Harmonizing your acting goals, your daily responsibilities, and your personal growth is a dance of art and business. After all of the moving and shaking you’ve done this year for your career, it’s important to show your inner artist some love. Creating a Vision Board is just what the doctor ordered.
In my last post, I shared my favorite year end process to help you celebrate this year’s successes and clarify your goals for 2012. Now it’s time to create a vision board that will serve as an excellent reminder of your 2012 goals and priorities. You can design a Vision Board to create a physical representation of your career vision.
Vision Boards allow you to use your artistic skills and creativity and play with the physical picture of your future. They’re a lot of fun to make and an effective way to supplement your actions with internal focus. Here are 5 simple steps to help you manifest success with a Vision Board.
Purchase a large poster board in whatever color you like. While you’re at it, pick up a glue stick and a pair of scissors too. Next, gather an assortment of old magazines, pictures, catalogs, and snap shots. You can even print out dynamic or meaningful words that inspire you.
Dedicate some time to clear away a space where you can relax and enjoy yourself. Creating your Vision Board should be a fun and fulfilling experience. Feel free to pour yourself a beverage, light a candle, or play some music that speaks to you.
Now relax, breathe deeply, close your eyes, and imagine the goal you wish to achieve. With your vision clearly defined in your mind, explore how each area of your life and career is impacted by this plan.
Now open your eyes and begin to flip through the magazines. Tear out any pages with pictures, words, phrases, and thoughts that inspire you. Don’t think about it too much. Trust your gut and set aside anything that grabs your attention.
Don’t rush. Give yourself a few hours or a whole evening to do this project. Once you feel you’ve reached a stopping point, cut out the words and images you’ve selected from the pages you set aside.
After you have cut out all the meaningful images and phrases you want, glue or paste them onto your poster board. Reserve space on your board for each of the areas outlined below and be sure to place a picture of yourself (one you love to look at) in the center of the board.
Health & Fitness
Friends & Family
Craft & Creativity
Marketing Tools & Business
Fun & Adventure
Display your finished Vision Board in a place that you will see it often. As you concentrate on these visual intentions, inhale the sensation of having exactly what you want. Here’s to an exciting vision of the future and a Happy New Year!