What is your plan for 2022?
Create your own VISION board for 2022
So close to the end of the year, I’d like to talk to you about Vision Planning. In this article, you will learn about the power of visualization, what is meant by creating a vision board, why it is so essential for achieving our goals, give you a step-by-step guide for the time between the years, and invite you to a joint workshop.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is about crafting something that will inspire you to realize your dreams and goals. Often, a collection of different images is put together on a sheet of paper or board to illustrate a specific goal or way of life.
The power of visualization
It turns out putting your goals on paper in this type of visual format can actually help you achieve them. Why is that? Well, it is based on the concept of Visualization that is an important pillar of every coaching training.
Visualization is a powerful tool that can take your goal setting to the next level. By visualizing our goal and what it would look like we make it more real. We turn it from an abstract, undefined something into a well-defined goal. Without a picture of the end result, setting goals is more like wishful thinking. By putting pen to paper we take over the responsibility for our goals.
And don’t get me wrong. By visualization, I do not mean daydreaming or wishful thinking. It is about taking a snapshot of your goal and then focusing on exactly that snapshot with all your energy and heart.
Research has shown that there is a strong scientific basis for how and why visualization works. We stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize the action and when we actually perform that same action. So giving your idea or your goal a color, a font, an image already pays into making it a reality. While we live in challenging times where uncertainty is our constant companion, it is helpful to tackle our bigger goals by making them more tangible and accessible. Maintaining our hope for the future is difficult to do when our vision of that future is shaky. Yet hope plays a crucial role in our life. Research indicates that people with high levels of hope are much more likely to face and overcome obstacles. They are likely to rate higher on a range of success indicators such as academic performance, interpersonal effectiveness, and physical and mental well-being. People who are able to clearly see a brighter future, are much more likely to achieve it.
Creating a vision board
While there are many ways of how a coach can support a client with visualization, creating a vision board is an especially fun activity. Hence, I am delighted to introduce you to that concept here in this blog post, and if you are interested join our vision board workshop in January.
Taking you through the process step-by-step
Step 1: Gaining clarity about your values
Maybe you are already very sure about your goals for the next year and what is important to you. If that is the case, you can jump right into Step 2. For everyone else your journey starts right here: Gaining clarity. In our Vision Board Workshop. I will walk you through a value-based coaching exercise to help you articulate what is important to you and what should be part of your goals and whatnot. If you are not attending the workshop you can send a short message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the exercise.
Step 2: Collection phase
So when you are clear about what is important to you in this very period of your life we are ready to take action!
The first step is to collect everything that appeals to you visually and is connected somehow to your values. The best thing to do is to collect all the magazines you have available and go through them at your leisure. Be relaxed and cut or tear out the parts that appeal to you visually. Thematically, it doesn’t have to be primarily related to your professional thoughts or goals. Try to be generous and not limit yourself too much. Don’t forget to have fun in the process. Listen to good music, light a candle and let your thoughts drift.
Disclaimer: If you don’t have any magazines at home, you can always dive into the depths of the Internet. Here, too, you can use Pinterest, a simple Google image search, or photo portals like Unsplash.com and canva.com to find digital images.
Printed magazines, however, allow a certain haptic and you don’t have to enter keywords to find a topic that will help you to stay open for unconscious thoughts.
Step 3: First presorting
In the third step, we now make a kind of pre-selection. Gather all the image clippings, put the magazines aside, and spread the images out on the table in front of you. Do you spontaneously notice different focal points? Try to group the images accordingly. Take pictures off the table that no longer fit so well with your wishes for the coming year. Be gentle in this process. Some people will find it very easy to quickly focus on the essentials and dispose of the rest. However, if the vision in your head is not yet very clear, this will take a little more time. Remember that a vision board is a work in progress project. Feel free to add and make changes from time to time.
Step 4: Let's get the glue
Now it’s time to get down to business. Take a larger sheet of paper and paste the individual images onto it in a grouped arrangement. Reflect on this process: Which pictures do you find very easy to glue and which pictures are you still unsure about? Are you unsure because you feel it is too high or are you unsure because you don’t know if it really suits you? This distinction is very important! Nothing is too ambitious in the vision board process as long as it fits your values and your goals. Take a pen and add notes you find important for you to remember. Maybe just a keyword or a certain color frame. It is totally up to you!
If you managed to finish all the steps, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You just finished your very own vision board! It is now time to find a suitable spot in your apartment or office to put it. Somewhere, you will see it while working towards your vision. Not feeling comfortable hanging it somewhere but prefer it to put it into a folder? Ask yourself why that is. Often when we hesitate going “public” with our goals we have underlying beliefs that stop us from taking action.
And now: I wish you lots of fun and I am curious to hear how your vision board turned out!