Every six months Alex and I sit down (typically with a glass of wine and our favorite Spotify station) and update our Vision Board. We make it an evening activity–perfect for a weekend when we are home. The exercise of pulling yourself out of the day-to-day and thinking about your goals and all the things you want to do, accomplish, and experience in life is exhilarating.
We use a cork board and divide it into 4 sections: Today, Current Year, 3 Years, 10 Years:
We pull various images and place them into a power point so that we can adjust the size, print them on card stock paper, cut them out, and pin them to the board. We are talking some serious arts & crafts here.
Under “TODAY” we add images and phrases of things we seek to do regularly (maybe not every day but at least every week). These are daily reminders to keep good habits, such as exercising 4 times per week, stretching, foods we want to incorporate into our diet every day, or simply to seize the day. Here are a few things on our TODAY Vision Board:
Under “2017” (or the current year) we put our goals and the things we want to accomplish this year. This includes business goals as well as personal goals. For 2017 our primary intention and goal is FOCUS. A few other things we have in 2017 include “Spend quality time with closest friends and family” and “Think Big Picture 10% of the Time.”
Now this is where it starts getting really fun: 3 Years. I believe three years is the perfect timeframe to set attainable goals that are still a reach. These are things that motivate us to take the right steps today so that in three years we will accomplish these goals. One of the things on our 3 Year section is “Move to the Mountains.”
Lastly, we have our “10 Year” vision. When we create our Vision Board we spend the most time talking about our ten year vision. 10 years is a long time when you truly think about it. All of the things that will happen between today and 10 years from now is remarkable–so much will change. I think that is why we enjoy painting that picture so much–it truly is a blank canvas. Under “10 Years” we have “Start a Farm” (which is a lifelong dream of ours). We also include things that are beyond 10 years, like “Grow Old Together” and an image of penguins because I love these animals and what they represent.
There are so many ways that you can create a Vision Board. Because we are totally Type A, we are super methodical about it. But you may be more of a free spirit and choose to pull images, sayings, and phrases that inspire you out of magazines and that have no timeframe connected to them. In my mind, there is no wrong way of doing a Vision Board. More than anything I would encourage you to take some time and layout your goals, intentions, and visions in some form that is visible and eye catching to you. Have your Vision Board somewhere you will see it everyday–even subconsciously. Ours sits on top of our dresser in our bedroom and I try to look at it daily (i.e. when I am brushing my teeth before bed).
I will leave you with this quote from Tony Robbins:
“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.”
Happy Vision Boarding!