Some weeks ago, I attended a vision board party.
Am sure you are wondering what a vision board party is?
Not to worry, I will explain it.
But first what is a vision board.
A vision board is collection of images representing things you would like to attract to your life. Vision boards can focus on every and any aspect of your life, like career, love life, or goals for the year.
So, a vision board party
is a party (cause there is plenty to eat and drink and some music) with a select few who will set goals, visualize them and strategize with respect to their vision and plans.
Sometimes last year, I hosted a vision board party with two of my flatmates, and it was fun. This year, I really wanted to attend/host another vision board party, so I shared on a whatsapp group that I was part of. Thankful, Mrs Smith (the creator of the whatsapp group and the CEO of Datina Designs a foremost fashion outfit in Ibadan), had also being nursing the idea, so she offered to host us since we planned to host about 10/15 ladies. Vision Board parties are more effective with a smaller crowd. So we got to work.
We requested a few things: card boards, markers, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, old magazines and written goals. Mrs Smith also requested that they think about their goals prior to the event and begin to cut out images and words from magazines and the internet that represented those goals.
At the vision board party, we had a talk about goal setting (will share some insights shortly). Then we all wrote down our goals for the year. And lastly we put our goals to life. I will explain all the processes shortly.
- The Talk
Here emphasis was laid on the importance of setting goals and the types as well as actualization period for goals.
So goals are broadly in three categories in terms of time frame.
Short term goals (1-8 months)
Medium term goals ( 1year to 5/10 years)
Long time goals. (5-15/20 years)
Also, goals must be smart;
T- Time Bound
Also, I shared from Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat that Frog”, Seven simple steps to follow in order to actualize your goals.
Step one: Decide exactly what you want.You have to be clear about what exactly you want from life. Stephen Covey says, “Before you begin scrambling up the Ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the Right building.”
Step two: Write it down. Think on paper. When you write down a goal, you crystallize it and give it tangible Form. You create something that you can touch and see. On the other hand, a goal or objective that is not in writing is merely a wish or a fantasy. It has no energy behind It. Unwritten goals lead to confusion, vagueness, misdirection, and numerous mistakes.
Step three: Set a deadline on your goal; set subdeadlines if necessary. A goal or decision without a deadline has no Urgency.
Step four: Make a list of everything that you can think of That you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. As you Think of new activities, add them to your list. Keep building Your list until it is complete. The potency of a to do list cannot be over emphasized.
Step five: Organize the list into a plan. Organize your list by priority and sequence. Take a few minutes to decide what you need to do first and what you can do later.
Step six: Take action on your plan immediately. Do Something. Do anything. An average plan vigorously executed Is far better than a brilliant plan on which nothing is done. For you to achieve any kind of success, Execution is everything.
Step seven: Resolve to do something every single day that Moves you toward your major goal. Build this activity into Your daily schedule.
The second activity we had was Goal writing. Its so easy to just talk about the goals but most important is writing.
The faintest pen they say is better than the sharpest brain. Writing is powerfully.
According to Brain Tracy, (please get and read his book “ Eat that frog” it’s a game changer.)
“Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor. Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. The Bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more excited, You become about achieving them. The more you think about your goals, the greater become your inner drive and desire to accomplish them.”
So with that understanding we set goal in the following areas of your life.
- Spiritual Goals.
- Ministry Goals.
- Family / Relationships Goals.
- Health / Fitness Goals.
- Educational / Personal Development Goals.
- Career / Profession / Occupation Goals.
- Financial / Investment Goals.
- Real Estate / Infrastructure Goals.
- Societal Impact / Legacy Goals.
The third activity was the making of our individual vision board.
I enjoyed this activity the most, it was so much fun, selecting and cutting pictures out of magazines.
To make a vision board, cut pictures and phrases out of magazines, print images from the internet, and include your own photos in the collage. Next glue the images and words onto a piece of card board paper, tag the images in an orderly manner and place it somewhere you can see it on a regular basis. There is a way, seeing the vision board regularly keeps you on your toes and inspires you.
Here’s a quick suggestion. in case you don’t have friends with whom you can host a vision board party, you can have it with yourself. Get some papers, old magazine, pictorial, have a drink and get to party. He that fails to plan, plans to fail.
Remember, live life fabulously inspired.