Every business has a vision and goals to lead it towards prosperity. In order to follow and accomplish these goals and vision, strategic planning takes place.
There are several tools that can help you through this process. A vision board is one such tool.
Represented by a mixture of images and texts related to your goals and desires, vision boards remind you of your goals every day and give you the motivation to follow them. They are simple, easy and fun to make.
A vision board is simply about what you want now and in your future. Here are some benefits of creating a vision board:
• Visualizing and thinking about the goals for your business, then including images and motivational texts on a board enhances the likelihood of achieving them.
• When you see the board everyday highlight your dreams for your business and the goals you want to achieve, it automatically energizes you and motivates you to work harder.
• The visualization encourages you to think outside the box and assists you in opening up to new possibilities.
• It helps overcome obstacles that come your way, as the vision board serves as a reminder about what you will achieve after all these problems and obstacles are resolved.
• It keeps you focused on your goals.
Creating a vision tool is extremely easy and can be made with a vast range of media. From simple pencil sketches to colorful magazine cut images, from paintings to graphic art, anything and everything can be utilized to make a vision board. The most significant thing is to know what you want from your future. Some basic tools that can be used are as follows:
• Board: A white board, blackboard, cork board, foam board, or a poster board can be used to make your vision board.
• Adhesive: Whichever glue you can find to stick the images together on the board. You can also use removable adhesive so that you can keep updating your vision board without ruining any images.
• Images: Pictures that represent your goals and dreams – opening a new branch of your business, designing a new office, more satisfied clients/customers, opening an international office. Print out from computers, your own sketches and drawings, magazine cutouts, stickers etc.
• Text: Some words that can describe your vision and goals briefly or some motivational words to keep you going.
• You: Yes! You are the most important part of a vision board. Use pictures of yourself, your name, or your business logo on your vision board to make it more personal.
Get all the supplies ready and while keeping your vision in mind, start playing around with images and words. Be as creative as you can be. Place it in your cabin, in a place where all the employees can see it. You can turn it into a group activity to keep your employees motivated and moving towards specified goals.
The process of using vision boards to transform your business is easy and enjoyable. Here is how it works:
1. Setting Goals
Having specific business goals are essential for this process. Think about how you want to see your business in the future. You can include short-term goals and long-term goals as well; generating better revenues, increasing job satisfaction for employees, opening an international office etc.
Visualize how your goals look like and how you’d like to feel when you reach them. Use images, symbols or words to represent your goal or maybe the journey to reach it. For better revenues, use a number to represent what your annual or monthly target will be. For opening an international office, place an image of the country’s flag you want to open your office in.
Start believing in yourself and your team. Once you actually ‘see’ you goal, it becomes clearer, realistic, and attainable. Believe that you and your employees can manage to reach these goals and fulfill the vision gradually.
4. Employee Motivation
Once you visualize your goals, involve your employees. Create a group activity for the employees to make their own vision boards. Or use your vision board to motivate them to achieve the specified target. Once you truly believe that the goals are attainable, your employees will start believing it too. This way, you will reach those goals faster.
Start figuring out how each goal can be achieved. Keep your team in the loop. Discuss ideas and solutions for possible problems. Break the tasks into smaller steps to make it more achievable. Create a roadmap and start following it.
6. Move Towards Your Goals
Don’t just make a vision board and hang it somewhere, take action. You have made the preparations and now the time to act has come. Keep updating your vision board and make necessary changes in your strategy. Be prepared for obstacles and detours you might have to take. Don’t give up and keep your employees motivated.
Vision boards turn your dreams and goals from mere speculation, to something solid, which you can see. Actually more than 40% of the world population is sensitive to sight (visuals). The more specific and vivid the vision board, the better motivator it will be. Keep it somewhere where you and your employees can see it every day. It will keep everyone motivated as they will see their goals and get to know how they will feel once the goal is achieved. This improves the possibility of fulfilling those goals as everyone will be enthusiastically working to achieve them.
A Vision Board is a strong tool promoting behavioral change which, when combined with your hard work and support network, can make any goal achievable. The goal setting common phrase ‘see it, believe it, achieve it’ is represented through vision boards. From the initial process of visualizing, to the completion of the goal, vision boards ensure that you are kept reminded of what you really want. It shows why you have to be persistent and work harder.