One way to make your vision board work for YOU is to embrace your creative process and make it YOUR way. Traditionally, vision boards incorporate multiple photos or graphics and it takes up a central spot on your office wall. But how about mixing your vision board with your journaling habit? With a vision JOURNAL, you’ll have a portable version of your vision board but also space to write down your action plans and your intentions. Two important focusing techniques mixed into one medium sounds like a winning combination!
Don’t Limit Your Creativity
Take a gander at Pinterest and search “vision journaling” and you’ll see many hundreds of pins with various forms of vision journals. Some incorporate “bullet journaling,” where you jot down simple bullet points about what you want to accomplish in your business or where you want to travel on your next vacation. Other examples incorporate more artistry, either with fancy heading fonts or simple drawings. So there really is not a “right” way to create a vision journal; the key is to make it a fun task that you look forward to doing.
If you’re using this vision journal to grow your business, consider writing a monthly or weekly Vision Page with photos, graphics, quotes, or whatever rocks your creativity, and then use the following pages to journal your next steps toward reaching those goals. Keeping a vision journal makes it easier to break down those next steps whereas just looking at a general vision board can feel overwhelming.
Creating Your YES/NO Chart
Do you use a yes/no chart when faced with making decisions? In some ways it’s similar to a pros/cons chart but this yes/no format helps you stay focused on your intentions for the month. Create a simple two-column chart in your vision journal and list in both columns things you want to focus on and things you don’t want distracting you this month. When faced with new decisions or opportunities, see where they fall into your yes/no chart before committing yourself.
For instance, if a fellow business owner approaches you to work on a collaborative project together (webinar, eBook, live retreat, etc.), look to see if this falls into your yes/no chart first before deciding. If this offer falls into the scope of your YES column, then move ahead; if not and the opportunity truly interests you, ask if there’s a way to adjust the timeline. This little chart can be extremely helpful when listed next to your monthly intentions in your vision journal.
Increase Your Journaling into a Daily Habit
Journaling daily is the best way to stay focused on your goals. When you open your journal daily, you’ll see your goal chart as well as your action steps. If you’re not quite at the daily level yet, no worries; work it into your schedule and as you accomplish more you’ll be more excited to journal every morning. Writing in your journal daily often sets up a very productive day because your goals are foremost in your mind for the day and your action steps are written in your vision journal. Consider this vision journal your roadmap to growing your business!
Step 1: Revise Your Expectations And Expect Resistance
If you’re familiar with the principles for successfully growing an online business, then you know that Step 1 of successfully pulling out a strategy to optimise and grow your business is to shift your mindset. I share through this blog and social media channels some tips and tools to help you with that. Yet, we all know that it takes more than just knowing what to do to actually do it.
That’s why I want to invite you to revise your expectations. Know that there will be resistance along the way. You might say to yourself “I’ll have a look tomorrow again”, “that’s not so urgent”, “I’m not sure that’s for me”, “I don’t think this will work for me”, or many other things. Often when we’re stepping out of our comfort zone (a.k.a. what we’ve been doing until now) we’re finding excuses to keep on doing what we’ve always done. The first step in success is acknowledging that. So… acknowledge where you’re at. Then…
Revise your expectations bearing in mind your goals AND your life. Not everything that I’m sharing will resonate with you. Not everything will be applicable to you either. And that’s alright! But you’ve got to start somewhere.
So, as long as you’re clear on your goals and on your vision (if not, check *Plan, Create, Launch*), take a conscious decision of what you want to apply starting from today.
Step 2: Carve Out Time, And Make A Plan
That’s where carving out time, and making a plan comes in. You know yourself at that stage better than I do. Use that knowledge to implement a plan of action that will help you start making positive changes into your life, that will soon bring positive changes in your business and in your life.
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Step 3: Just start
There’s no tomorrow in success. Any successful path starts today, with a small change that you keep on building onto. Commit to starting today with ONE small thing, and share with me in the comments what it is. This commitment will help you start – and keep – taking action!
Step 4: Get Support!
We tend to want to do things on our own. I’m not stranger to that either. But I’ve learnt over time, and I’ve seen both with my personal coaching clients and professional mentoring clients, as well as with myself, that getting support helps to really create the change we’re after. So, if you’re stuck wondering what’s next, and you know you need help, I invite you to check out the many online resources I have created to help you save time and achieve faster growth in your business: Free articles, online community, online books and courses. If you’d like private mentoring for your business strategy, you can also book a call with me to discuss the different mentoring options that are available for your special needs.
Step 5: Please Share!
If you like what I'm sharing in this series of posts with tips to help you save time in your online business, please do me a favor and share it with friends or colleagues you know would benefit from it! The more we are on this journey, the greater the collaborations, co-creation and achievements!