Japanese author Haruki Murakami once said, “Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.” And yet, people still seek shortcuts and get impatient and frustrated when they don’t work. This is just as true with vision boards, as it is with anything else. Some people will create a vision board and think that their dreams will magically come true. And, they aren’t completely wrong — they just have a fraction of the story. Vision boards are the beginning of the journey, they inspire the actions that lead to the results. That is why you need to create your vision board plan.
When you create a vision board, you end up spending a good deal of time visualizing success. However, success won’t come without you taking action. But what actions should you take? That’s where your vision board plan comes into play.
Here’s an analogy: Let’s say your dream is to run a marathon. You see yourself at the starting line, pumping your hands in the air and then start running with the group. Halfway into the race, instead of following an action plan of breathing properly and proper pacing, you start running full out. You pass everyone and feel marvelous until you gas out and drop by the roadside. This is dreaming without an action plan and failure to commit to that plan.
Your Vision Board Plan Is Part of the Process
As you are building your vision board, you should also be planning and writing down the actions you’ll need to take to reach your goals. For example, take a weight loss vision board. You know how much you want to lose, and you’ve built a board with images of people that you would like to model. You have affirmations on the board to reinforce those images. You know that sitting and looking at your board and then closing your eyes and visualizing weight loss for 15 minutes won’t work unless you have an action plan to back it up.
For starters, you need to plan out how much weight you want to lose and what a safe time frame in which to do it will be. Since healthy weight loss is about 2 pounds a week, you don’t want to attempt to lose 25 pounds in one month. In addition, weight loss may start off quickly, but then drop off or even plateau. To lose weight safely, set a goal of 10 pounds per month. So that gives you 2.5 months to reach a goal of 25 pounds lost safely.
But how do you do that? You create an action plan and your vision board helps keep you motivated to stay true to that plan. Your vision board plan for weight loss might include what foods you want to eliminate from your current eating habits or increasing weekly exercise. Your vision board plan could include researching foods and beverages that cause weight gain so that you can eliminate them. After that, your plan could include which foods and beverages you can add in that promote weight loss.
Your vision board plan not only includes the images and words that you will use to create it, but also the action steps you’ll take now that your vision board is inspiring and motivating you.
You Can Apply Your Planning Process to Any Goal
So here is how you avoid the “shortcut” trap that can lead you to give up on your goals and vision boarding in general.
- Get clear on the goal you want the vision board to help you with.
- While you create your vision board with words and images, start jotting down action steps you can take that will help you achieve that goal.
- When you are done creating your vision board, create a realistic action plan to reach that goal.
Your action plan goes hand in hand with your vision board. The beauty of this simple system is that you can apply this to any goal you desire, from weight loss to sales goals and even to relationships. The vision board keeps you motivated, and the action plan keeps you moving in the right direction. Follow your plan and you will get results. They may not be huge results every day, but results get layered onto each other until you have your finished outcome. Your most effective way of succeeding with your vision board is to work/play at it every day, using your action plan as a guide.