How’s the year started for you? Are you feeling like you’re on track to achieve everything you want to in 2020? Or do you feel like me that this has really been the first week of getting back into the swing of things and you’re already a little behind the ball?
One key thing that sets me up for the year ahead is creating a vision board. I ran a small vision board workshop a couple of weeks back and we had a great time sitting around chatting about everything we want to achieve this year and beyond, cutting out pictures from magazines and carefully curating them into our frames (my friend Jasmines’ was truly a work of art!)
WHAT IS A VISION BOARD?
If you’ve never created a vision board before, the concept is pretty simple – it’s a visual representation of your goals and of all the things you’d like to achieve. Some people take this very literally and use pictures that truly represent e.g. a place they would like to visit and for others it is more of an abstract, aspirational collage.
For me – I use it as a visual reminder to showcase the ‘type of person I want to be’ and what I want to do more of, or work on over the next 12 months and beyond. I don’t tend to put specific or concrete goals on mine, those are written on a piece of paper that I look at every day. For me my board encapsulates what I want to do more of and how I want to show up.
Here’s a snapshot of my finished vision board this year…
WHAT ABOUT THE NEGATIVE?
Now I’ve always been taught that ‘where focus goes, energy flows’ therefore on my vision board I want to put things on there that are positive, and progressive and focused on growth.
BUT… there are also number of things this year that are not so lovely, and in all honesty are pretty damn negative – like an investment we have that has gone really bad and is causing a lot of angst and really needs sorting! There are also a number of things that I would like to stop doing or do less of such as drinking less coffee, stop working at weekends etc.
The general ‘rule’ is that any of these negative things or things you want to stop doing, or build habits around doing less of should be spun around to the positive outcome and therefore what you’re going be like / look like / feel like when the habit is replaced or the negative aspect cleared. E.g. I want to drink less coffee so the picture on the vision board might be water or green smoothies to represent what I want to replace it with.
The issue for me, is that sometimes these connections are a little too subtle and abstract. I can look at the vision board in the morning and get a warm, glowing feeling of the fabulous person I want to become but I forget about the great habits I want to build in the background and the ‘stuff’ I need to clear in order to get there.
As James Clear says ‘you don’t rise to your goals, you fall to your systems’ (in other words habits).
MY ANTI-VISION BOARD
Therefore my second – ‘anti-vision’ board is a reminder of all of things I want to stop doing / do less of / get ‘sorted’ because without that, it’s all too easy to continue the negative habits without that reminder of what you need to do in order to set yourself up for success to achieve and grow into everything on the main vision board.
Give it a go and see if it works for you!
PS: quick tip if you’re trying to build habits around stopping something e.g. drinking less coffee or eating less chocolate – track the days you DID achieve what you set out to do rather than reinforcing the days that you didn’t quite get there. E.g. if you’ve got a Momentum Life Project Habit Tracker (download yours for free HERE if you don’t have a copy) and you want to eat less chocolate, say your goal is no chocolate 3 days per week, make sure you tick the days that you did NOT eat chocolate rather than the days that you did. We humans are wired to want to tick boxes and get high scores so you’ll get the small dopamine hit through tracking and you’ll naturally want to get more and more boxes ticked.
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