How to Set Goals Effectively With a Vision Board

Vision boards may seem like a wonky, far-out concept when it comes to thinking about your goals and how to achieve them.

I know for me, I had some troubling GRASPING how a vision board will even help me see what my goals are.

When I was doing research on vision boards, I often felt…well…a little lost with no direction. I mean, I know I can take a look at any magazine or picture, cut it out, and slap it on a board….but how will that help me? How is a collage really going to guide my life in the right direction?

So, with many things, let’s take a step back and try to understand what a vision board is and what it’s supposed to accomplish.

A vision board is a compilation of images and text that help inspire and motivate you to push on with your goals. Plain and simple.

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It’s a device that will help keep you positive and put the wind in your sails.

Now the hard question…how does a vision board help you accomplish your goals?

This is the part that I struggled with for a bit, so naturally I found some useful statistics:

We are visual creatures. In fact, 40% of us humans tend to respond better to visual info than plain text alone, AND we tend to retain 65% of visual information. Think about for a hot minute.

We can listen to seminars and read tons of books in our lives, and we maybe will remember bits and pieces of information. But a picture, especially a unique and well thought-out one, can stay in our minds longer and can even help us remember what the topic was about.

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With that being said, visualizing your dreams or goals requires PICTURES, especially more SPECIFIC examples demonstrating how your goal will be achieved.

For example, if you are looking to lose weight as a goal, you could have pictures of yoga poses, beautiful healthy dishes, weight-training, word-art “1lb a week”, and a rock-hard 6-ab stomach.

Secondly, you want to think about WHY you want those goals, and make sure it’s not skin-deep. What do I mean by that?

I want a WHY to be emotionally charged. For example, I want to workout and tone my body because I want to feel better and be present with my children and not miss the big moments with them.

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Need more examples of how to figure out your WHY? Read my post about how to tap into your WHY to make yourself accomplish ANYTHING.

The point is, the more pictures and word art you can display that show the process of achieving your  goal AND your why for doing it, the more you can identify, internalize, and process what it is you must do to get to that goal.

So let’s try this ( I wrote a sample in brown below each step)

Step 1: Write down your goal(s)

"I want to tighten and tone my body"

Step 2: Think about HOW you will get to that goal(s)

Think of those specific examples of how you will get to your goal of tightening and toning your body.

  • Do some weight-training
  • Do abdominal exercises
  • Move around!
  • workout before going to work
  • fun, low-impact workouts I look FORWARD to doing
  • 30 minutes or less time for working out
  • eat clean food
  • have a workout buddy
  • listen to music or meditate for inspiration
  • Feel happier, smile more

Step 3: THINK ABOUT YOUR WHY for that goal (s)

  • Be present with your children
  • Be able to travel and walk the Great Wall of China
  • Live a long life away from the hospital

STEP 4: Search for visual examples

Find visual examples of the process and add them all together in a collage-like format with your goal fully written out. Some ways to do these visual examples include Pinterest or an old-fashioned poster board with magazine clippings. You can be as creative as you like when it comes to making your board.

Here is my ever-growing personal vision board on Pinterest; check it out or click the images
for inspiration and tips 🙂

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Step 5: Add a picture of you

You are the center of this vision board; thus, you deserve the recognition and psychologically, having your wonderful visage on display is that touch of reality you need to help get these goals and processes to help YOU!

Step 6: Always keep your Board Fresh and Updated

If you find more pictures that speak to you after this exercise, throw them onto the board/edit your board to adjust to new life goals. A dream is never sedentary, and your dream board should move with you as your goals and dreams shift with every passing achievement or new life event.

And remember, dream boards are there to guide and motivate you; it’s not a burden on your life or a manifestation of your downfalls, but rather a dream-board is your roadmap to begin strategizing HOW you will reach your goals, one visual at a time.

How do you guys visualize your goals? Share and comment below!


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