Jan 2, 201811:36 AMThe Gray Area
with Donna Gray
Envisioning a simpler professional life
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As we welcome in the New Year, some business friends and I have been talking about the need to simplify things in our personal and our professional lives. At a recent breakfast get together, we discussed ways to simplify our lives by identifying what’s most important to ourselves and then eliminating or downsizing everything else. One friend suggested we could each create a simplicity statement along with a vision board, so we would be able to see at a glance what we want our lives to look like in the coming year.
Many people use a vision board to illustrate what really matters most. Vision boards help us envision ways to achieve goals, while keeping them top of mind. Keeping this vision board where you can see it every day helps in the march toward achievement by creating a customized roadmap for simplifying your personal and professional life. Creating a vision board is also simple. Here a few tips for getting started:
- Buy or create a poster board as the placeholder for ideas.
- Find pictures that best represent goals and future achievements. A couple friends said they were going to post pictures of summer vacations — not a bad idea when Wisconsin temps are bitter cold. I’m going to include a picture of me in a hammock on a Disney island during a long-ago winter cruise. That picture represents the simple life for me. Images can easily be found online or in magazines.
- Make a collage of these images. This can be exciting and powerful as you see your visions come to life.
- Words of affirmation and meaning can also be added along with inspirational quotes.
Jack Canfield, success coach and author of more than 150 books, including The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, suggests that to multiply the effects of a vision board, you should take a few moments to review your board every day, especially when you wake up and before you go to bed.