Business Planning is Fun Again
When you think of a business plan, you probably think of pages of text
and graphs and boring stats and numbers. You know, the kind of thing
you’d nervously push across the desk to a bank officer in hopes of
securing a loan.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything I like less than
to have to piece together that kind of stiff, formal business plan.
Luckily, I have better tools—and so do you!
The Business Plan That Isn’t
What if you could plan your business with fun, colorful photos, and
inspirational quotes and phrases instead? What would that do for your
Well, that’s exactly what a vision board will do for you. By
collecting images that represent your dreams and aspirations, you’ll
have a constant reminder of where it is you’re going, and even why you
started your business in the first place. Maybe you want to spend more
time with your kids as they’re growing up, or have enough money to
finally take that vacation to Europe. What about that house in the
country you’ve always dreamed of owning, or the sporty little red car
that’s been calling your name.
None of these things will find a place in a traditional business plan,
but they’re perfect for your vision board. More importantly, they’re
critical to your long-term success. Without your dreams, it’s nearly
impossible to remain focused and on track when it comes to business
growth, but with these reminders, it’s easy!
Why Vision Boards Work
Does all this feel pretty airy-fairy to you? You’re not alone. Lots of
us were raised to believe that business had to be all about numbers
and stats, and that there was no room for fun when it comes to making
I completely disagree!
In fact, some of the most successful people in the world routinely use
vision boards to help clarify their dreams and keep their goals in
front of the mind. And that’s precisely why vision boards work so
well. They allow you to easily see exactly what it is you’re working
toward, whether it’s a shiny new car or a big, beautiful home, or an
By keeping visual reminders within sight, you’re constantly aware of
your “why,” and that’s a powerful motivator, no matter what you’re
Of course, no banker is going to accept your vision board as proof of
viability and give you a loan based on it. But when it comes to
clarifying your dreams, pinpointing your real goals, and getting
excited about your business again, you just can’t beat a personal,
colorful vision board. Give it a try. You might just surprise yourself!
It’s your time,