31 days to focus on you Meaningful Mondays Over 50s Lifestyle

Meaningful Mondays: Find your focus create a Vision Board

July 10, 2017
Vision Board

Vision Board

 

This month my theme is 31 days to focus on YOU! and finding ways to discover what you want from life – what makes you happy – making time for yourself.

I recently read a great post from another blogger friend Jennifer from UnfoldAndBegin.comAre you Just Passing the Time?

Her first sentence, which I’ve quoted below, started me thinking and I would encourage you to click on the link about and read her post in full.

If you have goals (a vision) but do nothing about it then it’s all just a dream.

What a great thought!

If we really want to focus on ourselves, that includes determining what we want from our life as individuals.  Not as someone’s partner, mother or daughter – but as a Woman who is an individual with her own needs and desires.

Jennifer, wrote about having a vision and also how helpful Vision Boards are to keep our goals front and centre.  I’ve had a vision board for about 10 years and although it looks very messy, it reminds me every morning what I want for my life and what is important to me and that includes having photos of my family and friends.

What is a Vision Board?

Basically it is a board that you can pin photos or images to that relate to what you want to achieve or dreams you want to make into a reality.

It is akin to a Pinterest Board where you save links and images to different categories.  You could probably use Pinterest but I like a physical board that I can put in a prominent place.

When I first started my vision board, I had photos of places I wanted to travel to, running events I wanted to enter.  Now I keep my achievements there so I can see what I am actually capable of.

Why have a Vision Board?

Having a visual of your goal can help keep you motivated and working towards achieving it.

Do they work?

Like anything, a vision board is just a tool to help you keep motivated and working towards what you want for your life.

I found this article in Psychology today ‘Throw away your vision board’  which had some interesting reasons as to the negative side of this motivational tool.  I will leave it to you to decide.

At the end of the day, a Vision Board can help define your dreams and goals – BUT IT WON’T MAKE THEM HAPPEN – ONLY YOU CAN DO THAT!

Why not change your world with Vision & Action?

vision board

Do you have a Vision Board?

Would you try one?

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer July 10, 2017 at 03:10

    Thanks for sharing my post. That’s an interesting article from Psychology Today and actually goes along with a lot of what I write about. I’m a believer in practical vision boards (he likes to call them Action Boards.) It’s not a matter of putting a pretty picture up on a board and hoping it will come true. A good vision board will push you to work towards your dream, recognize opportunities and inspire you to stay on track. The funny thing is that I already prepared a post for next week about “practical” vision boards.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 10, 2017 at 09:53

      My pleasure Jennifer. I really enjoyed your message and wanted to share my thoughts as well. You are right about it not just being a matter of putting a pretty picture up. You need to focus and be motivated by your board but at the end of the day only we can achieve it if we want it badly enough. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Donna July 10, 2017 at 05:15

    Thanks, Sue (and Jennifer) – I wholeheartedly agree that both ‘Vision’ and ‘Action” are instrumental to our success. Thank you for sharing the link to the contrasting Psychology Today article. I do concur that just dreaming about something that we want is not enough. We also need to visualize our actions that will help us achieve our desires. I believe that is what good vision boards are all about!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 10, 2017 at 09:52

      Hi Donna! I found the article very interesting and actually was prompted to write the post by Jennifer. I certainly need to visualize what I want to achieve and that is great motivation for me. Have a wonderful week, Donna x

  • Reply Catherine July 10, 2017 at 05:53

    What a great article Sue, just what I need at this time. I’ve got so many goals, but they are definitely at risk of becoming nothing more than dreams. I’ve got timeframes and action plans, but haven’t written anything down, which is when things really start to happen.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 10, 2017 at 09:47

      I’m so pleased you found the post useful Catherine and yes it really all starts when you actually do put pen to paper and you can see your goals listed. Have a great week! xxhttps://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho July 10, 2017 at 06:01

    I have a vision board. In the Fall I will make a new one. I tend to do so seasonally.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 10, 2017 at 09:46

      What a great idea to do a Seasonal vision board. I love that idea. Have a great week Elise and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Debbie July 10, 2017 at 14:11

    I don’t use a vision board but can see how grey could be useful. I agree that action is what’s needed to make anything happen though. Great post for a meaningful Monday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 10, 2017 at 15:20

      Hi Debbie so glad you enjoyed this week’s Meaningful Monday. I do like the visual aspect of a vision board but at the end of the day it is up to me if i follow through. Have a great week!

