Let me start off with a controversial statement: You don’t have to subscribe to the Law of Attraction to make vision boards work for you.
In short, the Law of Attraction teaches that “like attracts like,” and when you put forth positive energy into the world, you’ll only receive positive results in return. All you have to do is think positively about your goals and dreams and they will become a reality. Vision boards also became a mainstream tool for manifesting those dreams with the idea that “if you dream it, you will achieve it.”
This sounds quite similar to the power of positive thinking, which some doctors credit to relieving every day stress and fewer hospital stays among cancer patients. Positive thinking is a wonderful thing but relying solely on the universe for your happiness gives doctors pause.
Vision boards are so popular now that every New Year you’ll find “vision board parties” or classes where you create a vision board based on your goals for the upcoming year. It’s great fun to get friends together and scour old magazines for those things that have meaning and that you want to achieve. What better way to think positively about your goals and dreams than to have a visual representation?
How to Make Vision Boards Work for YOU
1. Choose your own goals
Don’t think about what you “should” work toward and please don’t choose something that OTHERS think you should do. What makes you excited? What will energize you to work every day and avoid binging on Netflix? Where does your passion lie? Dig deep to find these answers.
2. Ask WHY these are your goals
Give yourself more time to look inside and discover WHY you have this business and what you want to work toward. Is it a physical product or an overall lifestyle you want?
3. Create action plans based on your goals
Daydream all you want about your dream car or your house by the beach (or whatever your heart desires) but understand that the only way you’ll achieve those things is to TAKE ACTION. To move forward you have to take small steps with your legs, right? If you want to win the lottery, you need to go and buy that ticket. These are all actions bringing you toward your main goal. The same is true for earning that car or beach house. Take small steps forward every single day. And if you need to plan out your action steps or need a checklist to stay focused, try using Trello to map out the action steps for each goal.
4. Allow yourself to change your mind
It’s perfectly fine if your goals change midway through the year. Maybe your path to a certain goal isn’t as straightforward as you once thought; allow yourself the opportunity to correct the course or try something new. We evolve over time and so will our goals and ambitions.
Bring your goal setting to a new level by creating a vision board. Jot down some action steps to reach your goals and you’ve got a map ready to follow this next year.
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!