Holiday Project: Create Your “Vision Board 2.0” to Crush 2019
December 20, 2018
Chances are you might have some “down time” over the next week or so before ramping back up for the new year.
I’m going to suggest a fun exercise to make good use of that time – and it can even involve your family members! Consider it part crafting and part goal setting. Because it’s never too early to introduce your kids to the power of goal setting and visualization. (Not to mention the extra accountability you’ll receive by involving your family in your 2019 goals.)
This exercise has the power to help make your goals more attainable in 2019.
Let’s call it: Vision Board 2.0.
This Ain’t Your Father’s Vision Board
Admittedly, the idea of making a vision board is nothing new.
But in case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a great way to create a strong emotional connection with your goals.
We’re visual people… when we see something, it makes it possible.
So the idea of making a vision board is to use images and words that represent our ideal future – our dreams, our goals, our ideas.
Here at TFHQ, we typically conduct a vision board exercise for our employees once a year. Everyone brings in magazines to share and spends and hour or two finding images that represent their personal and professional aspirations. Then they cut out and glue those photos, words and ideas to a poster board to keep “up and visual” at their desks or offices throughout the year.
It’s a great exercise that doesn’t require much time and definitely makes a lasting impact.
But that’s not all… to bring the concept of creating a vision board into the present day, I’ve added some new elements that make it much more effective. How do you make a vision board? Keep reading…
Show Yourself How You’ll Get There
We’ve talked a lot lately about the power of visualization. David Goggins mentioned it when we spent some time together on Facebook Live recently… how he repeatedly visualized himself completing his 4,021st pull up to break the Guinness World Record, and then he went on to achieve that record.
The twist I’ve incorporated into my most recent vision boards is not just visually representing what I want to achieve or the material goods I want, but to show me actually doing the work to get there.
When you create that image of yourself doing the work, it makes the work itself that much easier.
So make sure to include the actual work required to achieve your goals as part of the creation of your vision board.
Create a Road Map to Your Destination
Here’s another tip to make your Vision Board more meaningful:
Before I wrote my second book, I created a vision board that mapped out the entire process. When I started, the only real idea I had at that point was “Write another book,” so this approach really helped me think through everything that needed to happen to achieve my goal and visualize myself in the process – all way before any of it actually happened!
It included images of me meeting with publishers in New York City as well as the check I’d receive from people who wanted to buy my book. And you know what? It all came true!
So use your vision board to not only identify the material goods you want and the vacations you’ll take, but to create the journey of where you want to go and the steps you’ll take to get there!
Even if you don’t get around to creating your vision board over the holidays, it’s not too late to do it in January. It’s a fun exercise and definitely worth the hour or two it will take to create it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article, especially once you’ve used it to create your vision board for 2019!
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