Vision Boards

What Changes When You Create a Vision Board

 
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If you’ve never created a vision board before, it’s probably hard to understand exactly why you’d want to go to the store, buy a million magazines, spend hours looking through them, cut out pictures of smiling models and fancy food, and then labor over a piece of poster board like a third grader trying to finish a science fair project.

Then again, you may have heard that some your friends swear by these little creations. Is it worth it?

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I’ve been creating vision boards for several years now, and after my first creation turned my life around (like full on rags to riches), I refuse to begin a year without one.

One of my blog readers recently asked me: What really changes in your life when you create a vision board? It is in fact true true, you don’t get skinnier over night, you won’t be 100% confident by morning, and no one is going to deposit extra money into your bank account. You still have to work hard for all of those results.

So why not just skip the vision board and work hard, right?

There are three things that changed dramatically when I created my first vision board. I’ve noticed that I still feel the same way every time I create a new vision board at the beginning of each New Year.

I asked what I want out of life.

Before that moment, I was taking whatever life had to offer me without making any decisions of my own. I was reacting to life. I accepted whatever came my way. I had no plan. No goals.

When my relationship wasn't working out - I simply gave more of myself, hoping that someone would choose me.

When I was rejected from every school I applied to, I gave up.

When studying for the GRE was difficult, I told myself that I was bad at standardized exams. Grad school wasn't meant for "people like me" (yeah, I actually said that).

When my friend invited me to her Vision Board Party, I only agreed to go because I didn’t really have anything else to do. But creating my first vision board, required me to ask ,and really think about the question: “What do You Want?” For the first time ever, I ignored who wanted me and what they wanted me to be and who they wanted me to become. I paid attention to the things that I wanted without any input from any other human in this world.

Answering that question was hard (because I’m a grade-A people pleaser), but answering that question gave me freedom to re-discover my desires. It helped me set meaningful goals. It gave me something to work towards. It gave me focus.

I started to believe I could actually do something about it.

My first vision board convinced me that I could accomplish something. That's it.

I set the bar really low. At that time in my life, I felt like such a failure that it would have made me super proud just to finish something I started.

But the most important thing is, that I made a choice. I was no longer waiting around to be pushed into a corner, broken up with or rejected.

I would do my best to finish… something.


I started to choose.

It was the biggest mindset shift I ever made - and that decision to start choosing for myself, is what changed my life.

To tell the truth, a vision board is not some almighty creation that instantly changes your life. It’s an enabler. It enables you to think through your desires with no input from the world around you. It enables you to be honest with yourself. It enables you to choose a life you want, instead of accepting the life expected of you. It empowers you. Dream big my friend.

xoxo

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About Chantl

Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her workbook, The Vision Board Planner, gives women a step-by-step guide to create a super effective and life-changing vision board.


5 Ways To Become A Vision Board Party Speaker

 
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The first time I spoke at a vision board party, I was the host. My palms were sweaty, I was stumbling over my words, and to be honest…. I was pretty scared. I didn’t practice as much as I should have. I was afraid that my story wouldn’t resonate with the people in my audience. I was fearful that I wouldn’t get the response I was hoping for.

I really wanted to change lives.

I had been through SO much, and had come SO far, from having absolutely nothing. I knew that if I could find a way to authentically share what I had been through with others, that they might just be inspired to work on accomplishing dreams of their own.

Becoming a vision board party speaker is easier than you think. You can always host your own vision board party. And YOU can choose to BE the speaker for the party. You have the opportunity to speak as much or as little as you want. There is no one telling you that you can't do it, no barriers in front of you….. except maybe yourself.

In this post, I am going to give you all the tools that you need to become a GREAT vision board party speaker.

HAVE A COMPELLING STORY TO TELL

Let's be honest, no one wants to hear a boring story. If you're going to tell your story….. make it an epic one!

In my story, I went from a college graduate with no job prospects, bills up to my eyeballs, suffering from depression, and honestly contemplating suicide. I was able to go back to school, get a Masters, land my dream job, triple my income, AND create a better life for myself and my daughter.

