You Have Goals. A Vision Board Can Help.

Visualizing what you really want in life can be one of the most powerful ways to manifest what you aspire to. Because a majority of us think in visual ways (pictures, textures, colors, even smells),  a vision board can be a very powerful tool in creating the life you want.

Vision boards are also known as goal maps, goal boards and treasure maps, and the concepts behind them have been used for generations. Still, they’re gathering renewed interest as people realize how powerful they can be in bringing goals to life.

Use these basic guidelines

A vision board begins with a foundation. This may be a poster board, foam board, tri-fold board, or cork board. Use what works best for you. Choose a foundation that speaks to you, one that you feel you can easily and effectively build upon.

A vision board includes imagery. You can clip pictures out of books, magazines, or the newspaper. If you prefer, you can draw the images yourself. What matters here is that images are present, because your vision board needs to be visual in nature. Seeing pictures of your priorities, aspirations, and goals will help you focus on them.

A vision board includes writing. Writing isn’t mandatory, but it can play a role in identifying the key pieces of information. You want to make sure that you can look at your vision board at any point in the future and know exactly what you intended by each picture, word or thought included on it.

Your goal map is limited only by the extent of your personal creativity. It may be simple and strategic or it may be a highly detailed work of art. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what best suits your needs.

General elements

Visual. Your subconscious tends to work in terms of images and pictures, and so your vision board should be as visual as you can possibly make it. Supplement the images with phrases and words as needed.

 Emotional. Every image on your goal map should evoke some type of positive emotional response out of you. Seeing it should fuel your motivation to achieve your goals.

Strategic. This tool should be placed strategically in a location where you receive maximum exposure to it. Seeing your vision board as often as possible will help you stay focused on your goals and plans.

 Personal. Your vision board needs to emit positive energy. If you think that you’ll be criticized or forced to justify yourself for your vision board, then keep it in a private location so nobody else can bother it or you.

Beyond these basic guidelines, let this tool be whatever you want to make of it. Ultimately, it’s yours to design, develop and utilize as you see fit. You can add to it and change it over time as your goals and focuses change.  The importance of engaging in an activity like this is to tap into the creative brain.  Research shows problems are almost always best solved through creative, outside-the-box thinking.  A vision board is a fun, creative way to explore what is really important to you, and clarify your true desires and goals.

 

By Michelle Holzberg

Michelle Holzberg is a Leadership Development Consultant and Professional Coach working to make a difference in people’s lives through strategic talent development interventions.

www.acctalentgroup.com

New To Leadership? Start Here.

Let’s face it, leadership as a topic is daunting.  There are many theories about how to best lead others. But regardless of the theory employed, there are attributes that great leaders share. Working with a Coach is a great way to increase your leadership skills in a safe environment.

Consider developing these qualities to enhance your abilities as a leader.

Confidence. Don’t confuse confidence with arrogance.  Confident people inspire confidence in others. When your team sees your confidence, they believe that you know where you’re going and how to get there. Confidence is contagious and elevates morale.

TIP: Keep up morale by dealing with setbacks confidently.

Trustworthiness. One of the most important attributes of a great leader is character. People need to trust someone before they will follow him or her. This is accomplished through honesty, walking the talk, and showing respect. Keep your word and follow through. 

TIP:  It’s challenging for a team to accomplish anything without trust.

Enthusiasm. Be enthusiastic about the task at hand, your position, and the opportunity to lead. No one will be more enthusiastic than you are. Let everyone know that you believe in your mission and its importance.

 TIP:  Demonstrate the type of enthusiasm you’d like to see in your team members.

Steadiness. There will be obstacles and times of uncertainty. Great leaders can weather these situations and demonstrate the steadiness necessary to keep the rest of the team focused. These are the times your team will look to you the most. Be positive. Be confident. Be a rock.

TIP:  It’s natural to have doubts. It’s not effective to share them. If you need someone to talk to, reach out to your spouse or best friend. Keep all negativity out of the workplace.

Focus. It’s easy to become distracted, especially when things start going wrong. Learn to ignore the noise and stick to the relevant facts. Avoid looking too far ahead. Deal with the current situation and maintain your commitment.

TIP:  Focus can begin to creep when projects drag on for an extended period of time. Return to your mission statement frequently to keep your focus fresh.

Flexibility. Nearly anyone can hold the course, but only a great leader can change course without tipping over the ship. Be open-minded enough to find the elegant solution to the challenges that arise. A few course corrections are the rule rather than the exception.

TIP:  Avoid confusing steadfastness with stubbornness. It’s important to realize when it’s time to make some changes.

Communication. Be able to effectively communicate your vision to others in your group. Be willing to listen to new ideas. Provide the information required for others to do their best. Communication skills are paramount to all leaders.

TIP:  If you’re looking for a single skill to enhance, this is a great place to start.

Regardless of the leadership strategy followed in your company, these attributes will serve you well. Great leaders share many of the same attributes. Learning to demonstrate these attributes will enhance your leadership abilities and increase your power and influence at work.  Leadership skills can’t be learned and developed in a day. Bringing an idea into the marketplace requires a leader. Make yourself the obvious candidate.

 


Accelerated Talent Group is a Leadership Development and Executive Coaching firm dedicated to developing the leaders of today and tomorrow. We specialize in creating research-based Leadership Development & Corporate Learning Programs, and in coaching emerging Millennial Leaders and Women in Leadership.