looking at the pictures — this isn’t the time for reading. Go through each magazine once, and then go back and cut out photos you were drawn to. Anything goes!
- Lay out the pictures, and look at them from different angles— spend some time with them.
- Re-arrange their order, walk around the table looking at them. Write down potential actions based on the images — these could be life opportunities or destinations.
- Think about the qualities of life shown in the photos you chose, or actions and travel destinations you want to make happen.
Materials you’ll need;
- Any kind of board, if you’re new maybe start with a cardboard or poster board from the hardware store.
- Scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue-stick to put your board together.
- Magazines that you can cut images and quotes from. Most importantly, the stuff you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
- Time. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together. If you’re a social butterfly, invite friends over and make a party out of it.
Place the vision board at a strategic location. Somewhere, you can see it regularly because as the year runs by, the tendency to walk on by without regard to the board increases. Be disciplined to pay attention and, of course, make your board flexible enough for additions.
May this year be one filled with beautiful achievements, accomplishments, and many more positive things. Have a wonderful year ahead!
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