Have you ever created a vision board for yourself? How about creating one with the whole family? A vision board is a place to display whatever you want to be, do, or have in your life. It helps you clarify, concentrate and focus on your goals. If you consistently visualize the things you want in your life, you will manifest the life you dream of! Now, of course, visualization is just part of the process. You also have to work hard on your mindset, be patient, positive, and never give up to make your dreams a reality.
I had a vision board party with some friends at my house a few months ago, and at the end of our party, my husband came home with the kids. My six year old sat down with us at the table and asked if she could join us. My friend gave her some paper, and without any direction from us, she went to work cutting out pictures and words from magazines and pasting them on her paper.
I wasn’t paying much attention to what she was doing as I was entertaining friends, so it wasn’t until she finished that I stopped to look at her vision board. She nailed it! She had put pictures of Disney World, cookies, and words like love and family fun. She also put a picture of the two of us and told me it was because she wants to spend more time together.
I had never talked to my daughter about vision boards but she knew how to create a vision board because she has seen my vision board hanging above my desk. It was validating to know that by working on my personal development and self-care I am having a positive impact on my children. They are watching everything we do. What more reason do you need to take care of yourself and make your health and well being a priority!
Seeing my daughter do her own vision board gave me the idea to create a vision board as a family. Teaching kids from an early age to set goals and visualize their future will set them up for success as adults. I want my kids to know that anything is possible with patience, perseverance, and positivity. I want them to see their parents working towards their goals, and I want them to see our success and failure as well as their own.
When we finally go to Disney World, I want them to see that we are working hard to build successful businesses that allow us to pay for our trip to Disney World.
Here are a few reasons why you should create a vision board with your family:
- Encourages your children to dream.
- Promotes positive thinking and perseverance.
- Allows children to express their interests and watch them evolve over time.
- Holds the family accountable for spending time together and working towards their goals.
- Sparks conversation about family interests and creates an opportunity for discussion.
What you need to create a vision board:
- Bulletin board, foam board or poster board
- Computer & printer to print anything you can’t find in magazines (not a requirement)
- Glue sticks
- You can also let your kids dress it up with markers, stickers, and glitter
How to create a family vision board:
There are no real rules for creating a family vision board. I suggest being open and flexible as your vision board develops.
We used our goals as the focal point of our vision board and then sat down with some magazines and cut out words and pictures that meant something to each one of us. If we couldn’t find something in a magazine, we found a picture or typed the words on the computer and printed it out.
Ideas to include on your vision board:
- Family vacations or weekend getaways you want to take.
- Books you want to read together.
- Activities you want to do together (visits to the local farm, park, jump park, splash pad, bowling, etc.).
- Extracurricular activities the kids are passionate about (sports, dance, gymnastics, theater, etc.).
- Meaningful quotes that inspire you.
- Words that you want your family to live by (kindness, respect, polite, trust, share, etc.).
- Ways you can help others.
While we were working on our family vision board my six years old impressed me yet again when she suggested that we should help people by earning and donating money to others in need. What a powerful tool a vision board can be! And the best part is it’s a fun activity to do as a family on a quiet afternoon.
Have you created a family vision board? Are you inspired to create one? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below.
To learn more about how you can use visualization in your life check out my post on how I use visualization in my morning routine – How a Change in My Daily Routine, Changed My Life.
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