Vision boards, vision books... visualisations, affirmations... Like me, you may have tried or enjoyed them all, but this year, for me, my 2010 goal setting and new life creation is all about Vision Cards.
Now, the concept of Vision Cards may very well be new to you, because I hadn’t heard of them either! In fact, the closest thing I’ve seen is something shared with me by one of my business clients earlier this year - she makes mini montages of vision boards but on postcard sized pieces of card. They look amazing!
Where Vision Boards are different is that they are not only inspirational but they’ll also hold you accountable – the perfect self-coaching tool. I’ve found that Vision Boards on their own tend to work slowly over time, but with no concrete goals or actions tied in to them they can remain just a picture on a board for weeks months, even years before they become a reality... and sometimes they simply don’t, because they stayed a picture on a board.
Want things to be different this year?
Then, you need to know what you want and have a plan you can put into action to get there!
Ready to make Vision Cards with me? Here’s what you need to do:
1) Decide on a specific and measurable goal you want to accomplish by the end of 2010. Write it down, make sure it is both things, so you know what you are aiming for. E.g. “I want to lose 14lbs of fat from my body” or, “I want to reduce my credit card debt to zero”.
2) Find words, images, and anything else that inspired you and speaks to you about your goal. Choose only the best and most inspiring items.
3) Cut a piece of paper or card in half to create two large postcard-sized pieces. Each one will become a Vision Card.
4) Stick your chosen words and pictures on to the front of your Vision Card in way that gets you super-excited and carries the energy of what it is that you want to create. (Tip: It’s generally better to focus on the positive aspect of your goals – i.e. having a slim, low BMI body, rather than something negative BUT sometimes the negative can work better for people, so think which works better for you).
5) On the reverse of the card write or print the specific steps you will need to take to reach your desired goal. Ideally these will be “baby steps” so that they feel do-able and achievable. For example, “Replace breakfast with a green smoothie at least 3 days of the week”.
6) Repeat the process with all your big 2010 goals – don’t create too many though or you’ll feel overwhelmed.
7) Keep all your cards together somewhere safe and easy to get to. You should love to look at them and feel excited by them every day. Make a point of checking in with each one first thing every morning and tick off at least one action step per card per week. More is better!
In no time at all your goals will have become realities AND you’ll have loved the creativity of the process.
Want to know what my Vision Cards are for 2010? Keep reading!