Do vision boards work?
Vision Boards don’t work… You do!
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.”
– Joel Barker
Some people are skeptical about vision boards.
I’m not surprised.
The way vision boards are usually presented is you get together with some friends, drink some wine and stick a few pictures on a board. You hang your vision board on your mirror. The next morning you wake up and voila!! There is a bag of money on your porch with a note to live the life you’ve always wanted. You tell your boss to take this job and shove it. You head off into the sunset and live happily ever after.
Unfortunately life doesn’t really work that way.
Here’s why: most of us create goals and vision boards around what we want to have.
I want to have more money,
I want to have a better job (or no job),
I want to have a skinny body,
I want to have the perfect partner…
what the heck-I want to have a dream life!
We expect that once we have what we want, then we will do what is necessary to accomplish goals and then eventually we will be who we want to be.
This is a plan that is backwards. Instead, to have what we want and to be successful at our goals we must begin by being who we want to be. What are your core values? What do they look like in action? If you were being the person you dream of being what would you feel like? How would you behave?
The next step is to do the things that are necessary to be that person. You want to be generous, caring and serve others? You want to be successful in business? You want to be a healthy person? How does that play out in your life? What habits do you put into place? What choices do you make and what do you do on a daily basis in order to be the person you want to be?
The end result (and this is the point that is finally effortless) is that by being who you want to be and doing the things necessary to be that person, you will have what you want to have. Want to be a healthy person? Then chose a healthy lifestyle and follow that plan. Want to have a successful career that makes a difference in the world and serves others? Then be the leader you were meant to be and take the steps necessary to make it happen.
Ultimately, when vision boards don’t work, it is because we don’t use them in the right way. We don’t get clear first on who we need to be and take action in that direction. We use them like a magical waiting game.
True enough, the universe is full of possibilities and abundant enough to grant our wishes. But we have to be ready. We have to be in a position to receive them. Otherwise we blow the opportunity, much like the lottery winner who is bankrupt in a year. We must first learn how to be rich and how to live rich before we have millions. We have to embrace the lifestyle of the healthy person, follow the plan and then we can have the body that reflects that. It is the journey that not only makes the goal possible, but develops us into a person worthy of the goal.
Ready to make a change in your life? Join me for
Not Your Average Vision Board Workshop
Two hours of focusing on:
- Your Mission: Your Why
- Who You Want to BE: Your Core Characteristics
- What You Will Do for Success: Your Action Plan
- Your Vision for 2021.
When: Friday, January 22 10:00-12:00
Dirt Cheap Cost: $35
Interested? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot. Only 6 participants accepted to make sure we afford everyone quality time.