by Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith, founder of The Film Festival Doctor
As a CEO running a global business, I talk frequently to my team members about the importance of a vision board. Many years ago, a vision board was perceived as being a fun creative project, but they are actually much more than that. Vision boards can actually be a big help to your mental health and business success.
Visualization is a very useful tool to enhance your life, career, and wellbeing. Using visualization can not only enhance your motivation to achieve whatever work goals that you have set, but also increase your belief in your ability to achieve them. Research has shown over the years that art engagement has been found to ease work related anxiety, depression and stress and still get the results you desire.
Moreover, creating a vision board will not only be beneficial in terms of project goal setting but also offers an opportunity to unwind and take a step away from whatever stressors you’re currently facing in and out of the workplace. The power of a vision board is twofold which is why I encourage my staff to create their own vision boards outside of the office.
In a nutshell, a vision board is a tool that can help you manifest your goals and desires more swiftly. It is a visualization tool comprising a board (of any sort) that you use to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams. Vision boards provide you with a daily visual reminder of these dreams and goals. The reason vision boards work so well is because you can see them every day as soon as you get into the office — or all the time, if you work from home.
It’s very important that the images you place on your vision board reflect your goals and dreams and they must always be images that you are drawn to and that you would want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, affirmations, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, dream clients, places and people, postcards from friends – in other words, just about anything that will inspire you.
It is also very important to get into a routine of looking at your vision board several times a day. I look at my vision board every morning and night which keeps me motivated and inspires me to stay in alignment with my business dreams and goals and getting results for my clients. It is also important for you to encourage your staff and team members to adapt to this way of thinking too – both in and out of the office.
Vision boards work both in an office setting and when working remotely.
During the pandemic, my team was spending a lot of time at home and not with me in the office. I encouraged them to create vision boards that were specific to each (in my brand’s case; film) project that we were working on. This helped them to visualize more clearly their goals and what they wanted to achieve for each client. It also inspired them to find creative solutions to the challenges that we were facing with each project and with working as a hybrid and remote team during that time.
I encouraged my team to create a collage of images that they were drawn to and wanted to look at every day. Looking at pictures related to what they wanted to achieve, creatively helped them to find the solutions and ideas that they wanted to cultivate more easily, which resulted in exceptional results for our clients and also helped ease their stress and anxiety levels.
Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith is an award-winning film festival strategist and founder of The Film Festival Doctor. She is the author of “Born to Do It: Becoming the Leader of a Business Niche Using Powerful Spiritual Techniques” and several e-books, including “Film Festivals & Looking After Your Mental Health”.