By Jose Ruiz
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures.
Vision (noun vi·sion \ˈvi-zhən): something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.
For decades, since the beginning of the New Thought Movement in the 1900s, the notion of having a vision board as a tool of The Law of Attraction has been embedded in our psyche. We are accustomed to the idea that whatever we envision by our mental eyes, we are inviting it to appear in real life. This explains why millions of people are practicing visualizations and writing down positive affirmations every single day, which gives rise to the popularity of the so-called “vision board.”
Vision board is a concept in which you keep a close record of what you envision as your goal, and it is likely to be in the form of a “board.” The uber popular The Law of Attraction book and video encourage people to cut images of things that they want to have in life, like a charming property by the beach, a caring soul mate, a healthy body, beautiful children, and so on. It is believed that when you have mentally acknowledged those images, they will eventually come true when the time is right. A vision board is not more than a tool to keep our wishes and wants.
The thing is, The Law of Attraction is not a law, it is a principle, according to Neil Farber MD, Ph.D., an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, retired physician, life coach, hypnotherapist, researcher and the author of Throw Away Your Vision Board. We need more than a vision and a vision board to make things happen. We need an action board.
First of all, a vision board, visualizations, and positive affirmations serve as the backdrop of our daily actions. They make us feel better and more optimistic when performing activities, which may contribute to clarity and confidence. Both clarity and confidence are important in every execution, but it is not enough. You can keep it as a part of the action board.
Second, an action board, on the other hand, is an evidence-based system founded on ground-breaking research studies in social psychology, positive psychology, mind-brain science, and goal achievement. An action board in where you put dates on your vision and how to achieve them. It is like a “to-do” list, but more detailed and provide a framework on how to achieve things. Remember, when a dream is given a date, it becomes a concrete goal.
Third, to achieve goals as depicted in the action board, there are eight key principles that can transform vision into action. They are 1)accountability, 2)values, 3)mindfulness, 4)positivity, 5)attraction, 6)Domino Theory, 7)divine visualization, and 8)inspired action. When you have internalized these principles and are motivated by the vision board, you are ready to execute with a deeper level of confidence and accuracy.
Fourth, there are also ten components needed to retrain the brain, activate focus center, and connect the conscious with the subconscious to ensure both works in harmony. They are 1)internalize the big picture, 2)be specific about your goal, 3)slice the goal into tiny actionable goals, 4)understand the motivating factors, 5)understand why you are dedicated to making it happen, 6)understand the challenges, obstacles, and risks, 7)understand your action-based strengths and skills required to achieve the goals, 8)understand and be in good terms with the people who are key to make things happen, 9)read the board every day and visualize the final goals vividly, 10)remain inspired by celebrating small victories within the track to achieving the goals.
Fifth, continuously harnessing the power of your mind by creating an infinite loop of positivity. This is the final and can be the most difficult to achieve due to the essence of success is not a one-time thing. Success is when a series of goals are achieved days in and days out in any weather whether it is rain or shine.
At last, if you start a vision board add an action board. Finish with an infinite passion for remaining successful by achieving daily goal after daily goal. Otherwise, your vision board is just a dream board.
About Alder Koten
Alder Koten helps shape organizations through a combination of research, executive search, cultural & leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services. The firm was founded in 2011 and currently includes 6 partners and over 28 consultants in 4 cities. The firm’s headquarters are located in Houston and it has offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City with partner firms in New York, Boston, Chicago, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom. We know where to find the executives you need and how to attract top talent to your organization. Our approach to executive search is based on a thorough understanding of the strategic, cultural, financial and operational issues our clients face. Our executive search engagements are targeted and focused on the specific requirements of the position including industry and functional experience, skills, competencies, cultural fit, and leadership style. Our process is rigorous. We take a disciplined and structured approach to identifying potential candidates that meet the position requirements including subject-matter, functional and regional expertise. We use our high-level professional networks, industry knowledge, and internal research resources to achieve results in every executive search engagement.This is a text block. Click the edit button to change this text.