How to Stay Inspired to Reach Your Travel Goals
"Pick something that you aren't just able to do; instead, pick something you feel like you were made to do and then do lots of that...God decided to have us intersect history, not just at any time, but at this time. He made us to be good at a few things and bad at a couple others. Most of all, He made us to dream. We were meant to dream a lot"
- BOB GOFF
I encourage every artist, entrepreneur, dreamer, doer and traveller to create a vision board. A 'vision board' is created and inspired by you, with what you want to bring to life. Goals, dreams, aspirations. It is unique to every individual and serves as a daily reminder to not only stay inspired for our dreams, but to keep working toward them. And you can continue adding to it! The reward when we reach our dreams tastes oh-so-sweet.
As an entrepreneur, I am constantly thinking of new ideas, places to travel and goals to reach to grow my business. I work from home, so my vision board sits next to my desk where I can glance over and be reminded of what I am striving toward. Here were a few of my goals for this year:
Work: Get my sUAS license (drone certification)
Personal Goal: Get my scuba license to finally pursue underwater videography
Travel: Visit 3 foreign countries, and focus more on travel videography
Guess what? I am getting my drone certification and scuba license this month. Yay! We did have one international trip booked to New Zealand, which we had to move to next year. BUT when I revisit the vision board (at least once a week), I am reminded to not get downtrodden on the goals not yet reached, but to keep pushing toward them.
How do you get started, you say? You may remember back in high school or college having to create collages for classes - cutting out magazines and pasting various items together. This is basically the same concept, except only you can decide what goes on the page - find magazines that inspire you already (for me, this was Film+Music, National Geographic and Travel+Leisure). Cut out words or phrases (or letters to form words) and images that best represent your goals and aspirations. Find things that make you feel happiness and excitement, joy and anticipation. Paste these items together on a wood board, foam core, cork board... whatever you fancy. When you are finished, place your vision board somewhere you can see it often.
You see, the vision board has helped me create a positive, healthy mindset; Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. Or, as my mother-in-law likes to say, "it is about putting your intent out into the world." I am confident this will help you, too. Click here to read up on why vision boards really work (scientifically speaking).