Got Visions? How to Make a Goal Board
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!
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.
That’s because they have a good effect on people, whether they realize it or not. Now how can something like that benefit YOU? Read on!
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.
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!
When put together in a collage they radiate enthusiasm, energy and all kinds of “good vibrations” that motivate the creator and provide the ideal energy 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 that represent your goal
- A poster board, or a similar substrate for your base
- Paper-friendly adhesive
- Mod Podge
- Some hanging materials, like wire, cord, etc.
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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……”
Putting Your Goal Board Together
First) Use a adhesive to attach your picture clippings and “power words” to your platform of choice. You can use poster board, masonite, something sturdy…Me, I used a good ole art canvas since old habits die hard 🙂
I used an Avery Glue Stic which works great for attaching pictures, because 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!
Next) When your board is dry you may want to preserve your work using a decoupaging substance like Mod Podge that is made exclusively for paper projects….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)
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.
At some point, you’ll realize it’s there, but when you’re in “the zone” you can relax 🙂
Can You Make a Digital Goal Board?
Absolutely – you know, whatever floats your boat! No reason whatsoever not to create a graphic version that you could perhaps use for your computer desktop wallpaper, or create a board on Pinterest in which you “pin” images that represent your aspirations. (Tip – set it to “secret board” so it’ll be for your eyes only)
As long as you can access it easily, that is all that matters. There’s really no “wrong” way whenever it comes to creating a goal board. 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”.
Oh, and if you think you’ll enjoy this project, why not try this one too in addition? Make cards with statements that affirm your own greatness:)
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt
So get fired up and have fun!!