Putting Thoughts into Action

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Putting Thoughts into Action

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker

Creating a vision board is a powerful way to visualize your goals. It’s a fun and creative way to think about how you want to behave and think. Consider who and what you want to become as well as the success you want to achieve. However, all this is just playing if we don’t follow through on the action to achieve the goals.

Oftentimes, people create their goals and get excited about them as they create their vision board. Unfortunately, as time passes, they forget about following through and  taking action, as life sometimes gets in the way. They put the board away and forget about their goal.

In fact, according to a University of Scranton study, 92 percent of people who set New Year’s goals never achieve them. That means only 8 percent of people are going to be successful at achieving their goals.

You spent all this time getting clear on your goals, setting your intentions and creating a vision board that showcases what you want to achieve, you want to make the goal a success. So how do you make your dreams a reality?

  • How do you use your vision board to help you achieve your dreams?
  • Where do you start?
  • What actions do you need to take?

It begins with what you do with your vision board once you’ve finished it. Then you need to create a plan on how you will reach your goals as well as getting into the right mindset. You have to hold yourself accountable for taking the steps needed achieve to your goals.

This guide will help you follow through and actually do what you said you were going to do when you created your vision board. Are you ready to achieve your vision board goals? Here we go!

Using the Vision Board

“Look at the images on your vision board over and over. Repetitiveness of vision combined with your associated emotions will develop your power to visualize and take action to achieve your goals.” -John Assaraf

Once you create your vision board, you need to know how to use it in order to manifest your goals. The following tips help you maximize its use and succeed in your goals.

  1. Place your vision board in somewhere prominently where you will be forced to see it every day, ideally first thing in the morning or in the evening before bedtime. This can be on a wall in your office, bedroom or on the refrigerator.
  2. Look at your board often, preferably daily. Looking at your vision board daily reminds you to work toward your dreams. Vision boards work by influencing your subconscious mind.
  3. Make your digital vision board your computer’s screen saver or your smartphone’s home page. This way you will see it often.
  4. Each time you look at your vision board, connect with the feelings of the intention associated with it.
  5. Remind yourself of the excitement and how good achieving your goal will feel.
  6. Another option is to take a photo of your paper vision board and keep it on your smartphone. Use it as wallpaper ensuring that you see it often.
  7. Use your vision board as a reminder to focus on your goals by imaging in detail what your life will be like when you reach your goals. Ask yourself these questions to make your dreams as realistic as possible such as:
  • How will I feel?
  • Who is with me?
  • What am I wearing?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What do I smell?
  • What do I see?
  • What colors are prominent?
  • What do I feel?
  • What scents are in the air?

Your vision board is just a nice piece of artwork if you don’t use it to help you reach your goals. Spend time looking at it, imagining your life as you see it in the images and do the work.

Inspired Action Plan

Your commitment to your goals began when you created your vision board. Your commitment to taking action on achieving your goals is what will help you reach them. You need to know how you are going to make it happen.

Create a plan of action with steps you can begin to take to get you closer to your goals. It consists of a series of the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Using your dream board, work backward to create the steps you’ll need to take to get to your goal.

Start by listing the steps you will need to take to reach the goal. If you don’t know what it will take to reach the goal, you will have to do some research. Go online, to the library or speak to someone who has already achieved a similar goal.

Once you know the steps it will take to get to the goal, then you will create a basic outline of those steps. Here are some examples.

If your goal is to write and publish a best-selling book, you work back to where you would start. The end goal is the best selling list. The previous step will be the marketing. Before that is the book publishing, and editing. The earlier step would be to finish writing it. The beginning steps then are to research and begin to write.

If your goal is to eat healthy, then you need to know how to turn that picture of your low carb meals into your reality. The last step is the results, a healthy body. The previous steps are eating healthy and exercise. The first step then is to research and decide how you are going to get healthy.

Next, you will need to break the bigger steps down into the smallest steps as possible. Each step should be broken down to having only one action associated with it.

Create a list of those actions that you need to complete each month for your goal.

