Writing down a goal and hoping it will come true, is something that many people do and although it is a great start, most people will soon forget about it. It is easier to remember images and/or the combination of both, than just words alone, hence the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
The better you are able to visualize your end goal, the more motivated you will be. The more you see it, the more focused you’ll stay.
A lot of people dismiss vision boards as new age nonsense, but it is just a way of setting goals for yourself in a tangible form. The act of making it merely generate the enthusiasm to succeed and see it through.
A collage of pictures and words arranged in a specific way, that you cut and paste onto a board.
Doing this alone, by myself was boring and tedious. I felt uninspired and not motivated enough to see it through. I would easily get side tracked by the articles and lose my focus. After weeks of procrastinating my willpower flew out the window.
They say, a good way to stay disciplined is to find someone that can hold you accountable, and as most people start the New Year with similar goals, I figured hosting a vision board party would be a great way to get people together and force them to set aside the time needed to create a vision board but in a fun, interactive way.
Anyone that knows what they want, can cut and paste their vision into perspective. All one needs is old magazines or print outs, scissors, glue and a piece of cardboard or poster board.
Obviously you can just stick stuff onto a paper but it helps to write down your goals and aspirations for the year.
Write down whatever comes to mind without a filter. Do this for about 5 minutes.
Go through your list and prioritize. Choose at least 3 main achievable goals, then break them down even further. Be specific. Instead of writing down things that are vague like “I want to travel more”, try something more concrete like, “I want to go to Thailand – for my birthday – with my girlfriends”
With that in mind, open the magazines, flip through them and cut out anything that resonates with you or inspires you. Look for things that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want. If an image speaks to you, tear it out. If you find a word or a phrase that sparks a thought or reaction, cut it out. Get lost in this process. Enjoy it
From your selection, choose only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you.
Put the images and words onto your board. Find a creative way to arrange them, so that it makes sense to you. But try to keep it neat, and be selective about what you place on your board.
Avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.
Keep your vision board in a noticeable place, in constant sight. Like on your mirror, or besides your bed or even at the office. The aim is to look at it daily as a reminder to work harder to achieve your set goals.
On Friday 8 February 2019, Something-Artsy, in collaboration with Mckane and 99Fm, present an evening of vision boarding and goal setting.
The night will be spent getting lost in this process of flipping through magazines, cutting and pasting, whilst enjoying the night in the company of other likeminded people over food and an infusion bar by Mckane.
Time: 18:30 till 21:00
Venue: 99Fm TribeFire Studios, 44 Hyper Motor City, Maxwell Street
Tickets: N$300 via PayToday.
Follow up events will be held every 3 months to re-evaluate everyone’s progress, allowing them to change their approach, possibly set new goals and share their journey/ stories with the rest.
Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference. – Joel Barker