vision board

Vision Board

If you don’t know where you are going, how do you expect to arrive? How will you know when you have arrived? I have never gone on an airplane without my flight having a clear destination. I know where I am going, the altitude I will be flying at, the temperature of the destination, and the precise time that I will be arriving. When you fly, your journey is planned with crystal clear-precision.

In the same way, a detailed VISION of your future is like a compass for your life – a destination of where you are going. If you don’t have a vision for your life, you are like a raft adrift at sea – going nowhere.

A vision is something that you see that hasn’t happened YET. Like flying, your destination hasn’t happened yet, but you know it will. You are 100% confident that you will arrive.

Life should be the same way. As you fly with confidence knowing that you will eventually arrive at your destination, you need to apply the same level of confidence to your vision. KNOW THAT YOU WILL ARRIVE.

The Vision Board

The first step in any journey is to know exactly where you are going. A vision board is a visual representation of your destination. At the beginning of every year, I meticulously build a vision board knowing exactly what my destination is – both in the new year and beyond.

My vision board includes a variety of aspects related to my life; including family, self-improvement, fitness, career success, and travel. I have heard it said that only mediocre people die at their best, because leaders are constantly striving to improve.

Each vision board represents a new destination. Just as a pilot will take-off to a new destination each time they arrive, we too should never have a final destination. Life-long learning and growth is a habit of excellence.

In addition to being a visual representation of your destination, a vision board has the ability to defeat negative thoughts. Each of us has the ability to control our thoughts. On a daily basis, we give power to the thoughts that we choose to give power to. When negativity begins creeps into our thought life, a simple glance or look at the vision board acts like a blast of Vitamin C, erasing any momentum those thoughts had. When you have a clear vision of your future, setbacks only add fuel to your fire. It is only those people who are adrift at sea with no purpose or destination in which a storm will harm. Lesson: know your destination.

Make Your Vision Board

Don’t take my word for it, here is a clip of Steve Harvey describing the significance that vision boards have had on his success.

To create a vision board, you will need:

  • poster paper/canvas board
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • computer
  • printer
  • clear mind to think

A vision board is a collage. Look at mine as an example. Yours can have more or less pictures. Build your board to suit your destination for both the new year and life. Do not rush through the assignment! Part-time commitment will deliver part-time results!

When you are done, place your vision board in a high-traffic area of your house so you will see it many times a day, constantly being reminded of your destination. Next-level thinkers may even want to use it as their background on their computer or phone. It is up to you.

Enjoy your journey.

Get better.

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Successful Resolutions

Have you ever made a successful New Year’s resolution? If you are like the majority, probably not. In fact, about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Most quit by February.

Resolutions are great in theory. We should all be on a journey towards self-improvement. I have learned however, the greatest distance in the world is between words and action.

Resolutions work wonderfully at the start because that is when we are most highly motivated to change – our willpower is at a peak level. However, as days turn into weeks, and February rolls around, only 20% remain chasing their goals and aspirations they set only four weeks prior. Why? Because it is human nature to quit when we feel discomfort; or we fail to see immediate results. Success requires an ability to not only overcome discomfort, but to actually seek it out; in addition, you must actually enjoy the slow process of change. Begin to focus on the journey, and not the destination. Anything worthwhile in life takes time.

2018 was the first year I was able to accomplish all of my New Year’s Resolutions. How did I do it? Here is what I did:

My Plan To A Successful Resolution

My plan is only three steps. That’s it! I feel like the more complicated a plan gets, the more unlikely that the plan will be useful. Like when I need directions, the easier the directions to the destination, the more likely I will get there. I don’t want a lot of twists and turns. If you can tell me how to get to where I want to go in three steps or less, I know I will be successful. You’ve asked for directions. Here is my map:

1. Small Pieces

This is where most people fail, because they don’t see huge results right away. To be successful, it is necessary to focus on small wins and victories.

In 2018, I made it a goal to write a book by the end the year. I knew I wanted my book to be roughly 35,000 – 38,000 words. I divided this number by 365 days, and realized that to accomplish my goal, I would need to write on average, 116 words per day. That’s it! This may seem excessively small, but 116 words only took me anywhere from 2-8 minutes, depending on my content. When you progress towards small wins every day, they eventually compound into huge victories (a book)!

Instead of my resolution being to write two hours a day (I would have most certainly failed at this), I created a tiny win that I had to chase each day. Certainly I was able to forge 2-8 minutes from my schedule to write!

2. Tell A lot Of People

Tell as many people as you can about your plans. Post it on your social media. Be very specific too. When you tell others about your plans, you become accountable to them. This is called positive pressure. Because you don’t want to let others down, and you want to be a person of your word, you will be more likely to accomplish your resolution when you tell people.

3. Give Yourself a Deadline

People generally work better under pressure. Give yourself a specific deadline in which to accomplish your resolution. You want to quit smoking? Give yourself a deadline. You want to lose 5 pounds? Give yourself a deadline. The more specific you can be about your deadline, the more successful you will be.

Thoughts About The Plan

When I wrote my book, my deadline was December 31/2018. I finished on June 30/2018 instead. Why?

Three reasons:

  1. When I saw myself achieving small wins of 116 words per day, I was inspired to write more than 116 words. I began to love the process.
  2. I told people constantly that I was going to write a book, which held me to a high level of accountability.
  3. I told people about my deadline. The deadline made the finish line real.

In other words, THE PLAN WORKS!

Conclusion

I challenge you to use this simple plan as you map out your resolutions for 2019. The key is not to overwhelm yourself with too many, life-altering changes. Divide your goals into small pieces, tell everyone, and set deadlines. You have the ability to be like the 8%.

I promise, if you follow my plan, you too, will experience a very successful year.

Get better.

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