Ever heard of a goal board? They’ve got other cool names, “treasure map”, “vision board” – Spiritual types swear by them, and are happy to pass on their wisdom of making them!
Say what you want about how “woo-woo” and cheesy this sounds, but you may find yourself going from “woo-woo” to “woo hoo!” when you get into the zone with this brilliant activity.
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When you look at most modern workplaces, you always see a number of “motivational” posters on the wall, bearing some variation of “Go for it!” “Don’t be afraid to dream big” messages.
It’s kind of the same way magazine advertisements do a good job of convincing us to buy something. You can do the same thing by assembling attractive pictures of things that represent your fondest dreams!
Why Create a Goal Board? How Do They Work?
You may have been told a lot about the importance of writing stuff down. Studies show that high achievers are more likely the people who wrote their goals down.
But there’s a certain type of magic that happens with a VISUAL version of said goals.When put together in a collage they radiate enthusiasm, energy and all kinds of “good vibrations” that motivate the creator and provide the right state to make things happen.
It goes without saying, goals that include vindication, revenge, etc., has NO place here; for the love of Pete, don’t center your board around your evil boss getting what they deserve, OK?
Magazine clippings of pictures that represent your goal
Inspiring “power words” that support your goals, like these here, or you can design your own.
A poster board, or a similar substrate for your base. You can use poster board, masonite, something sturdy…Me, I used a good ole art canvas since old habits die hard 🙂
Some hanging materials, like wire, cord, etc.
Gather Pictures For Your Goal Board
First off, spend some time gathering magazine clippings that represent your fondest dreams. They can be symbolic in nature. For goals of love and romance, pictures of couples, romantic destinations are great.
Things like money and prosperity, look for photos of money, gold coins, etc Pictures of delicious meals could be helpful for weight-loss related goals. Dreaming about a geographic move? Pictures of your ideal location including beautiful scenery, are great.
Don’t Forget Words Too!
When you go through your mags, don’t forget to look for “power words” as well that represent your goals like “success” “abundance” “prosperity” “joy”
If you’re a little stuck on good “power words” you can always go to Google and look up synonyms for them.
You may surprise yourself…if you’re like me and not someone who collect magazines you can always create your own word images; using software programs. And don’t forget to include empowering phrases or statements: “I enjoy ….” “I now have……”
Put Yourself in the Middle of Your Board
All of the “experts” I have read about, say you should “put yourself in the middle” Put yourself in the middle of your goal board, using a selfie picture you can download and print off, or you can do what I did and draw yourself! Don’t forget to show yourself smiling big and looking happy, too 🙂
I realize I didn’t do that with my earlier boards – but I did with yet another one I made later on, I drew a picture of myself and my cat looking super stoked (I like to think I do!)
Putting Your Goal Board Together
Before putting the pictures together, spend a little time pre-arranging them on your board to see how they will look. Use some adhesive to attach your picture clippings and “power words” to your platform of choice.
Be sure to spread it evenly so it doesn’t leave unsightly bubbles or pockets under the paper images.
When you glue your pictures down, don’t get hung up on a “perfect” arrangement. They can overlap a little bit. Focus on the overall big picture – your goal’s achievement, excitement and energy.
Later, when your board is dry you may want to preserve your work using varnish; It’ll look even better and hold up indefinitely long after the goals you have are reached!
Display Your Goal Board
Hang your finished dream board somewhere accessible where you can see it everyday….Need some good pointers for hanging? This tutorial may help! Your home office would be perfect; anywhere personal to you (you may not want it to be seen in a public office understandably)
This is one of my older goal boards below – it represents my visions of being a successful blogger. What do you think?
Spend a few minutes gazing upon it everyday…but don’t fixate on it obsessively. You want to be “in the zone” of feeling invigorated, joyful and lighthearted.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt
At some point, you’ll realize it’s there, but when you’re in “the zone” you can relax 🙂 Now here is one of my newer boards., as you can see I’ve put myself in the middle (along with one of my cats hehehe)
Can You Make a Digital Goal Board?
Absolutely – you know, whatever floats your boat! If you’re handy with graphic programs and this approach is more on your level and you like the idea of having a board that you can display on your computer desktop wallpaper, Smartphone, tablet, etc.
As long as you can access it easily, that is all that matters. The physical, “on paper” version I’m talking about here, is best if you want to have something to hang on your wall to be in plain view everyday.
There is not “right” or “wrong” way to make a goal board….as you can see from my examples I’ve used images of my own artwork along with images I’ve made on my own showcasing “power words”.So get fired up and have fun!!