Alright, ladies and gents. We’ve had the countdown, the kiss and the toast to welcome the New Year. 2017 is here whether you like it or not! Remember those goals you set for yourself a few days ago? It is time to get down to business and put your plans into action. A very creative way to get things rolling is to create a vision board.
A vision board is a visual representation of your hopes, dreams and aspirations. The purpose of a vision board is to help you focus on your goals and keep you optimistic through the process of achieving them. A vision board should contain images that inspire you. These images are set to remind you of you mission and ambitions. An effective vision board is more than just pictures of cute shoes or celebrity crushes. Your board should display the images that motivate you to improve yourself. It should not be a collection of random items.
Before you create your vision board, it is important to clearly define what your goals are. Take enough time to examine your priorities. Would you like to advance your career, start a business or spend more time with the family? Be honest about your desires, personal or professional. Your goals must reflect what you want for yourself. Unfortunately, some people get caught up in keeping up with the Joneses. Your vision board should show what YOU want to be, not what others think you should be. The idea is not to impress others. Your goals should reflect YOUR true objectives.
Once your goals are accurately defined, it is time to gather artwork. You can print images from the internet or cut them from magazines. Use pictures from photo albums if you like. Your board may also include positive words or quotes. A good idea is to place your face with the images of influential people you would like to meet. The possibilities are endless. No goal is too crazy. No dream is too big!
This may come as a surprise, but once you complete your vision board, you actually have to look at it. Often. What good is a vision board if you take the time to create it and hide it in your closet? Place your board in an area where it can be seen frequently. Keep the images as a constant reminder of what you want to accomplish. Don’t just look at it, LOOK at it. Absorb the pictures and imagine what it will feel like when you reach your goals. It can become addictive and it is quite magical. Let your vision board be the artistic way to make your dreams a reality.
As you set out to achieve the best in 2017, it is important to be flexible. Life has a way of throwing some curveballs. To ensure success, it is imperative to keep an open mind that is receptive to change. It is believed that Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, stated that, “The only thing constant is life is change.” We must understand that as our lives evolve, so will our priorities. Know that you can edit your vision board whenever you deem necessary. Your vision board is not set in concrete. It is a malleable creation that you can change to fit your life. Don’t be afraid to add to it or take away from it.
Your vision board is only one of many steps in the goal reaching process. Use it as a catalyst to propel you into greatness. Don’t be afraid to push a little harder. Try something new. Reach out to someone you wouldn’t normally contact. Attend that conference. Take the leap of faith. Use caution but be courageous! You are the only one that can execute your vision. Go for it!