How to use a vision board to reach your financial goals

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Katharine Liese, General Manager of Marketing Financial Services at 1Life shares some knowledge on how a vision board can improve your financial goals.

What is a vision board? 

A vision board gives you the boost of constantly seeing the best possible result. Here are some guidelines on how to personalize your own vision board. It's usually made as a collage on cardboard, but if you want to be a little more private about your goals, you can create your board in a flip file.Spend some time thinking about your goals. Let yourself dream!

Include images 

Find the images that inspire you. If you have artistic talent, you can draw the images yourself, or you can search online and print them, or cut them out of magazines.Be specific. Give the house you want a patio or a rose garden, if that’s what you are after.

Be creative with words 

Include positive words associated with the goal. You can cut them out or write them yourself.Think about emotion, not just objects. How will you feel when you reach your dream of being debt free?

Pick the perfect spot 

Now arrange and stick them onto your board or flip file. Have fun – pull out the shiny paper, glitter glue and tape to give your vision board a bit of flare. If you want, you can include specific facts and figures like the actual financial cost of the goal, blocks to shade as you approach their target, and even a due date. You don’t have to go into this sort of detail - hopefully you have a financial plan for that - the real magic of a vision board lies in focusing on a visual outcome rather than getting bogged down in the process.

The bottom line:

Vision boards are a great way to frame your financial goals and get you on the road to achieving them. So what are you waiting for? Grab some scissors and a stick of glue and get boarding!

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