Join us for our three-part series where we will dive into the importance of valuing your vision in your business and life decisions.  Did you miss part one? Check it out here.

Find Your Purpose

In the same way that your vision and mission statements should be your ruler and guide for everything your business does, your life statement should be the measuring stick against which you determine your path. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how powerful your “yes” is. Every time you say yes to one thing, you are potentially saying no to many other things.  There will probably be many opportunities available to fill your time, from volunteering at the local animal shelter to take a class for self-improvement. How do you decide the best course of action for your very valuable time? One way is a vision board.

How Do You Craft Your Vision Board?

A vision board is a great way to visually organize your thoughts about where you are and where you want to head. It can be done for almost any age, starting in early elementary all the way through retirement. It is a great way to add more mindfulness to your life and can help you be more intentional in your choices. Let’s go through a simple 4 step process on creating a vision board, but remember, there is no right or wrong way, it is whatever works for you!

Vision Board Step 1

Identify 3-6 areas of your life that are important to you. One way to get started is to think through your week and see where you spend your time. Is it at work? Do you volunteer in your kid’s classroom? Do you spend time playing board games as a family? Do you go to church or meditate? Write down each of these on a piece of paper and write down how satisfied you are with each area.

Then think through what isn’t on the list that you want to be there. Do you want to make more time for health and wellness, but it hasn’t been a priority yet? Are you always telling yourself that you would like to take up a hobby but haven’t found the time? Add these categories to your paper too and write how satisfied you are with each of these areas.

Vision Board Step 2

Now that you have identified areas of your life that you spend your time on and the areas that you want to spend more time on, write out a sentence about what the ideal version of that goal or area would be. It can include real measurable goals, like working out 4 times a week or abstract goals, like improve my self-talk.

Vision Board Step 3

You can create a digital or a physical vision board, but I think a physical one works best. Something that you can have out as a reminder every time you pass it. Gather images that represent each of your goals. They can be things you print out from online or images you cut out of magazines, newspapers, or anywhere else you find inspiration!

Divide your poster or digital space into the same number of categories as you have goals and begin to create your collage. There is no right or wrong to this part either! Fill the space or keep it minimal! You can use words or images to enhance your creation.

Vision Board Step 4

Hang your creation somewhere that will bring you inspiration. When you need the motivation to keep working on a project or the strength to say no to something that doesn’t meet your intentional goals, refer back to your vision board and keep valuing yourself!