What Is A Vision Board?
A vision board is described as a collage of visual images, words, and inspiration that represent the life you want to live. If you’ve ever Googled vision boards, you may see many boards filled with fast cars, lots of money, and banging bodies. However, your vision board is unique to you, because no one wants to live the exact same life. I mean come on, that would be boring, wouldn’t it?
What is A Vision Binder?
A vision binder is an extension to a vision board. It helps you set intentions, holds you accountable, and keeps you on track to get you to those goals on your vision board. A vision binder is something you can create yourself, or you can find one that’s already been created for you and fill in the blanks. Whatever you choose to do, the vision binder is what you will use daily, weekly, and monthly, to give you the push you need to achieve what’s on your vision board.
Why Do You Need to Create a Vision Board and Binder?
For a long time, I didn’t believe in vision boards. I felt like people loved to put pretty pictures on the wall, just to complain about being broke, unhealthy, and no closer to their goals than they were the year before. To me, a vision board and binder resembled New Year’s resolutions. Something you swear you’re going to do, and you stick with it for a good 2 days until you fall off the wagon. And then, you’ll wait around all year until December 31st, just to make the same New Year’s resolution.
Sound familiar? Yeah, trust me, I get it. I still hear resolutions from people every year. But, just like some resolutions stick for some people, the same goes for a vision board and binder. They aren’t magic cure-alls. They won’t automatically solve your problems. But what they can be is a resource to help you visualize where you want to go, and push you to achieve that. They can also show you where you’re slacking, so you can make the necessary adjustments.
I’m an extremely ambitious person. It’s something that has been ingrained in me since I was a child. Be the best, do the best. But it took me creating a vision board and binder to find my true passions and really start going after what I truly wanted, not just what I thought I wanted. Even for me, as an ambitious person who felt fairly successful and accomplished, I learned that a vision board and binder were just what I needed to make the changes in my life that I truly wanted to make. I started working smarter (not harder), started making healthier choices, and even started feeling…happier. Which to me was a complete shock. I thought I was already doing fairly well in life, so to look back and see that I had improved my life tremendously surprised me, and also had me feeling incredibly proud of myself.
Creating my own vision binder was something that I didn’t even want to do, but I’m so glad I did. In my search of all things productivity, I found a tool that can help everyone. Not just the moms. Not just the business owners. Not just those that are already on their A-game. A vision binder helped me even when I was a skeptic. So, if anything, I think you should use a vision board and binder because at the very least, they’ll show you what you’re really capable of. They’ll show you the real you, and what you can accomplish.
Why Creating These Doesn’t Automatically = Better Outcomes
Now, while we’re on the subject, I don’t believe a vision board and binder will help you if you aren’t willing to do the work behind them. Sure, anyone can slap some photos on a board and call it a vision board, but the true magic behind it is when you follow it up with some action. No one has ever accomplished anything sitting on their ass. Remember that.
However, a vision board is something that I believe can help you stay disciplined and motivated, even when you don’t want to be. It’s kind of like the quote “Are you ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become” in visual form. A vision board is something that you’re supposed to create so you can look at it every single day. And then, you’ll either do the work or you won’t, to achieve what you see. But whether you do the work or not, it will force you to be completely honest with yourself. That’s a pretty damn good tool to use if you really want something.
What You Need To Focus On When Creating Your Vision Board & Binder
So, now that you know why you should create a vision board and binder, let’s talk about how. First, you’ll need to focus on these 9 areas.
- Personal Development
- Career & Business
- Marriage or Relationship
- Health & Fitness
Yes, these areas all work together to help you create your best life. Now, I know as busy people, we don’t always have the time to focus on every single area and give it our 100%. However, when you fall behind in these areas, they can affect the others as well.
For example, when I was upset about work or my finances, I ate to cope with the sadness. That in return made me gain weight, which made me feel bad about myself, so I took it out on my husband. That caused fights, which meant that I stopped talking to family and friends because I didn’t want to explain why I felt like shit. See how that all works?
But when you’re actively working towards bettering those areas, even if they aren’t 100%, you’re building them all up as one, to create the you that you want to be. I know, it sounds so cliché, but I promise, it really does work.
How To Create Your Binder
If you’re building a binder from scratch, make sure you focus on the 9 areas I mentioned above. Create worksheets to set your goals and intentions. Create your vision board and put it in the front of your binder so you can see what you’re trying to accomplish before you even open it up every morning. Focus on journaling. Create a gratitude list. Create whatever you need to create in order to reach those photos that you added to your vision board.
For example, if you put a picture up of a badass chick with muscles, your vision binder better have a workout schedule and a meal planning section. If you have a photo up of you owning your own business, you need to create a business plan and add that into your binder, so you can work on that plan when you come home from your 9-to-5.
No matter what you add, you NEED to look at your vision board and binder every day and work on something for at least 30 minutes to get you closer to your goals. Your binder needs to be a source of inspiration, motivation, and keep you on schedule. Something I personally did with my first binder was put a date that I wanted to accomplish everything by. I’m happy to report that I accomplished everything on my list a full two months before that date. If I can do it, I know you can.
Grab My Vision Binder Worksheets
If you don’t want the hassle of creating your own vision binder, no worries, I’ve got you covered. In my new Vision Board + Binder Bundle, I’ve got over 15 worksheets, a vision board template (made for Canva), and instructions on how to set your vision binder up for success. I even have a video walkthrough of me using my own sheets to show you how easy it is to set up and use over and over again.
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There are no more excuses this year to hold you back from what you want to accomplish. Create your vision board and actually achieve what you put on it by using a vision binder to keep you accountable. I’ll be rooting for you.