What has led to your success?
I met two entrepreneurs on my recent travels around the U.S.
I asked them the same question: What do you believe is the #1 thing that has led to your success?
Surprisingly, they replied with the same answer: visualize your success.
I thought for sure they would answer: investing in their business, lots of talent, loads of hard work, or a strong network. But, no, the answer was simple: visualize your success.
Visualize Yourself Being Successful
Bruce Lee said, “As you think, so shall you become.”
This is the season where you’re probably reflecting on the past year. What do your thoughts say about you? Who are you going to become in 2015?
The response from those entrepreneurs where spot on: visualize your success. Yet…
- It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind.
- It’s easy to wake up and start pounding away at your keyboard without heart.
- It’s easy to get discouraged when people unsubscribe from your email list.
- It’s easy to get down when you still don’t feel “successful”.
Sometimes when you’re in this black hole, it’s easy to forget your WHY and your motivation quickly drops.
I’ve been caught up in this, too. So, I decided to prepare for booty kicking in 2015. I took their advice and created a vision board.
Makes sense right? A vision board is a visual representation of how you see your future life.
So, how can you go into 2015 ready to kick booty?
Simple: Know what drives you. Use it as motivation. Use that motivation to take action towards your dreams.
How to Create a Vision Board
#1 Gather those Materials:
- A variety of magazines
- Poster board
- Construction paper
- Beautiful crystals and rocks
- Any other decorative items.
#2: Gather Friends, A Journal, & Wine (yes, wine!)
I mean you can really do this vision board thing by yourself. But, it’s so much better with some girlfriends and a glass (or two) of malbec. Before jumping into creating the board, take some time to journal your thoughts about the future. A few recommended journal prompts from Christine Kane include (check her site out for more vision board ideas):
- Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have?
- What do you need to let go of?
- What do you need to believe about yourself?
#3 Time to Take it Back to Kindergarten
Cut out any magazine clippings that resonate with you. Don’t worry about judging them. You’ll do that later. Just cut out any pictures or words that you feel describe your future life — who you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have.
#4 What Resonates with You?
Once you’ve cut out enough magazines, sort through the pictures to discard any that no longer resonate or fit into your vision. You may want to go back to your journal to read through your responses. In this step, you’re finalizing what you want on your board. Once you’ve sorted through the photos, take some time to place them on your board.
#5 The Final Product
Once everything is exactly where you want it, glue down the magazine clippings. And, voila! Hang your beautiful vision board where you’ll see it.
Well, You’re not Quite Done Yet…
So, you have a pretty board to decorate your house. Yay! Now, one may be tempted to stop there. But, in actuality the magic happens AFTER.
This is when you incorporate your vision board into your daily practice. It’s important to look at it often as a consistent reminder of what you’re working towards.
My Vision Board Practice:
I hung my board up in my spare bedroom. Each morning, I look at it as a reminder of why I’m writing blog posts, why I send emails, why I work on my business instead of hanging out every day with friends. It fires me up. It get’s me motivated. It reduces my temptation to sit my booty on the couch and do nothing.
I’ve also taken a photo of it and added it as the main image on my phone’s lock screen. Each time I use my phone, I have my vision board image. It makes me smile.
I’ve never done a vision board before. But, I came to a point where I wanted something to remind me of why I’m doing what I’m doing. A sort of pick me up for the times when I’m feeling down.
Perhaps, you’re looking for a bit of motivation, too, as you move into 2015 — I definitely encourage you to give a vision board a try! It’s all about visualizing your success!
HOMEWORK TIME! In the comments….
- Do you have a vision board? If so, what is your vision board practice?
- How do you stay motivated as you work towards your dreams?
EXTRA CREDIT: I’d love to see your boards. Share a picture of your vision board and tag me on your favorite Social Media hangout. @teachgoodstuff