If I said to you right now
“What do you want out of life?”
How would you answer?
Most people would need some time to think about it before answering the question. Some wouldn’t be able to answer at all.
I have never been particularly focused on what I want. And if someone asked me it would take me some time to give them an accurate answer.
I recently rediscovered the strategy of creating a vision board to keep yourself focused and moving in the right direction in life. I remember hearing about this back in school but at the time the suggested method of creating one was to cut images out of magazines and have the vision board on paper. I’ve never really been an arts and craft type of person and therefore it seemed to be more effort than it was worth.
But revisiting the idea now, I realized that it wouldn’t take long to create a vision board by putting together images from Google and save it as my desktop background. And that’s exactly what I did.
Basically, the idea is to find images that represent the way you want your life to look in the future.
This could include: goals you want to achieve, possessions you want acquire, places you want to visit, people you want to meet, qualities you want to possess and so on.
I found around 10~15 different images representing some of the things (I think) I want from my life and put them together into one big image.
After finishing, I did feel like I had a slightly clearer idea on the direction I needed to be going to turn some of these images into realities.
If you’re like me and tend to become unfocused with what you’re doing, I’d suggest putting aside an hour and creating one too.
I’m not going to upload my whole vision board here but I’ll share a few images that I used and briefly talk about what they mean to me.
This is a film still taken from the movie Into The Wild. To me is represents the personal quality of open mindedness and the value of treating life like a continuous learning experience rather than getting overly caught up in your own beliefs.
This is the front cover of the book The Fountainhead – which I read last year. I decided to include this image in my vision board for two reasons. Firstly, because writing and publishing a book is something I want to achieve in my life. Secondly, I picked this book specifically because it seemed to me more like an original and personal ‘work of art’ than just being an entertaining story. Not only this but one of the main themes of the book itself is how sticking to your own creative intuition and integrity is superior to pandering to an audience.
I want to be a contestant on the TV show Survivor. It has been an impossible ambition of mine for quite a few years now. This one might seem obvious to those who know me but it means more than just simply going on the show. It’s about the journey of sticking with an aspiration despite the unfavorable odds.