This post simply aims to redefine how a traditional vision board is made.
If you haven’t made a vision board for this year – I encourage you to take this as a sign to make your own. If you already have one, go ahead and review it.
A vision board has many features that define the goals and the essence of a vision board. The aim of a vision board is to implement the Law of Attraction. The phenomenon of making yearly vision boards began with the introduction of the book The Secret back in 2006. Oprah was another reason why Vision Boards became so popular.
You can call Vision Boards a bunch of baloney. Maybe you’ve tried it but you somehow still haven’t gotten your trip to Paris. But let’s take this one step further. You know that sticking pictures on chart paper is not going to make it happen without the work. So let’s dive into the work that needs to be done.
First, you need to keep in mind that your goals need to be SMART goals.
The concept of a SMART goal is not new, it’s been around since 1981 and was developed by three researchers in their academic paper.
S – Specific (What is the goal ? What is your action plan to achieve that goal?)
M – Measurable (How will you stay on track? How will you measure your progress?)
A – Attainable (What tools do you have to reach the goal? What else do you need?)
R – Realistic – (Is the goal you have set realistic?)
T – Timeline ( What is the timeline to execute your action plan?)
Before you go jotting down a list of goals you want to achieve, such as buying a 5 bedroom apartment and getting six-pack abs by Christmas, you need to see if your goals qualify as a SMART goals. If they don’t, you need to redefine your goal.
Secondly, understanding why you want to achieve your goal is important. Why do you want to do it ? Look at how your goal will pan out in the next 6 months and the year ahead.
Why do you actually want to start a Youtube channel? Are you starting a Youtube channel this year because you are passionate about something you want to share? Or because everyone jumped on the trend ?
Now comes the four steps to making your vision board.
1) List out all your goals
No matter how random, no matter how ambitious, no matter how crazy they seem, just list down everything you have thought of achieving or wanting to accomplish this year.
If you want to learn to dance ballet and also read 52 books this year. Put it on the list. Don’t limit yourself just yet.
2) Filtering it out
Here you need to filter out your list and thin out the herd. Pick up each goal on your list and run it through these two questions.
- Is it a SMART goal? ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely?)
- Why do you want to do this?
If your answer to both these questions is not definitive, not strong enough or does not hold up – you simply need to take your pen and cut it out.
That’s right – you simply need to remove this goal from your list.
Cut it out. Delete it. Devote your energy to something else.
3) Making the vision board ( + template ideas)
Now comes the fun part. Making the vision board. You can choose to go digital this year and put your vision board as your phone wallpaper.
One thing to keep in mind is that this vision board needs to be in two parts. One is the visual aspect – pictures and visuals describing what your goals are going to look like. The second aspect is the textual part – actually typing/writing the goal, with specific data points.
Goal: To become fit
A goal without a plan is just a wishAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
Now that your goals are in place. Plan it out.
Plan out the steps you will take, the habits you need to build and the routine you will need to implement.
Canva has some great templates to help you get started: