Vision Boards and Goal Setting

What is a vision board? It is a collage of images (photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the internet, drawings…) and words (inspirational quotes, thoughts…) that represent your goals. Once created, it should be put somewhere you can see it every day: on the bathroom mirror, the fridge door, the nightstand….

As a coach, I use vision boards with my clients to help them to begin to figure out exactly what they want to accomplish in the next 3, 6, 9 months or year – as a visual brainstorm. After we have determined what, why and how, the vision board can act as an anchor: something to help keep their goals in mind and motivate them.

Making a vision board is a lot of fun, but in order for it to become an effective tool in helping you achieve your goals, it needs to be created with intention and purpose.You need to spend some time 1. defining your goals before you begin. I have attached a worksheet that can be used to help you identify areas of your life that may need attention. You can download it and fill it out.

Wheel of Life
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Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of Mindful Living and The Stress Institute, uses an acronym that I just love.

Serenity – Exercise – Love – Food

You can use this as an idea generator for your vision board. What do you need to take good care of your S.E.L.F.? Here’s an example to get you started:

After you have uncovered your goals, you are ready to 2. find your inspiration. Take some time to look for words and images that support them. You might find inspiration in magazines, newspapers, catalogs, wrapping paper, stickers, or online (see below). If you are so inclined, you can write or draw your own.

Once you have gathered all of your materials. you are ready to 3. map out your board.

Here's what you'll need:

  • cardboard (the bigger the better) or a cork board

  • scissors

  • glue sticks

  • markers

  • fabric or ribbons

  • washi tapes

  • and maybe glitter!

Lay out your images before you glue to make sure that they are exactly where you want them.

Once you are finished, make sure to display your vision board somewhere you will frequently see it.


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