Keeping your eye on your long term goals can be an important factor in your success during your school years. Having a clear picture of where you want to be in life can be a powerful motivator. But often it can seem too far away an unreal to have a real day to day impact.
Creating a picture of what you want your future life to be like can be a useful exercise but you need to keep it in the front of your mind to have the desired effect.
One of the ways to do this is to create a vision board.
- Start by getting a poster board, a pair of scissors, glue and a pile of old magazines. (I never said this was high tech!)
- Decide on a certain time after you leave school. 3 years, 10 years, 20 years. You pick the time frame.
- Imagine what you would like your life to be like some time after you leave school
- Consider your whole lifestyle
- Where do you want to live?
- What sort of home will you have?
- Who is in your life?
- What friends do you have?
- What activities do you do?
- What do you do for fun?
- What career do you have?
- How much do you earn?
- Get as specific as you can – use your imagination
- Flick through the magazines and find pictures, words or quotes that capture this for you
- Cut these out and paste them on the board, add words if you need to but keep it big.
Your vision board should be able to be taken in at one glance. It serves as a reminder of the thinking you have done.
Hang it somewhere you can see often. The idea is that you consciously look at it several times a day, and subconsciously absorb it in between.
Some people have theirs near their bed or in the bathroom so they can consciously look at it upon waking when the brain waves are very open to suggestion.
As your life progresses and you vision changes, change and update your board. You may find that you were not ambitious enough and you achieved your goals early. You may find that the values you had at school alter as you mature. It does not matter. Going through the process allows you to be stretching your imagination on what is possible for you, and regularly reminding yourself of that through your board allows you to stay focused when your motivation drops.