Make Yo'self a Vision Board
When you're in your early twenties, you have plans. Goals. Mile markers. Once you hit those marks, then what? What's the next step?
When I first graduated college, I wanted a job that allowed me to do social media for business. In 2012 that still wasn't a popular career path, especially in Virginia. But I had plans. Goals. And that job was my first mile marker. I landed the job and loved it. After about three years in that role, I began feeling stagnant. What next?
My 21-year-old dreams adapted. I started figuring out my next step and discovered that I wanted to work at an ad agency. I did a lot of research on the agencies in the area and narrowed it down to three or four. Google alerts set, I waited for my perfect job to come up. It came and I once again got that "dream job." So now what, you ask? I put in my time and set my goals around my current career path that could even be THE career path. And so begins my vision board.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life (source).
How do you make one?
Great question. You may be thinking, "Isn't that what I do on Pinterest?" Not really. To really make a vision board inspire you, it needs to be someplace physical and in your face. Something that you cannot avoid seeing every day (i.e. you can EASILY avoid logging in to Pinterest). You need to constantly be reminded as to what your goals are and where you see yourself going in the next month, six months, year, five years, whatever. When you look at it, you should feel empowered. Directed. In control of your future. And happy. You don't want to put things on your vision board that make you feel inadequate or unhappy with where you currently are. That's actually the opposite of the intention.
So for starters, figure out your base. Whether it's a cork board, a poster, something magnetic, just look for stuff you already have laying around that you can repurpose. Next, give yourself a deadline to have it completed. You want to take your time thinking and finding items, but not like six months. That's precious time that you could already be super focused and crushing goals! Instead, give yourself a couple of weeks and plan out some ideas of what you see yourself doing in the next year. Start your search on Pinterest, or just on Google, and find phrases or things that inspire you and make you feel good. Anything from textures, colors, quotes, magazine clippings, photos.
As an example, I chose a cork board and added: a picture of my fiance and pups, a colorful print with flowers, a sign that says "do what you love," a couple of quotes that relate to my profession, magazine clippings of beautiful ads (I'm in advertising), an amazing garden (because I grew up a farmers daughter and am determined to have a better garden this year), some fitness motivation pictures, veggies (everyone should eat more) and a dollar (because I'm making more money this year).
There aren't any set "rules" as to what you should include on your vision board. But I cannot stress enough that you need to place your board in a place that forces you to see it. Every damn day. In order to stay focused and goal-oriented, you need to keep your goals at the forefront of your mind.
If you've already created a vision board, share yours and tell me about how it has inspired you- I'm super curious! Each one that I see is so different so I think it's neat to see what other people come up with. Questions or feedback? Comment below or find me on Twitter @byjessicajo.