Create Vision Boards with Elementary Students

One of my favorite things about this time of the year is feeling inspired to create and distill my big goals for the next twelve months. I used to reserve a quiet evening each January to snuggle up by the fire with my two little pups and a hot mug of tea so I could dream and write about what I wanted the next year to look and feel like. It was satisfying, but somewhere along the way, I would lose track of my goals and begin to take them less seriously. Often, I even lost that piece of paper, too. :-) Then, about five years ago, I learned the art of creating vision boards from my mentor Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and The Success Principles. Jack attributes much of his success, both personally and professionally, to the regular practice of creating and using vision boards in his daily life. Since learning to create vision boards, my life has changed in significant ways. I wouldn't call vision boards "magic," but I would attribute much of my success directly to the daily, focused attention to and visualization of what I really, really want from this incredible life.

Because of this, I began teaching younger students how to create vision boards of their own. I've worked with children as young as seven years old to teach them to articulate what it is their big goals and dreams are for their lives, and it's always such a heart-warming and exciting experience to learn that what really matters to a lot of children isn't what we think it might be. I invite you to challenge yourself this year to give your students the tools and strategies they need to learn to believe in themselves, to dream big, and to create the life of their dreams through vision boards. Just watch my video below to learn how!

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