I now get to use my story to help others see that they too, can do ANYTHING that they put their minds to. I am sure that you have your own story of trial and triumph. As a speaker, it’s your job to deliver that story in a way that’s compelling enough to inspire and motivate others.

HAVE A MESSAGE TO SHARE

It's not enough to have a great story of trials and triumph.…you also need to have a takeaway that the audience can immediately apply to their vision boards AND to their life.

Having a story is NOT enough. You want your audience to walk away from listening to your story feeling like they have actionable steps to move forward and to make Real. Lasting. Change.

Say for example, you used networking to take yourself to the next level. Simply saying ‘I used networking’ is not enough to convince an audience to make a change. You want to share exactly how you did those amazing things. You want to give them step-by-step actions. If you aren’t going to give them the goods, your talk may not be worth their time, Be open. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Be very detailed about how you changed your life. Break it down so it’s easy to understand and easy to follow. If you can do that, then you’ll really be able to help your audience make long lasting changes in their lives.


TAILOR YOUR TALK TO YOUR AUDIENCE

Write down the audience that you’re speaking so that you can tailor your story to the recipient of that story. I’ll give you an example.

I have a great story about how my daughter and I worked together in order to get me accepted into grad school. I literally had my 6 year old reading me flash cards, and helping me get through definitions of big hard words in preparation for the GRE. I would give her quiet time so that I could study. And when I came home from school, super tired, she would read ME bedtime stories so she could still get her reading in and I could rest.

We were quite the team.

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However, if I’m speaking to a room of college students, that story might not really inspire them. It wouldn’t be relatable to them because the majority of them probably are not Moms, much less single Moms who are working, studying and parenting. They wouldn’t need that type of advice. They wouldn’t need motivation and influence through parenting. When you tell your story, make sure to tell THE story for the audience that you’re speaking to.

Being able to relate to the people that you’re speaking to will foster inspiration and motivation. Once you have both your story nailed down and your action plan set for the audience that you’re speaking to….. it’s time to practice.

PRACTICE

There are several things that I like to do to when I practice.

  1. I like to record my story on my phone and listen to it during walks. I listen to it during transit whenever I’m in a car, bus, train, or plane. It’s important to hear your story over and over again.

  2. Listen for the parts of the story that are SO powerful that you can't help but be engaged.

  3. Listen to the parts of the story where your mind starts to wander. Because I know that if there are parts of the story that aren’t enough to engage me as the person who is speaking, it’s definitely not going to be enough to keep my audience entertained.

  4. Finally, I tell my story over and over in the mirror so that I can practice the expressions that I want to convey during my story. I want to make sure that the experience is flawless and passionate for the person who is listening.

Practicing with yourself is great, but, to really know what works in front of an audience….you’ll have to actually get yourself in front of an audience.

SPEAK AT VISION BOARD PARTIES TO HONE YOUR CRAFT

It’s important to get yourself in front of an audience because it is the only way for you to see how people will receive your message. This is where you will see when they laugh, when they smile, when they get silent, and when the entire room is so engaged - that you could hear a pin drop.

So…. how do you get in front of an audience? How do you become a speaker at a vision board party? Here are a few good ways:

  1. You can reach out to coordinators of upcoming events and asked to be a speaker. This is pretty easy. Just do a search on Eventbright, Facebook, local newspapers or wherever else you can find local events and then send an email asking if you can speak.

  2. You can apply to be a speaker. Many events have applications that you can fill out to become an event speaker..

  3. You could host your own vision board party and make yourself the keynote speaker.

It’s very important to get in front of an audience. This can also be one of the BEST marketing tools if you want to continue speaking at vision board parties. If you do a good job, it’s likely that someone in that audience will remember your story. Their lives will be changed by crossing your path. And they’ll recommend you to others when future events come up.

