Why being intentional is important when creating a vision board | Patricia Bonnard


When creating a vision board for New Year 2022 goal setting or a memorial board to celebrate the year, the most important thing is to be intentional.

Many people are familiar with vision boards. They know them as great dreaming and intrigue tools that also serve as reminders, reinforce commitments, and some people use them in manifestation-oriented spiritual rituals.

Of course, any real change or transformation requires the creator of the board to go beyond the vision board and into practice. This phase can be difficult, iterative and prolonged. So, you need the “personal memorial board“.

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This type of board is used to highlight successes, encourage and maintain momentum towards fulfillment.

In this way, it reinforces praxis. It helps the dreamer and schemer to embody the desired change and transformation: whatever has been presented on the vision board.

What does being intentional look like when creating a vision board for goal setting?

Personal memorial panels.

The Personal Memorial Board is something I recommend to my clients who are struggling to stay on track with personal growth and development and/or who identify with and enjoy rituals.

The sign embodies the same intent as any commemorative sign or plaque. However, instead of honoring someone else, it is directed towards oneself. It honors your commitment and progress.

The board can be associated with a vision board. The latter indicates where you want to go and the former where you are throughout this journey. They reinforce each other.

But, pairing is not necessary. All you need are positive and clear intentions. That said, it’s a good idea to identify action steps and milestones associated with those intentions to monitor and celebrate your progress.

These reflect your initial impression of how events are likely to unfold. Of course, they may change over time or as you gain experience and greater clarity on what is needed to achieve your goals.

Appreciation and gratitude strengthen your process.

The value of the commemorative sign lies in the positive recognition. There is a growing body of research and literature on the benefits of recognizing achievement and expressing gratitude.

Embracing your success is believed to release endorphins, boost motivation, and build momentum.

It releases stress and anxiety, improves your mood and outlook, which promotes optimism and builds commitment. In a sense, it is a form of positive self-care.

Likewise, expressing gratitude offers a whole host of similar benefits. A regular practice of gratitude increases optimism and feelings of self-worth.

Additionally, it can reduce stress, reactivity, and anxious rumination, thereby loosening the grip of toxic emotional states.

Finally, expressions of gratitude strengthen the sense of belonging and improve relationships. Research has shown that over time, the brain becomes more inclined to experience gratitude.

When you attend your board meeting regularly, you perpetuate those results, establish a habit, and create a positive growth mindset. It becomes easier to stay on course for personal growth and development.

The concept and process of creating your memorial board is simple and straightforward.

However, it can also be a deeply personal and deeply transformative process for you, the creator of the advice.

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Here are the 3 basic steps to create your personal memorial board.

1. Choose your materials.

Start with a cork board, a piece of cardboard wood, or any other material that can be used to display or stick notes.

2. Label and decorate the board as desired.

Consider dividing the board space into topics (work life, personal life, health, food, sports, etc.), timelines, or some other way that supports your process.

I prefer a single space because then I see all sorts of interconnections emerge.

3. Think about what to add to your table.

As you progress through your journey, overcome challenges and/or make noticeable progress, jot down short positive notes about significant events or revelations and post them on your board.

Use whatever materials you want and add other keepsakes to the board if you wish.

Unlike the goal vision board, which remains relatively stable over time, the commemoration board is by definition dynamic.

It continuously unfolds as it documents your journey and your successes.

You fill, ie create, your board as you progress from your initial intentions to milestones and the achievement of your goals.

In fact, you decide what to commemorate: whether it’s the completion of an anticipated milestone or the recognition of an unexpected auspicious event.

You can work with your board to embody change and transformation and there are many ways to gain insight and embody the process, such as:

Do progress checks: Be sure to regularly review your table and its content. This means checking your progress. Perhaps your accomplishments to date offer new avenues or opportunities.

Also check if you have made good use of your time. In other words, have you made your intentions a de facto priority or do you need to rework your strategies?

Appreciate your accomplishments and express your gratitude: Spend time with your board, recognize your successes, and express gratitude to yourself and others who have purposely and inadvertently helped you.

Explore all that transpired through meditation, journaling, and other forms of introspection.

The more you notice, acknowledge, celebrate, appreciate, and internalize or embody your process, the greater and lasting your transformation will be.

In fact, your persistent attention will enable and encourage your life momentum and continued movement from your current intentions and goals to new intentions and plans.

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Patricia Bonnard, PhD, ACC is an integrated coach and energy healer offering a blend of conventional coaching, embodied practice, and energy healing to help clients go deeper and make important life decisions creatively and authentically.

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This article originally appeared on startaser-healingarts.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.


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