Typical resolutions for the New Year include working out, spending less, and eating healthier. These are all good intentions, but what if you want more? What if you want a dramatic change but don’t know exactly what this looks like? Are you stuck? What about your resolutions for professional growth or for your business? Are they tangible? Can you envision them? Sometimes we just need to press pause for a moment and let our subconscious take over. Last week that is exactly what I did with two of my clients.
January seemed like the perfect month to host a vision boarding party as so much energy is placed on anticipating the future. Vision boarding (or picture collaging) is the simple act of flipping through a wide range of magazines, ripping out images or words that call to you, and thoughtfully assembling them on a single piece of poster board with adhesive.
On first consideration, this might not seem like a profound activity. You might say, “I did this in grade school, why should I do it now?” However, if you take the time to clear your head, focus on what deeply calls to you, and let your subconscious steer you, you will be pleased with a visual representation of a path to act on.
I first did this activity several years before as part of a coaching program. I was a bit skeptical but loved the excuse to get creative so I broke out my supplies and went to work. Little would I have guessed, the vision board manifested itself into a new hometown and a new career path. Although these changes were not literally a cause and effect from the act of vision boarding, the activity planted seeds in my brain and helped me to foster personal and professional growth achieved over the course of the next few years. When I think back to the vision I created, most of the images became part of my life in some capacity. I tapped into a deeper understanding through the simple act of cutting and pasting.
Vision boarding helps you set your intention so results can follow.
I encourage my clients to perform vision boarding as part of our initial strategy session as the activity can unlock deeper thoughts, helping to create marketing content strategy that is meaningful and in line with long-term goals. As a small business owner sometimes what makes the best marketing plan, is just the opportunity to stop for a few hours, detach from typical daily distractions, and let your imagination go. Why not set aside time in the next few weeks to craft a New Year vision board for your business or for yourself? You might be surprised by the results.
If you want to learn more about vision boarding, Christine Kane has assembled a free EBook that can help you get started. If you need inspiration check out these boards my clients and I created. There is no right or wrong way to craft your vision board, as long as you are authentic and true to yourself.
Vision boards are just as unique as the individuals who make them.