At the very beginning of this year, I made a conscious decision to place my thoughts and plans in writing. This year started on a somewhat low note for me; it was during that time that I made the decision to convert my plans into actions. It was through this rather uncertain time that I quickly realised that I needed to have my ducks in a row and think deeply about the plans I had for the year ahead; and assess whether I needed to review the plans I had in place.
Generally, I like the idea of documenting things. I kept a journal during my pregnancy, at work I document important information and decisions through various methods; and my phone has tons of notes, memos, to-do lists, grocery lists etc. – the list is endless. My vision board is saved on my laptop, and I frequently refer to it to assess whether I am still on the right track.
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD?
I think it’s most fitting to, first and foremost, define what a vision board is.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify and maintain focus on certain specific goals you’d like to achieve.
I was first introduced to a vision board several years ago by a very good friend of mine. For some reason, I did not think of creating one at that stage. In my previous post (Be Bold, Be Daring, Be Unforgettable), I mention how at the beginning of my career I did not have clear plans about what career path I wanted to pursue.
I remember seeing this A3 sized, eye-catching piece. She had images, she wrote on pieces of paper and stuck them on – it was such an interesting and well-thought depiction of her plans. I have so much respect for her because 1. She influenced my way of thinking, and 2. She has achieved most of the items on the vision board I saw back then.
WHY IS A VISION BOARD IMPORTANT?
Before preparing a vision board, it is important to first draft a personal vision statement.
Each and every well-established organisation has a vision statement. This is the cornerstone to releazing organisation’s strategic plans.
Once you have drafted your vision statement, you are ready to prepare your vision board.
Think earnestly about what you’d like to do, what you’d like to achieve. This is the critical part in developing your vision board. Think of the difference you’d like to make in the industry in which you operate or the industry you aspire to be in. Think about how you can use your talents – be creative but realistic.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A VISION BOARD
Creating a vision board is an ideal way of bringing clarity to a general desire and turning it into an achievable goal. For example, merely stating that you want to be successful does not clearly articulate your goals – be specific.
Keeps one focused
Another purpose of a vision board is to keep you focused. Preparing your vision board forces you to think and evaluate your intentions. Amidst the countless distractions, your vision board will constantly remind you of where you intend to be. A vision board, when prepared honestly, can be of great assistance in keeping your mind focused on your goals.
Serves as daily confirmation
Preparing your vision board forces you to think about what goals you would ultimately like to achieve.
Your vision board serves as confirmation that you are well on way to achieving and realizing your goals and aspirations.
Make your vision board visually-appealing: Personalise it – it’s yours. If numbers appeal to you, take that approach. If you love colour, images, graphics etc. – please do not limit yourself.
In uncertainty, there is always opportunity. The uncertainty I experienced at the beginning of the year forced me to think and convert plans to actions. It was necessary to document my plans; to think hard about the ultimate goals I wanted to achieve this year.
I’d like to leave you with this thought: Think big and live outside of established parameters.
I wish you all the best in crafting your future.