Why you should create a vision board before the New Year – and how to get started



As a health and wellness coach, I have learned the importance of a vision board in many trainings. But since I’m not a big fan of arts and crafts, I’ve never really incorporated a vision board into my own routine or that of my clients.

My vision board from last year has lived on my dresser for months.Stephanie Mansour

Except last year, when I did a vision board on a whim that I kept on my dresser for months. I swear it helped crystallize a vision that was ingrained in my imagination even when it wasn’t in plain sight.

It was such a creative and fun way to think about my goals. I found more ready-made pictures and words that I wouldn’t normally think of when writing resolutions in a journal. I felt like I was using a totally different part of my brain to find my goals.

So whether you’re already a fan of visualization boards or are more of a skeptic (as I was until last year), here’s how to use a visualization board to create a focused New Years resolution.

1. Choose the vision of your vision

Get magazines, books, or pictures online that you can easily access. Some people like to do this on Pinterest, while others like hard copies. Personally, I like the hard copies of magazines to find pictures and sayings which I can then cut and paste onto a physical board; other people may like to create a virtual vision board.

2. Get a base

Whether it’s cardboard, a virtual board, or a piece of paper, determine what will be the base of your board.

3. Make a resolution

Think of a few sentences that describe your resolution, whether it’s building habits, being more carefree, putting nourishing foods in your body, exercising regularly, finding a mate, and more. Last year mine was, “I love to eat and cook healthy foods that nourish my body. I’m going out with my future husband who loves to play tennis with me. I take a relaxing vacation and love to have romantic relationships with my family and friends.

4. Hunt and gather

Search magazines or pictures online and start tearing up items that match your resolution. For example, I chose a tennis racket, a green juice, a photo of Venus Willians (hello, fit superstar!), A couple on vacation, and words that stood out for me. Make sure to cut out whatever speaks to you – it’s better to have too much than too little!

5. Put the pieces together

Now that you’ve collected all of your photos, it’s time to put them on your board. They can overlap, be in random order, or even hang down from the edge of the board. If you like things neat and clean, you might want to keep things in their own space and not have torn edges. So cut your photos into the shapes you want. See what goes where and have fun with it. Remember that this process is meant to be amusing and help your brain think through resolutions creatively. Think: less rigidity, more freedom.

6. Delete, edit and view

Reread your resolution. If you have too many pictures, throw away the ones that don’t evoke the feelings you want to experience once you reach your resolution. Then decide where you want to place your vision board.

Maybe it’s tucked away with your yoga mat so that every time you go to workout you’re looking at your visualization board. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ll keep it on your dresser for a few months. It can also go on your fridge, in your office, on your bathroom mirror, as your phone background or really anywhere! The point is to use the vision board to help you feel more excited about your goals and all that awaits you this year.



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