Create a Family Vision Board

The Bansley family worked with life coach Angela Marshall to create a family vision board that helped them set some family goals. Here's are Angela's instructions for creating your own family vision board at home.

Craft a vision statement

A great vision statement can be used to enhance any part of your life. If you're trying to become a more active family, this is a great way to set the state. Before sitting down to create your vision board, have a family discussion about:

  • What's your family motto?
  • What are your values?
  • What's important to you?
  • What's the focus of the big picture of your life?
  • Do you have a defining image of family?
  • What are the "power words" that resonate with you and help you see the vision clearly?
  • What are your goals as a family?

Focus on the experiences you want to create in your life. Phrase them all in the positive rather than overcoming something negative. Try to look at several aspects of your life: health, relationships, lifestyle and, of course, physical activity.

Creating a vision board - step by step 

  1. Gather the basics you'll need to create your board:
    • a variety of magazines or a computer and printer so you can search for and print out images
    • scissors or a paper cutter
    • posterboard, bulletin board or other surface to build your vision board
    • glue or other adhesive
  2. Collect the ideas, vision statement, words or quotes you want to use.
  3. Get into the flow. Eliminate distractions, add some music if that helps and carve out some time to enjoy the process.
  4. Have everyone look for images that represent your family's vision and resonate with them.
  5. Start cutting and pasting. Try starting at the center and working outward, the traditional method used in the art of collage. Another option is to choose four or five major images and surround them with phrases, power words or inspirational sayings (affirmations).
  6. Overlap pictures, tear the images out of magazines, zigzag the edges if your like. Be creative!
  7. Hang your vision board up where you'll see it and refer to it often.

Bring your vision board to life by creating a family physical activity policy.