Getting What You Want
Having headed to the Girlboss Rally in NYC this weekend, I’m just blown away by the incredible and exciting things my fellow attendees are accomplishing. It’s the kind of thing that makes you step back and look around; and you know what? I’m surrounded by people Kicking A$$ and doing awesome things! We can get so caught up in the daily grind that sometimes I think we forget to look up and see how far we, and everyone travelling this journey with us, have come. Remember to smell the roses!
This journey of accomplishment, this path to success, it’s thrilling- but it can also be complicated, confusing, oftentimes difficult, lonely and challenging….In an effort to shine a light on everything that goes into this dizzying ride I’ll be doing a series of posts on getting what you want. Advice to help get you there, empathy for the struggle and real talk on just what it takes to be a successful AF boss in this crazy world; because real talks what it should all be about, amiright?
Today, we start simple: A vision board.
Don’t roll your eyes at me. I know, every media outlet that even remotely mentions goals has touted this – but there’s a reason. It works. It’s more than just seeing it every day; it’s the process of making it, too!
It forces you to SEE what you want.
Not just, “I want to be successful” but what that success looks like to you.
So whether you’re a crafty carol with an arsenal of supplies or a gal with an aversion to craft stores; this is something you should do. It doesn’t need to be fancy. It simply needs to represent your vision. The nice thing, too, is, this can be used for long or short term goal making.
How to start?
What’s your vision. See – this is the important part. If you don’t know where you want to go how will you ever get there. So jot down some thoughts – what are you trying to achieve? What does that particular achievement look like? What does your life look like once you achieve it?
For example, for me, I want to achieve success and my life looks freaking fabulous – parties, friends, nice house, travelling, family…you get the idea – it’s a teenage girls MASH game bounty.
Now you need to find images to represent all that – I mostly tear them out of magazines. If there’s a specific image I want I’ll find it online and print it; I’ve even drawn a few things that were more symbolic (like a suitcase for travel).
Once you have your images, lay them out on a piece of poster board in a way that pleases you and there you have it! It is that simple.
If you are absolutely against poster board and glue you can make a tech version of this by pasting images into an image editing app (I use Paint) and then setting it as your background and/or screensaver.
You can see my current board below! Please know though, this is not the first, but third iteration. Every so often I change it up to reflect my current goals….Who knows, with the launch of this blog and shifting of my priorities it might even be time for an update!
Got a great way to keep your goals top of mind? Let me know in the comments!