Vision Boards, can be a very divisive subject I found when I did some research recently!
Some people think they’re great, others think they’re a waste of time!
For myself, I have been using them for the last 5-6 years and have found them extremely helpful. They have given me clarity and helped keep me focused and motivated, even when the going has been tough.
It is way too easy to just drift through life and business without a clear plan of what you want to achieve. And I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, if you fail to plan, you effectively plan to fail!
Well the theory doesn’t just apply to planning in my opinion. It also applies to having a vision and goals.
I am not in the business of trying to persuade anyone to do anything they don’t think will help them. But what I am going to do is give you 3 compelling reasons to try making a Vision Board. You can then see for yourself if it makes any difference to your results.
Watch my video to hear about my 3 reasons:
The process of creating your Vision Board is almost as important as the finished product.
The work of creating a Vision Board is actually in the preparation. I know you’re itching to get started with the glue and the scissors! But it’s important to spend some time getting really clear on what it is you actually do want to achieve before that.
For many of us, life these days is so crazy busy. We rarely take time out to reassess and really think about what we want out of life. And it’s even more important to think about what we want to achieve in the next year. We’re just too busy dealing with the day to day minutiae of life to stop and breathe! So take some time out to be intentional about what you want to do, be and have in the next year.
2. Be Specific
Your Vision Board is likely to be far more effective if your dreams and goals are specific. I’m sure you’ve heard of SMART goals. Specific is the first part of setting a smart goal. It’s so much easier to work towards something specific than something a bit random and vague. And it’s a whole lot easier to work out whether you have achieved your dream or goal, if it was specific in the first place.
For instance, suppose one of your goals is to get fit? This is one of the most popular New Years resolutions, but it’s also one of the least successful. One of the reasons for its lack of success, could be that it is very vague and non-specific.
So let’s change the goal. Instead of I want to get fit, how about: I’m going to exercise 3 times per week, for at least 30 minutes each time. This will be much easier to work towards, maybe by increasing by one weekly exercise session per month. It will also be very clear at the end of the year, whether or not you have achieved your goal. You can simply measure whether or not you are exercising three times per week for at least 30 minutes per session.
If the goal remained at I want to get fit, how would you know if you have achieved it, or even if what you are doing is enough?
So a Vision Board is a great help in setting specific goals that are easily measurable.
3. A Clear Focus
A typical Vision Board is a collection of images that represent your dreams and goals. These are then arranged on a reasonably big board. The board is then displayed somewhere prominent where you will see it on a daily or at least weekly basis.
Your Vision Board then becomes a fantastic visual reminder of the things you would really like to achieve this year.
Life is tough, and there are days for all of us, when we wonder why we are doing what we are doing. We can also start to wonder if it is all really worth it. A Vision Board can be a great way to re-inspire you to keep going on those tough days.
It also helps on days when everything is going well. It can be so good to just take 5 minutes to look at your Vision Boa and give yourself the extra motivation to push on towards achieving your dreams.
Life Is Full Of Distractions!
Life is full of distractions! I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes to my laptop to work, thinks I’ll just have a quick check on my emails before I get started. Then I see a facebook notification which I’ll just quickly check, and then an hour later realise I haven’t even started yet!
And that’s only the online distractions!
What about the dog pestering to be taken for a walk? Or your partner asking if you’ve seen his particular pair of black socks that he needs right now! Or the children saying that they need to be dressed in costume today as it’s world book day!
There are so many things that can pull us off track! It can be really hard to stay focused on what really matters.
And it’s not just other people’s demands. Sometimes it’s simply that there’s so much to do that we don’t know where to start or what’s most important.
A quick look at your Vision Board can be all that’s needed to get you back on track and focused on the specific activities that will take you one step closer to achieving your goals.
Most of us have to do lists that could keep us busy until retirement! We can be so overwhelmed with too many things that are all vying for our attention. We are then rendered incapable of doing anything.
Procrastination is usually the result of either overwhelm or just a lack of focus.
Having a Vision Board, can help to remind us what the most important activities are. We can then focus on the top priorities first.
There will always be 101 things that need to be done. But the things that take us closer to achieving our goals should always be our top priority. A Vision Board will help us keep those things at the forefront of our minds. We can then keep focused and moving forwards towards our goals.
If you find it difficult to set the time aside to clarify your goals and create a Vision Board, when there are too many other demands on you, I have a solution! I run regular Vision Board Workshops, either in-person or online. Sometimes we need to take some time out from our usual routine in order to focus some time on ourselves.
I invite you to click here to find out all the info you need about my next Vision Board Workshop, and to book your place.
Until next time….