There’s no better way to achieve your goals than by taking those insubstantial plans rattling around your brain and creating a visual model you keep front and center every day. Even if you have your goals outlined on paper, seeing a picture of what those objectives really mean for your business can be the catalyst to making it happen.
The best way to do that is to turn your goals into a vision board. A vision board is a tool that helps you zero in on exactly what you’re seeking to achieve and focus on what needs to be done in order to achieve those goals.
Now you may be thinking that a vision board is all part of that “woo woo” law of attraction stuff. And, yes, vision boards get a lot of traction from those who offer to teach you how to attract the things you want into your business and your life. But vision boards have been around long before the concept became popular in recent years, with people as famous as Walt Disney using them to create their vision of the future.
Creating Your Vision Board
It’s not hard to make a vision board, though you’ll need to set aside some uninterrupted time to take your board from idea to completion. Plan on spending at least a day on it to get it done.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A list of your goals
- Poster board or cork board
- Magazines or a computer so you can download graphics from the Web
- Glue (glue sticks work great) or push pins
Once you've gathered these supplies, you can dive in:
Step 1. Determine what you really want. Get out a copy of your goals, and spend an hour or so writing down why you chose each of your goals. For example, perhaps your goal is to increase revenue by 50 percent. That’s a great goal, but why do you want to do that? Perhaps it’s because you want to expand your business in a certain way or maybe you want to increase profits so you can have more of what you want in your personal life. Assess each of the goals you’ve set for the real reason you're trying to achieve them. Be sure to write the reason(s) down so you’ll be able to find the perfect visual to represent each goal.
Step 2. Select and prepare your visuals. Take a few hours to select the visuals for your vision board. Using your list of reasons, browse through the magazines you have on hand or search the Internet for pictures that represent the "whys" you defined. When you find something you like, don’t do a lot of analysis or preparation here—just rip the page out of the magazine or print the photo from the Web. If a picture or graphic hits you as being a good one for your board, add it to your stack. You can always eliminate it later if it’s not quite what you want.
Step 3. Create your board. This is the fun part where your ideas come together. Before you begin adding your selected visuals to your board, think about how you want to organize the board. The sky’s the limit here—just make sure it’s laid out in a fashion that will work for you in the long term. If you’re not sure how to lay it out and need some inspiration, here are some samples from Pinterest of other vision boards that will help you see different options. After you’ve decided on the layout, organize the visuals you selected, then either paste or pin them to your board.
Once it's complete, don't set it aside and forget about it—your vision board is meant to be used daily as a reminder of where you’ve chosen to take your business and why it’s important to get there. So once you’ve finished creating it, choose a suitable location in your business (or your home, if that’s where your business is located) to hang your board. Put it in a place you'll see it every day.
As the year progresses, be sure to update it as you achieve your goals and add new ones. Your vision board should be an interactive, changeable representation of your current goals and dreams.
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