5 Ways Vision Boards Help You Reach Your Goals
There’s a lot of talk these days about vision boards, or mood boards, and how they can help us focus and reach our goals. But, do you ever set goals for yourself? Either in your personal life or for your business? If not, how do you know you’re making progress in the right direction?
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 on your business or career?
Creating a vision board has become a popular activity in recent years, especially around the time of the New Year when people think about the past year and on the New Year’s resolutions they want to keep. A vision board is simply one tool that helps you focus on and visualise your dreams and your goals.
How so, you ask? Let’s explore the ways…
1. Vision boards help you focus 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 prioritise what’s important. Do you want to buy your first home or move to a warmer climate? Putting a photo of your dream home or location by the beach will inspire you to work harder. Or negotiate a higher salary, or go for that promotion or develop and market new products or services. If you want to live a better life, only you can make that happen. And you’ll make better ‘next-step’ decisions based on your clear desire to move forward towards your dreams.
2. Visualisation stimulates the creative side of your brain.
Visualisation 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. Some believe keeping it open by your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which makes you motivated upon waking.
With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy and jot down any ideas you have for that new position you want to apply for, or fresh products and services you wish to develop.
3. Focusing on goals helps you recognise new resources or opportunities.
Visualising yourself living in a new home or warmer climate (or whatever your primary goal is) will motivate you to work towards that goal but you’ll also notice new opportunities or resources. And this can, surprisingly, lead you to reaching your goals. 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 BIG goal.
If your goal is to speak in front of an audience of 5,000 at your next big conference, then you’ll start to see more opportunities for smaller speaking engagements. These smaller gigs will give you lots of practice and build your name recognition. So, when the organizers of your dream 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 are instead a tool that spurs us into action because we finally know what we want out of life. Visualise your ideal life then approach each day with action steps which will lead you toward that ideal life.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be very relaxing, playful and a fun family activity. So grab some glue, cardboard and some old magazines and start daydreaming!
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