  • Reply Shirley Corder July 11, 2017 at 01:25

    This is an interesting thought, Sue. Thanks for suggesting it. I would first have to figure out where to put the vision board, but I like the idea. 🙂 Common Saying starting with D.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 11, 2017 at 07:35

      Yes that is a point Shirley but usually I have mine either in my bedroom or study so that I see it regularly. Have a great week!

  • Reply Carol Cassara (@ccassara) July 12, 2017 at 12:48

    I love creating vision board. My last one was in 2009 and it’s still up in my garage as inpsiration and measurement of accomplishments.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2017 at 06:45

      I still have mine from 10 years ago Carol and yes it does still inspire and also shows me how far I’ve come. Have a great week!

  • Reply Jan Wild July 13, 2017 at 13:42

    When there is no room for a vision board an alternative is a vision book. I used a visual diary years ago with lots of images cut out and stuck in and then I added words to each – usually just a single word e.g. ‘serenity’ ‘abundance’ etc. I found my visual diary just last week and flicked through it; very interesting to see what has manifested from that work.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:31

      That is a great idea Jan a visual diary! You could also carry it with you as a reminder. Have a great week!

  • Reply Connie July 13, 2017 at 21:09

    Thanks for that inspiration Sue. I keep saying I’m going to create a physical vision board, but keep putting if off. This is that little nudge I’ve needed. I love your blog by the way. I feel that we are sister spirits!! ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:27

      I’m so pleased you were inspired by my post Connie. Thank you for your kind words and I will definitely check out your blog too! Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues July 14, 2017 at 02:33

    A vision board worked for me in the past. Thanks for the nudge for me to try it again, Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:23

      Thanks Corinne let me know what yours will look like!

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" July 14, 2017 at 06:11

    I have never used a vision board, but definitely see the benefit. I’ve read lots about them and think maybe I need to try it. Maybe if I could see all my crazy, seemingly disconnected thoughts in one place, I could recognize a pattern, haha!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 09:22

      It does help to sort out what you want and where you want to go Wendy. I suppose Pinterest boards are a little like that but I like to see my personal dreams and goals in front of me most of the time.

  • Reply Michele July 15, 2017 at 02:10

    I have kept a vision book for years. It is a 9×11 artists sketchbook. I glue in photos from magazines, quotes, lists of things I want to see or do or places I want to travel. I look at it often and spend several hours updating it every few months. I find it really helpful to keep my dreams and goals front and center. When I look back, I am often amazed at how many of the things in my book I have actually manifested through goals and taking action.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 15, 2017 at 05:22

      I hadn’t heard of a vision book Michele until I published this post and like you there are a couple of other ladies who have kept vision books. I like the idea because they are portable and hold more than a vision board. It is good to see what you have actually put into action isn’t it? Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Menaka Bharathi July 18, 2017 at 00:34

    Never heard about a vision board but this looks totally interesting..Would love it to try it soon

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:36

      Hi Menaka I’m sure you would find it useful even just to see what your dreams are. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Margaretha July 19, 2017 at 01:42

    I am a fan of vision boards, vision books , vision boxes and online vision board files. Especially boxes. I am a kinesthetic learner so I also need things I can touch in my action box.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:27

      I’ve only heard of vision boards Margaretha however since I wrote this post I’ve heard from others, like yourself, about vision books, boxes and online.

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