Vision Boards: Putting Your Goals Into Focus
Many of you have probably heard of a vision statement, but for those looking for a refresher, it’s a person, company, or organization’s objectives intended to guide its internal decision-making. Simply put, it’s the goals that keep you going forward, even on the days that you find yourself wanting to pull the covers over your head and sleep the day away. Your vision keeps you motivated, optimistic, and hopeful.
Now, it can be hard to keep that vision statement in mind when your alarm is blaring, your to-do list is growing, and the clock is ticking, so that’s where a vision board comes in. It’s a visual representation of who you want to be, where you want to go, and what you want to accomplish. It can be as messy, concise, or creative as you want it to be. Fill it with pictures, words, quotes, but most of all make it an honest assessment of where you are now and where you want to be.
The goal is that you’ll see this board every day and remember what you’re doing it all for. I recommend placing your vision board somewhere you’ll see it at the beginning and end of every day, so you go to bed and wake up focused, exhilarated, and ready to conquer whatever tasks lay in front of you.
I bet by now you’re asking the big question: Does it work? In the words of my three-year-old god-daughter “Well, duh!” Many entrepreneurs believe in the “Law of Attraction.” This is the idea that positive thinking brings positive experiences. Some of the most successful business people have attributed their success to being able to see where they wanted to be, make a plan, and then take the proper steps to get themselves there. Why can’t that next person be you?
What makes a vision board truly successful and helpful for a mover and shaker like yourself is that it’s backed up by a series of attainable goals and actionable items you plan to accomplish with deadlines.
Now, for the actual creation of your vision board, there aren’t any strict rules that you have to follow, but there are some guidelines that may help you get the most out of your creative focus.
First, you’ll want to break out a pen and paper and write down all of your goals, priorities, wishes. Don’t limit yourself, and write down everything that comes to mind. Now, the hard part. What do you prioritize? I’m the first to admit that while I have a lot of wishes, I know that I can’t accomplish them all at one time. Putting my focus on a few goals will help me accomplish them, and then move onto something else. You’ll have to dig deep, but pick three goals you can promise to put your energy towards.
Your first goal should be for yourself. Whether you want to focus on health, fitness, happiness, traveling, or something completely different. Make it substantial to you and your well-being! Your second goal will be socially oriented. Do you want to spend more time with family, promise not to flake out on happy hour plans with friends, or do you simply want to connect with your clients on a deeper level? There has to be something you want to accomplish! The last goal should be career-oriented. Are you doing what you love? Is there an aspect of your work life that can be improved?
Once you have three goals for yourself, write them down, and get to work creating a plan for how you can accomplish them. Now, let your inner toddler, obsessed with glitter, stickers, and cutting out pictures from a magazine free, and put together a board that speaks to you. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it. It’s for you!
After your vision board has been created, keep it top of mind, and make changes to it as you need to. As you accomplish one goal, take time to come up with a new one to take its place. There’s always something to strive for.
As our bonus gift to you, click here for a downloadable pdf of our Agent Operations Vision Board Guide to help create your own.
Crafted just for you by Kim Abromaitis, Agent Operations Team Member and Content Marketing Coordinator Extraordinaire
Meet Team Member Kim Abromaitis
As a free spirit that has had many goals and career aspirations ranging from being the real-life Kim Possible (it’s only fair, since they have the same first name, right?) to being a Wal-Mart greeter (she was 4 and wanted to hand out smiley face stickers to make people happy), she knows how life can take you in all different directions. Her creative journey has been full of twists and turns, but with a little focus and a few daily reminders on her vision and the goals she has for herself, she has no doubt that the road ahead is going to be a great one!