We all want to be successful, but how do we go about finding that success? Don’t just dream about it. Envision it. Picture a future where you have accomplished your biggest goals. Map it out with images!
Many individuals and companies have visions for their futures. It’s no coincidence! Envisioning the progress you want to achieve by a certain time actually works. It’s another goal-setting technique. Visualization can work wonders for turning your dreams into realities.
Daydreaming about the successes you want in your life is not enough. Thoughts are fleeting, and simply thinking about doing something doesn’t actually accomplish anything. One way to take visualization beyond the confines of your own head is by creating a vision board.
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD?
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a board of some sort filled with images. Some people use cork boards and pins. Some people use poster boards and glue. Even your fridge can be a vision board with enough magnets and pictures. The actual board is all up to you and your personal taste.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The major principle behind a vision board is focus. By focusing on what you want to accomplish and WHY you want to accomplish it, you are more likely to work toward your goals every day. Vision boards give you an aesthetically pleasing, brain-friendly way to keep those goals at the forefront of your mind.
Since there is typically not a lot of space in any vision board, it requires you to get specific about what you really want to accomplish. It‘s important to focus on the WHY behind your goals. Why do you exist, what is your purpose in life and how can you lead a more fulfilled, happier life? This allows you to get specific with yourself and focus your energy toward accomplishing goals.
Vision boards also offer you a way to make your goals more tangible. How do you want your life to be different and why? Put these ideas on a vision board to help you remember to focus on those goals.
TIPS FOR MAKING A GREAT VISION BOARD
Are you ready to have a great tool to help you stay focused? Do you want something to keep you on track for the future you dream of? In my Create Your Success Visionboard Workshop, I offer these tips to get people started.
1. It can be tempting to create a board with pretty pictures and not much else. However, using a vision board as a goal-setting tool means focusing on your goals while creating it. Is one of your goals graduating from a university program? Add a picture of people tossing up their graduation caps onto your vision board with an inspiring word or two about what that means to you. Stray away from purely inspirational photos with no relation to goals. Those can be more distracting than helpful in the long run.
2. Adding too many photos of other people can make you feel inadequate on those tough days. Remind yourself that you’re making a vision board that reflects your goals and the reasons - the drivers - to achieve those goals. Add a picture or two of yourself, maybe even your family if they are part of the vision you‘re creating. Include pictures of you that you’re proud of: maybe photographs of you winning an award or performing on stage. Don’t be modest! This is a perfect time to celebrate just how great you really are - to remember how it feels to reach your goals - while you are challenging yourself with a vision of who and what you want to become or do in the future.
3. Wordiness is distracting. Our brains process pictures twice as fast as words, so limit the amount of words on your vision board to those that truly matter, making sure you’re not crowding your space with too many words. Words can definitely be inspiring, though, so don’t shy away from them! Maybe an affirmation, a poem or certain song lyrics encourage you to be the best version of yourself. Has a leadership quote ever resonated with you? Add it!
4. Many vision boards have different sections. Perhaps you’d like your vision board to focus on your career, your health, your relationships, and your hobbies. Divide your board into these four sections, but make sure you take the extra step and define your goals along the way. What do you want to accomplish in your career? What specific hobbies are you trying to develop? What skills do you want to master, and what do you do just for fun? Ask yourself questions like these, and you’ll have a cohesive vision board in no time!
Vision boards can be powerful goal-setting tools. Ready to make your own vision board – to get you the success you deserve? Contact Joy today for upcoming Create Your Success Visionboard Workshops that help you identify your dreams and get you pointed in the right direction. You will even discover how to take the next step and actually get MOVING toward your dreams!