Goal-setting techniques of a collage


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Vision boards offer a variety of options for students looking to set realistic goals. The collages can be used to plan for the future or as motivation to achieve their objectives.

Made from a collection of objects including magazine clippings, encouraging pictures or positive sayings, vision boards help with setting goals and planning for the future.

Vision boards are essentially collages that serve to motivate or inspire someone towards their goal. The varying sizes and customizations of vision boards leaves the creator able to take as much liberty as they want.

In an article titled “How Creating A Vision Board Will Empower You To Manifest Your Dream Life,” Ravi Raman, author of “Life Hacks,” defined the term.

“A vision board is a concrete representation of your desires and aspirations for a compelling life,” said Raman. “They are fun to create and can serve as an invaluable tool to motivate and inspire you towards concrete daily action in pursuit of your biggest and most important life goals.”

Jordan Desselles, a sophomore marketing major, explained that the supplies one chooses to make their vision board is entirely up to them.

“It really just depends on how creative you want to be with it,” explained Desselles. “It doesn’t have to be too fancy, but you also want it to be something that you look at, and it gives you a drive to accomplish all your goals. So, you want it to be visually pleasing.”

Karley Bordelon, junior social studies education major, has a vision board she made earlier this semester. She appreciates the concept of vision boards.

“I always love making vision boards,” shared Bordelon. “I typically make them every new year because I am always feeling 100% motivation at the start of the year. You can even use clips or magnets and change it up throughout the year with new pictures or quotes.”

Raman recommended getting together in a group to make a vision board.

“When you build a vision board with others, you can feed off each other’s ideas and positive energy,” said Raman. “It is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening together.”

Working alone is also fine as it gives time for winding-down and self-analysis, according to Bordelon.

“Students can make them with a group or take some chill time to make them by themselves,” said Bordelon. “The supplies can be found at any local store or around the house.”

No matter how goal-oriented or organized the person creating a vision board is, Desselles thinks that boards can be good for anybody.

“I think that everybody should make a vision board whether it’s a big one or a small one, and it’s a great idea to keep all your goals in check,” expressed Desselles.

One challenge of creating vision boards can be prioritizing top goals are and narrowing them down. Bordelon shared some advice for anyone interested in making their own vision board.

“Take it seriously, and take yourself seriously,” recommended Bordelon. “Yes, it is just a silly piece of paper or canvas, but it holds your hopes and dreams on it. Invest in yourself. Take the time to really dig deep, and find what you want to do with your life. Set goals and know that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to.”