Do you have goals for your business, but cannot clearly define them?
Do you feel like you have stalled in achieving your goals?
Have you had the same goals forever, but they never seem to come to fruition?
There are many different methods and techniques to help you achieve your goals. One that I LOVE is creating a Vision Board. Read on to find out how you can crush your business goals this year with the help of a daily visual aid.
What is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a collection of pictures, words, or artwork that represent your goals. Creating a vision board is an essential way to put your dreams and aspirations into a visual format and in front of your eyes everyday
How Vision Boards Work
Vision Boards brings your goals to life by giving them visual and emotional realities that you see and feel every day.
You define your goals by assigning a picture to represent them. This makes it easy for your to visualize what the successful completion of your goal looks and feels like. It also really helps you in become extremely clear in what you want. When you visualize your goal, you speak to your unconscious mind. You tell your unconscious mind what is possible and true.
Instead of focusing so much on what you want to achieve, focus on how you will feel when you achieve it. You will more quickly accomplish a feeling of success when you include the emotions of success. In reality, it is often the emotion that you truly desire to accomplish.
For instance, when you take a moment to write down and really define what you want in your business, you may find you care more about your schedule than you do a specific earned income. When you start to experience the freedom you will have in your business, those positive emotions will tell you have achieved your goals.
Put Your Dreams on Display
Put your vision board somewhere prominent where you will see it every day. The most important aspect of your vision board is that it serves as a reminder of your goals.
If you feel shy about displaying your goals, don’t. I felt shy about my goals for a long time. I hid my vision board from my partner and guests. I found this to be a silly mistake. My husband did nothing but support me. Often he was the one that help achieve my goals. Sometimes my vision board even served him as a birthday and holiday shopping list. Everytime my friends saw my vision board at home, they would confess they had one too or wish they did have one as well.
A recent Cornell study by researchers Kaitlin Woolley and Ayelet Fishback suggested that frequent small rewards improve motivation and performance at work. A simple way to reward yourself to check off your goals once you achieved them. This is my favorite part! Who doesn’t like to check off their accomplishments? Give yourself a gold star if you like.
What Should You Include on a Vision Board?
All your heart’s desires.
Words and pictures that represent your dreams about health, fitness, finances, career, family, home, and travel. Really it can be anything you truly desire.
Vision boards can also include things you already possess and are grateful for. What do you have that you want to keep and develop further?Â
I like to include in my vision board pictures of my closest friends and family. The people I am grateful to have in my life, and those most likely to help me accomplish my dreams.
What Not to Include
Do not include any kind of negative thinking. Always place your goals and visions for the future in the positive. If you feel you want to get rid of a negative habit – do not place that negative habit on the vision board. Instead place the positive habit that you do want. For instance, if you want to increase your credit score, place a picture of a positive score.
Pictures for Vision Boards
You can get Pictures for Vision Boards:
- In magazines
- Off the internet
- Off Pintrest
- Old photos of yourself and your family
- Your own paintings and drawings
You can paint or draw for your Vision Board. The more creative, the better!
Type of Vision Boards
You can make your vision board physical or electronic. You can use a push pin board, a foam board or get a photo collage printed at a store. There are even Vision Board Apps now!
I recommend that you have at least one vision board that is physical. When you see your goals in the physical realm it is more tangible to your unconscious mind. If your only vision board is in the Cloud, then your dreams may feel like they are as well. Bring your goals to life by making physical representations of them. If you choose to have an electronic version, then make it supplemental to your physical one.
What You Will Need
Vision Boards are so easy to make. You only need a few items depending on which kind of Vision Board you create .
- Corkboard, scissors and push pins
- A Foam Board, scissors and glue stick
- or Computer, photo software, and printer (or get a profession to print it)
- Your phone for a vision board app
How to Set the Mood for Inspiration
Here are a few ways to set your atmosphere right for inspiration:
- Dim the lights.
- Light a candle.
- Sit comfortably in a chair or cross legged on the floor.
- Close your eyes and start imagining the life you would really want.Â
- Right down what comes to mind.
- Start looking for photos that represent what you want.Â
- Specifically look for photos that convey the emotion you will feel when you achieve your goal.
- Every time you pin or paste your picture take a moment to conjure that feeling.
- Don’t forget to place your new Vision Board in a prominent place where you will see it every day.
How Often Do You Need to Change Your Vision Board?
It’s really up to you!
If you go for a push pin style of vision board you can change it often. Even every month as your projects and passions change over the seasons.Â
If you have longer term goals, then you may want to go for the foam board style, and only change your vision board once a year or even longer, like once every five years.
Electronic versions of vision boards can be easy to changed often too. You can even set the pictures of your vision board as a rotating screen saver.