I’ve mentioned the need to have a Vision Board when you’re chasing your goals but I’ve never spoken about how to set one up to keep you motivated.
A Vision Board is essentially a board that has everything you need to get you to your goals. It outlines your goals and provides you with motivation.
I’ve been using mine for a year now and have found it incredibly useful especially for those days that I just don’t feel like pushing through. I’ll sit on my bed and look at it for 10 minutes then BANG, I’m ready to push through.
Here’s a picture of my incredibly messy vision board.
The point is to include whatever you think you need on it. There’s no order and no rules. If it helps you, then it’s right.
Mine has changed constantly throughout the year (as you can probably tell), but some bits have stayed consistent, like my goal and my drawing. You may not have noticed but it is in fact a drawing not a photograph….
I’ll start with the importance of placement. There’s no use having it somewhere you never go. I highly recommend in your bedroom somewhere where you can see it from your bed. It should be the first and last thing you look at every day. Mine is literally placed next to my bed.
I can’t not look at it!
Your Main Goal
Your main goal should be the biggest thing on your board. This is the one thing you’re working towards. The one thing you NEED.
As you can see, mine is placed at the top and is the very first thing you see.
It’s important to look at your goal every day. Once when you wake up and when you go to bed. Reinforcement pushes it into your subconscious mind and will eventually be something you constantly think about.
Note: I also have it written on a card in my wallet and on a board at my desk. I literally can’t go anywhere without seeing it.
Your Yearly Goal
The second thing you need to include is your ‘yearly goal’. This is a goal that will help you reach your main goal and is essentially the goal you should be focusing on daily. It’s important to break your main goal down into smaller manageable chunks. If you only focus on your main goal, it will seem impossible to reach.
Note: on the above cork board, that you can’t see, I have my goal broken down like this:
- Main Goal
- Yearly Goal
- 6 Monthly Goals
- Quarterly Goals
- Monthly Goals
- Weekly Goals
- Daily Goals
Seems excessive but it works…
A Drawing of Where You Want To Be
This is a really important part of your board and is often missed. Drawing a picture of yourself of where you want to be in life, helps you imagine actually reaching your goal.
Like Walt Disney said:
‘If you can dream it, you can achieve it’
Remember your vision board is all about embedding your goal into your subconscious mind.
Note: You most likely won’t be as good at drawing as me.
You have to include quotes that mean the most to you. These are the quotes that inspire you to work every day. They provide extra motivation….
Whether you want to admit it or not, quotes work.
Here are mine and why I’ve picked them:
‘If you don’t take control of your life, someone or something else will’
I’ve held onto this one for the past 5 years, for reasons I’m not going to explain. This is what has gotten me through all the ups and downs. It’s my phone screen, desktop and is all over my room. You have to find a quote that drives you and for me, it’s this one.
‘If it were easy, everyone would do it’
This one reminds me that the process is never going to be an easy one but the prize at the end will make it all worth it.
‘OAKTRAV is my ticket to success. Don’t ever give up’
One I made myself and it reminds me that my business has huge potential. I just have to keep pushing.
‘Thoughts become things’
Another one that reinforces that fact that if you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
The last one is more a reminder as to how you can get people to do things for you when needed. It’s something to help me with sales.
‘Talk about what they can get out of it. Not what you can’
People only want to know what they can get out of a deal. I find that a lot of salesman and women talk too much about what they can get out of it. Focus on the other person. Anyway, that’s another story.
The Date You Started Chasing Your Goals
Include that significant date that you decided you were going to relentlessly chase your goals. I can remember my date so clearly. I woke up hungover and declared that I had enough of getting nowhere. I almost got it tattooed on my body.
That date means so much to me and I bet yours does to. Being reminded of it will also remind you why you started this journey.
Your Life Wish List
A life wish list is a few very detailed paragraphs that explain exactly what you want and when.
You need to read it at least once a day as it helps you imagine having achieved your goals. Mine starts with a date and essentially explains what I’m doing on that day. One of my paragraphs is along the lines of:
I’m currently sitting in my penthouse apartment in Bondi, Sydney having just driven home from work in my Maroon Aston Martin DB 9. I have to get to sleep early as tomorrow I’m going to check out a new house which is a bit further inland. It’s on a huge block of land and is 5x bigger then the apartment.
Obviously, it’s a lot longer but you get the point.
What Personality Traits You Want To Improve
I read an article a while ago that outlined all the personality traits that an entrepreneur should have.
Anyway, you have to outline the areas of your personality that you want to improve and then work daily to improve them.
Here are the ones I’ve written down:
- Sympathy – I must admit this is one that’s taking longer than expected. I’m not good at listening to peoples excuses and don’t think I ever will be.
- Bad habits – alcohol – although I’ve knocked it out for almost a year. The real test is summer.
- Doing more than paid – I’ll never consider this one as complete until I’ve reached my goals.
- Definitivness of plans – This one includes never going back on your word.
- Willingness to take responsibility – I think I’ve conquered this one.
At the start of the year, these were the main ones I wanted to improve. As I conquer them, I cross them off. As you can see I only think I’ve truly conquered one so far.
They take time and need to be constantly worked on.
If you follow this process and include these things in your Vision Board, you will have created a nice foundation for chasing your goals. You need a solid Vision Board to keep you on track and to be a source of motivation for the ups and downs you’re going to face.
Note – above this Vision Board is a huge cork board that has a whole lot more stuff that I’ve wanted to include but doesn’t fit like. If you want to find out what’s on it. Send me an email and I’ll go through it with you.
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