How To Set Retirement Goals With A Vision Board

How would you describe your ideal retirement life? Do you have a vision in mind for how you’d like it to look? Have you tried to create a retirement plan or attempted to set some mid-life goals? Maybe you have but nothing seems quite right. Change it up and try something new.  Why not set retirement goals with a vision board?

Admittedly, setting goals sounds like a work project. But this isn’t about goals, tasks and time frames. Instead of words, a vision board uses images to visually convey your goals and life plans.

If I told you your vision board tools were scissors, glue sticks and magazines would you still think it sounds like a work project?   

So what’s a vision board?  It’s a simple, low-tech way to display images of whatever you want to bring into your life. You place it  where you’ll see it regularly and use it as a reminder of the types of feelings or things you want to focus on.

Use magazines to look for pictures showing what you want to have in your life.  The pictures can be of things, places, people or words.  Randomly glue them on a poster-sized board. There’s no need to be neat and tidy.  Create a picture collage and then put it someplace where you’ll see it regularly.

For example, if one of your retirement goals is to improve your photography skills, find a picture of your ideal camera or phone. Put it on your vision board. In addition, add another image to express how excited you feel about photography.  As a result, every time you look at the vision board, you’ll be reminded of your photography goal.

Vision board success is based on the law of attraction. Because you attract what you wish for or expect.  Suppose you’re feeling stuck about making retirement plans and are struggling to define your retirement life goals.  Look for images of things or words that appeal to you and glue these on your board. Eventually whatever feelings or actions the images represent will be attracted to you.

My vision board includes the words: curate, spontaneity, reward, variety, peace, joy and failing better. I have pictures of people moving, wind, light, yogis and stacks of books. How they all fit together I don’t know now. But I’m sure at some point, I’ll figure it out. I do know  the images speak to me and I know that once I think about it for a while, goals and plans will surface.

Include images on your vision board as well as other memorabilia like pictures, quotes, or notes from friends. Look for things that inspire and motivate you. By putting them on your board, you’re creating visual reminders of how you want to live your life.

Finally, keep goal setting in perspective. Setting goals for mid-life and retirement shouldn’t be stressful. Remember, this is your time to live life on your terms. Don’t push so hard to find goals. Create space and allow the goals find you. Using a vision board helps you uncover the right goals based on what’s important to you.

Okay, now you know the basics of how to set retirement goals with a vision board. If you’re feeling stuck and not going anywhere with your retirement planning, this method could be just what you need to move forward. Get creative and have some fun with your retirement planning process.

Interested in more ideas about retirement planning? Contact Deborah at Retirement Style.


Many readers find themselves stuck in planning for retirement. Retirement Style offers a number of resources, including our 30 Day Journaling Challenge, to help you get unstuck in working towards your best retirement. If you would like to speak to a certified retirement coach about your personal journey, please contact us.

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