  • Organize the steps place the most important first, then the next and so on.
  • Write the action steps in your goal calendar or your weekly planner.
  • Check off the steps as you accomplish them.

Just having a vision board and looking at it daily won’t magically get you to your goal. You have to take action to make the goal happen. Using a planner write down each step, you need to take to reach your goal.

Vision Board for Focus

 “Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them”- Les Brown

Staying focused and motivated is the key to achieving your goals. Looking at your vision board everyday is a great way to help you stay focused.

It’s easy to sink back into old habits and to get derailed by shiny new things. People and circumstances are constantly pulling you in different directions all at once. Using your vision board to keep you focused on your goals helps you avoid missteps.

No matter what happens throughout your day, your vision board is the reminder you need of where you want to be. Whenever you feel yourself drifting down the wrong path, take a few minutes to gaze at your vision board. Imagine what your life is like as if you’ve already achieved your goals.

This affects you on conscious and subconscious levels. This keeps your mind focused on your intentions, your attentions on your goals and keeps you headed in the direction you want to go.

Spend time each morning and evening viewing your vision board. The routine and frequency of visualizing, affirming, and believing you’ll achieve your goals help you make more progress.

Stay focused on the big goal by celebrating the small goals or steps along the way.

Write in your journal daily after you have looked at your vision board. Journal about how your life will be when your reach your goals. Keeping a journal alongside your vision board helps you believe your goals will be achieved.

Get as detailed as possible about your goals. Focus on your emotions:

  • What you’re feeling
  • What you see
  • The sounds you hear
  • The smells associated with your goal
  • How an item tastes
  • How an object feels to your touch
  • How the environment feels, hot, damp, stifling, etc.

Look at your vision board to help you see why you are or should be doing something. It helps motivate you when you are procrastinating on a step that will take you closer to achieving your goals.

A vision board helps you focus on what you want to achieve when you start to veer off-course. Looking at your goals and intentions in a visual way helps you re-focus and motivate you.

Vision Board for Mindset

Mindset is probably one of the first steps to change when working toward a goal. Having the right mindset is important to get you through any tough times. A vision board is an excellent place to showcase any affirmations you can read and say aloud daily.

Once you dream of something, you have to believe it will happen. It helps to include phrases words, and affirmations on your vision board, that express who you want to be. Look at them daily or more often if you need a boost.

Your thoughts are what your life becomes. Your thoughts are what you visualize every day so having positive thoughts and words on your vision board puts your in the right mindset to achieve those goals.

For example, if you have a goal of winning an award but you’re always thinking you always lose, looking at your vision board with a positive affirmation or word or image of you winning the award helps change that mindset. Whenever you catch yourself with the negative thought, observe your vision board.

We live with constant mind chatter that can often support and promote any limiting beliefs we might have towards out goals. That little voice in our head whines and prods constantly, telling you the endless ways you couldn’t possibly achieve your goals.

Visually seeing the positive words and seeing yourself, as achieving your goals, silences that voice. It helps you turn your limiting beliefs into can-do beliefs.

To allow your vision board work at changing your mindset, interact with it every day. Notice something each time you view it. See yourself in those images. Feel the emotions of the words. Live the intention.

Each day live with the words and pictures stamped on your mind. Use them to help you make the decisions about your life and career that get you closer to where you want to be.

Another part of mindset is to act as if you already have it. Dress for the job you want. Be self-assured even if you are insecure. Wake up and be ready to make a difference as if you are already doing what you love even if you are stuck in a situation you hate.

Changing your mindset helps you eliminate any doubts you might be harboring over being worthy of your goals. Using your vision board, concentrate on the strengths and abilities you have or can gain, to help you see you can do what you set your mind to.

Feel gratitude for everything on your vision board when you use it. Be grateful for the job your about to get, the home you will have, or the attitude you’re developing.

Your mindset is a big part of how you see yourself achieving your goals. Looking at your vision board to help you get into the right mindset helps you begin believing you can reach your goals.

