Guest blog: What’s all this talk of ‘Vision Boards’?

By Berkeley Harris, MD Sandler Sales Consultancy - Bristol & UK


Whilst many individuals use Vision Boards to achieve their goals I am seeing an uplift in company’s training their management teams in this concept to cascade this goal setting tool to their people.  This helps in many ways;  understanding your peoples goals, showing you care,  help them achieve their goals and also to understand what makes team members tick at work and outside of work.

Why? Well think about it, if you want to achieve a goal/s a constant visual reminder of what you want to achieve becomes ingrained into your mind.  Once in there you are visualising all the more and that’s the secret – visualise it to achieve it. Have you ever set that New Year resolution then struggle to remember what it was in March let alone ever achieve it.  As a Manager or CEO understanding your people is key.  More so understanding one’s own goals is vital for success.

This is an ideal time of year to set your 2017 goals using a Vision Board.

Dreams remain dreams until you turn them into written goals. Take your list then find pictorial representation for each goal and build yourself a Vision Board. Use a cork board or A3 card, magazine & newspaper cuttings of pictures & words, family photos, glue and scissors and have some fun!

How? This is easy; first have a think about the 8 life areas to set goals for. Family, work, financial, personal (self) education, spiritual, health, social. You don’t have to use all 8 but it helps with a variety. Make sure your goals stand up to scrutiny – is your goal specific as opposed to ‘I want to be a better leader’ this could be changed to ‘I will enroll onto a leadership course.’ Good courses will benchmark you before and after the development so therefore you have a measurement.  Ensure it is achievable and realistic; if you are a marathon runner perhaps stating a goal of running a marathon in less than one hour won’t be achieved. Put a time frame to each goal; I want to loss 1 stone by end of April. I advocate an enjoyment factor should be built in – if you want to spend more time with the family which is one of my goals – my daughter and I have agreed to try a new sport for each month of the 2017. Great fun!  There will be one or two that we both do well in so this may become our sport of choice long into the future which will be really enjoyable & rewarding.

A Vision Board is very personal to you and once set for 2017 you can of course change bits throughout the year but please don’t use this as cover up for any goal failure. I share mine with colleagues which creates a peer to peer accountability helping me achieve my goals. My 2016 Vision Board is the picture above. 2017’s will be completed on 8th December – that is specific isn’t it.