Vision Boards and Goal Setting

Yesterday, I had the pleasure (along with talented art teacher Lisa Chase) of hosting my first group workshop around Vision Boarding. I usually work with individual clients, so this was a new experience for me.

What is a vision board? It is a collage of images (photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the internet, drawings…) and words (inspirational quotes, thoughts…) that represent your goals. Once created, it should be put somewhere you can see it every day: on the bathroom mirror, the fridge door, the nightstand….

I believe that every goal has four different parts: the what (goal), the why (reasons for wanting to achieve the goal), the how, and the finish line. For me, it is the why behind the goal that is most important.

I work on goal setting with my clients at our first meeting. It can take some time to figure out exactly what you want to accomplish in the next 3, 6, 9 months or year. There are a number of tools I use to help my clients get clear on what they want.

We then spend some time focusing on the whys around those goals. If the reason why is not strong enough, it is less likely that you will follow through. Knowing your why helps you to stay motivated.

From there we can create the how (an individualized plan that fits your lifestyle – with resources and support) to get you to the finish line

As part of the process I use, a vision board could be made before we explore the what – as a visual brainstorm, or after we have determined the how – to act as an anchor: something to help keep your goals in mind and motivate you.

Want to get started? Recently, as part of my professional reading, I came across this acronym from Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of Mindful Living and The Stress Institute, that I just love.

Serenity – Exercise – Love – Food

I used this as an idea generator at the beginning of the workshop. What do you need to take good care of your self? Here’s what I came up with:

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