New Year vision board
Let’s accept this; last year was the most dreadful year and also the least expected one. We all had different plans, wishes, and goals to fulfill and accomplish during this year but things don’t always go as planned, that’s just life!
However, things could have also been much worse, especially if you didn’t have a vision for the year to begin with.
As we approach the New Year, we get a chance to reset things, fill our hearts with new dreams, goals, and visions.
I have always been a huge fan of creating vision boards and if the last year taught me one single thing then it was to realize how precious and uncertain our lives are. I’ve been raised to live each day as if it were my last but haven’t always stuck by that. Now, more than ever, I see the importance of purposefully designing a life I absolutely love.
This is where vision boards come in and why I want to show you how to make a vision board for 2021
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What is a vision board?
Vision boards are the visual depictions of your dreams, goals, plans, and everything you wish to accomplish in your life.
You can set it up to cover a year, 5 years, or even 10 years. Whatever you want. Sometimes I create vision boards for each quarter of the year or for a specific area of my life.
How do vision boards work?
Vision boards can work in different ways, depending on the person. I find that vision boards work best when you separate the different areas of your life and set goals for each.
Vision board categories
Here are the common sections people use to organize their goals for their vision boards. You can use them all or just select a few.
- Personal Development
If you don’t want to separate your vision board by areas of your life, you can just find visual elements to represent whatever it is you want to happen in the upcoming year or upcoming years, as I did in the photo below.
I always love collecting pictures from different magazines that appeal to me the most and stick them onto my vision board. These images and quotes remind me daily of my ‘why’ whenever I feel unmotivated and distracted.
My vision board is like the anchor that holds the ship of my dreams from going astray in the huge waves.
If you have been thinking about creating one for yourself; this is the right time. Moreover, you can always change it even in the middle of the year if your goals and dreams change. There are no such restrictions.
It is commonly believed that we tend to achieve the things in our lives that we always visualize. If it is out of sight, it’s out of mind!!
According to Thrive Lounge, vision boards work by allowing you to manifest, or be clear on what you want, and then watching those things become reality.
Supplies for a vision board
vision board template
You don’t have to use everything on this list, but by having these items, you’ll have everything you need to create a vision board that will work for you.
How to start a vision board
Think about your life and the things you want to accomplish. You can organize this by category or be generic.
Keep these things in the forefront of your mind
Gather magazines and newspapers
Look for inspiring magazine cut-outs that fit your goals
Find motivation quotes that will keep you going when you’re ready to give up
Use your computer to create movie dialogs that you love
Search for affirmations or create some of your own
Write your goals on cute post-it notes
dig around for magazine photos of fun-filled moments you want to live by and so much more
You can totally add anything and everything that fuels your purpose and makes you live for a better tomorrow. This is what vision boards are actually for – they spark life when you hit the dead end.
What to put on a vision board
What you put on your vision board is completely up to you, there are no rules to follow. But, here are some ideas to get you started.
1. A word of the Year
Have you ever picked a “word of the year” to guide you and keep you focused no matter what you were doing throughout the year? If not, you should give it a try.
Here are some examples of words you can use for your own word of the year.
2. What you want to accomplish
There are probably several things that you want to accomplish in your life but they don’t all have to be accomplished in one year. You can pick an area of your life to focus on each year and decide what you want to achieve.
What area do you want to focus on this year?
Put that on your vision board and what you would like to see happen in that area.
Of course, you can focus on more than one area. Just decide what you would like the outcome to be in each area by the end of the year and put it on your vision board.
It’s easy to get discouraged or sidetracked while working towards something. To combat that, put words of inspiration on your vision board to keep you motivated when you really want to give up.
4. What you want to continue
Whey you make a vision board, a lot of it centers around goal setting but there is a piece that some people forget; continuing what’s already working. Remind yourself of the things you are already doing to reach your goals and what you want to continue. This will help you when you get discouraged by the new things you’re trying to attempt.
5. A Reward
You need to reward yourself for staying focused on achieving your goals. Decide what your reward will be and put that on your vision board too. It’s another source of motivation to help keep your eye on the prize.
Vision board template
All vision boards don’t have to be made using photos, although they do help a lot. You can also make a vision board using a printable vision board template.
Most vision board templates are broken down into different categories and leave you with space to write in what you want to achieve in each area. There are a few templates that also allow you to use photos of your own too.
You can try out our printable vision board template and see what you think!
Making a vision board
At this point, you’ve learned everything it takes to make a vision board and how to use it to be successful in achieving your goals. Now all you have to do is put it all together and make a vision board of your own.
Don’t worry, the process is broken down for you so you’ll know how to make a vision board the easy way.
How to make a vision board step by step
Step 1: Have a clear mindset; take a deep breath and relax
You don’t really have to stress-out while creating your vision board. Always remember; there’s no such thing as a perfect vision board or creating something magical.
If it comes from within and if it resonates with you; it’s already perfect.
Step 2: Set the mood + intention:
Light up some candles and diffuse some essential oils to make the mood for creating the aligned vision board.
I always set the intention before starting out the creation of a beautiful vision board.
Step 3: Collect all the required material:
Decide on the theme and collect all the materials that you may need to create your vision board.
Do not worry or think much in this step because you can always change the pictures later. The idea here is to get clear on how you actually want your vision board to look like.
Step 4: Assemble and decide the place:
The final step here is to assemble all the collectibles onto your vision board and finally think about someplace where you want to place it.
I would highly recommend placing it somewhere you can visualize daily.
In the end, creating a perfect vision board could be a lot more intimidating at first but with a calm and clear mindset; this process is actually a lot more fun. If the process still seems a little intimidating, you can always use one of these kits to get you started.
The power of a vision board
Setting goals is probably something you do at the start of each year. How successful have you been at reaching them.
Creating my first vision board in 2015 was a game-changer for me. I put things on there that I just wanted in general, with no clear steps as to actually make them happen. By making a vision board I was manifesting what I wanted in my life, even the far-fetched things.
Guess what, by 2016 those things had started to fall into place. I truly believe in the power of a vision board for achieving your wildest dreams and even some of your smaller ones.
I would love to hear some of the exciting ideas that you’re planning for your 2021 vision board marking it as the best year yet. Please share them in the comments below.