Do you set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals for yourself?
If not, how do you know you’re on the right track to reach your goals?
When was the last time you allowed yourself to daydream about the type of life you want?
What is your WHY, the reason behind all the long hours you spend at work?
Creating a vision board has become a popular activity in recent years. When the New Year approaches, people are hard-wired to think about what they want their future to look like.
A vision board is simply one tool that helps you visualize your dreams and reach your goals. How so, you ask? Here are five ways vision boards can help you reach your goals
1. Vision boards make you F.O.C.U.S. on what’s important to you.
Whether you combine a personal vision board with a professional one or keep them both separate, thinking about what you want in life or in business forces you to prioritize what’s important. Do you want to buy your first house or pay cash for your next car? Putting a photo of your dream house or a picture of your next car, will inspire you to work harder and not sabotage your efforts to reach your goals.
2. Visualization stimulates the creative side of your brain.
Placing your vision board in sight of your desk or computer, serves as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Even placing it in a frame and hanging it in your bathroom can be a powerful gesture. Some believe keeping it next to your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you’ll see are all the promises you made to yourself. You’ll be more determined than ever to take action every single day towards reaching your goals .
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, but you’ll also notice new opportunities or resources which can lead you to reaching your goals even faster. These resources have always been present, but now that you’re focused on your goal, they will appear in a new light. For example, have you ever bought or rented a car, and all of a sudden, you begin seeing that car all the time? Well, it’s not because everyone decided to buy or rent that car at the same time you did. No, your brain is just acknowledging something you’ve brought to its forefront. Does that make sense?
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, then you’ll start to see more opportunities for smaller speaking engagements. These smaller gigs are a great way to practice and build your name recognition so when the organizers of your favorite conferences advertise they’re looking for speakers, you’ll be prepared to submit your name. Another caveat to this is when we share our big goals with others, we’re more inclined to take steps to achieve it out of fear of disappointing those we revealed our goals to. No one wants to look like a flake.
5. Seeing a big goal forces you out of the daydream and into action.
Nothing happens without consistent action 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 which will lead you toward that ideal life. Don’t fill your days with 1,000 items on your to-do list! No, be methodical! Be strategic! Stay focused on a small number of tasks that will move that needle one inch towards your goals.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be very relaxing, therapeutic, and a fun family activity.
I know most of you can’t join us at the Luxe Vision NYE Vision Board Workshop & Soiree, BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t make a vision board on your own, in the comforts of your own home!
So, grab some tape and some old magazines and start visualizing! Bring in the new year with a board full of goals and then do whatever it takes to stay committed to those goals for 365 days!
I’d LOVE to see your boards when you’re done. Please, don’t forget to share them with me on IG and use the hashtag #2020Vision.