What is a Vision Board and Why Make One?

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Education & Career Trends: June 19, 2023
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

Vision boards help us gain self-awareness and self-reflect on what is important to us.

  • Excerpts are taken from an article published on psychologytoday.com.

A vision board is usually a collage of images that represent goals and dreams. It can include cut-out pictures from magazines and words that help inspire you to manifest your dreams and get where you want to go.

Initial research suggests it can help us more easily reach our goals. This may be due to how vision boards help us gain self-awareness and self-reflect on what is important to us.

​Vision boards may also help us imagine what a positive future could look like for us.

Imagining a positive future is a helpful way to increase positive emotions and optimism. And positive emotions often create opportunities and increase the chances of success.

Even though this research doesn’t directly assess the benefits of making a vision board, it suggests that many of the components of vision boarding have potential benefits for our well-being and success. It’s just key to remember that vision boards are not magic. Rather, they can help you better understand what you would like to manifest.

Here are some tips to help you make a vision board.

How to Make a Vision Board:

1. Start by exploring your values

If your goals are not aligned with your values, achieving these goals won’t provide the sense of satisfaction and well-being that you’re seeking. Ask yourself, what matters to you? What gives you meaning? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to help? And how do you want to spend your time? When making a vision board and thinking through your goals, keep these values-focused questions in mind.

2. Think about what motivates you

If you pursue goals that you find motivating, you will have an easier time reaching them. So ask yourself, what do you want and why do you want it? Does it have anything to do with your childhood or past experiences? Does it have to do with your personality?

Try to understand better why the goals you’ve set are so important to you. Or revise them if you discover they are not as important as you once thought.

3. Set priorities

Sometimes vision boards can end up being a collection of all the goals we aspire to—being rich, beautiful, and successful. If we want to achieve these goals, we need to be more realistic with them. What can we reasonably accomplish in a year or five years?

You can visualise your priorities by focusing a vision board on your most important life goals or by placing them above, in the centre, or over a greater majority of the board.

Vision Board Ideas

Here are some types of goals that you may want to include in a vision board.

  • Career
  • Education
  • Health
  • Travel
  • Social Goals

You can include all of these or make a vision board for each goal, focusing on the details of each. It’s up to you. Now its time to get creative.

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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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