Most people are familiar with a vision board. Basically, you make goals for your life (usually for that upcoming year) and create a collage that represents those goals. It’s a way to bring to life your hopes and dreams and to have them somewhere you can see them every day, a visual reminder of all that you hope to manifest in your life.
I’ve done vision boards in the past, but last year I tried something different. I wanted something that I could carry around with me so that I could see it even when I wasn’t home. In order to do this, my friend, cousin, and I decided to create vision books. Okay, we didn’t really decide but rather stumbled upon the idea. We had no idea what we were doing; we were just playing it by ear. Since we made them out of spiral-bound notebooks that we already had, clippings from old magazines, and old scrapbooking materials, this proved to be an affordable and convenient project.
Our vision books turned out to be much like vision boards. Obviously, they were inspired by the concept. However, the books gave us a lot more flexibility. I’m a visual person, but I am very much a writer (hence, the blog). I love being able to write down my ideas, work through plans on paper, and write reflections about what I’ve done or I’m currently doing, what I’ve learned, and what I still want to accomplish. Our vision books gave me the freedom to do all of this.
Here is my vision book from last year. Like I said, it’s a simple notebook that I already had in stock (taken from my boys’ school supply stash), but you can easily purchase one for about $1 from any store. We had NO idea what we were doing when we created these; we just knew that we were ready to take charge of our futures and knew that we needed to put in writing our goals and dreams in order for them to manifest. As you can see, I named this my Dream Book back then. The cover and first few pages were just ones that spoke to my overall vision for the year.
Inside, I created separate layouts for each one of my goals. Here are a couple of them. I liked that I could further explain and break down my goals on each page.
As the year progressed, I took notes from seminars, workshops,and meetings that I attended that related to my goals as well as recorded progress that I had made. I also wrote down the next steps necessary to reaching my goals as well as insights learned during check-ins with my accountability partner. I loved having everything all in one place. I loved being able to add new ideas or update goals as the year progressed.
I loved my book so much that of course I had to do it again this year. I changed the name from Dream Book to Vision Book because as stated in my previous post, I see my book as more of a way of working towards a vision for my future rather than a place to just dream about it. Here is this year’s vision book with a few of my goals.
Anyone can create one of these; you don’t have to be an artist (which I certainly am not) or really craftsy. Don’t worry about your book being “cute” (although it certainly can be) and it’s okay to make mistakes. Just make it your own. Something that speaks to your soul and creates a clear picture of your vision for your future.
Some easy steps to make this work for you:
- Visualize the year you want to have for yourself and then break that down into goals you need to achieve in order for that vision to become a reality.
- Create mini vision boards (pictures, words, quotes) within your notebook for each one of those goals.
- Find an accountability partner to help keep you on track. Schedule regular check-ins with this person.
- Carry your vision book with you whenever possible. Add, revise, and delete as you need throughout the year. It’s your book and your life; nothing is set in stone. You never know when new ideas or great opportunities may pop up that you can take advantage of, so be flexible.
- Cheer yourself on as you make progress towards completing each goal and getting closer to that vision that you see for yourself. Your book will help you see your vision coming true step by step and all of the hard work that you’re putting into it.
I don’t know about you, but I am extremely excited about what this year will bring. If it’s anything like my 2017, great things are in store for me!