Vision Boards – Turning Visions Into Reality

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Let me preface this by saying I have a brief attention span. My attention span is SO short that daily I find myself walking into the pantry and standing there for a few seconds trying to figure out why I’m there before realizing with great embarrassment that where I wanted to be was the PANTRY to grab cereal for the kid’s breakfast! Oh, COME ON!

Why am I sharing this with you?

I’m sharing this with you because, in today’s day and age, it’s easy to get distracted. There are many things to reach for and think about at any given moment. From what books to read for leisure, what book to read for career growth, what new show to watch, what school to send the kids to, what types of foods I should be eating and feeding my children, what I want my house to look like, where to invest my money, what’s going to make my skin smooth, what’s the best workout for me to stay fit, to….AHHHHH….

You get the picture.

So many choices. So many options. The sky’s the limit! Yet, how do we narrow things down? How do we stay focused?

Focus is something I struggle with. Daily and sometimes hourly, I lose my train of thought and find myself completely distracted by noise from the outside world and my limitless ideas of what I should be doing. So, how do I combat the constant distractions that rip through my thoughts regularly?

Aside from making lists and outlining my goals, I stay on track with a Vision Board. A vision board, or “focus board,” is where I display visual representations and reminders of what I am trying to achieve.

Depending on what is going on in a given year, I try to have one very long-term dream or goal, one semi-achievable goal that can be accomplished within a year, and then some fitness, health, and spiritual goals. These are visual reminders of who I want to be, who I want to become, and inspiration. Now, keep in mind what inspires me may not inspire you. Likewise, what motivates me may not motivate you. I’ve seen all types of vision boards from all kinds of people. To get you started, here are some ideas:

  • Inspirational quotes or affirmations – print them, cut them, write them, paint them and post them on your vision board.
  • Vacation homes or travel destination pictures
  • Magazine articles, clippings, pictures – things that you pull inspiration from
  • Pictures of role models or people you may aspire to be
  • A home or business you may be saving to buy
  • An award you are working to achieve

If you want to increase your success rate, consider throwing a vision board party with some friends. Get together one evening or afternoon. Share your goals and spend the time getting your vision boards up and running for the first time.

Check out our recent podcast to learn more about our vision boards and why we like them!

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