Are you questioning if you should change jobs, career or stay in your job this year? Then I have an idea for you. Create Your CAREER ASPIRATIONs Vision Board.
You may have heard of vision boards already. They became rather popular over the years and people use them to manifest their dreams and aspirations, be it their dream home, car or holidays. Katie Perry or Oprah Winfrey are known to have used vision boards to manifest their dreams and aspirations. The female business titan Sarah Blakely, the founder of Spanx, also attributed her success to creating a vision to become a business owner and product inventor while she was selling fax machines door-to-door. But vision boards aren’t just a trendy thing to do.
If you’d like to improve your career this year, but don’t know where to start and what should you do, vision board can be the perfect solution to motivate yourself, identify the next steps and help you with decisions.
#1 Vision Board? Why?
The thing is creating your vision board isn’t just about sticking random pictures from magazines on your board, as some people may think. Creating your vision board takes you through an intention setting process that helps you get clear on what you want to have, achieve, gain, create or experience.
Once you go through the intention setting exercise, it becomes rather clear to you what you want to pay attention to this year and where you’d like to direct your focus. So why not use it to get crystal clear on your career intentions?
It’s easy, fun and above all anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a visionary or creative to create your vision board, so why not use it to manifest your ideal job this year?
#2 Why starting with a vision board instead of job search?
Most people and recruiters will start their conversation with that typical question: “What is it that you’re looking for?” Vision board can help you get super clear on that.
I found that vision board is also great on those days when you don’t feel like doing anything. When you lost your focus, inspiration and perhaps even your belief if finding your dream job is possible for you. On days like that, I felt like giving up, but my vision board always helped me to improve my focus, activate my inspiration and actions.
#3 Should you focus specifically on your career?
You can create a vision board:
- addressing only your career challenges and desires or
- with several intentions for different important areas of your life.
There is no right or wrong here.
I recommend my clients to go for whatever feels right for them. If career is the only area of your life you’d like to focus on this year, let’s do that. If you however feel that apart from career, you’d love to meet your significant other, improve your health or become a less stressed parent, then I invite you to evaluate which areas of your life need your attention this year, so you can make better choices.
And if you are unsure how to approach it, I prepared a guided Vision Board – Online Workshop for you.
#4 How to create a vision board that works for you?
Two things come to my mind to mention here:
- Consider a format that works well for your lifestyle. There are different vision board formats – from digital templates for your mobile and laptop, through fold up version for your handbag or the usual scrap book format or magnetic board. How will you know which one is the right format for you? If you love using your phone then digital screensaver can be the right solution for you. If you’d like to however take a break from your phone or laptop, then I’d say go for the cork board, magnetic board or scrapbook version.
- Consider where you’d like to place your vision board. Vision board is a simple yet effective tool to activate your visualisation, prompt new ideas or unplanned inspired actions. It’s recommended to keep your vision board in a place that allows you to look at it regularly – it can be your office, bed side table, working station, next to your TV … or your mobile or laptop screen. Again, there is no right or wrong place, so go with your preference.
#5 How to use vision board to land your dream job?
Once you created your vision board you can use it to connect with your career aspirations and intentions. It doesn’t matter how long or how many times you keep look at it. This is what I found helpful when I was working with my vision board to manifest aspirations:
- Notice how you feel when you’re looking at your vision board – does it excite you, inspire you or do you actually feel like it’s not possible to manifest for you? Let those negative thoughts go …
- Observe new ideas and inspirations that may come up for you when or after you’re looking at your vision board. If you’d like to have even more fun you can visualise various situations … how you talk to a recruiter confidently, how you’re navigating through a job interview or how would your ideal workplace look like … the choice is yours.
- Life tends to take over – make some time for your dreams and inspirations so you don’t end up working on someone else’s dream.
- Use it when making decisions – when life takes over it may feel overwhelming to stay focused or make the right choices for yourself. When new opportunities come up, you can use your vision board to stay focused and see if they fit your aspirations.
If you like the idea of creating your vision board, I created a streamlined, FUN process to make this a GREAT YEAR without compromising your HEALTH, LOVE, FAMILY or SUCCESS.
The best part?
- You can join today and create your vision board at your own pace, any time you like.
- You can download ready-to-use vision board templates.
You don’t have to be stuck on your computer or sit at your desk. You can tune in and listen to my step-by-step instructions how to create your vision board on your phone while enjoying your coffee, taking a relaxing bath or your favourite walk … anywhere and anytime [as long as you have WiFi access].
Wanna give it a go? Learn more about my VISION BOARD – Online Workshop [ HERE ].
Author: AdriAna Kosovska
I work with women in 30s and 40s to help them to find and thrive in their dream career so their career not only looks good on the outside but also feels great inside.
Certified coach, founder of ZERO TO DREAM JOB and TALENTED WOMAN
Helping unfulfilled professionals and freelancers in 30s & 40s create a rewarding career