Keeping Track of Progress

It’s important to keep track of your goals, as well as when you achieve each one. Look at your vision board often. Document when you’ve reached a goal.

When you reach a goal, you should update your vision board. One way to do this is to replace the accomplished goal with an image of a new goal. Another option is to leave white space on your board so you can add new goals.

Notice when you make progress toward your dreams. It will happen if you give it time. Pay attention and put in the effort to reach your goals and dreams. Keep a vision board goals journal where you write down your thoughts and notice any signs that you’re moving forward.

Celebrate successful achievements when you do notice them. Even the small successes should be celebrated.  

Leo Babauta, the author of top personal development site Zenhabits.net encourages celebrating success as being important in motivating you towards a goal, saying, “Every little step along the way is a success — celebrate the fact that you even started!”

Why update your vision board?

There are many reasons why you might want to update your board besides reaching a milestone.

  1. Perhaps your goals changed. For example, your goal was to get married. Instead, you find yourself single and focusing more on your career. In this case, you want to remove images of wedding rings and beautiful wedding dress from your board as they are no longer part of your goal.
  2. Maybe your goal feels too big to accomplish in the time frame you set. In this case, it might be easier to set smaller goals that will eventually lead to the bigger goal. Create your vision board around these smaller goals. Just realize that this will push you from dreaming big back into thinking small.
  3. Your future is different for some reason. This is when something has changed in your life and there is no way to make that goal happen. Maybe your goal was to be the top wine expert in the country but found out you were allergic to grapes.
  4. You want to update or change your vision board when you gain more clarity on what you want to achieve. Maybe something made you see your goal in whole new way and you knew instantly what you wanted. Some of the things on your vision board needed changing to fit the new, clearer goal.
  5. You’re inspired to begin a new hobby or change your mindset in some way. Maybe you were inspired to do something, but you haven’t made it a goal, yet.

Keeping track of the progress on your goals or knowing when it’s time to change part of your goal can be seen by using your vision board each day. Seeing the original goal enables you to see how close you are to achieving it.

Final Tips on Using Your Vision Board

Your vision board is meant to be an aid in helping you achieve your goals. Just creating it won’t magically make your dreams come true.

Use the following tips to guide you in using your vision board.

  • Look at your dream board and feel into the inspiration it provides. Take note of what you are feeling or sensing.
  • If possible, hold it in your hands to feel the energy from your intentions. Let the positive energy you put into creating it be absorbed.
  • Read the affirmations and inspirational words aloud every day. Reading them each day, out loud, reaffirms them in your mind.
  • Place your vision board somewhere prominent such as near your bed or your desk. Look at your vision board first thing in the morning and just before going to bed.
  • Feel gratitude as you start achieving your goals. Let the universe know you are grateful for what you have.
  • Visualize yourself actually living in the way you portray on your vision board. See yourself sitting in your new car, living in your new home, being a boss or having a trim body.
  • Acknowledge the changes you want and see happening. Realize the changes you want are part of the process.
  • Believe your goal has already happened. Thinking of them in the past tense, as already having happened makes them more concrete in your subconscious.
  • Keep your list of goals close to your vision board so you can review them every day. Your vision board images should align with your list of goals.
  • Keep a vision board journal for your feelings as you work on your goals. Keeping a journal helps you keep track of how you are feeling and if those feelings are in alignment to how you want to feel when you achieve your goal.
  • Hold yourself accountable for doing the work, taking action and reaching your goals. If you need to, get an accountability person to help you.
  • If your vision board has goals that are a part of your business or career, look at it often as you are doing any business planning or career growth changes.

Your vision board only works if you use it to work for your goals. Use these tips to maintain your forward momentum towards your ultimate best life.

Final Thoughts

A vision board is a powerful way to help you reach your goals. It’s a visual reminder of what you want to achieve. It only works if you use it to help you reach your goals.

The act of creating a vision board helps you gain clarity. Once you have that clarity you can create an action plan of smaller goals and steps you’ll need to take to reach your goal.

