You may have heard of vision boards being used as a tool for reaching personal goals. But did you know that vision boards can also be an effective tool for reaching career goals? Visualizing the completion of a goal or dream can give you the confidence and energy you need to move forward.
“A vision board is a method of goal setting and life transformation. It is a visual expression of what you would like to see present in your life. The process of creating a vision board provides an opportunity to spend focused time and energy reflecting on specific items, elements, and situations you want to attract into your present and your future. Creating a vision board is a chance for you to be selfish. In fact, it is a requirement!” said Tess Denton in Building a Powerful Vision Board: A Path to Achieving Your Goals and What You Want in Life.
Here are a few tips for creating a vision board that will inspire you to rise to the next level in your career.
1. Have a goal
Have a clear goal for your career in mind before you start to create your vision board. This will help you stay on track and stay encouraged as you take steps toward making your vision a reality.
“A vision board works once you have decided what it is you want. This is a major problem for most people, as it’s hard to make a decision. That’s why they don’t have what they want. Once you have made a decision, the universe can manifest your goals and desires. It’s not magic. It’s the law of attraction. We all have vibrational energy around us that works when we are feeling good. It flows out into the universe with the intention of bringing our goal or desire,” said Tania Chumbley in Vision Boards Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide.
2. Aim high
Don’t settle for small career goals. If you have aspirations of one day owning your own company, even if you don’t yet have the resources, arrange your vision board to reflect your hope of becoming an entrepreneur. Or if you have a desire to become the director of your department, but you’re still a middle manager, push those doubts aside and create a set of images that support this dream. Don’t go for the low-hanging fruit. Display all of your goals, even if they seem unattainable right now. The important part is to take steps in the present that will help you get to where you want to be.
“The Law of Attraction states that whatever you think about most you will draw into your life. So how about focusing on the positive, enjoyable aspects of life? When you visualize your desires and transform them into something tangible, such as a vision board, your odds of success are even higher. Although they’re fairly easy to create, vision boards can be powerful tools to harness your subconscious and conscious mind and to show you the path to attaining your goals,” said Marcia Layton Turner in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards.
3. Put your goals to work
You have to use your vision board in order for it to work. Pasting pretty pictures on a board and then waiting for something to happen is not very effective. If you want to get motivated enough to advance in your career, these goals should not just stay on the board. You’ll have to put in the work required to get to where you want to be in your career. You can give yourself the push you need by including images that show the steps you need to take in order to reach the next career phase. Then, start taking those steps. You’ll be more likely to take action if you actually use your board.
“Try keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals. The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind throughout the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire,” said Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
4. Don’t forget feelings
Don’t forget to think about how you want to feel as you move through each phase of your career. Are you miserable right now but want to feel happy? Include pictures of happy workers on your vision board. Do you feel powerless and invisible and want to feel empowered? Add pictures of empowered executives. Resist the urge to compartmentalize your life in neat, little boxes. Your feelings are part of what make both your life and career interesting.
“Feel, don’t think your way through the exercise. Our rational minds imagine our futures in neat, organized steps. So it is very tempting to search for images by thinking things like: ‘What is the logical next step in my career?’ Or ‘What tropical destination is the most affordable for a family of five?’ said Pamela Slim.