I’ve been asked whether making a vision board is really worth the effort. ‘It’s a bit fluffy, isn’t it?’
Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret, talks about the Law of Attraction, “Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source – you.” Rhonda Byrne Quotes
I can understand why some business owners may doubt the power of vision boards…
However, an inherent part of my mentoring and coaching is the visualisation of those things you want to achieve. Your business can be thought of as a vehicle to get you to that end goal – your why, your reason for working.
But when you’re so invested in making sure that your vehicle keeps going, runs healthily and gets faster and more efficient, it can be easy to lose sight of your why. There are other reasons to create a vision board though, so let’s explore them now.
- Identify the things you truly want out of life
Vision boards can help you turn a daydream into a goal by making you decide what is most important for you to achieve and giving you a platform to display those things for all to see.
If you’re the type of person, as many entrepreneurs are, that gets tempted by other activities, you risk being distracted from your goal. Keeping it in plain sight forces you to say ‘no’ where you need to and continue to strive for your success.
2. Vision boards needn’t display one big hairy audacious goal
You can put multiple visions on your board – short term, simple to achieve goals alongside the ultimate one gives you something to celebrate along your journey. Small victories are equally important.
3. Valuable relationship-building exercise
Vision boarding with colleagues brings teams closer together as you discover what each other finds important, and maybe what you have in common. If you create one for the department with business goals on it, the board will keep you aligned as you work together towards success.
4. Powerful motivational tool
As much as that phrase sounds like an over-used coaching cliché, a vision board really does boost your motivation if you feel stuck, or like you’re treading water. Having it on display for other people to see also gives you that push to keep going.
WARNING: Think about where you save your vision board. I like my desktop wallpaper to reference my vision board, as it is the place I visit the most each week. However, it’s not so good to project it to a large screen ahead of a speaking engagement and show photos of my torso when PowerPoint closes down! At least I was among friends by that point!!
So, you see, the way I use vision boards is not so much as a magnet to attract good things from the universe, but more as a personal guidance system. There’s one very important thing though that must accompany the vision, or it simply won’t work – ACTION!
The idea of the board is to motivate you to take action, plan a strategy and tick those actions off a checklist as you work toward your destination.
And that’s often the part where business owners need a little help. Just like a mechanic works on your motor vehicle, as a business mentor, I work on your business vehicle.
Whether your business needs a tune-up or a full service, you can contact me for a free 30-minute consultation, or a more in-depth 60-minute complimentary mentor session.