What is your 2022 vision for your career? Are you job hunting? Are you planning to switch careers? Are you seeking a promotion at your workplace? What are your #careergoals?
Did you know that vision boards can also be made for your career? Don’t knock the idea of a vision board until you have tried it. There is value is visualizing your goals and vision for your career. Sometimes all you need is a constant nudge to your subconscious to continue working in the background to get you to where you need to be in your career.
Creating career vision boards can take you 3 hours or 3 days, it just depends on how much detail you want and how long you want to spend on it. You can decide to break it up into several creation sessions to make sure that you don’t end up being overwhelmed. Having multiple sessions allows you time to reflect in between each session and make adjustments as needed.
What is a Vision Board?
Payscale defines a vision board as a collection of words, pictures or other visual components that are arranged together to reflect your goals and dreams for the future. The images aren’t thrown together haphazardly, either. The process is very intentional and the work takes some time and effort.
When planning to set up your vision board, find a space that makes you productive and creative (some people like noise, some people like quiet, choose the space that suits you).
There are several questions you need to ask yourself in order to ensure you develop a career board that will get you to your vision.
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- What is your vision
- What is your dream job?
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is your passion, purpose or motivation for what you do?
- What are your strengths?
- Who do you admire?
- What do you need to do to get to your goals?
- What resources do you need to achieve the vision above?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 1 year, 3 years and 5 years?
- How do you want to be memorialized?
Once you have answers for these questions you are ready to start compiling your vision board. Remember that your vision board does not need to be printed out, you can as well keep it on your phone or your computer. Just make sure its in a place you visit often. Choose the medium that works for you!
How to get the Maximum Impact
✎ Interests: answers to your questions above
✎ Inspiration: words or people that inspire you. Choose words of quotes that make you gear up and want to take action. Words should also align with your personal values and ethics.
✎ Images: include images that inspire you or relate to the vision you have for your career. Look for images that make you think, yes this is what I want for my life.
✎ Time to collage: put together you images, cut outs and print outs. Or if you are making a digital vision board, use a tool like Canva or Trello to compile your photo downloads and words of affirmation!
✎ Display: choose the right place to display your career vision board. Remember it needs to be in a place you can see it everyday, this could be your bedroom, your office, your kitchen. If its a digital vision board you could put it as your desktop background, or place in an app on your phone.
✎ Review and Reflect: Keep checking back with your vision board, update things that may have changed. Reflect on things that may not be working for you.
✎ Celebrate your progress: remember to pat yourself on the back for every milestone you achieve. This will keep you motivated to keep going.
Examples of Vision Boards
Example of a Trello Digital Board
Figure 2: Inspirational Wall example
Why do Vision Boards work?
★Its condensed: a vision board is an quick visual overview of your goals. In the selection process you identified things that are important to you that have meaning to you. Therefore anytime you look at the vision board even just a quick glance, it triggers a memory or an action in your subconscious, keeps your mind looking for opportunities all around. Kind of like the way you tell yourself I should buy the newest BMW and you start seeing BMWs everywhere you go.
Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!– Jack Canfield
★Constant Reminder: you keep seeing your goals on a regular basis and this tells your brain this is something I value, work on it.
★Imagery works: Many elite athletes routinely use visualization techniques as part of training and competition. There are many stories of athletes who have used these techniques to cultivate a competitive edge. As a multi-sensory experience, however, the technique involves much more than just visualization. Athletes use these techniques to cultivate a heightened state of mental awareness, which has been shown to boost confidence and overall well-being, and, in turn, enhance performance. (Blankert T, 2017)
Now that your vision board is ready, use it as a tool to get you closer to your goals. Don’t just sit on your hands and wait for your dream job to appear out of thin air! Breakdown your goals into bite-size pieces that make it easier for you to achieve them. Track your progress throughout the year and update as needed. Your career vision board is not set in stone, you can decide to create a new one whenever you feel its necessary (most people usually do it at the end of the year or beginning of the target year). As you achieve the various steps remember to give yourself a pat on the back so you can keep yourself motivated and confident in achievement of your goals.
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This career vision board exercise is part of an online course that enables you to take the steps you need to make a positive change in your career.
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Cheers to a successful, productive, and balanced 2022!