Vision Boards that work for you and your business
The power of vision ay? It’s exciting.
Funny enough I thought that I hadn’t really done any vision boarding before starting my business but actually I had. Cleaning out some boxes from my Nan’s loft the other weekend I had found a notebook with some pages covered in cut outs about what I wanted my life to be – this was back in 2007. What was even stranger is that some of the things I had collated together had come true – weird. It was only looking back that I realised and at the same time this was incredibly exciting.
When I first launched my business I hadn’t done a vision board. I was brand new to all of this and it was only when entering my first year of being full time on my business that I started to hear more and more people talking about Vision Boards and why they help. I was intrigued because I am a visual thinker so anything involving being creative I am there with bells on, pass me the scissors and magazines.
Spending time thinking about what I wanted for my life and my business was really helpful. It helped me get clear and also think about what I really wanted from it all. So if you’re new to Vision Boards here is how to can get started in creating your own.
1) Block some time out to think about what you really want.
That’s right, you are going to need to have some special time just for you to think about this stuff and really think about what you want for you, your family and your business. Make sure you have a nice quiet and clear space too, don’t surround yourself with all the things you get distracted by, you want this time.
Have a think about:
What you want for you – i.e. self care days, spa weekends, personal development, better lunches, fitness.
What you want for your family – i.e. holidays, debts paid off, on-going financial security, more days out, flexibility.
What you want for your business – i.e. consistent income, take a course to expand your learning, hire a VA, hire employees.
Think about how you want to feel in all of this as well. Because that is so powerful.
There are no right or wrong answers and go with your instincts, go with what feels right to you, not what you think you should put down.
2) Pick a canvas that works for you
It’s your vision board so think about what feels right for you.
Do you love all things digital? In that case something like Pinterest would be perfect, if you want to have it physically up in your work space maybe grab a big piece of paper and some magazines and get cutting and sticking.
You could use a Pin Board and have it up on the wall. The choices are endless and they’re all filled with fun.
3) Creating a Pinterest Vision Board
Just diving into Pinterest here and how to get started with a board on Pinterest.
Create a new board and make it secret
Give it an inspiring and powerful name that’s going to fill you with excitement
Now start exploring Pinterest and start pinning.
You can, if you wanted a little more organisation, create sections in your board i.e. Home, Family, Me, Business etc but it’s really up to you.
When you are searching through pins go with what your drawn to. If you want to be “debt free”, you search for this and an amazing pin pops up of a lady jumping in the air in front of a confetti canon and you want that to be you – PIN IT.
If you search for “beautiful houses in Greece” because that’s where you want to go on holiday and you see one that feels right PIN IT.
Play with words too – try searching for words that represent how you want your year to feel and PIN THEM.
No second guessing, go with where your fingers and mind takes you.
4) Magazines Cutting and Sticking
I do love a good old collage and this is what this reminds me off and I love things like this because I want to enjoy some time away from the screen every now and again.
What’s great here is that you can use old magazines, things you see in leaflets or even combine Pinterest and this above and print some things out and stick on. Basically wherever you see inspiration for your vision go for it.
Just remember to check in with what you want.
5) Feel excited
Once you have your vision board you want to spend some time with it. Bask in all its amazingness and really feel excited about it.
Ask yourself when its done – “Do I feel excited about this?”
Because the answer at this point should be yes, if it isn’t then let’s look at why you’re not. Is that because you feel your vision isn’t achievable? Do you feel you’ve gone “too big”. We can be filled with so many stories which frame how we look and approach things, so much past baggage that we carry around but this is your vision. If you want it it is totally achievable for you and if you feel you’ve gone too big that could be because the unknown scares us a little, but remember we need fear to keep us moving forward, we can’t stay stuck and this is where a plan comes in handy.
6) “A vision without action is just a dream”
I love dreaming. I’m always dreaming about stuff. To this day I still have the dream of basically being Cameron Diaz in The Holiday and living in LA making trailers for films – that is one of my many dreams. But I also know that I am never going to achieve that if I don’t have a plan to back it up. I may want that so bad but what am I doing to actually make it a reality and get me there?
Now you’ve got your vision board you want to start thinking about your plan. How are you going to get this vision? What action steps, no matter how small, do you need to take to see this vision become your reality?
Look at each thing you have put down and individually write some action points to get you there. Some might be quick wins, this always surprises me how we can think something is so far away and actually by a tiny little step being done its achieved – woop woop! Some might be longer actions and actually take a bit more time and that’s okay – this is your vision remember and you’re in control. When you have your actions go forth and make them happen.
Don’t forget to always check in with your Vision Board. Have it somewhere that you can see regularly to make sure everything you want to do is on track. It’s a great way to help you stay focused and keep momentum moving in your personal life and your business. Plus, always remember this is yours, for you.