Vision Boards: A Short Guide

A vision board is a visual manifestation of personal goals, a source of motivation. What one envisions their life being like, either short or long term.

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Remember Vision boards? Well here’s a guide on how to make one. Yes, it’s over due, but I had to test it. The theory was convincing, but I had to make sure it was solid. That said, I’ll be giving tips from personal experience along the way.

There are two options when it comes to making Vision Boards. I tried out both versions. However, I still cannot pick between the two.

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  1. An Online Board: Yes you guessed it, Pinterest! It’s the platform best suited for this. There’s such a wide variety of images, imagination runs wild. It’s easy to update if something comes to mind. The only problem was remembering to log in every day. Otherwise, great!
  2. D.I.Y Board: This would appeal to one’s artsy side. Sitting down with scissors,tape, paper and glue was reminiscent of my childhood. I then hung it in my wardrobe. Seeing it daily made it sink in. It was a pretty time consuming task , gathering supplies and pictures. Despite this, I had fun.

That was the easy part. The next phase is figuring out what to put on your board. A vision board is akin to a fingerprint. No two are alike, although the thought processes are similar. Here are a few tips:

  • Think about realistic, attainable goals.
  • Distinguish between Long term (Your first car) and Short-term goals ( Save K1,200 by the end of the year i.e K100 p.m).
  • Next, figure out what steps you need to take, to achieve these goals. You can write these on the board as little notes. Using the Online version, you can add notes beneath the images.
  • Motivation is key. Adding quotes, verses or pictures of role models keeps your spirits up.
  • The pictures are vital. Choose those which at a glance; inspire you to be better, achieve more and remind you of what you really want.
  • Look at it daily. Remember the logic? You’ll subconsciously work towards your goals. Opportunities will be apparent, as you are actively keeping an eye out.
  • Keep it private. Nobody can discourage you from doing something, when they don’t know about it.
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Pretty straightforward right? I wouldn’t blame you for being skeptical. I was doubtful too. However, I realized I had done things that are building up to my big picture.

  1. Developed a saving culture.
  2. Joined an association at my University. Which has given me access to student workshops. I’m shy, so this was a challenge.
  3. Learned to cook with honey and pineapple! Yes, it was a serious goal.
  4. Started an almost daily Yoga practice.

The main thing to keep in mind is that your Vision Board, is yours. It may be self -improvement, career-oriented or even academic. This tool is subject to your imagination and needs.

We’re on the brink of a new decade. There probably won’t be a more opportune time try this out. Remember, patience with yourself is key. Work at your own pace and you will get there.


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