Values Vision Board

Instructions

Living your values means listening to what is important to you and deciding to act accordingly. Simply put, it means saying: “I stand for this”, “This is what is profoundly important to me” or “I want to be about living this”.


In this exercise, you are going to explore your personal values. Your values are completely up to you. They are personal and reflect what is important to you. Each person has different values. Examples of values include “connecting with nature”, “being creative” and “helping others”. Make a visual representation of your values. More specifically, you are going to create a “vision board”. A vision board is a collection of images, illustrations and/or words. You can use the following three steps to create your own personal values vision board.


1. Collect images for your vision board. Find positive images that correspond with your chosen values. Look for images that resonate with you, that correspond with what you believe is important in life. Use the internet, magazines, and photographs as potential sources.


2. Collect words for your vision board. You can decide to keep your vision board completely visual or may also decide to add words to it. Again, make sure that the words you use reflect or relates to your personal values.


3. Put your vision board together. Once you have selected your images and inspiring phrases, get creative with your arrangement.


The goal of this exercise is to help you connect to your personal values in a creative way. This exercise allows a playful and intuitive search for one’s core values. When finished, it can easily function as a visual reminder.


Advice

1.Be creative in the creation of your vision board. Here are some options:

■ Use pen and paper to make drawings.

■ Use scissors to cut pictures and texts from hard copy magazines and glue them together on a piece of paper. 2. Exposure to your vision board can serve as a prime or reminder. Therefore, put the vision board where it can be seen every day (e.g., on the refrigerator or office desk). Note You may consider your board a private source of inspiration. If this is the case, think of a place that limits who can view your work. The point is that your vision board should be accessible and should not be placed where you can fall out of the habit of looking at it.

3. When creating the vision board, it is important to enjoy the process and work intuitively. Rather than creating the vision board in a rational mode (a lot of thinking and internally debating), it often works best to just go with the flow. Select images or texts that feels good or appropriate, without overthinking it. Prioritizing can always be done afterwards.

4. Vision boards are often used to represent personal goals and desires. Keep in mind that the purpose of your vision board is not to focus on specific outcomes that one hopes to achieve. Your board should represent general values that are important in life. Unlike goals, which represent what we want to achieve, values are ways of living that can never be obtained like an object and can only be realized from moment to moment. Examples include freedom, creativity, autonomy, connectedness, etc. The focus is on what is important, rather than on what you aim to achieve.2. Exposure to your vision board can serve as a prime or reminder. Therefore, put the vision board where it can be seen every day (e.g., on the refrigerator or office desk). Note You may consider your board a private source of inspiration. If this is the case, think of a place that limits who can view your work. The point is that your vision board should be accessible and should not be placed where you can fall out of the habit of looking at it.

3. When creating the vision board, it is important to enjoy the process and work intuitively. Rather than creating the vision board in a rational mode (a lot of thinking and internally debating), it often works best to just go with the flow. Select images or texts that feels good or appropriate, without overthinking it. Prioritizing can always be done afterwards.

4. Vision boards are often used to represent personal goals and desires. Keep in mind that the purpose of your vision board is not to focus on specific outcomes that one hopes to achieve. Your board should represent general values that are important in life. Unlike goals, which represent what we want to achieve, values are ways of living that can never be obtained like an object and can only be realized from moment to moment. Examples include freedom, creativity, autonomy, connectedness, etc. The focus is on what is important, rather than on what you aim to achieve.

■ Use apps, like Bloom (http://appcrawlr.com/ios/bloom-2) or Corkulous Pro (http:// appcrawlr.com/ios/corkulous-pro).

■ Use PowerPoint or Keynote to build a presentation with images, photos, text and so on.

■ Use anything else that you might feel is a creative expression of important values in your vision board.


2. Exposure to your vision board can serve as a prime or reminder. Therefore, put the vision board where it can be seen everyday (e.g., on the refrigerator or office desk). Note You may consider your board a private source of inspiration. If this is the case, think of a place that limits who can view your work. The point is that your vision board should be accessible and should not be placed where you can fall out of the habit of looking at it.


3. When creating the vision board, it is important to enjoy the process and work intuitively. Rather than creating the vision board in a rational mode (a lot of thinking and internally debating), it often works best to just go with the flow. Select images or texts that feels good or appropriate, without overthinking it. Prioritizing can always be done afterwards.


4. Vision boards are often used to represent personal goals and desires. Keep in mind that the purpose of your vision board is not to focus on specific outcomes that one hopes to achieve. Your board should represent general values that are considered to be important in life. Unlike goals, which represent what we want to achieve, values are ways of living that can never be obtained like an object, and can only be realized from moment to moment. Examples include freedom, creativity, autonomy, connectedness, etc. The focus is on what is important, rather than on what you aim to achieve.


5. After you have created the vision board, connect with me if you would like to discuss your vision board. Sharing your vision board can create a fruitful starting point for behavioral change.







© 2013 Beverley J. Miller- SOAR EMPOWERMENT