“A dream without a plan is just a wish.”
Here at Imagine Media, we know what it’s like to be multi-passionate and have hundreds of ideas and goals. Imagineers are big fans of using vision boards to execute our goals in real life, and we even make them during our yearly retreat! If you don’t know what a vision board is, don’t worry. We’re breaking down the basics of how to envision and create the life you want.
Contrary to popular belief, vision boards aren’t just random images thrown together onto a board that represent your favorite colors and clothing pieces. Vision boards are collections of photographs and quotes that embody who you want to be and where you want to go in life.
You can make yours digitally or by hand depending on your personal preference, but we recommend placing it somewhere you’re definitely going to see it multiple times throughout the day. Whether this means making it your laptop’s wallpaper, your phone’s screen saver or just having it as a Pinterest board, make sure you constantly catch a glimpse of it to help you stay motivated and remind you of the goals you’re working toward.
Science proves that the act of visualizing your dreams and goals actually helps you achieve them. That being said, we don’t want you to create a vision board and forget about it a week later. We want you to actually use your vision board and allow it to work for you. With that in mind, it’s not only important to take the time to create your vision board. You should also engage with it every single day.
Curating your goals
Defining and curating your exact goals will give you specific things to work toward and allow you to create action items to achieve them.
We suggest getting extremely detailed and specific with your goals. For example, if you wanted to save up for a brand new car, you should envision the exact car make, model, year and color of the car you want. Articulating concrete items and goals rather than intangible things will motivate you more in the long run! The main goal is to set yourself up to win in little ways.
How to create a vision board
Now that you know all about the purpose of vision boards, it’s time to get creative! First, you need to decide if a digital or physical board will work best for you. If you spend a lot of time on your computer like us, you might want to opt for a digital vision board. We also understand not everyone is tech-savvy, so creating a physical vision board is also a great method for manifesting your goals and dreams.
The next step is to find the actual images. As we mentioned before, you need to get extremely specific with what you’re putting on your vision board. Look for photos or items that will motivate you to get to the end goal. Quotes are also a great addition to vision boards because they spark inspiration to continue to work hard or help remind you want you’re striving for.
When putting together your photos, items and quotes, you can organize your vision board in different ways. You can separate items into different sections or simply place things however you think looks best. Remember, you should be looking at this every day, so make sure your vision board is aesthetically pleasing for you.
Like we said before, we don’t want you to spend time and energy creating a vision board if you’re going to forget about it a week later. The purpose of this exercise is to keep you working towards your goals and dreams, therefore staying accountable is key.
Make sure you’re completing the action items you have created from the vision board and keep track of your progress. You can do this by removing accomplished things from your vision board and replacing them with others or simply crossing them off with a marker. You could also keep a journal or note on your phone to reflect on your vision board. Whatever works best for you is what will be most effective, but make sure you stay accountable. If needed, enlist the help of a friend or colleague and have them check up on your progress periodically.
Need some inspiration? Check out some of the vision boards we made.
Story By: Alondra Santillan