Do you set goals for yourself, either in your personal life or for your business?
If not, how do you know whether you’re growing or making progress?
OR, how else do you fine tune your WHY, the reason behind all the long hours you spend on your business?
A vision board (or as I like to call it, a Breakthrough Board) helps you visualize your dreams so you can better achieve your goals. Let’s explore the ways it does…
1. Breakthrough Boards make you focus on what’s important to you.
Whether you combine a personal BT board with a professional one or keep them both separate, thinking about what you want in life or in business forces you to prioritize what’s important.
Do you want to buy your first house or move to a warmer climate? Putting a photo of your dream location by the beach will inspire you – for example – to work harder and not undercut your prices with clients. If you want to move, you alone can make that happen, so with the goal firmly in front of you, you’ll be more likely to make better business decisions based on that desire to move.
2. Visualization stimulates the creative side of your brain.
Placing your BT board in sight of your desk or computer serves as a daily reminder of what you want to achieve. Some believe keeping it open by your nightstand helps stimulate your subconscious before you go to bed, which makes you motivated upon waking.
With your creativity soaring, keep a notebook handy to jot down any ideas you have for a new course or coaching program you want to create.
3. Focusing on goals makes you recognize new resources or opportunities.
Visualizing yourself living in a warmer climate (or whatever your primary goal is) will motivate you to work towards that goal – but you’ll also notice new opportunities or resources around you which can lead you to reaching your goal. These resources may have always been present but now that you’re focused on your goal, you will see them in a new light: as a way to help you reach that intended goal.
4. Break out of your comfort zone by stating a big, scary goal.
Are you stuck in a rut because you’re afraid to break out of your comfort zone? Acknowledging big goals – as scary and outrageous as they may be – will help you step out and take on new challenges, all in the name of reaching that scary goal.
If your goal is to speak in front of an audience of 5,000 at your favorite conference, then you’ll start to see more opportunities for smaller speaking engagements. These smaller gigs will give you lots of practice and build your name recognition so when the organizers of your favorite conference advertise they’re looking for speakers, you’ll be well prepared to submit your name.
5. Seeing a big goal forces you out of the daydream and into action.
Nothing happens without some action on your part. Vision/Breakthrough boards are not magic tricks; they are instead a tool that spurs us into action because we finally know what we want out of life.
Visualize your ideal life then approach each day with action steps which will lead you toward that ideal life.
Aside from these reasons, creating vision boards can be very relaxing and a fun activity. So grab a copy of my Breakthrough Board Success Training for a quick and informative tutorial on creating your board the right way, and start daydreaming!