How-to: Create a vision board

Do you take the time to reflect on the things you want to change and accomplish? Visualizing it, writing it down or creating a vision board helps to make them a reality. Redirecting your thoughts to these goals will help shift your energy and take action to make them a reality. The other day, I sat in my room with no music, no distractions, just me and a pen and paper. I jotted down three categories I wanted to focus on: career, health and personal. I reflected on the following questions without thinking of the barriers and restrictions and wrote my answers under the appropriate category.

REFLECT If money, people's opinions and judgements, and fear were not factors, what would I want to be, do or have? What beliefs or things would I have to let go of if I were to create this in my life? What would I have to believe, in order to be, do or have these things? What would I like to accomplish in the next 2, 5 and 10 years?

There are definitely a lot more questions you could reflect on. This is your vision board and you put what you want your life to look like. Don't think about what your boyfriend/girlfriend, parents, friends would want you to do or be. They are not living your life. In the end, you'll be the one looking back on your life, not them.

VISUALIZE Once you've reflected on your goals and what you want your life to look like, start flipping through magazines and start collecting images, quotes, keywords and anything else you want to include on your board. Go through them again and pick out the ones that speak to you.

Arrange them on your board. You can breakdown your board in categories if it makes it easier or scatter them around. It's up to you. Once you've arranged the items on your board, paste them. Put a few decorative touches to them and don't forget to add a photo of yourself!

DISPLAY IT AND ACT ON IT Display it someplace you'll see it every day. This will help your visualize more often and help your shift your energy and thoughts to the things you want. Taking conscious action in your daily life is a key component of this process. That means being open-minded, listening to your inner authentic voice, keeping an eye out for opportunities and taking action. If you want to achieve that healthy body, set a goal to workout at least once a week and increase the times you work out as you go on. It will take some adjusting, but you can do it! Remember, if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you! KAIZEN (Change for the better!)

Here is my vision board. It is not yet complete. There are so many other things I want to incorporate and accomplish in my life, but it's a start. As I progress, there will be things that no long speak to me and I'll have to change my vision and shift my thoughts (and this is complete normal)! Don't be so hard on yourself. If you don't know what it is that you want in life. Start by sitting in a quiet room, reflect on the things you've done and listen to your inner authentic voice. It will come to you.