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Create My Vision Board 101

Original post from Jack Canfield, the below has been edited.

Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them!

Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.

Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation-by representing your goals with pictures and images-you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions…  and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.

If you have already defined your dreams, it’s time to illustrate them visually.

How to create a vision board that depicts the future you wish to create.

Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want to attract into your life, and place them in your board. Have fun with the process! Use photographs, magazine cutouts, pictures from the Internet–whatever inspires you. Be creative. Include not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you.

Consider including a picture of yourself in your board. If you do, choose one that was taken in a happy moment. You will also want to post your affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts here. Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good.

You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.  Keep it neat, and be selective about what you place in your vision board. It’s a good idea to avoid creating a cluttered or chaotic board… you don’t want to attract chaos into your life.

Use only the words and images that best represent your purpose, your ideal future, and words that inspire positive emotions in you. There is beauty in simplicity and clarity. Too many images and too much information will be distracting and harder to focus on.

If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision board. You might use one for your personal goals and another for career and financial goals. You might even want to keep your career vision board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.

How to use your vision board.

Try keeping your vision board on the nightstand next to your bed. Leave it standing in an open position as often as you are comfortable with, and spend time each morning and evening visualizing, affirming, believing, and internalizing your goals.

The time you spend visualizing in the evening just before bed is especially powerful. The thoughts and images that are present in your mind during the last forty-five minutes before going to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves repeatedly in your subconscious mind through¬out the night, and the thoughts and images that you begin each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, look at those images that represent your achievements, and feel gratitude for how well the Law of Attraction is working in your life. Acknowledge that it is working. Don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved.  Achievement of the goals in your vision board are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.

I recommend you write down the date you created your vision board. The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires. Much like a time capsule, this board will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.

It’s a good idea to create a new vision board each year.  As you continue to grow, evolve and expand, your dreams will too. Your Vision Board is meant to be kept and cherished. They chronicle your not only your dreams, but your growth and achievements.

Final thoughts on using your completed vision board:

  • Look at your vision board often and feel the inspiration it provides.
  • Hold it in your hands and really internalize the future it represents.
  • Read your affirmations and inspirational words aloud.
  • See yourself living in that manner.
  • Feel yourself in the future you have designed.
  • Believe it is already yours.
  • Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life.
  • Acknowledge any goals you have already achieved.
  • Acknowledge the changes you have seen and felt.
  • Acknowledge the presence of God in your life.
  • Acknowledge the Law of Attraction at work in your life.
  • Look at it just before going to bed and first thing upon rising.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own vision board. Your ability to visualize your dreams will serve as a catalyst in their creation.

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7 Critical Questions Before You Become an Entrepreneur

Original post from Startup Professionals Musing.

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur — how do I start?” The obvious answer is that you need an idea first, but I’ve come to realize that the process is really much more complex than that. Many people with great ideas never make it as entrepreneurs, and true entrepreneurs can make a business out of anything.

The first myth you have to get past is that having an idea will make you an entrepreneur. In fact, even implementing the idea into a solution doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. According to my definition and Wikipedia, an entrepreneur is someone who builds a new business. Based on my experience, creating the solution is usually the easy part of starting a successful business.

So before you quit your day job, tax all your friends and investors for money, or max out your credit cards to design and build a product, I recommend that you seriously contemplate the following more basic questions:

  1. Are you prepared to adopt the entrepreneur lifestyle? Starting a new business is not a job, but an adventure into the unknown, similar to Columbus setting out to find the New World. It’s a big step into a new lifestyle, like getting married after being single for many years. Yet startup founders are often lonely, since no one else can make their decisions.
  2. How strong is your passion for this opportunity? You have to enjoy working with people — partners, customers, investors and more — as well as products to start a business. You have to embrace making decisions and the responsibility of setting milestones, measuring progress and celebrating the victories and defeats.
  3. Are you confident and disciplined in facing tough challenges? Starting a business at home or on the Internet is hard work — not a get-rich-quick scheme. You will be operating outside of any proven realm, no mentor can give you the answer, and it won’t help to blame anyone else for missteps and environmental changes you can’t predict.
  4. How familiar are you with the contemplated business domain? Remember that the grass always look greener on the other side of the fence. It may make more sense to work for a similar startup before charging ahead on your own. The ultimate best teacher is failure, but a less painful one is getting related work experience and training.
  5. Which business model best suits your mentality? Some people love to deliver services, where personal acumen is tested every day. Others love technology and products, to be replicated and sold while you sleep. If something totally new is not your forte, you can always buy a franchise, acquire an existing business or be a consultant.
  6. Have you mapped out a complete plan? Few entrepreneurs can assimilate and hone a complete plan in their head. That’s why I believe the process of writing down your plan is more valuable than the result. Also, a written plan multiplies your ability to communicate to constituents, and facilitates parallel feedback. Money is not a substitute.
  7. What is your funding situation and alternatives? Fundraising is stressful and difficult, which is why 90 percent of successful entrepreneurs choose bootstrapping (self-funding). Too much money too early kills many startups, according to investors. There are always non-cash alternatives, such as recruiting partners with equity and bartering services.

