When successful athletes execute any winning moves, they repeatedly visualize themselves making those moves in their minds. In time those moves become ingrained so that when the opportunities arise, those moves take place automatically, for the win.
Stephen Covey and others have shared that everything is created twice. That is before something is created in the material world, it is first created in our minds.
Once humans think or create an idea we begin to visualize the outcome and emotionally connect with that vision, making it only a matter of time before it becomes a reality. Think for example of buying a yellow 2-door sports car. Once the image of this becomes engrained in the mind along with the desire to acquire it becoming strong, one begins to notice every single yellow 2-door sports car on the road. Before we know it, we find ourselves in the showroom making a deal.
A tool that has the power to bring vision to life and to keep it in the forefront is the Vision Board. It is powerful for individuals as well as has utility for teams and for organizations. In this post, we focus on the individual use of the Vision Board to help an individual stay focused and on track to achieve their desired result.
A vision board is a profound representation of an individual’s vision of themselves. The images have helped the creator stay focused on their vision and stay the course, while taking action to bring their vision to life.
“As you think, so shall you become.” ~ Bruce Lee
How to create a Vision Board
There are several ways, digital and hands-on or mixed. Follow the steps in the sidebar below to create a hands-on Vision Board, that you can photograph and keep handy on your table or smartphone like the one Deb’s colleague Kim Barker shared with her for this article.
The app was created by Jack Canfield, author of the well-known “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He strongly believes in the power of visualization and promotes the use of vision boards of all types. With the Success Vision Board app you can share your Vision Board with others who are using the app as well.
You can create different types of vision boards for different purposes. Try creating one for your personal life, your business vision, your family, marriage, and more.
Deb’s first vision board shown below is mix of family, business, lifestyle and learning. From this you might want to construct specific vision boards focusing on your business and lifestyle goals, as well as family and relationship goals.
Whatever method you use, keep your Vision Board somewhere handy. Post it in your office or somewhere where you’ll see it daily. You can also take a photo of it to have it easily available on your tablet, smartphone or computer.
And there you have it – how to create a vision board to support reaching your goals. Should you have any questions or would like any additional information, do reach out to us.
To learn more about the power and importance of conversations in creating and establishing the vision, check out my colleague Vinay’s new book: Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Results.
Visualization, including word clouds can be learned. It’s useful for conveying the nature of problems, better at conveying solutions, imagining your future and for conveying data for greater retention. Over this series of blog posts we will share more about the power of visuals, like vision board and how to apply them to achieve greater results.
Deb, as president of REVELN Consulting, and through her ongoing relationship with Ideas for Action, LLC helps leaders succeed in their new and continuing roles in higher education and nonprofits. The authors of this post, Deborah Nystrom, Elizabeth Lucas, and Vinay Kumar are senior partners at Ideas for Action, LLC—a consulting practice that is driven by a passion to empower the potential of people and organizations. Their experience includes association, nonprofit and higher education leadership, governance, and management; strategic planning; and coaching.
Deb welcomes an introductory conversation with you: DebNystrom@REVELN.com or contact Deb here.
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