Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vision Boards

What is your vision? Can you picture it in your mind? If so, grab a glue stick, some old magazines, poster board and construct a Vision Board today. Vision boards are basically collages filled with future goals and wants made with photos, cut-outs and inspiring phrases (i.e. favorite quotes, career ambitions, family goals, travel destinations, hobbies and more).

This mindset that thoughts become things is immensely powerful. I often share this idea with my children and students. In fact, I recently encouraged a group of middle school students to put their goals on paper using the Vision Board as their template and this is a tiny glimpse of the end result:

One student's vision was filled with Hope, Happiness, Friends, Family, Career, & Fun!
Another student's vision board was filled with success, health,  positivity, happiness, LOVE, and motivational quotes!

How empowering for a teenager to define what they want out of life, create it visually and more importantly, envision it daily. Teens and kids really thrive with positive inspiration. And the best part, I got to share my vision with them too...

My vision for them includes: adventure,  a college education and a ton of SUCCESS!
So, if you're looking for a fun way to set goals with your family, co-workers or in a classroom with students implement a "vision board project" as a family activity, class assignment or work task! After you build a collective or individual vision, put it on paper, remember to put it somewhere you will always see it and watch the magic happen!

What would you put on your personal or family vision board?




15 comments:

  1. BS...

    I wish I could make the universe deliver wonderful things to my doorstep just by imagining them. I can't--and neither can you, no matter what anyone tells you. There is not a single piece of hard evidence that "visualizing success," and doing nothing else, will do a damn thing for you.

    In fact, there is plenty of evidence that it will leave you even worse off than when you started. Scientifically-speaking, focusing all of your thoughts on an ideal future reliably leads to lower achievement. In other words, you are less likely to achieve your goals when all you do is imagine that you already have achieved them.

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    1. Thanks for your comment.

      I agree: "visualizing success and doing nothing else" doesn't work. However in my opinion, vision boards get us to the "doing something else" part. I completely believe that becoming clear on our desires moves us to ACT towards accomplishing them.

      So a child wants to read two books a night and of course those books won't read themselves. But say they look over at their boards, there's a high likelihood they'll grab a book to read. They do what they set out to do.

      Last year I wanted to lose 50 lbs., and I'm pretty sure the words "health" and "fitness" plastered on a vision board kept me from splurging on cheeseburgers. Yes, the vision board didn't melt the fat away. I did that with hard work and sweat, but I am confident that becoming clear on my vision and revisiting it daily made an impact!

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  2. Waste of Time....

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    1. Vision Boards are not for everyone. But thanks for stopping by.

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  3. “In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” --Robert Heinlein

    Speaking from experience, I can easily get caught up in the day to day aspects of my job and quite frankly, life in general. Vision boards have been a great way to remind myself of some of the big ideas/goals I would like to accomplish.

    I agree that posting a picture up and doing nothing but starring at it won't change a thing. But as Irene said, a vision board can be an incredibly powerful tool to get you to act.

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  4. Vision boards are not always something you physically put down on paper but they are things people set up in their own ways, have you ever seen anything you wanted and made a mental note of it? This site is the result of two very intelligent ladies who "visioned" a place to share information with other people and also receive feedback which would sometimes be negative or opposite their views. With this said I believe everyone should give their opinion but put your name on it. I know to me a response would have more weight to it if you stood behind your opinion. To me 'BS and Waste of time" is just that. HerMamas has not deleted your opinions because I believe they want everyone's two cents to be heard.

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  5. I think vision boards are awesome...regardless if you actually believe you can achieve each and every one of the pictures pasted to the tag board...it's the dream of believing that you could. Also, if put on 8.5x11 paper and done each year you could really see how your vision changes and how your tastes mature.
    -jdub

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    1. I love that idea of seeing your visions change over the years! Thanks for the comment jdub!

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  6. I love the idea of vision boards. I work with former foster youth and many have one hanging in their bedrooms..and the reason why theyhave them is to help remind them of their goals, stay focused and empower them to continue to work as hard as they do despite the hardships they have experienced

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    1. Thanks for the comment Jackie! You work sounds so rewarding. What a great way to use vision boards for these kids.

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  7. I absolutely love vision boards. I had one on my room wall in college with images and words about my future short and long term goals. I would see it every day and it never failed to put a smile on my face because I had either accomplished some of the things on there or I was surely working on getting there every day. As a matter of fact, I should make a new one and compare the two. Thank you for the inspiration Hermamas <3 Keep up the amazing work!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Maurisabel. Send us a picture of your new board!

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  8. I have a friend who makes a new vision board each year instead of a new years resolution. I completely love this idea!

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    1. I think its a great idea too! Just to take a little time to reflect on your vision is powerful!

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  9. Such great feedback on this post! Thanks for contributing everyone!

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