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January 8th is National Vision Board Day.
Vision boards are very useful in helping people to stay focused on a particular goal or event. They can be large or small, updated regularly or not so regularly, and be related to just about anything in the world.
The beginning of the year is often a good time to make a vision board to help define your goals for the short-term or the long term.
Why would I use a vision board?
A vision board serves as a physical and visual reminder of what you are trying to achieve. You might have an important event coming up that you can’t stop thinking about, but seeing things on a board can help you to focus on certain aspects of it. You can organize the vision board in whichever way you like, and it doesn’t have to be specifically for short-term or long-term goals either. You might want to create mini vision boards for your short-term goals and then larger boards for the goals you want to achieve in the longer term.
How can I make a vision board?
Let’s imagine you have an important event coming up, such as an interview or audition, and you’re struggling to stay focused and work hard in order to achieve your goal. For example, if you were auditioning for an orchestra, you could create a board with images of the people you look up to as role models, reasons why you want to get the role or position, and other reminders and memories of things related to it.
A vision board doesn’t have to be fancy and attractive – it can be for your eyes only and therefore you won’t feel the need to impress others as you are creating it. Get a large canvas, piece of cardboard, or wood, and start decorating it and adding things that you think are relevant. You can even create a digital vision board if that feels better to you.
What type of things can I put on my vision board?
The type of things that go on the board will vary depending on what you have chosen to focus on. If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, you might want to include old photographs of how you used to look or current photographs to remind yourself to keep trying to achieve the body you want. If you’re in a slimming group, you could add short-term achievement awards and certificates, or stick a post-it note on the board to record each pound lost. Don’t forget to display your vision board where you can see it and don’t hide it away!
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