As most people know, setting goals helps us to choose where we want to go in life. And when we make these goals visual, we make them real. Why not consider making a vision board? It’s a poster or bulletin board filled with images and words that illustrate our ideal life. It can be useful for helping us to concentrate our efforts and achieve our goals.
Perhaps you want a vacation home on the coast, financial independence or early retirement. Have you ever tried truly envisioning these things? What will you do with your time? Where will you live – do you dream of settling in Key West or Italy? Will you ride a bike or need a car? Your vision is your dream, and if you can truly start to smell, taste, feel and hear your retirement, your vision board serves as a daily in-your-face reminder to help keep you on track to achieve that dream.
Start by choosing five to 10 of your deepest desires on which to focus. This helps you map out your priorities and determine where your money should go. For example, if you hope to purchase your dream home on the beach in 20 years, how much money do you need to save each month to make that a reality? Next, research ways to make this happen. Place the board in a spot you see several times each day and watch how it makes an impact on spending versus saving.
You may be surprised at how motivating, uplifting and transformative this can be for your spouse and children, too. Get them involved in creating the board by finding pictures and quotes in magazines and online. It can be a great tool to engage the entire family.