Using the vision board starts with displaying where you will see it every day. It can be on a wall in your office, in your bedroom or hung on the refrigerator. A digital board can be set as your screensaver or home page that you see often.

Look at the vision board and visualize yourself having achieved everything on your board. These images will become imprinted in your subconscious mind as if you’ve already achieved the goal.

Seeing your board everyday keeps them uppermost in your mind. This keeps you thinking about your goals regularly. When you do this, you remain motivated to take action on your goals.

Remember, it’s your vision board and there is no right or wrong goal. If a goal is outdated, achieved, no longer viable, or you simply aren’t passionate about pursuing it, then it’s time to replace it or create a new vision board.

Putting Thoughts into Action Worksheet

Your vision board is complete. Now it’s time to start putting it into action. Use this worksheet to help you take action on what you learned in the report.

Using the Vision Board

Where will you place your vision board so you can see it every day? Will it be hung on the wall or a digital one on your phone or desktop?

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What do you feel when you focus on imagining the details of what your life looks like when you reach your goals? Who is with you? What do you see, hear, smell? What is the weather like? What are you wearing?

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Inspired Action

What is your plan of action for this goal? What steps will you need to take to reach it?

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What are the monthly and daily steps you need to take to reach your goal? How can you organize them? Have you written them in the daily planner or calendar?

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Vision Board Focus

How are you using your vision board to keep you focused on your goals? How are you recognizing and celebrating the small steps you’ve reached?

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How does writing in a vision board journal affect your focus and motivation to achieve your goals? What do you see, feel, hear, or imagine about your goals?

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Vision Board Mindset

What affirmations are you using on your vision board to help you have the right mindset for achieving your goals? Do you look at them and read them often? Are you acting as if you already met your goal?

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What doubts is your vision board helping you overcome in achieving your goals? How can you use gratitude for your goals and the steps you need to take as a part of your vision board routine?

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Keeping Track of Progress

Are you celebrating achievements no matter how small? What and how?

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Does your vision board need to be updated? How? Why? How often?

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What other things can help you reach your goals? How?

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Putting Thoughts into Action Checklist

Your vision board is meant to be a tool you use to help you achieve your goals. Use this checklist to remind you of things you need to double-check to ensure that you included or incorporated them in the finished version of your vision boards.

 Using the Vision Board

  • I’ve placed my Vison boards in a prominent place where I can see it daily.
  • I look at my board every day
  • My digital version is on my desktop screensaver and my smartphone home page
  • I feel the intentions of my vision board
  • I feel excited when I look at my vision board
  • I use my vision board as a reminder of my goals. I imagine the details
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Inspired Action Plan

  • Using my vision board as a guide, I have created a plan of action with the steps I need to take to reach my goals
  • I have broken those steps in to smaller steps that I can do daily
  • My outline for my goals includes all the steps for achieving my goals
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Vision Board Focus

  • I use my vision board to keep me focused on what I need to do
  • I look at my vision board and imagine what my life looks like
  • I spend time each day visualizing, affirming and believing my goals will happen
  • I stay focused on the big goal by celebrating the small steps or goals I achieve
  • My goals journal helps me get detailed about how I feel when I achieve my goal
  • I use my vision board to keep me on track when I veer off course
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Vision Board Mindset

  • My vision board helps me keep the right mindset
  • I read from my vision board my positive affirmations and phrases daily, out loud
  • I visualize my goals as already having been achieved
  • The vision board helps me eliminate doubt and self-limiting beliefs
  • I feel gratitude when use my vision board
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Track Your Progress

  • I use my vision board to enable me to assess my progress as well as identify what is working well and what I need to modify or remove.
  • I update my vision board to reflect changes, for example, when I reach or modify a goal.
  • I write and make documentations in my vision board journal to keep track of my progress and my feelings, which helps me to maintain my momentum.
  • I acknowledge and document any change I want to make and include as many details as possible.
  • I hold myself accountable for taking action to achieve my goals.
  • I have a list of supportive people I call when I have trouble and need a stern talk or someone to listen, actively assist me, or suggest resources and ideas.
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Additional Notes:

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