When I left my full-time job in October of 2018 to work for myself again, I attended a local vision board workshop. That board was and is something I still credit for helping me get to where I am today. Seriously. Most of what I put on my board in October of 2018 has happened. I can look at it and see the progress I have made. It allows me to see my WHY, and the reason behind all the long hours I spend on my business.
With New Year’s approaching, I invite you to visualize your dreams and goals. How so, you ask? Let’s explore the ways.
1. Vision boards make you focus on what’s important to you. My vision board combined persona and professional goals and dreams. You can choose to keep these separate or combine them. I’m working on my 2020 vision board, and again, I am combining them. Whatever you want, it helps you to prioritize what’s important. Putting a photo of your dream location by the beach will inspire you to work harder and not undercut your prices. If you want to move, you alone can make that happen, and you’ll make better business decisions based on that desire to move.
2. Visualization stimulates the creative side of your brain. Placing the vision board insight of your desk or computer serves as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Some believe keeping it open by your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which makes you motivated upon waking. With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas you have for a new course or coaching program you want to create.
3. Focusing on goals makes you recognize new resources or opportunities. Visualizing yourself living in a warmer climate (or whatever your primary goal is) will motivate you to work towards that goal. Still, you’ll also notice new opportunities or resources which can lead you to reaching your goal. These resources may have always been present, but now that you’re focused on your goal, you will see them in a new light: as a way to help you reach that intended goal.
4. Break out of your comfort zone by stating a big, scary goal. Are you stuck in a rut because you’re afraid to break out of your comfort zone? Acknowledging big goals – as frightening and outrageous as they may seem – will help you step out and take on new challenges, all in the name of reaching that scary goal. If your goal is to speak in front of an audience of 5,000 at your favorite conference, then you’ll start to see more opportunities for smaller speaking engagements. These smaller gigs will give you lots of practice and build your name recognition, so when the organizers of your favorite conference advertise they’re looking for speakers, you’ll be well prepared to submit your name.
5. Seeing a big goal forces you out of the daydream and into action. Nothing happens without some work on your part. Vision boards are not magic tricks; they are instead a tool that spurs us into action because we finally know what we want out of life. Visualize your ideal life then approach each day with action steps that will lead you toward that perfect life.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be a very relaxing and fun family activity. So grab some glue and some old magazines and start daydreaming!