I’m a part of a Facebook group which is basically aimed at setting challenges for creative folks to keep us challenged and engaged. A new challenge is set every 2 weeks and this time it was a challenge to create a vision board. I’ve come across vision boards a few times both personally and professionally and to be honest, it’s never really interested me as it seems just a bit too much…..I don’t know; just too much!!
However, I thought well that’s the point of a challenge isn’t it? To take you out of your comfort zone and to try something new so I thought why not! Well, I had not idea where to start so top of the Google search list gave me this guidance:
Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good. You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.
2016 is (another) big year of change for us so I decided to focus on the big picture of what I want to achieve this year; what are my priorities? I couldn’t see how to do this straight to creating a board so I decided to do a little brainstorming first and split my focus into 6 different areas starting with a pen and post it note to identify what I wanted the next year to look like in each of these areas:
- Personal Growth
Some were things I wanted to achieve or focus on, other things were just words or feelings that were important to me at the moment on this topic and I found this exercise really interesting as it helped me to recognise that I did have things I wanted to achieve or retain in each of these areas.
Next was the search for things that represented each of these topics. Images, quotes, photos – anything that would help me to visualise my goals and create a sense of motivation to help me achieve each of them. This was the fun bit and I didn’t have anything specific in mind but just browsed through magazines and online and captured anything that spoke to me.
The end result is something very personal to me and I have to say I love it. Mounted simply on a framed cork board; I already find myself looking at it with a smile of my face and I already feel empowered to ensure that I meet my goals. It now sits proudly in my office / craft room where I can see it every day:
This will be a transitional exercise that I plan to revisit on an ongoing basis as my goals will change over time and will most likely even change once Bean arrives but overall I loved doing this, far more than I ever expected therefore my advice is to give it a go.
If nothing else I found just the brainstorm beneficial to force me to sit down and consider what was important to me in each of these topics. This is not only to focus my efforts but to also help me prioritise – the next year is going to be hard and busy and we only have so much time and energy to spend and this will help me remember what is important.