Create your own future. Put pen to paper and write down your goals!
My favourite part of goal setting is envisioning my life in 10 years. After my first goal-coaching session, I sat down with my notes and wrote out a paragraph about what my life looked like in 10 years. WHOA! Right away, I realized that this vision of Future Desirae's life was the missing ingredient in my previous attempts at goal setting. Having a personal, present tense paragraph about my life in 10 years at the top of my goal sheet was the extra spark of inspiration and motivation that got me hooked on goal setting.
Desirae's most recent vision board, as seen hanging on her bedroom wall! Can you spot two yoga poses and her favourite breakfast food?
Now, don't get me wrong -- I love that paragraph as much as I did the first time I sat down to write it, but I've been introduced to another visualization technique that has taken my goal setting (and my bedroom wall!) to the next level: vision boards! I've also heard them called dream maps or just plain old collages, but no matter what you call them, I'm hooked. The concept behind a vision board is the same as a paragraph about your life in one, five or 10 years, but instead of words, you're working with images, which is perfect for a visual learner like me!
how to create a vision board:
1. Find pictures of things, people, places and activities you want in your life. I like to sit down with a stack of magazines (Yoga Journal, O Magazine andW omen's Health always make the cut), some scissors and an afternoon off.
2. Tear out any pictures that resonate with you - some of my favourites include pictures of healthy food, challenging yoga poses, beaches, smiles and books. Once you've created a really big, inspiring mess, it's time for scissors and tape!
3. Grab a bristol board and start arranging all of your photos into a collage.
The end result should be a mish-mash of all of the amazing things you see for yourself in the near or distant future.
As a finishing touch, I like to tie my vision board back to the goals I've set for myself, so I toss some of them on there for good measure. All you need for this last step is a sheet of white paper and something to write with. Just jot down some of your goals, cut them out and add them to the collage! At this point, you not only have an exciting visual representation of your future life, you also have a pretty amazing piece of art to hang on your wall.
And let's be serious, who doesn't love a good arts and crafts session?