Life has a funny way of changing the path that you thought you were meant for you. Growing up you knew about cars, you knew about jobs, but you didn’t fully understand how the world worked. The idea of bills was a completely foreign concept to you. I remember every year in elementary school, students were always asked: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” If you were anything like me, you gave some generic answer like doctor, lawyer, president, or ballerina. For the lucky few, those dreams actually came true, but for the rest of us, we are on a completely different journey that never in a million years could our 8-year-old selves ever imagined, and that’s just it. We have grown older, gotten more specific with our requests out of life, and set our sights on the absolute best. Our overall visions have changed. Instead of saying we want a car, we now say I want a Porsche. Instead of saying I want a house, it’s now I want a house with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a pool.
In college I had a professor assign the class the task of creating a vision board as part of a semester-long project. Now granted my vision for life has changed since the creation of my board, it remains hanging on my bedroom wall for an everyday reminder and motivation.
So here is my challenge for you…
I want everyone to create a vision board. You might think it is pointless, and you know your life will change eventually, but trust me, you will be happy that you have a little piece of motivation that you personally created!
Reasons to have a vision board…
Reason 1: Clarity
- As you start to create your board, you will have a better understanding of your likes, dislikes, and passions. This helps you to organize your thought, goals, and dreams by clearing your head and allowing for you to focus on the things that you find important.
Reason 2: Organization
- If you are one of those people who has big ideas and big goals but never has any follow through, your vision board permits you to look at every aspect of your life and create a game plan.
Reason 3: Emotions
- Choosing images, words, phrases, and articles that bring out your emotions inclines you to achieve your goals.
Reason 4 Visual Affirmation
- Having something to look at every day keeps you focused and energized.
Reason 5: Achievement
- When you start becoming complacent within your everyday life, your vision board is there to remind you to never settle for anything less in life.
Reason 6: Self-Doubt
- When everyone around you tells you that you can’t, your vision board is there to remind you that you can ,and you just have to figure out how to make it happen.
My 2011 Vision Board
Become a person shopper- No Longer Want
Have Twins- Still Want
Drive a Bentley- Still Want
Travel the World- Still Want
Get Married- Still Want
Own Horses- Still Want
Become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated- Still Want