Energized by Vision Boards

February 20th, 2017 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »

Energized! Visionary!

In just a week I will give a lesson to my students on Vision Boards and how they can help to make and reach goals. This lesson energizes me because it is a positive way to get several things done.

  • First, my students and I will get to know each other


  • Second, my students will have something to help them concretely reach their goals


  • Third, they will have started to get their feet wet regarding their semester communication goals


Vision Boards explained

But what is a vision board, and how can it help you to reach your goals?


  1. We need clarity
  2. We are busy
  3. We need reminding or we forget
  4. Writing it down is powerful


We need to clarify our goals

The process of clarification is done within the making of the vision board. One has to figure out the goals and the values and then the board is “half made”. One of the more common tools used is a wheel of life to help the process along.


We are busy

Because we are often too busy to sit down with our journals and lists, a vision board is a great way of self-reflection that is quick. You can set a time to look at it each day and ask the question: How am I doing?


We need reminding, and usually very often

Because we are busy and every day brings new emails and projects, a vision board helps us to be reminded of what we have chosen to make (and keep) important. Again, regular viewing of the board is the best way to remind ourselves.


Writing down our goals is very powerful

Not all of the vision board has to be pictures. There can be a list of goals on it, too! In fact the process of setting (and writing down) goals are so powerful, that, again, it really helps you to get there.


So, how do you make your vision board:

1) Reflect on your life, values and goals: where are you now and where do you want to be in 1. 3, 5 years — ask yourself:

  • What do you want to learn how to do?
  • What hobbies and other activities do you already do, and want to continue doing or improve on?
  • What are your career goals? What steps will you have to accomplish along the way to be able to eventually land that dream job?
  • What are your relationship goals? You should think more specifically

about what kind of person you want to be with, how you’d like to spend time with your partner…

  • How do you want to be remembered by others at the end of your life?

2) Based on what you have learned, choose a theme for your vision board- it can be single goal oriented, time oriented, he dream, the process to the big dream, etc…

3) Decide upon a format: bulletin board, poster board, a picture frame, a screen saver, a web page, a Pintrest board, whatever best suits your needs and personality. But it should be something that you look at, at least once a day, somehow.

4) Collect inspiring pictures and sayings to go with your theme. Use magazines, newspapers, post cards, and your own photos. Write down your goals, and write them affirmatively. “I will…

5) Put it all together and hang it up or post it for you to see every day. This is very important. Remember to say aloud the most key things you have written there to remind yourself of who you are and where you are going.

6) Reflect and change. Just like all tools, the vision board is just that, a tool to help you. When the goals have changed, you will have to change your board. It is not magic, but it is very helpful.


Of course I will be reviewing and re-doing my own board with my students, too!


Wishing you a very successful week,

Patricia Jehle




blog: www.jehle-coachingexpat.com





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