Creating A Family Vision Board
Having a clear vision of what you want in life is the fastest way to get there. Without knowing what you want, how can you possibly have it?
I’ve taught my children from a very young age to believe that anything is possible.
Rather than protecting them from potential disappointment by keeping their expectations realistic, I encourage them to believe they have the power to make it happen.
Back in 2012 when my boys were 12 and 9 I decided it was a great time to create a Family Vision Board. It was the school holidays and felt like a good thing to keep us all occupied.
I never imagined what an impact this project would have.
It’s a great tool for getting clear about what you want in your life.
I love helping my kids know that they are only limited by their own mind and this was a fun way to get them thinking about their future.
I began with a cozy one-on-one session, asking questions and writing down key words in their answers.
- Where would you like to travel one day? What would you do there? How would it be?
- Are there places you’ve been to that you’d like to revisit?
- What things would you like to be good at?
Then a bit of time travel:
What do you see yourself doing in 5/10/20 years time?
What will you do for fun?
What kind of jobs might you have?
Which people will be in your life?
What will your hobbies be?
Will you play any sports, musical instruments or have any special talents?
How would you like to feel in the future?
I kept this session very chatty with no right or wrong answers and certainly no judgement over anything seeming far fetched or not what I’d had in mind for them.
We giggled and laughed and dreamed. They asked me questions too and I wrote down some of my own visions.
My husband was away working (and this isn’t exactly his cup of tea anyway), so I added some ideas for him as well, based on things I’d heard him say he’d like for the future.
We needed a lot of space to create this Family Vision Board and I had a eureka moment… We had a long blank wall in the corridor to the garage – this would be the perfect place!
I went out in search of poster boards thinking that each family member could create their own and we’d hang them side by side, but the shop didn’t have anything like this. However I found a big roll of paper table cloth.
We rolled it out with each boy taking a separate end, me in the middle.
We used magazines, scissors and glue and searched for photos of the things on our dream lists. (Plus any new ideas prompted by the magazines.) We used Google Images for anything we couldn’t find.
Here’s the making of the board:
So many great discoveries came out of this. I learned that my youngest wants to be good at baking (who knew?) and my eldest wants to marry someone he loves and become a star in a job he likes. They both want University degrees (yay!) and have some amazing ideas for travel adventures all over the world.
We continue to add to our board when fresh ideas come. In Spring of 2013 I watched a particularly inspirational video by Marie Forleo and decided to add her photo to the board, not really having a specific goal in my mind, but just wanting her up there.
Three days later I heard about Marie Forleo’s B School – and I found myself enrolling just one day before the cut-off!
It was B-School that taught me how to get the online presence I needed to get the attention of a book publisher – and I ended up turning Project Me into an online business I love! (See how this works!?)
Notice I also have photos of Oprah and Tony Robbins. I’ve since been to see Tony at his Unleash The Power Within conference in London – which was amazing! Oprah Winfrey…. watch this space.
*Update: In the image above you’ll see a Best Sellers book listing that I mocked up with a #1 book written by me…. That was WAY before I got my book deal and wrote a whole book! It’s available on Amazon now! The power of the Vision Board!!!
My eldest son is now at university (!) and we’ve had fun family trips to many of the places we put on our Vision Board.
Be sure your vision board includes gratitude for what you already have. Pictures of you doing something you love, places you’ve been or people that mean a lot to you. Being thankful for what you have opens you up to receiving even more. (A great lesson for the kids.)
Have fun creating your Vision Board There’s no right or wrong way – whatever works works for you and your family. If wall space is limited, create smaller boards. Make sure they’re somewhere you can see them and keep adding to them. Dream big!
** Update: I have now posted a brand new blog about how and why making a Vision Board works and why I make my own smaller annual board every year! You can read that here.
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