5 Things To Do BEFORE You Make a Vision Board

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In the past three years, I've kinda become a pro at creating a vision board that works. Seriously, no matter how much my life sucks and how big and unrealistic my vision is, every single vision board I've created has pushed me to make the impossible possible in my life, like, Olivia-Pope-style. (Yup, I am totally a goal-gladiator. #truth)

I know, it's hard to believe that a tiny board with some magazines clippings on it has so much power, but the truth is that it works because of HOW I created it. I didn't just slap some pictures of Oprah on a poster board and call it a day.... I spent weeks reflecting internally about what I wanted and then combed through magazines tossing out anything that didn't literally SPEAK VOLUMES to my soul. 

The entire process takes weeks... and each time, it's totally worth it. 

Here are the five things you should do BEFORE you even begin creating your vision board:

 

Reflect on what you've already accomplished this year.

A lot of things happen over the course of 1 year. Seriously, if you consider the Twitterverse, a lot of things happen over the course of 1 day. (In any 30-minute span, you could see public outrage over some company's insensitive+non-inclusive ad followed by excitement over the latest zoo animal to have a baby which quickly gets upstaged by a Kardashian being, well, a Kardashian.)

Taking account of your successes will help you understand what you need to build on. 
— Thrive Lounge

Take a moment to reflect on what has happened in your life in the past year. What did you accomplish? What did you try and fail at? What did you do that made you proud this year? 

Taking account of your successes will help you understand what you need to build on. 

 

 

 

Think about the direction you want to take your life next.

In 2015, I set a goal to learn about data science. Once I learned about data science, I was able to set a new goal to get a data science job the following year.

Each step that you will take can build on your past success as well, if you want it to.  Once you're clear on where you've been, you can be responsible for where you're going and set goals that will help you get there.

 

What Do You Want To Change?

No matter who you are, where you are or how successful you are, everyone knows at least ONE THING they want to change about themselves. Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe you have a successful business and a ton of money, but you want to build your family relationships more. Maybe life is mostly good but you really want to strengthen your marriage. 

The things you are unhappy with are the key to determining where you want to go next. Once you understand exactly what you want to change, you can do the real work figuring out HOW you will change it. 

 

What Would You Do Differently... If There Was Nothing Holding You Back?

I know what you're thinking... what do you want to change and what would you do differently are pretty much the same thing! (I swear they are not! 😃)

Often, we find ourselves in an unusual position where we have something that we want to change, but there's nothing we can really do about it. 

For a quick example, I REALLY REALLY want to pay off my student loan debt, but I also REALLY REALLY don't have $40K to make it rain on the Department of Education. I do make a nice drizzle every month, but I'd certainly pay them off in full if I could. 

Most people have at least one thing that ties them to something they don't particularly want in their life like your spouse's job may keep you in a certain area, your children's daycare costs may keep you from saving as much as you want or aging parents consume your free time so you can't start that business you've been thinking about. 

Think about what you would do if none of those barriers were holding you back from living the life you want today. 

 

Be clear on your next BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).

Having a goal in mind BEFORE you start clipping cute quotes and pictures out of inspirational magazines is crucial to creating a vision board that serves your purpose. 

Your goal could be...

  • Taking a Chance To Build On Your Past Success
  • Changing Something In Your Life That's Making Your Unhappy Right Now
  • Finding A Way To Eliminate (or get around) The Barriers Holding You Back From Living The Life You Want

ONLY when you have a clearly defined goal can you be strategic about finding the visuals to put on your vision board to serve that goal. 

You vision board CAN transform your life, but it's your job to build the transformation you want to see.  

Create A Vision Board That Works

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