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3 Easy Steps: Mind Map your Vision and Create a Board in Canva

"The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe."  That statement was from the book The Secret.  

It made sense! What we focus on expand.  If we focus on the positive things, instead of the negative things, then we attract goodness.

Quote from The Secret

You just need a 2D or 3D image of those pictures and feel the power of those thoughts- daily!  If you have a family of your own, then it's important that you create a Family Vision board where everyone in the family can see it on a daily basis.

Here are 3 easy steps on how to figure out your vision and create a vision board and an action plan. I used Canva so I don't have to worry about being artistic. They already have free templates that you can use and you can log in using your Google or Facebook account.

Step 1: Start with a mind map

Mind mapping works like the brain does in an organized way, allowing you to translate your thoughts into a better picture.  It is a powerful technique to help draw ideas out of your mind.

Once you are in Canva. Click on Templates and type "Mind Map".  It will show you all the templates you can use.

How to Create a Mind Map as the first step to create a Personal or Family Vision

We used the "New Year New You Mind Map" template below (below example is not my personal mind map):

New Year  New You Mind Map Canva Template Unedited

Edit the template by thinking about all the aspects of your life. Like health, career, finances, leisure, personal growth, family or love. Then think about what you want to achieve in each of these aspects.  However, instead of just thinking within the year or next few years, think long term like 10 or 20 years from now.

When you think of your vision, do not worry about how you are going to get there.  At least not yet... if you do, then I don't think it's possible to imagine that you can ever achieve the best things in life.

Don't limit your dreams.

Step 2 Create a Powerful Personal or Family Vision Board

Now that you know your goals for each aspect of your life. It's time to draw them on board... a board so powerful it will spark motivation... the same spark that will light your flames during dark days ahead.

For this, you can use any template you want, any photo be it your own or the free photos in Canva.  For our vision board, we used the "Colorful Themed 90s Party Photo Collage" template. Our Family Vision Board

As you can see, our Family Vision Board does not really give away any of our specific plans in the future. But when I look at it, it reminds me of our priorities and the kind of life we want in the future.  

The fence represents our desire to own and live on a farm after we retire.  The airplane and the books at the bottom represent our travel goals and desire to keep learning new things no matter how old we are, respectively.  The heart on a line is for our health and wellness. Lastly, the clock in the child's eye represents our goal to always have time for the family, not on our terms but always on the perspective of a child.

You can also be extra creative and cut out pictures to put in the corkboard or maybe you can draw it yourself.

Step 3 Create an Action Plan

Don't shoot blindly at the target.  You need to develop an action plan.

I really love this Japanse proverb, "A vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."

Japanese proverb

So you dreamt big. Now it's time to create a game plan.  However, since 10 or 20 years is a long time, I prefer creating a milestone where it shows what my goals at a certain year -  like this: (just an example but close enough)
Milestones for Long Term goal

I used the "Pastel 18th Birthday Timeline Infographic' template above.

It's like a checklist - no need to be too specific. There are a lot of places we want to visit, skills we still want to learn, and activities we want to experience with our kids.  We listed them down on the target years. 

Also, you may want to be more detailed and create an action plan for the current year especially if there is a lot you want to achieve.  You can use an old school planner, download an application on your phone, or you can print a template from Excel or Canva.

Short term goals planner

If there is one thing common about successful people, it's knowing where they want to be.  It's easy to get lost in our busy lives especially if there are some uncontrollable forces getting in the way of our original plans. Personally, I take a step back at least once a year to refresh my vision board if needed but I do a monthly check of my action plans.  If you are unsure about your goals, it's okay, I talked about how you can get back on track in another article.

With these 3 easy steps, you can create a powerful vision board and a specific action plan within an hour.  

If you're comfortable and want to inspire other people, share your vision board below my Facebook post.

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