See It, Believe It, Achieve It: How to Create a Powerful Vision Board

Having a business plan that will keep you accountable, a clear vision of your personal and professional goals, and a trusted advisor to guide you every step of the way, are the keys to having a successful start to the new year.

It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when you can’t picture them clearly. A goal board can help you to visualize what matters to you—whether it’s reaching $10M in sales, taking more time to pursue your hobbies, upgrading your ride or spending more quality time with the family.

Goal boards are visual reminders of your goals and intentions, which in turn shape your thoughts and actions. The power of visual goal representation is not only strong but well-proven—highly successful people like Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon are big fans!

What to include on your vision board

Your vision board should include anything you want to achieve in the coming year, from long-term goals like saving for your retirement, to bucket-list items like a trip to Tahiti.

Your vision board can include a mix of professional goals and personal goals. Below are just a few popular examples:

  • Increase your annual production
  • Earn your broker’s license
  • Earn a new professional designation
  • Save for retirement
  • Fund education for family members
  • Purchase a new home or investment property
  • Upgrade your current home
  • Purchase a new vehicle
  • Take a vacation
  • Invest in your physical health
  • Invest in your mental/spiritual health
  • Spend more time with your loved ones
  • Learn a new skill

How to make a vision board

When it comes to creating your vision board, there’s no rules! You can go “old school” and cut out images from magazines, or opt for digital and design your board online.

You can create your vision board alone, or gather with friends and coworkers for a “crafternoon.” At Locations, our dedicated sales coaches are available to offer guidance on vision board planning — we even provide funds for supplies and refreshments for sales contest teams to host their own vision board parties.

Materials needed:

  • Poster board
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Inspirational stickers (optional)
  • OR, use graphic design software (we like the free version of Canva)

There are also several vision board kits available online. Here are a few of our favorites:

The science behind vision boards

According to an article from the Motivation Clinic, neuroscience supports the use of vision boards. Neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart explains: “Looking at images on a vision board primes the brain to grasp opportunities that may otherwise gone unnoticed. That’s because the brain has a process called ‘value-tagging’ which imprints important things onto your subconscious and filters out unnecessary information.”

Dr. Swart adds: “The brain assigns a higher ‘value’ to images than written words on a ‘to-do’ list, and the more you look at those images, the more those images move up in importance.”

Maximize the benefits of your vision board

  • Look at your board right before you fall asleep every night; the brain is very impressionable as it drifts into sleep, so the images will imprint even further
  • Use short words or phrases
  • Choose eye-catching, vivid images
  • Place your vision board somewhere you’ll regularly see it—your nightstand, home office or workstation—the key is to look at it as often as possible, says media and life coach Zakiya Larry.

If you were to create a vision board for next year, what would you put on it? Let’s talk about your goals and how Locations could help you reach them. Get in touch with one of our coaches today!

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