One of the first steps in Lifestyle Design is to define what your desired life looks like. The most effective and inspiring method that I have found is creating Vision Boards. Vision Boards have gained recent popularity through several heavily marketed books about the Law of Attraction. The concept of the Law of Attraction is definately a topic for another post, but if you’re interested here is a useful resource on the science behind vision boards.
If you’re like me and are more interested in the practical application of vision boards and how they can help you define your desired lifestyle then read on!
Vision Boards: What are they?
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
Alice in Wonderland
In its simplest form, vision boards are a collection of visual cues that allow you to focus on what you decide is important. Christine Kane puts it well by describing the effects of vision boards as:
‘…when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.’
In the context of lifestyle design, vision boards are a great way to explore and define what your desired style of life looks like. Many people find that using visual cues is a far more effective and enjoyable method than defining their lifestyle design in writing.
How to Create Lifestyle Design Vision Boards
- Find pictures that resonate with how you want your life to look.
- Stick them on a piece of paper or board.
- Place your vision board in a prominent location.
Yep, that’s pretty much it. The process of looking for resonating visual cues is a creative and enjoyable way to analyse and determine what your lifestyle design looks like. Putting your vision board in a prominent place also ensures that you are constantly reminded about how you want your life to look. By positioning your vision board in a place that you will see early and often in your day greatly helps to align your actions to your lifestyle design.
Here are a few ideas for where to find lifestyle design visual cues:
- Inspiring quotes.
- Junk mail.
- The internet!
- Inspiration Cards.
Below are some suggestions for areas of your lifestyle that you may want to find visual cues for:
- Values and Beliefs.
- Habits to develop.
- Self Development.
- Living location.
- Health and Wellbeing.
Develop and Refine Your Vision Board
Vision boards can be as simple or as complex as you find necessary to define and align yourself to your chosen lifestyle. The first step is to get started, even if you’re not sure what your lifestyle design looks like.
“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”
As inspiration strikes, continually add to and refine your vision board. You can also develop your vision board by writing your own thoughts on it or painting and drawing pictures. Do whatever you feel is effective in visually defining your lifestyle design.
Example Lifestyle Design Vision Board
With the rapidly approaching end of my 13 year military career and as part of my PROJECT LIFESTYLE DESIGN, I am currently creating my own Lifestyle Design Vision Board. Once I have finished I will be sure to post pictures of it. In the meantime here’s an example of my wife’s Lifestyle Design Vision Board. You can see how she started out by glueing pictures to a circular sheet of paper and has been continually developing and adding to it over time.
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