Vision Boards: The Critical Catalyst for Life Transformation
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017! I enjoy this part of the year, as many people who are goal-oriented, like myself, will review what experiences were fruitful and what results need improvement from the previous year. I have been thinking about my own accomplishments last year and seeing the reality of my dreams. I completed a coaching program, am now a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and have launched my coaching business, empowering women to take action towards living their best life through personal development, tools, and resources. I have coached my clients to take action to write books, become public speakers, and launch their own businesses. They have made many strategic connections; partly because they created a vision board for their ideal success. I’ve worked with clients who use journals, write lists, and/or use digital tools such as the Way of Life or Any Do apps. You can read the following article for more info on digital tools. (http://www.business.com/entrepreneurship/11-best-tools-for-setting-and-tracking-goals/). Each tool is effective and when used in combination, can produce amazing results. As a matter of fact, I think it’s an excellent blend as I am using a combination of tools to define my 2017 goals. Using a vision board or book at the start of the New Year helps me set an intentional stage to SEE what I would like to accomplish. I like this quote by Jason Hooper, “make your vision so plain that even a runner passing by will see and understand it.”
Vision boards have power. It’s a simple, yet powerful visualization tool that helps manifest your dreams into reality. Oftentimes, people think they are bogus but I have seen them work in the life of my clients as well as myself. Vision boards have increased in popularity over the past few years as a number of people realize that when you write the vision and make it plain, success is sure to follow. The power of what you see is what you get —can’t be reckoned with. Creating a vision board allows you to have the power to transform your life. They are a catalyst for change.
What you see is what you get
In other words, seeing is believing. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can perform. It doesn’t guarantee success nor replace hard work but the combined efforts, can certainly help you create the life you so desire. Visualization is a well thought out method of performance improvement backed by substantial scientific, empirical research and used by successful people from a large range of fields. I’m an avid runner, and know first-hand about visualization since I use it to help me cross the finish line when I’m running marathons, half-marathons and other races. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, used visualization techniques by seeing himself victorious and a champion long before his actual fights. He was later coined as “The Greatest” and “GOAT” – Greatest of All Times. Successful businessman and richest person in the world used visualization as a pathway to success. Bill Gates’ first business failed miserably but he had a vision of where he wanted to be in life and what he wanted to accomplish. He didn’t let failure stop him.
Before you start creating your vision board or book, I recommend being methodical by first thinking about how you want your life to be and also how you want to feel. You should first connect to your inner wisdom. Don’t only select pictures or images of things you’d like to own, as you run the risk of being selfish and not creating a space of gratitude. Visualize your next moves just like the legend Muhammad Ali and picture yourself achieving your goals.
- Special place to work on your board
- Relaxing music, candles
- Assortment of magazines, websites
- A piece of large cardboard or binder
- Markers, stickers, or anything else creative that you like
- Personal Mission statement
- Don’t forget a picture of yourself, quotes, sayings, images
- Events, places you want to go
So, what do you think? Will you put dreams into action and create your vision board or book? Will you make your vision plain? If you have a vision board already, will you make updates? I certainly hope so! Vision boards are an ongoing process. Feel free to add more images as you and your ideas develop and change. Now, get to cutting and pasting your dream “SOULutions!”
To Your Success in 2017!