It’s late January, but that doesn’t mean the New Year’s resolution ship has sailed. There’s a lot of year left, and if you haven’t set business and personal goals for 2015, there’s no time like the present.
One of the best ways to force yourself to focus on your goals – and how you’re going to get there – is to create a vision board. A vision board can take several forms. It might be a collage of photographs, quotes, and images that inspire you. Or, maybe you have a digital vision board on social media like Pinterest.
Wherever your vision board is, the goal is the same: To help you visualize your goals and keep you centered on those goals. But before you start making a vision board, whether for yourself or your business, it’s important to ask yourself some questions. This will help you articulate exactly what you want to achieve.
- Where will your company be in five years?
- What will your company be known for?
- What will its offices look like?
- How many employees will you have?
Be specific as you answer these questions. Your vision board is kind of like a visual business plan. The more specific you are about your goals, the better.
If you’re making a personal vision board, think about the goal you’d like to achieve, whether it’s to lose weight, improve your relationships, or save money for a big vacation. You can make a vision board for any kind of goal since the point of the board is to keep you focused on that goal and taking the steps needed to achieve it.
How do you make a vision board? Traditionally, a vision board is concrete: You glue pictures, quotes, and words onto poster board or paper and place it somewhere where you will see it each day, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
But the advent of social media phenomenon Pinterest means you can take your vision board digital – even making it public.
You probably know Pinterest as a great place to find recipes, home decorating ideas, style suggestions, and crafts. But as a business owner, it’s also a great place to market your business and visualize your goals.
Creating a vision board on Pinterest is easy.
Create a new board. Make a brand new board for this task rather than lumping it onto another board. If you created a resolution board or vision board for 2014, start a new one for 2015. Your goals are different.
Public or private? When you create your board, you’ll be asked whether you want to make it public or private. There are advantages to each. A public vision board allows you to get input from your customers and followers, and it lets you share your goals and vision of the future with them. A private board lets you be a little more daring about the things you post to the board. On a public board, only pin the things that you’re comfortable sharing and that further define your brand.
Start pinning. Now comes the fun part – start pinning! Search Pinterest for images, quotes, and other things that inspire you and relate to your goal. Be specific. Follow brands you admire and repin their items to your board. Don’t limit yourself to Pinterest, either. If you see something elsewhere online, pin it to your vision board so you always have it to inspire you.
Don’t abandon it. Once your board is done, don’t walk away and never come back to it. Reference your board every day at least once. The idea is to keep your attention focused on your goals so that you always work toward them, and if you ignore your vision board, your attention and energy will go elsewhere.
Did you know PNSolutions is on Pinterest? We’re just getting started, but we’d love it if you’d follow us!