As 2020 approaches, many of us are thinking about goals and things we'd like to accomplish in the new year. The idea of making 'resolutions' may cause some anxiety at the expectation to utterly improve yourself and your life. However, creating a vision board for your year is a sensible and fun alternative way to lay out your plans, and make those long thought of dreams come true!
What is a Vision Board and How Does it Work?
Having a vision for the future that you aim to uphold is more achievable and uplifting than setting cast iron resolutions. Setting time aside to create your vision for the year is a powerful exercise, and a vision board is one way to do that.
A vision board (sometimes called a dream board) is a collage-style visual depiction of the things that you wish to achieve. Using a combination of words and images that represent your goals, a vision board is a tool that should be placed in a prominent position in your home so that you can look at it, reflect on it, and then bring it to life. I keep mine inside my closet all year - so I look at it every day.
NOTE: Your vision board might include plans for travel, further education, career aspirations, positive affirmations, or anything that you would like for yourself in the future.
Have you heard of the law of attraction? The principle behind the law of attraction is that when we focus our minds and energy strongly on something, we can will it into reality. The law of attraction harnesses our power to visualize a goal and then make it materialize in the real world. Read more on the thesis behind it here! Creating a vision board uses the law of attraction, working to make your goals a reality.
Why is a Vision Board Important?
If someone asked you to list your top five goals for the coming year, could you list them quickly and succinctly? Would it take some time to organize your thoughts and call those goals to mind?
The creation of a vision board is an activity that allows you to do just that - think about and organize your goals, then express them in an artistic format. At the end, you have a physical and visual symbol of your goals that you can look at on a regular basis and be reminded of everything you want to achieve.
What Supplies Do You Need?
The base of your board can be a large piece of paper or cardboard in any color. If you have it, a corkboard will work as well. Here is the list of necessary supplies:
- Poster boards (Minimum size 1' x 2')
- Glue sticks (Two small or 1 large per person)
- Scissors (One per person, plus lefty scissors for lefty friends)
- Magazines (Ask guests to bring some - the more variety, the better. You can always ask a doctor's office for old magazines.)
Note: You can find almost all of these supplies at the dollar store or similar.
You can use magazines, newspapers, catalogs, or even printed images from the internet - anything from which you can cut and transfer ideas. You may also want some personal elements such as photos, tickets, memorabilia, business cards etc. Anything and everything goes!
How to Create a Vision Board
Set aside some time to work on your vision board when you won't be distracted or disturbed. Start by listing your goals, and spend some time thinking about those goals and how you could achieve them. Or, you can start by flipping through visuals like magazines - see if an image inspires something you would like to see happen for you this year.
Then comes the fun part! Lay out your large piece of poster paper, and look for visual representations of your dreams and aspirations in the magazines. Find and cut out the images that represent your goals, and arrange them on the poster board. The most important goals should have the most prominence on your board - so duplicates are completely OK if it's an important goal for you.
Add in keywords and phrases, and/or word of encouragement to yourself. Try not to overdo the number of words, so that the vision board is mostly pictures. You will be looking at this board on a regular basis, and images are quicker to take in than words.
The vision board is complete when you feel that it represents all of your dreams and goals. Choose a prominent place to display it (a place that you will look at almost every day), and you're all set!
- Personal: Career, financial, education, family, art, attitude, physical, fun, public service
- Time Range: Set a variety of time ranges for your goals - ones you can achieve this week, this month, this quarter, within 6 months, this year, and even in greater than 1 year.
- Set SMART goals: Specific, measurable (or meaningful), attainable (or action-oriented), relevant (or rewarding), time-bound (or trackable)
What is a Vision Board Party and Why Should I Have One?
A vision board party is an event organized with friends, where the goal is to each create your own vision board by the end of the party.
Friends offer inspiration and insight into our future goals, as well as fun company! It always helps to talk things out - bounce ideas off each other, offer advice, and enjoy some positive affirmation as you each plan your ideal lives.
How to Host a Vision Board Party
If you are hosting a vision board party, set aside 3 hours when your guests can come over and you can work together undisturbed. Let them know that the spirit of the evening is to think about their future goals, and everyone should come positive and open-minded.
Ask your guests to bring any and all magazines they have and any specific visual elements that they want to include in their vision board. You can provide everything else in terms of supplies (see above supply list), and set up the area where you will make the vision boards.
To make it an even more fun evening, you could also prepare a snack board and cocktails or mocktails like these:
- Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus (with pita wedges, chips, or veggie sticks)
- Cranberry, Thyme, & Brie Crostini
- Cranberry Thyme Shrub Mocktails (with sparkling water)
- Persimmon Bread
- Fresh Fruit & Veggies
- Apple Brie Crostini
- Cheese & Crackers
What Should I Bring to a Vision Board Party?
If you are attending a vision board party, ask the host if there is anything they need you to bring or would like help with. Bring magazines and the specific pieces for your board (if you have any), and of course a positive, encouraging attitude!
And if you liked this post, read all about gratitude cards here. They're the perfect thing to send your vision board party guests and to spread some new years love.