Do you set goals for yourself, either in your personal life or for your business? If not, how do you know you’re growing or making progress? When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream about the type of life you wanted? What is your WHY, the reason behind all the long hours you spend on your business?
Creating a vision board has become a popular activity in the last few years. A vision board is a tool that helps you 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. Whether you combine a personal vision board with a professional one or keep them separate, thinking about what you want in life or business forces you to prioritize what’s important. Do you want to buy your first house or move to a warmer climate? 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 your vision board in sight of your desk or computer is a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Some believe that keeping it open by your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which motivates you upon waking. With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas 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 reach 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 scary and outrageous as they may be – 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, you’ll see more opportunities for more minor 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 action on your part. Vision boards are not magic tricks; they spur us into action because we finally know what we want from life. Visualize your ideal life, then approach each day with action steps leading you toward that ideal life.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be a relaxing and fun family activity. So grab some glue and some old magazines and start daydreaming! So will you join me and some other visionaries? Be sure to sign up so I can have a head count.
Bring your supplies, and I will provide light beverages. I will be emailing out a supply list.