Do you have a clear vision of where you're heading with your life, career or business? Are things you've been wanting to do, accomplish, start, master, acquire or achieve? If you've struggled year after year in meeting your stated objectives, my guess is you've not done a vision board.
If there’s one thing that keeps people stuck, it’s a lack of clarity.
Want to quit your soul sucking day job in favor of the freedom of self-employment, but you aren’t clear on the steps to take.
Love to take an exotic vacation, but you aren’t sure where to go—or how to make it happen.
Need to grow your business, but aren’t even sure what that means.
The truth is, with ambiguous “goals” such as these, in five or ten years, you’ll still be stuck right where you’re at today.
But with a little clarity, you can achieve any goal you can conceive—and even some you haven't dared dream. And the first step is to simply visualize what you want. However, this is no easy feat.
With all the noise out there in social media, magazines, and television it may be hard to keep your focus on your aspirational goals. It's important to train your brain to block out all of the extraneous crap to focus in what's important to you.
I work with high-performing women helping them achieve their desired results, and as a coaching tool I always use is a vision board.
Vision boards are a planning tool that allows you to clarify and concentrate on specific aspirations and goals. It allows you to unleash your creativity and remove any perceived limitations or barriers to your desired outcomes. The use of images, quotes, and pictures are used to represent what you want in your life and/or business. By just taking the time to create a vision board you are in fact instructing the universe to close the gap between reality and your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres and Jim Carrey swear by the visual goal setting. Jim Carrey in particular wrote himself a $10 million dollar check dated 10 years in the future. Along with working hard, he achieved that goal.
By collecting images that represent your biggest goals and keeping them within sight, you’ll focus on the next action steps you need to take to reach them. "Taking action" is key because your vision doesn't just come true because you put it out there in the universe.
The universe will work with you, not for you.
So be sure you give it hand by creating and executing an action plan that will help you realize your dreams.
Visioning operates at a deep subconscious level. Your subconscious mind accepts everything as true and valid. A vision board provides, in vivid detail, what you want, as well as, how it looks and feels when you've achieved it. Your subconscious believes it because it sees it. Every time you gaze at your vision board your aspirations stay top of mind and your subconscious goes to work to reinforce the vision.
I've been making vision boards since 2009 and have been both excited and amazed to see specific goals achieved each time. In 2011 my vision board focused on my career. I knew it was time for me to do something different because I wasn't happy.
I'd been a practicing attorney for years but after receiving my PhD I moved into the world of academia. After teaching for several years I moved into the executive level of administration becoming an associate dean and director of academic programs. The success I achieved should have been joyful but instead I was miserable. My career path was prescribed, not based on a personal dream. I also knew this was not my life's work.
So, I created a board that focused on fun, travel, freedom, and deep meaningful work. That same year I switched careers that afforded me freedom, fun, and a trip to Panama City. The next year a $15,000 bonus and trip to Paris. A year after a successful practice which affords me the opportunity to do deep meaningful work with my clients. This past year I visualized a 6-figure practice and speaking on a TEDx stage (yes those things came true).
Every year that I achieve my goals it gives me the confidence to dream bigger and go after even greater goals. Vision boards work.
Vision boards are living documents. With greater clarity on what you want for your life you may find your dreams change or grow. You may need to remove or change things from your board to make room for bigger and better dreams.
However, don't forget that action steps are still required to get where you want to go. Indulge in the transformative process that comes with creating a vision board. When your "belief level" is raised you'll move with greater confidence and productivity. You'll be less susceptible to limiting beliefs, fear, overwhelm, and doubt.
With your heart and mind focused daily on what you envision for your life, coupled with strategy, you'll achieve all you want for yourself and your life.
Here's to visualizing your best life! Contact me if you need support.
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