“Be Great in Act as you have been in Thought” – William Shakespeare. This is one of my favorite quotes from the beloved poet, but putting our thoughts into actions is easier said than done. Our day-to-day tasks and responsibilities tend to consume our minds and we lose sight of the big picture.
During my first year at Montgomery College, my speech teacher shared with the class his secret to this dilemma – a vision board. A vision board he said is a legitimate poster board where you can illustrate your goals, dreams, and visions for yourself.
At first I thought he was crazy to take the time to search for, print, cut and glue pictures, quotes, articles, and anything else you may need for your vision board. A waste of time I thought. I know what my goals are, and I know what I want, no need for a silly vision board.
The following year at MC, I experienced my first “college breakdown”, completely overwhelmed by responsibility. I lost track of my passions, hobbies, and the things that make my life worth living.
So finally, I took the time to think about my life and my desires – then I put it all into a tangible, physical, and colorful poster board that now hangs above my desk.
I divided up my vision board into several categories: relationships, travel, hobbies, health, career, education, and finances. I wrote down my specific goals and visions pertaining to each category, and added inspirational quotes, pictures, and images to jazz it up. Yes, it took me quite some time, but fear not – as you certainly have the option of making a virtual vision board.
Whichever version you chose to do, having a vision board has the power to change your life.
Anytime I feel like I am losing track of my goals, I just take a look at my vision board. It’s that mental push that I need before walking out the door. It keeps me moving, it keeps me inspired, and it keeps me pursuing my dreams.