A “visual pep talk” every day
This is a follow up to a post from January 19th called The 2013 Goal Poster – A Creative Approach to Goal Setting. In that post, I wrote about Amy Rees Anderson’s Goal Poster that she wrote about for Forbes. A goal poster is essentially a photo collage of all the things you want to accomplish. For the past 3 years, Amy has hung her goal poster in her office above her desk, and used it as a daily source of motivation, and has been able to travel to several of the 7 Wonders of the World, sell her company, and start a foundation. To Amy, it’s not about the ‘how’ as much as it’s about the ‘what’.
A friend of mine, Kyla Hunts, does something similar, and calls it her Vision Board.
Kyla has her vision board hanging front and center in her apartment, as a daily reminder of her goals. It includes pictures of the places she wants to travel, things to buy, people she wants to meet, and business goals she wants to accomplish. Kyla is on pace to run her first million dollar year in her company, at the age of 23.
Kyla shared her thoughts on goal achievement and her Vision Board:
1. You create your own reality. It all starts with visualizing it.
2. A consistent positive reminder of why you want to accomplish things is key. It’s like a visual pep talk.
There is another name for this same idea: “treasure mapping“. Here is an excerpt from an article on Mind Tools:
Treasure mapping helps bring you goals to life and gives you a clear image of what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it.
First clarify you goals and what you need to do to achieve them. Then visualize these. Choose images to represent how you see your achievement and make a collage; and use this as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve.
Create a goal poster or vision board or treasure map, something visual. Put it in your office or apartment. Stick it to your steering wheel, or tape it to the ceiling above your bed so you see it every morning when you wake up and before you go to bed. Put it as your desktop background, or iPhone background.
Tim Ferriss has a different take on the idea. One shouldn’t visualize or ‘fantasize’ about the goal, but should actually visualize and face fears and worst case scenarios. He says “before you can dream big, you need to conquer your fears of ridicule and rejection (and relative poverty) by visualizing the worst case scenario and, through exposure, inoculating yourself against the negative emotions that will block your success.”
Whatever method you want to adapt, do what works for you, and remember that visualization is an important part of goal setting.