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Vail Daily column: Power of visualizing our future

Last week we talked about the power of words and their ability to build up a person and provide us with hope and encouragement, or when used inappropriately, the way they can be so powerfully destructive.

This week I would like to build upon that and add in the power of visualization, specifically the power of a vision board. One of the things that inspires me and encourages me personally is when I visit a client or friend and he or she has a visible vision board somewhere on display at the home or office.

A vision board is some kind of display that captures all of the things that you want to see happen or materialize in your future. It could be your immediate future, maybe its something that can happen in the next few months or a year, and maybe even several years out. It's finding pictures, images, quotes or sayings that are part of your life plan, goals, and as stated, part of your vision for yourself.

These are so very powerful for individuals, families and companies as they keep those goals and dreams in a very visible place where others can build upon the vision board, as well as align the goals and dreams of the family or organization. And for individuals who use a vision board, it becomes an accountability partner as you pursue your own dreams and goals.

I have seen some of the most amazing pictures and images hanging on corkboards, whiteboards, modified picture frames, and as collages on the walls of offices, hallways, and family rooms. New homes, property, new cars, family reunions, a business idea, words of encouragement, specific numbers associated with days or dollars, mountains, oceans, hotels, graduation images, retirement images, romantic pictures of couples, proud pictures of children and friends and plenty photos of accomplishments of every sort are some examples.

We become what we focus on. And just like in last week's column where we talked about focusing on the good and powerfully positive words of hope and encouragement, let's remember that as we focus on specific pictures or images of success that we can and do become that which we focus our attention upon.

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Maybe you have heard this concept before, or maybe you have even used a vision board in the past and have gotten away from updating it or pursuing some of those dreams that at one time held a special place in your heart and mind. It's never too late to either revisit that vision board and update it or completely scrap it and start all over. As the world has changed, maybe your goals and dreams have shifted too. And with access to almost any image in the world, it's easy to find a photo, or image of what it is you wish to be, do, or have now and in your future.

So do you have a vision board displayed prominently somewhere within your home or office? If so what occupies the spaces on your board? What are the images and quotes and sayings that inspire you? I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@gmail.com and when we can visualize what we want to be, do, and have, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.