Motivation can be the missing component for success in many aspects of life. Finance is an area of life that requires more patience and control than most. It makes sense then that people would try all sorts of tricks to motivate themselves to build a better financial future.
A financial vision board is one of those sources of motivation.
Budget apps have played with the idea of visual representations of personal finances and providing rewarding feelings for users. But improving your finances is a long-term endeavor, and that’s what a financial vision board is all about.
A financial vision board (or “money vision board”) is a collage of imagery meant to motivate the viewer towards financial success.
The images on a financial vision board each represent a personal life goal. In their totality, all the art on the board adds up to what the creator sees as their ideal financial future. As a demonstration of an ideal, the object is motivational.
Financial vision boards can be made in many different ways (more on that in a minute!). But the purpose of each board is the same: motivation for the creator.
The first step is to find the imagery that is relevant to you. Scroll down to “Financial Vision Board Examples” for advice on source materials.
A financial vision board project should begin with a large collection of images.
Those images should include some mix of the items you value in life. They can be any mix of :
Of course, this list will be different for every individual. So, there’s no shame in being brutally honest and choosing the themes that make you happy. The entire point is motivation for a better financial future, after all.
Once you have all the imagery, you just need to place them on your board.
The best example of a vision board is... whatever works for you! So, let’s go over the ways people find their vision board’s imagery and the board itself.
The images for a vision board can come from many different places. There’s also nothing stopping you from getting images of several types from several different sources.
The easiest place to start is, of course online. Because you’re making a personal vision board, there is no need to worry about copyright restrictions. Just search online for whatever images provide the spark you’re looking for.
Then you can just print them and place them on the board. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. But you can try other methods if you really want your vision board to have a nice appearance.
Another popular source of images is magazines. A financial magazine is a great place to find images you need. In particular, imagery of investment success, a rich lifestyle, and more can appropriately fit into a financial vision board.
The best quality, however, would come from genuine photographs. If you’re into photography, you can take this as an invitation for a fun job.
Cardboard is one of the best options for the board itself. However, any material that is robust and durable enough can be used. A bulletin board can also make a great financial vision board.
The key to remember is that you want the vision board to last. You want the board to last the same way you want your dreams to last.
Last but certainly not least, you need the right size for the vision board. This is why it makes a lot more sense to draw your images before choosing a board. You can always do the measuring after you have all your images.
To finish things off, there are several steps you should take to make the vision board work as intended.
What is a financial vision? It's whatever you dream about! If you know what you are trying to achieve, and where you would like to be in the future, whether it's to have a new car, or to aspire to a certain job, house, or lifestyle, seeing it every day can keep you on track, reminding you of what you are working so hard to do!
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