Artisan Creative is celebrating 20 years in staffing and recruitment and over the years we have a learned a thing or two that we'd like to share with
you. We hope you enjoy the 405th issue of our weekly a.blog.
As part of our annual goal setting, each member of the Artisan Creative a.team creates a vision board and presents it at our first meeting of the new year. Our boards are a collection of short and long term goals that include both personal and professional aspirations.
Presenting it to the team develops accountability and enables the group to learn more about each team member’s ambitions, hopes and dreams. Some people set a theme for their board/year—others use inspirational quotes. What they all have in common is the shared use of imagery that inspires, tells a story and conveys a message to create a powerful visualization tool.
In addition to sharing our visions and goals with the group at the onset of our new year, we review our boards mid-year, and also share a recap at our year-end meeting. This sense of accountability and the revisiting of our goals helps keep us on track. This activity in one of our strongest team-building exercises, as it stays “evergreen”.
Here are 5 tips to create your great vision board and get 2017 off to a good start!
- Select words and images that inspire and are true to your core values.
- Create positivity and inspiration. Have fun…imagine the integrated life/work you want to build out.
- Create an integrated board where elements from both your personal and professional aspirations are represented.
- Keep the board where you can re-visit it daily—read the inspirational messages out loud— and often!
- Share your hopes and dreams with others. Having an accountability partner will help you get closer to achieving your goals.
- A large poster board to give you plenty of space to visualize your year, yet small enough to hang on your wall. We use the 22 x28 size available from Staples.
- A good pair of scissors and a strong glue stick!Make sure you invest in good glue so the pictures stay on all year long.
- Variety of magazines to look through to find those inspiring words and pictures.
- (Optional) Markers/stickers to write or embellish your board.
- Patience and Creativity!
Although electronic versions such as Pinterest also work, going old-school where you physically search for and cut out imagery and words from a magazine and decide where to place them is in itself an opportunity to reflect and plan via a very tangible exercise.
What is your goal setting process?
Happy New Year!