Welcome back to our continuing series on goal planning. Now that you’ve set life goals and even planned out the next three months in a calendar or datebook, it’s time to have fun and create a visual reminder, it’s time to create a portable vision board.
I love vision boards. They take me back to my childhood when my sister and I would call them scrapbooks. Long before it became an industry with pretty colored papers and stamps and beautiful albums, we created scrapbooks out of photo albums. We’d cut out pictures from magazines, the Sears catalog, and the old S&H Green Stamps Catalog and then glue them onto the black pages of our scrapbooks.
That early love of our version of scrapbooking has continued to this day and is fulfilled through my love of vision boards. I keep file folders and manila envelopes of images all around my house. And I create a new vision board each year.
You may be wondering why we are creating a portable vision board and the answer is simple, it will help you through moments of distraction and temptation. A portable vision board will help you make the right choices when confronted with a decision.
Not sure whether you should buy that cute bag or save your money? Pull out your Portable Vision Board and remind yourself of your goals. I carry mine in my bag. It helps me reaffirm the paths I’ve gone down, reminds me of the next steps, and refocuses my mind on my lifetime goals as opposed to the immediate satisfaction. (Of course, sometimes that cute bag comes home with me, but not mindlessly.)
But before you start creating your vision board, it’s important to understand your learning style in order to make it a better board. Your learning style tells you whether you want to process information by hearing, seeing it, or manipulating it. And maybe it’s even a combination of both. You can find out more about your learning style by taking my Learning Style quiz.
You Will Need
- Magazines and Catalogs, maps and travel brochures, or inspiration pictures
- Markers, pens, crayons
- Washi Tape, stickers, and any other items you wish
- Gluesticks, puff makers, glitter glue
- Moleskine Japanese Art Album, pocket-sized
(The fun part starts.)
Look at those goals that you set, the monthly, yearly, three-year, five-year, and lifetime goals, and then just start finding pictures and words that fit your dreams. Many of the magazine ads even have phrasings that fit goals, but if you don’t find the exact words that you are looking for, then cut out separate words to create your own or you can use markers to write your own motivating phrase.
Remember that if you’re an auditory learner, you like words, mantras, and affirmations. So your vision board might have more words than pictures. If you’re a visual learner, you can have a combination of words and images, but will probably have more images than words.
If you’re a kinesthetic or tactile learner, then you want to manipulate your board in some way. While a portable board allows you to pull out the pages, you can also add doors or flaps over some of your goals so you have to lift or open things. Puff paint markers are great for creating words and phrases that a tactile learner might trace.
Once you have your images, take out your Moleskine album. It’s important that you open it all the way so you can understand the uniqueness of this Japanese Art journal. There are 60 pages but they are accordion style, each one is attached to the next and unfolds into one long sheet. So play with the journal a bit, get familiar with the way it folds out and determine how you will place your pictures–whether you’re going to use one side or both and which page you’re going to start from.
An auditory learner might even cut the pages out of the book and use it in a ladder style to hang up on your door or wall. Each section of the “ladder” can have words or phrases.
A visual learner might use the pages as a map or pathway to connect one goal to the next.
A kinesthetic/tactile learner will appreciate the accordion folds. Manipulating it will help this type of learner. Plus it allows for unique ways to connect one page to the next or one goal to the next.
Now it’s time to start gluing. Have fun with it. Glue in words and phrases. Use markers and crayons and glitter sticks to punctuate your images. Use puff paint to Decorate and frame with the Washi tape and other items. Fill the book in a way that makes you happy, and that makes you want to keep unfolding the pages.
Once you’re done gluing, sticking, and glittering, you need to let the journal stay out overnight. Open all the pages up so they can dry without sticking together. The next day, carefully fold your journal up. Take care to ensure creases are managed. Have a glue stick ready for any touch-ups.
One of the things I love about this Moleskine Journal is the elastic that keeps it closed. So put the elastic around your journal and drop it into your pocketbook, backpack, or briefcase. Keep it in your car, your bookbag, or in your back pocket. Try to look at it every day. It will remind you of your “whys.” Use it to help you make the right choices to keep your dreams on track.
If you’d like to learn more about Vision Boards, how they work, and even how they don’t work, then check out my book.