After asking yourself these questions, and finding yourself still determined to be an entrepreneur, you will have already started. From there, it’s a simple matter of forging a trail to success, and conquering all the problems and challenges that are sure to surface. Starting a business is a marathon, so you have to make an overt decision to enjoy the journey as well as the destination.

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HOW TO – create a FREE report for your clients!

Original post from Simply Measured.

Even though the intention of this post was for impressing your boss, this would be a great FREE report for your clients!

1. Start with a Snapshot:

Your weekly report should operate the same way a piece of content would: like a funnel. Start large, with a complete snapshot overview of your “social health” and trends from across all your key social channels.


This chart, from Simply Measured’s Cross-Channel Social Performance Report, highlights key metrics from your owned channels, highlighting audience, activity, and engagement, while showcasing period-over-period changes to help highlight growth or loss of traction over the previous week.

To make your weekly summary even easier, all Simply Measured reports are directly exportable to PowerPoint, emailable at the click of a button, or even Tweetable if you’re feeling particularly transparent about your week:


“I usually include this metric snapshot in a slide, and then below it will have 3-4 takeaways that set up the rest of my report,” says Furubayashi. “This lets me set the tone right off the bat, but also get any big points on my boss’s radar quickly. You don’t want to bury the lead.”

2. Focus on Goals:

After presenting your snapshot, your next step should be to focus on your goals and the KPIs surrounding them. If you have specific metrics you’re reaching for each week, month, or quarter, hone in on those, and address the impact you made. If your goal has been to drive more traffic to your blog from Twitter, focus on those click-thrus.


This component of your report should focus on easy-to-track numbers so that you can give week-over-week summaries of how well you’ve done, and what might be missing. The sample above

“Since we have a heavy focus on content here, I spend quite a bit of time analyzing site traffic” says Furubayashi, “When I’m looking at this myself, I use our blog report and Google Analytics to look at specific campaign UTMs, but for this purpose, I share a chart from our social traffic report. It showcases trends and totals for all of our major social channels.”

3. Zero in on Key Initiatives

If your main activity for the week was engaging with influencers, identify the progress made to that point.


The point here is to focus. Don’t overwhelm your boss with 8,000 charts – they don’t care. The value of your data is only as strong as your ability to use it. In this context, that means not overwhelming with unneeded metrics. Focus on what you and your boss have decided is important and save the extraneous stuff for your own analysis.

“Look, I get it. There are a lot of cool charts, and you want to share EVERYTHING you did this week,” says Furubayashi. “But it’s important to keep it simple and focus on your main objectives and value-drivers. One or two slides max for this section.”

4. Identify Opportunities:

Your weekly report shouldn’t be strictly for looking back. The purpose any measurement or reporting is to understand what happened, so you can use it to plan for the future. Take some time to analyze the data you’ve shared and speak to the opportunities to double down or correct mistakes. Without a little honest reflection, you’re wasting your boss’s time, and your own.

“I always include a slide of Key Learnings from the week, and another one with my plan for the coming week,” says Furubayashi. “This lets me point out areas where I missed the mark in a constructive way, and showcase my plan to fix them. It also gives me an opportunity to talk about why I won in specific areas and how I plan on investing more in that area.”

5. Don’t Sugar-coat it:

The best advice I can give for your weekly report is to be honest with yourself, and honest with your boss. We all want to position ourselves as successes, but it’s not constructive to do so without addressing our failures. This is the immense – and sometimes ignored – value of social data; we’re able to see exactly where we went wrong, and address the issue. Don’t ignore this. If a campaign failed to achieve the results you were hoping for, there is a lot you can learn from it. Believe it or not, your boss will appreciate your ability to recognize this.

“I may geek out over data more than the average CM, but when an initiative doesn’t work out, I don’t consider it over,” says Furubayashi. “It means I get to dig into the data around the campaign to figure out where I went wrong. It’s like a puzzle. When I’m putting my report together, I always make sure to call out those things and let my boss know I’ll be doing that.”

6. Keep it Short:

You have to put this together every week. Don’t make more work for yourself. It’s also important to remember that your boss has to read it every week and he or she won’t want to take on a novel each time.

“Your boss is probably pretty busy, so it’s best to keep it short, efficient and informative. Make sure your weekly review showcases the high level stats and plans, but hold off on the nitty-gritty details. Every boss appreciates getting quickly to the point.”

How do you develop your weekly report? What are the most important areas of focus? Let us know in the comments!