I have been known about vision boards for a while, but recently, I began hearing about vision mapping. Vision mapping creates a detailed road map about how to achieve that which is on our vision board. Vision mapping is the process of writing directions to help you move from point A to point B.
Steven K. Scott, in his book, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived. It gives a breakdown of vision mapping and steps on how to write out a vision map. Vision mapping is the process of creating a detailed map which will help you achieve your vision. In some respects, it is like goal setting. However, before you can begin to set goals, you have to have a vision. Scott challenges you to get in touch with your inner child and their imagination and describe your vision in detail.
Scott suggests that you begin by writing a clear and precise description of the vision. In vision mapping, it is important to write the vision very clearly. Make it as descriptive as possible. You can describe what you are wearing in this vision. The time and day. Who is with you in this vision. What is your location when this vision is being fulfilled? Basically, make it as vivid as possible. This is when you need to become a kid again and use your imagination. So for example,
I, Sharon Jacobson, am walking back into my home with the mail that I just got out of my mailbox. It is a beautiful spring day and it was a nice and easy walk to the mailbox and back. The bag that my friend gave me is hanging over my walker swaying with the movements and seems happy to have something in it. I can’t believe how easy it was after all this time to walk to the mailbox and back. This is how I did it, one step at a time.
So you just have to be very detailed about your vision and make it real!
Being able to achieve any vision requires that we create a list of the goals that need to be achieved in order to breathe life into that vision.
Some of those goals will be easier to achieve then others. I sometimes say that some goals are filled with baby steps and some with giant steps. Right now, my goals seem to have lots of baby steps. However, even those baby steps have steps to them. So I have to break everything down into the smallest and most achievable of tasks and steps. However, a map Is nothing more then a map if I am not actually moving myself through all the tasks and steps to help me move my life from point A to point B.
Vision mapping is more then just creating the map, it is about implementing deadlines and completion dates for every step and task towards the achievement of your goal.
Vision mapping helps you lay out all the little things you need to do in the order you need to do them. It helps to bring your dream off the vision board and out of your sleeptime and make it an achievable destination towards which you are moving each and every day. First, however, you must be able to dream it, or you can never achieve it.