To achieve your goals it’s important to have a variety of tools to draw from. Over the next while, I’m going to post about several different options for you to pick and choose what will fit best for you. Today it’s all about visual reminders, they are a great tool that you can really benefit from using when working to reach your goals.
One major visual reminder is vision boards. This is a really fun activity and this is when you’re allowed to be kind of selfish. You are thinking of you and what you want to achieve. (This may include other people like family, team members, etc. but you need to look at what you want not what others want for you.) This is great if you can get together with other people and do it as a social group activity.
So what is a vision board? This is a collection of pictures and words that represent your goals. You’ll pick pictures that mean things to you. So, for example, you want to take your family to Disneyland. Get pictures of the grounds or the castle or a ride and put pictures of your family on them. If you want to increase your income, you’ll print off a bunch of pictures of money. You want to get to a healthy weight, cut out pictures of the body type you want and glue your face on them.
Vision boards come in many different forms. My favourite is the traditional poster board on your wall because it’s big, in your face, and difficult to miss. This is where you’ve flipped through magazines or printed off pictures and arranged them in a way that inspires you. Another one, is to shrink it down and put it on index cards that you carry with you, one for each goal or portion of a goal. There is, also, the option of the vision journal, where you do pages in a book so it’s portable and can be added to. A great book to check out that gives great details on making vision boards is The Complete Guide to Vision Boards by Christine Kane.
On a similar note to vision boards, are smaller visual cues and reminders around your home and office. Post it notes with quotes or mantras, posters, words, all sorts of things. Decorate your space for both form and function. Get some beautiful wood letters that spell out DREAM or FAMILY or whatever resonates with you and put them on your walls or mantels. I have a collection of items on my bedroom wall. There is a poster, the letters DREAM, one of my mantras, and a picture I made (details below). They inspire me.
The picture I made is my “Word” for the year. There is an amazing book called One Word That Will Chang Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page (I am not getting any kickbacks for sharing these books, I just find them to be great tools). This book focuses on choosing one word that you are going to focus your attentions on for the year. It’s life changing. My word this year was Persevere and it helped me move from someone who gives up when things get tough and hides away from the world to someone who grits my teeth, swallows my fear, and approaches or attacks my problems. I’ve grown so much this year. This is a quick, easy read and you can either buy a hard copy or an ebook. This is one you will read every year.
And never under estimate the power of tracking charts. They can be on a poster board on a wall or a spreadsheet on your computer, but the power that comes from marking off portions of your goals as complete is so totally exciting, I can’t even explain. What do I mean by tracking charts? An example of these would be those thermometers at stores where they mark off money they are raising for charities. Consider your financial goal for going on a trip. Set up a chart with squares going from $0 to however much you need to save and break it down into $20s or $100s, depending on your goal. As you add to your savings account you fill in more and more of those squares and you’re seeing your vision become a reality. Now, what if you have a goal in the number of people you reach out to each week, networking. Your chart would be a square for each person and as you make contact with them you fill in a square with their name or if you do a seminar you get to fill in several for every person that enrolled in your mailing list. It breaks down your goal into “chewable bites”.
One thing I would like to remind you of, none of this works without action, so don’t get caught up in the details of perfectionism. Yes, you want these to look great and inspire you but if you spend all your time focused on make the perfect visuals, then you will never work on the vision. Make your project, be happy with what you’ve done, and get cracking. This is your vision and your dream, there are no rules other than what you decide to follow.
Love to yourself and have an amazing and creative day. 🎉❤️