Losing your motivation? How to create a vision board
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Motivation is what drives us to keep going. It is key to staying on track and ensuring that you get through those rough patches. This is why it’s important to work on your motivation every day. The best motivation is always to have a clear picture of what your goals and dreams are (a job that you love, more time and flexibility to spend time with our children, the perfect summer holiday or that dream house?). Whatever your goals, the ideal way to ensure that you always keep those goals and motivations in mind is to create a vision board.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool to help you visualise your goals and dreams. Putting together a visual representation of your goals and dreams in one place where you can see them daily will help you stay motivated and will serve as an inspiration to keep you going.
How to build a vision board?
The first thing that you need to do is make a list of your dreams and goals and decide which ones you want to focus on and include in your vision board. Then search through magazines and on the web for photos and quotes that represent what you want to achieve or how you want to feel once you have reached your goals. Try not to focus only on things. Feelings and emotions are generally great motivators. An excellent source of images and ideas for vision boards is Pinterest as it’s focused on images.
Once you have quite a few pictures/quotes for your board, think about the type of board that would work best for you: do you want a “poster/board” type vision board to hang on a wall or an electronic one for your phone or laptop. The purpose of the vision board is to act as a constant reminder to help you stay motivated, so think about which one is going to work best for you. Maybe you want both? If you’re going to build an electronic one, you can create a board on Pinterest, use photo editing software like photoshop/gimp or free software like fotojet. There are some free vision board software packages that you can try also.
Remember, the whole point of the vision board is to use it as a motivator and a reminder of your key goals and dreams, so you need to see it daily and re-visit it from time to time as your vision for your future changes.
If you are interested and want to read more about this, I really enjoyed the following book: “The Complete Guide to Vision Boards” by Christine Kane.