A vision board should be all about what you want in your small business. It should depict what you want to materialize for your business, as well as how you want to feel about your business, and what you want your business to portray to others. This is done with photos, cards, trinkets, anything that makes you feel good about your small business. Place them on a board and hang it in a prominent area of your office so that when you come in everyday you experience those feelings about your business.
The are simple to make and can contain anything you feel expresses your goals. There are a few materials that you will need to get started. Clear your work area and turn off your tv. Focus your attention on the desires you have for your business. Maybe enjoy some good music while you create your goals and vision for your business.
- A Board This can be a cork board, magnetic board, poster board, etc. Decide on a size that will complement your work space as well as have the space to hold your vision. You do not want it to be too cluttered but the style is completely up to you.
- Markers/pens: Handwriting your affirmations, quotes, and any keywords is therapeutic and has a different energy than typewritten items.
- Cards/postcards: Do you have handwritten notes from satisfied customers or words of encouragement from mentors? These are perfect items to add to your vision board.
- Magazine photos: Magazine or internet photos that depict the actions, feelings, or items you want in your office or business. You will cut them out and display them on your board.
Putting it all together
Now that your space is cleared and your music is playing, sit down and look at what you have gathered. Lay them out on your board and see what layout works best. Use paints, decorative tape, stickers, whatever you want to make it pop. Make it uniquely yours with the affirmations, quotes, and photos that help you visualize your goals.
If you are not sure about the technique of using a vision board or do not prefer it hanging in your office there are online vision boards, some even free, that you can try it out before become committed, or have on your computer to view anytime you like. It is completely up to your tastes, but it is a wonderful tool to help you stay focused on your goals and dreams. Try it out and let us know in the SO/HO forum what you thought of this exercise, did you give you clarity on your goals, did it help you to visualize what you want for your success? Tell us what you think.