This week, I am proud to be playing host to Shelley Wilson on the latest stage of the blog tour to launch her new book: How I Motivated Myself To Succeed.
I’ve always been a visual learner. Give me a textbook and I’ll start daydreaming and glancing out of the window, show me a demonstration, or even better, get me involved in creating something and that lesson sticks.
My vision board workshops are always the most popular of all my personal development sessions and every January I get regular attendees who return to create a new board for the New Year. Seeing your dreams, ideas, and hopes mapped out in colourful pictures, and motivational wording is incredibly powerful.
What’s a vision board? If you’ve never come across this process before then allow me to share a brief introduction.
In basic terms, a vision board is a collage of the things you want to have, do or be in your life, it’s a visual reminder that anything is possible.
I create a new board every New Year’s Day and fill it with images of what I hope to achieve in the coming year. My board for this year is covered in inspirational quotes, images that represent my career, fitness goals, and creative pursuits. It’s hanging above my desk where I can see it every day.
By glimpsing this board on a daily basis, the pictures start to become ingrained into my subconscious, and I begin to behave as if these things are already a part of my daily life. So far, I’ve stood up and given two talks at a Women in Business Conference, facilitated a crystal workshop, travelled extensively, taken more care of my inner and outer self, and continued to enjoy my writing. All these things are represented on my board in some way.
As a writer, I can also use visual ideas to bring my books to life before I start writing them. I’ll create a mock-up of the front cover, so I have an inspirational picture to keep me focused on my work in progress. I’ll also create a new Pinterest board for every book I write with images of character inspiration and settings. This process works especially well for my young adult audience. I love to share these boards with my readers who can then interact with my ideas as I’m writing the book.
No matter what your goal is, you can use visual tools to help you achieve it. A flattering photograph stuck to the fridge may motivate your healthy eating goals. A collage of pictures displaying beautiful holiday destinations might be enough to inspire you to save money or make travel plans. Find a visual image to represent what you want most and put it somewhere prominent. It will act as a daily reminder that anything is possible and motivate you to take action steps to make it happen.
Huge thanks to my lovely host, Elizabeth. Thank you for reading and be sure to check out the other host spots for more inspiration, motivation, and a sprinkle of fun.
Thank you, Shelley, for making this a stop on your tour and good luck with the new book. Readers, if you would like to read more about Shelley’s vision board techniques then take a look at her new release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, out now in paperback and eBook, and packed full of information on self-care, freeing yourself from fear, organising your life, and much more. You can find it on Amazon UK and on Amazon US.
Shelley is a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction. Her latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to her bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. She writes a personal development blog as well as an author blog where she shares book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. Shelley was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and to scoop second place in the same category in 2017. She is a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, loves pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and has a slight obsession with list writing.