I'm a big fan of vision boards. I'm in good company. Oprah, Lisa Nichols, Olympic medalist Nastia Luikin, and many others have used vision boards for their personal and professional lives. A vision board helps you get and stay focused on your dreams, goals, and vision for what you desire in your life.
I like them because it's a process. Creating the boards provide you a time to slow down, go inward and focus on where you are, how you feel and where you want to go. Here is a picture of mine posted on my bedroom wall:
Don't try to read too much into the images and words you see. Most often, it's not literal. But visions statements are.
The premise with vision statements is similar to vision boards but with a bit more imagination. One of the best ways I've seen vision statements adopted is by writing a letter to a friend one, three, five or ten years in the future. In the letter, you share
- what you are doing,
- how you are feeling,
- who's in your life, and
- where you are living.
Be as descriptive as possible. Don't focus only on things, as most people do. Your vision statement will include feelings, accomplishments, and experiences.
This process will have you take inventory and write a story that right now may seem like fiction but can evolve into chapters in your autobiography.