If you look at personal or small business success, in retrospect, it all started with a goal. And depending on the size of a goal, there can be a wide spectrum between that goal and what can be defined as “success.” So how can that gap be bridged so it is manageable and your goal is attainable?
This is where a vision board becomes useful as a tool to facilitate achieving goals. A vision board brings the concept that “seeing is believing” to life and serves as a powerful catalyst and reinforcement for making big things happen. Here is how the process works:
Have a goal. You start with a goal that you have, whether it is big or small. It may be a short-term goal or even a long-term one. And it can be quantitative or qualitative. The possibilities are endless here and your aspirations are uniquely yours; so be bold with your dreams!
Have an idea of what it looks like. This requires visualization which is where a vision board comes in. With a vision board, you create what your goal will look like by using words, symbols, pictures, etc. to represent your goal or the journey to get there. Inherent in this process is the translation of your goal from a mental image to something that is more tangible.
Believe in it. Now that you’re able to see your goal, it becomes more real and more of a possibility. You begin to believe that it is attainable and that you can have your preferred outcome.
Get others to believe in it. When you strongly believe in something, you become passionate about it. As this passionate radiates from you, it becomes contagious. Others begin to see what you see, they believe in it, they are willing to support you in achieving it, and they hold you accountable. You develop a support system and network that is committed to your success.
Develop a strategy. Figuring out how you will achieve your goal is important. Develop actionable steps that will get you there. Maybe you need to do two things per week, have a certain level of profit each month, or have a certain number of customers each quarter. Whatever the goal is, you need to have a roadmap. Seek feedback from your network to avoid tunnel vision.
Act toward your goal. Once you’re through the preparatory stage, it is time to act. Take the steps you’ve outlined, but also be open to changes that you may need to make along the way. Be ready for detours and speed bumps, handle them as they come up and keep forging onward until you reach destination success.
From the beginning of this process through its completion, your vision board serves as a daily reminder as to why you’re putting in hard work and being persistent. It is a powerful tool that helps facilitate behavioral change and once complimented with your consistent effort and support network, any goal can be achieved. Take this approach as you plan to take your small business to the next level in 2012.
How has a vision board helped you in the past? Do you plan to use one in 2012? Share a link if you already have one!
Dasanj Aberdeen is an entrepreneurial spirit who embodies the combination of left-brain logic and right-brain imagination as a businesswoman and artist. Sh founded TheAfter5Edge.com as a platform for encouraging others to optimize their potential by discovering and leveraging their strengths to obtain their competitive edge. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter at: @TheAfter5Edge.