For the last couple of years, I have created vision boards. And I’ve always ended up frustrated because they take a long time to make and in the end mean very little to me. Which means I end up putting it somewhere and forgetting about it.
And even when I do put it somewhere noticeable, I become blind to it. I forget it’s even there.
For 2020, I’ve decided to do something a little different. Instead of doing the typical vision board, I’m using my journal.
Now here a few reasons why I think using a journal might be the perfect solution for you.
Chances are, you often have your journal with you (if you don’t, try carrying it around with you and see if that helps you use it more effectively).
The other reason is that you are consistently reviewing sections in your journal (again, if you’re not, don’t lose out on this habit that makes journaling so powerful). That means you will see your vision board often and keep your goals in mind.
To create your vision board, you will need:
- A computer
- A journal
- Glue stick (or double sided tape)
- Ability to print
Now, let’s talk about the process of getting your vision board done.
1. Your Goals
It’s impossible to create an effective and powerful vision board if you do not take the time to write down your goals.
It’s January so of course everyone (or mostly everyone) has sat down to create goals. But when I say goals, I mean the end results of actions, habits, and system you will put in place so that in 3, 6, or 12 months, you end up at a place that makes you jump for joy.
I first decide what my theme for the year is going to be. Then how I want to feel in 2020. How I want to feel will determine how I live my theme, what goals I set, and how I go about making those things into reality.
For example, one of my big goals is to have a close-knit relationship to the people I love and admire. And so, the actions I plan on putting into effect are to spend one day a week getting in touch with those people.
Whether I do that with a phone call, text, email, snail mail doesn’t matter. What matters is what it means to me and what it means to them. For instance, if the relationship I want to maintain or strengthen is with my mom, e-mail means nothing to her. A text is slightly better. But a phone call or a card in the mail? I’ve hit gold with her!
I’m planning on deciding every week who I am going to reach out to and what I’m going to do during my weekly planning sessions on Sundays.
To get the life you envision, you have to be willing to put in the work. What are you willing to do? Say no to? Say yes to? Sacrifice? Take hold of to get what you want?
Know what actions you are going to take to work your rear end off to make sure it comes true and then
2. Using Google & Pinterest
I then use Google and Pinterest to find the perfect pictures that portray what I want and what I need to do.
Before I always used magazines but they are hard to get (and expensive) and I always felt like I was settling rather than finding images that made my heart sing.
With Millions…probably billions, actually…of pictures online, it’s much easier to find what you want.
I also type up in word (but you can use Canva or Picmonkey), “You are good at what you practice, so practice good things” and glue it at the end of each of my sections. This reminds me that anything good or bad in my life is usually the results of practice. If I practice good habits (such as reading to my kids at bedtime), I have the results of that. If I practice bad habits (such as being negative), I will see the results of those.
3. Personalize It
What I have found to have made the biggest difference in vision boarding is how connected I feel with the pictures. And so, I made sure to go on Facebook to download some pictures from my profile that portray what I want.
Going back to the example of wanting to be closer to friends and family, I found pictures of myself with those specific people to download and print.
Just looking at those pictures makes me want to give them a call so it’s already working. *smile*.
4. Visually Pleasing
It felt right to me to create a page for each section of my goal. I used 6 pages in total even though I only had 4 main goals. The first page was my theme for the next 12 months, and the way I wanted to feel. The next page listed my exact goals and the way I wanted to feel in each section of those goals.
You might enjoy just using two pages next to each other to create your vision. That way it feels like one big spread that you have to look at.
Once I had all the pictures and words printed, I cut them up and then arrange them in my journal before gluing them down.
To be honest, I created two vision boards in my journal. The first one, I realized did not please me visually. Not the pictures themselves but the way I had arranged them around the pages.
And so, I learned from that and ended up creating a new one. Just looking at it makes me happy.
I will keep you guys posted (through Instagram) on how this form of vision boarding is working for me and at the end of the year I will update you on the results.
Have you tried using your journal to creating a vision board? How well did that work for you? Let me know in the comments below.
Remember, you get good at what you practice so practice envisioning good things.