A lot of the speaking engagements that I’ve gotten, are a result of speaking at a previous event. Someone who was at that event would call me up or email me and say ‘Hey, I saw that great talk that you gave and I’d love for you come and talk to my audience’.

So always make sure to put your BEST foot forward for Every. Singe. Talk. that you do, no matter how big or how small, because you never know what opportunities could follow.


Vision board parties are a great way to share your story. And it’s an amazing way to help others change their lives. By simply sharing your journey, they’ll be motivated to take action.

Share. Inspire. Change. Grow. Motivate.



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ABOUT CHANTL

Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her Sold Out Vision Board Parties online course, helps success and mindfulness coaches host profitable, effective and transformative vision board parties.

How To Make A Digital Vision Board

 
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For the past several years, I've taken time to think through my life and put focus on what I want to create next for myself. Then, I create a vision board.

What is a Vision Board? 

Vision boards are tools used to visualize the goals we want to accomplish in our lives. While it may look like a small poster board with magazines, I see it as an opportunity to take time away from everyday life to think strategically about how you want to live and who you want to become in your future. 

Your vision board is a result of that thought process. 

 

Why Create a Digital Vision Board? 

Simply, because everything is digital these days!

One important step in visualizing your future is the actual "visualizing" part. The more you can visualize your goals, the more real they will become. When you create a digital vision board, you can take it with you anywhere you go and you'll have 24-hour access to it.  A dose of inspiration anytime you need it.

 

Step One: Decide on Your Goals

Whether you're creating a paper vision board or a digital board, you have to start off with the vision that you ultimately want to accomplish. If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you create a vision board to support it?

Decide on the goal you want to accomplish first. Then think about what you want the rest of your life to look like. For example:

  • Spend more time with friends and family?

  • Focus more on self care?

  • Pursue a life long passion?

  • Take up a new hobby?

Your vision board is a blank canvas to build the life you want so you have to start with a clear idea of the goal before you get started.

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Step Two: Find Your Images

 When it comes to your vision board, images are EVERYTHING. (Yes, it’s that serious!)

Since this is a digital vision board, you won’t need any magazines! #WooHoo. Instead, find your favorite pictures and images online. Here are my favorite websites for free images:

  1. StockSnap

  2. Pixabay

  3. Pinterest

You could also do a quick google search for your favorite celebrities, fashion styles and events. No website it off limits! Since your vision board is for personal use, you can print out any pictures you want that inspire you to keep moving towards your goals.  

Step Three: Create Your Collage

 

CREATE A COLLAGE USING ANY COLLAGE SMARTPHONE APP

 PicCollage (a photo collage app available on both Apple and Android)

CREATE AN IMAGE USING CANVA

Canva is a graphic design tool for everyone. This is a super easy to use tool with built in shapes, text, graphics and plenty of templates to choose from.

 

CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD FOR IT

If you’re already a Pinterest user, this might be a simple choice for you. Create a Pinterest board with images, quotes and blog posts that support your big vision for your life.

Pro tip: If you don’t want others to have access to it, simply make your board secret so your posts will only be available to you when you need some inspiration.

Step Four: EDIT

 Now that you have all of your images, it’s time to edit it! Take a second look at each image you put on your digital vision board and ask yourself one question:

Does this fill my soul?

If you don’t look at an image and think HELL YES then it’s likely not going to keep you inspired over a long period of time. You want to maximize the affect of each image and quote on your vision board.

Take out the mildly inspiring images and replace them with images that light you up!

Step Five: Make it Your Screensaver on your phone or desktop

Once you’re all done creating your vision board, take a screenshot of it and make it the screensaver for your phone or desktop computer.

This insures that you’ll be able to see your vision board daily. See it. Breathe it. Believe it. Live it.

 

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About Chantl

Chantl founded Thrive Lounge to give women the kick in the pants they need (lovingly, of course) to uncomplicate their goals, stop making excuses, get productive and start living the life they always wanted. Her workbook, The Vision Board Planner, gives women a step-by-step guide to create a super effective and life-changing vision board.