This month we’re all about dreaming big. Last week I shared my #hivefive for January, tips to help you shake off the cobwebs of 2016 and start the new year with a fresh energy, passion and vision for your business in 2017.
But let me ask you this. What were your dreams for 2016? 2015? 2014? Did you achieve them?
If not, why? Because even though you thought about, talked about and even wrote down your dreams, once you’d ticked it off your list I guarantee you never even looked at them again! Don’t worry, I get it! For too many years I relied on the dreams in my head, and got nowhere.
But by formalising your vision and dreams, putting pen to paper or even better creating a vision board, and placing them somewhere you will see them every day you will subconsciously carry out visualisation techniques as you focus on the things you want to achieve.
So how do we do it? Well, it’s really rather simple!
SET YOUR GOALS
I’m sure you already have some goals and dreams up there, in your head, so now is the time to make them happen! It’s really important for your vision board to encompass all areas of your life – not just business but personally too.
To help you out, here’s 10 areas of life that you could include:
- Family and friends
- Personal growth and development
- Fun and recreation
- Health and fitness
- Physical Environment
You don’t need to include them all, just those which are important to you or you feel need improvement this year!
Now the fun part! Our industry is visual and highly creative, full of imagery and visuals so scour your favourite magazines, blogs and pinterest for images that represent what you want to achieve in the coming months.
It’s not just about physical things, but more about the feeling, atmosphere and vision for the life you want to lead. So, when you’re choosing images think less about what is in the image and more about how it makes you feel.
On my vision board there’s an image of a family enjoying a cosy breakfast in bed. Of course it’s beautifully styled and the family are model-worthy, but that’s not why I love it. It simply encapsulates the feeling I want in my life; happy, relaxed and loved. It’s also the feeling I want to extend to my clients and Hive members, and this image reminds me to consider the little details in all that I do to make sure you feel it too.
Your vision board doesn’t have to be restricted to images either, trinkets and tokens from your travels or everyday life can also be important reminders of the life you want to lead. I love pinning beautiful cards and words of encouragement from clients and loved ones as well as beautiful pieces of ribbon (my obsession), sketches and little gifts!
PUT IT ON DISPLAY
By now, you’ve curated something really beautiful! Don’t hide it away!
Displaying your vision board doesn’t just give you something pretty to look at on a daily basis, but a constant reminder of your vision and goals. Whether you display it above your desk, or pin to the fridge, place your board somewhere you will look at it often and use it to encourage you to work towards your goals as you go about your daily tasks.
CREATE AN ACTION PLAN
While looking at your board every day is a powerful reminder of what you want to achieve, simply looking at it isn’t going to result in any change! To get the most out of your board, you also need to work out how to make it into reality, so for each goal set a deadline and action plan to help you.
THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE
Don’t let your board stagnate, revisit, revise and update it regularly to ensure you are always looking ahead. Use it a as a tool to monitor your progress, and by seeing just how much you can achieve it is sure to motivate you to aspire to even bigger and bolder dreams!
And finally, don’t worry about messing it up – it’s YOUR board, and there’s no right or wrong!
Ready to create your own vision board? Why not join me for our Vision Board Party at the Hive on Monday 16th January at 3pm?
This informal 2-hour session will be dedicated to discussing your dreams, choosing visuals and creating a pretty board that you can take away. I’ll provide the board, washi and pins, you just need to come armed with a file of inspiration, images and anything else that will inspire, motivate and encourage you to reaching those goals!
Tickets cost £15 (free for members) and includes refreshments and materials.