5 Ways Vision Boards Help You Reach Your Goals

Halfway through the year and your original plans have all gone up the spout due to Coronavirus? Maybe now is the time to take stock and think about what you want the next six months to bring. Start creating your vision board to inspire you to live the life you want.

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It’s June already!!! How did that happen? The events of recent months have pushed many of us of course. Our lives have changed and the world is a different place. What we thought was possible might no longer be so. Travel plans, fitness memberships, career goals and relationship aspirations have all been altered by lockdown and what we can now safely do or not do. 

Many of us have lost sight of the plans and goals that we set ourselves earlier in the year. Yes, times are unsettling and uncertain and the goalposts could change again at any point. However, with a bit of creative thinking there are ways you can still make progress towards some of your goals.  Maybe you need to re-evaluate what is important to you, maybe you need some motivation to think differently about how you can achieve your goals or maybe you need to have a completely new approach because of a change in circumstances. This halfway point in the year might now be a good time to re-think what it is we do want to aspire to in the next 6 months and how we are going to get there.

Creating a vision board has become a popular activity in recent years, A vision board is simply a tool that helps you visualize your dreams and your goals. Why not spend some time thinking about what you want the next 6 months to bring and create a vision board to motivate and inspire you. Here are some other way vision boards can help.

 

  1. Vision boards make you focus on what’s important to you.

Whether you combine a personal vision board with a professional one or keep them both separate, thinking about what you want in life or in business forces you to prioritize what’s important. A good one to start with can be a values vision board. By identifying what you value in life and creating a vision board around these you will be reminded to do things that are in alignment with what you hold as important which will have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Alternatively, dream big and put it out there. The only limit is your imagination.

  1. Visualization stimulates the creative side of your brain.

Placing your vision board in sight of your desk or computer serves as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Some believe keeping it open by your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which makes you motivated upon waking. With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas you have for steps you can take to achieve your dreams. Visions plus actions create your new reality, not the vision alone.

  1. Focusing on goals makes you recognize new resources or opportunities.

Visualizing yourself being fitter and stronger (or whatever your primary goal is) will motivate you to work towards that goal but you will also notice new opportunities or resources which can lead you to reaching your goal. These resources may have always been present but now that you are focused on your goal, you will see them in a new light: as a way to help you reach that intended goal.

  1. Break out of your comfort zone by stating a big, scary goal.

Are you stuck in a rut because you’re afraid to break out of your comfort zone? Acknowledging big goals – as scary and outrageous as they may be – will help you step out and take on new challenges, all in the name of reaching that scary goal.

  1. Seeing a big goal forces you out of the daydream and into action.

Nothing happens without some action on your part. Vision boards are not magic tricks; they are instead a tool that spurs us into action because we finally know what we want out of life. Visualize your ideal life then approach each day with action steps which will lead you toward that ideal life. 

 

Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be very relaxing and a fun family activity. You could try a family lockdown vision board and create something where you all contribute to a shared vision of your family’s future! Any dreams that cannot be fulfilled now due to restrictions write them down and put them in a dream jar to be opened as the restrictions are eased. 

Have fun and remember, 

 “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha

 

If you would like some coaching to help you work out your goals and work out what you need to do to achieve them then please get in touch.

Amy Sinacola

Creator, coach, business owner, The Thrive Lab

Amy Sinacola is a freelance coach, lecturer and aspiring writer with a background in healthcare and the NHS. She has coached and helped countless people facing life after cancer alongside nurses, managers and doctors dealing with wellbeing, stress and career decisions. She is passionate about the importance of self care, mindset and reflective practice in order to help people find ways to flourish and thrive despite the challenges and difficulties that life presents. She has a science background so likes bringing knowledge and research around positive psychology and neuroscience to her coaching but also has a creative mind so enjoys using coloured crayons, images, storywork and visioning to shake up the way we think. She is currently working on her first book, attempting to train her first dog on how not to chew shoes and enjoys walking, wine and adventures of an outdoor nature. Her own goals for this year include working on being a more present and mindful parent and taking on a physical challenge to raise money for Odyssey, a charity that helps cancer survivors rebuild their confidence and self-esteem, engage with exercise and take back control of their lives.

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