Alot of people ask me how I come up with my vision board for the year & how I develop my special word that becomes my filter for making decisions? It’s not as tricky as you might think. I’ve developed a really simple process to follow and I’d love to share this with you so that you can have ‘your best year’.
Ok so first things first. I usually give myself a whole month to work through these exercises. The whole purpose of this is to give yourself some time and space to reflect back on the year just been and work out what you want the year ahead to look and feel like – setting clear intentions. It’s best not to rush this process. Enjoy reflecting. It’s not often we take the time to do this. I’m going to break this down into 3 weeks for you.
Week one – Let’s review 2019.
The purpose of these exercises is to check in with how you’re feeling about all aspects of your life, about how you felt about last year – the good stuff and the not so good stuff.
It’s really important to give yourself a little pat on the back and celebrate all your ‘wins’ so that you can remember that feeling. Equally, it’s good to reflect on the stuff that you weren’t that happy about – reflect on why you weren’t happy and what you would have changed about that situation. Then park it and move on.
Get a notebook or paper and start writing out your answers to the following questions. Remember these could be related to experiences, people or physical things…
- List all of the moments when you felt joy in 2019. I felt joy ______?
- List what you are most proud of from 2019. I’m most proud of _____?
- List what you wish you had done more of in 2019. I wish had done more _____?
- List what you wish you had done less of in 2019. I wish had done less _____?
- List the times when you felt most stressed. I was most stressed when _____?
Week two – Your values
Ok, so now that we’ve got a good sense for how we’re feeling right now – also, for what we want to take forward from 2019 and what we definitely want to leave behind – it’s time to start dreaming about the year ahead.
Our values are important because they help us to grow and develop. When we know what matters most, and how we want to live, we are able to more easily envisage the future we’d like for ourselves. Our values inform our thoughts, words, decisions and actions.
- What are the things that bring you the most joy in life?
- What is about those situations that you love?
- What makes you happy?
- What things did you love to do when you were younger?
- What makes you sad or mad?
Make a list of your ten most important values. If you need help check out this list of values you could take inspiration from.
Week two – Your vision
So now that you have a good sense of how you’re feeling right now, and what your values are, let’s get creative. You are about to create your vision board.
Things to think about when designing your vision board.
- How do you want to feel in body and mind?
- What will you be doing in this life?
- How will you spend your days, evenings, weekends and holidays?
- Who else is with you? People, animals…
- What do you want to be doing more or less of, in this ideal world?
- Where are you in this picture – the UK, London, abroad, by the sea etc.
- What colors do you see?
Grab an A3 piece of paper. Go and buy a whole bunch of magazines like Psychologies, Flow, Red etc and start cutting out pictures that feel like they need to be part of your vision for 2020.
Here is a pic of mine from a few years ago.
Week three – your action plan
Now you’ve got a lovely vision for how you want 2019 to look and feel, the next step is to have a think about what might be holding you back. Then you need to start thinking about an action plan – what next steps you’ll take.
And last, but certainly not least, try to develop your own special mantra for the year. This way, you’ll have your intention clearly set in words and it you can refer back to it if you find yourself in a moment of doubt.
As a bit of inspo – mine was ‘Joy’ for 2020. It became my filter for every major decision I made.