With vision boards growing in popularity, especially in celebrity communities - Oprah, Katy Perry and Beyoncé swear by them - there’s nothing like the anticipation of returning to normal life (COVID we’re talking to you) to create new beginnings and new goals for yourself.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a powerful tool which uses pictures, words and phrases to represent a vision of what you want to achieve over the next year. They will help you visualise your career path, clarify your thoughts, and help you to focus on what your next course of action should be, as well as motivate you to achieve your goals.
Here’s how it can help you reach your career goals:
1. It can help you focus on what’s important to you.
The act of creating a vision board gives you the time and space to think about what’s important to you in your career. Where are you now and where would you like to be in the future? Having the space and opportunity to think, when our lives are so busy, can offer us clarity in what we currently enjoy, what we hate, and what we’d like to do more of. It can also help us to take a step back and think about whether we are really achieving our career goals (what they really are) or whether we are just moving further along the conveyer belt of working life with little direction or understanding of what to do next.
2. The ability to know what opportunities are needed to seize your goals.
Once you know what you want to achieve, you can hone in on opportunities that will help you reach your goals. They’ll be so many chances out there, but without know what it is you want you’ll never be able to seize them.
3. The ability to break out of your comfort zone.
Why not choose something grand and outlandish as your career goal? Perhaps it’s jumping in the deep end and going freelance, changing careers into something you always had your eye on, or developing a side hustle which you anticipate after a couple of years will bring in money so then you can quit your day job. The choices are endless, but a vision board is the time to think about what you’ve really wanted to do all these years.
4. It gives you the energy and motivation to reach your goals.
Once you’ve created your vision board, it’s important that you place it somewhere where you actively see it. You might not necessarily always acknowledge it, but your brain is sneaky and your subconscious can make headway when you’re not even thinking about it. Having it in a place that’s in full view can also mean that when you do acknowledge it, you’ll be motivated to go out and reap those opportunities and work towards your career dreams.
5. You know how to action it
Along with your vision board, you should also write down how you are going to achieve them (see below). The vision board process and the daily reminder are a great way to spur you into action as you know what the final version of your self should look like and where you want to be at the end of the year.
Alongside your vision board, you should create a to-do list of all the goals you want to accomplish. Research has found that visualising attaining your goal, rather than the effort needed to reach it, increases your chances of failure. For example, in one study, researchers at the University of California asked one group of students to visualise themselves getting a great grade on an exam. They asked another group to visualise themselves studying for the exam. The students who visualised themselves getting a good grade scored lower on the test than the students who visualised themselves studying. Students who visualised themselves studying put more time into preparing for the test and ultimately, they scored much better.
So it’s important to visualise the motions it would take to accomplish the goal. Whether it’s going out a meeting new people, learning more about an industry, or experimenting to work out whether a business idea you have could be the perfect side hustle.
The best way to do this is to create a to-do list alongside your vision board, you could split this up into the different elements needed to create your dream career, as well as completion dates so you’ll reach your goals in good time.
Still interested in vision boards? Join us on Saturday 12th June where we’re partnering with The Motivation Clinic to bring you our online Career Vision Board Workshop.
You’ll spend the first hour delving into creating your perfect career and the vision board process whilst the rest of the time will be spent crafting your vision board. At the end of the workshop you’ll present your boards and create a roadmap of what steps you need to take to reach your career goals. Along the way you’ll also meet a group of like-minded individuals who are unsure of what the future holds and are looking forward to revamping their careers, and provide the motivation you need to accomplish what you’ve set out to.
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'A partnership who knows their stuff and actually care.'
'An amazing day that made me completely rethink my career ideas and motivations.'
'A friendly and safe environment to share ideas with each other.'
'Vision Boarding is a great tool for crystallising what ignites one's interests and passions and gives you more direction.'
'This day was fun and left me feeling totally engaged and inspired.'
'I love my board - looking at it makes me happy.'