Confession – sometimes people will tell me their name and I will forget their name as soon as they say it. It’s the worst. Sometimes my attention span is equivalent to the attention span of a gnat. I have to really work on my focus sometimes. Which leads me into creating a vision board.
When I first started my business two years ago,
I was all over the place trying to do everything all at once. I’d dream of the day that I’d be able to purchase a beach house (and believe me, that is still a ways out!) and pay cash for my son’s private school and his college or trade school of choice. My husband and I dream about retiring early, etc.
It was when we created a vision board that is literally hanging on the wall next to my desk that we were able to better focus our business and intentions and create success.
Here’s the deal.
Your healthy lifestyle does not begin and end in the gym and what you put down your throat (aka – food). This lifestyle that you are pursuing is absolutely everything that you intake into your body.
This includes the pictures you look at, the shows you watch, the people you hang around with… Feed your physical body but also your spiritual body with wholesome and positive things.
What’s on My Vision Board?
My/our vision board has the mission statement, it has quarterly goals, and it has a brief description of my avatar (aka – the women I’m trying to reach). It also has Bible verses, pictures of awesome places I want to go, a picture of Meals for Mozi, pictures of my family, etc. It keeps me focused and it’s super easy to create.
Creating a Vision Board Step #1 – Do a Brain Dump
This is where you are going to literally dump out all these ideas in your head and these goals you want to meet, and places you want to see, and financial goals you have, etc. all down on a sheet of paper.
Dream big and write it ALL down and I do mean everything. Set a timer for 30 minutes and allow your mind to wander.
You’re probably like, 30 minutes? Where do I have 30 minutes in my day? Believe me, mama, it’s there. If there isn’t 30 minutes, make 30 minutes.
Doing the brain dump is vital to making a vision board that lines right up with what you’re looking to achieve
Once you have this giant sheet, I want you to narrow it down and combine goals, and see what works together. Streamline this giant list into things that you can clearly see and it has focus.
So, again, focus, focus, and focus some more. Narrow it down by aligning and streamlining; bringing it down to your top 5-10.
Tip- these 5-10 should be a mix of short-term goals (a few months – 3 years) medium term goals (4-7 years) and long term goals (8+ years). That way, when you reach your short-term goals, you can take them down and put them in a save box and put up some other short term goals. But more on that in a bit.
Creating a Vision Board Step #2 – Find Photos that Represent your Goals
Once you have your list finalized and focused, here is where you start thinking of pictures to use.
Let’s say that you have baby weight that you want to lose. Print out a picture of a gal that inspires you and put it on your vision board.
Listen to me, this part is important:
Don’t and please, for the love of protein powder, do NOT print out a picture of a girl that makes you feel bad about your body. This picture should be inspirational.
If this picture makes you not want to eat, do. Not. Print. It. Out. Okay?
Another example is,
If you tend to feel overwhelmed, print out an example of a calendar that helps you stay focused on the important things and use that format each and every week while you are planning your week of workouts, food, work schedule, kids and hubby schedule, etc.
Find some quote or verses that inspire you and print them out to put on there to keep your mind in the right head space.
Have photos of your family on the board as well. Because, they and you, are why you’re going after these goals.
You want your vision board to be full, but not so full that you no longer have focus.
Below you will see my vision board. It’s full, but not so full that I can’t tell what I’m going after.
Creating a Vision Board Step #3 – Put it Somewhere Conspicuous to You
Lastly, put this board somewhere where you will see it every single day. Put it by your home office desk, put it in your closet where you will see it as you get dressed, or in your bathroom where you will see it while you’re getting ready.
Put it where you will not only see it every single day; you will see it several times today. Focus your mind and your energy on what is important. And, according to what you wrote down and narrowed down in your brain dump, this is what is important to you.
Remember, it’s not going to be some great piece of art, but don’t be afraid to hang it in your house. Sometimes people don’t understand a vision board or might make fun of a vision board; but the people that matter do. So, don’t stress about if it “doesn’t go with your motif”.
That is quite literally all there is to it. It does not have to be a hard process or even a long process.
You don’t even have to be crafty to make a killer vision board! Believe me, I am the least crafty person alive and I created a vision board that means a lot to me.
Other people may not know what it means, but I do, and my husband does and THAT is what matters.
As you reach your goals, either take those photos down and put them in a special box of memories or move them to the side of the board and highlight them as “achieved” or “accomplished”. This helps you see how far you have come.
One last tip –
when you’re creating this board, do not be afraid to write down exactly what you’re wanting to accomplish. Don’t be embarrassed. This is not about anybody else but you and your family and what you feel you’re being called to accomplish.
Write every single bit of it down and then make your board with pride. You’ve totally got this. When you make your vision board, tag me on Instagram as I’d LOVE to see them!