Updated: Feb 15
The Power of Visuals
Visuals and visual note taking can boost retention and help focus your attention. Using images as a part of your vision plan can help heighten your creativity and improve self-expression. [Source: Draw Your Big Idea (Willems & Herting)]
Building on the idea of the power of visuals, I suggest starting your visioning process with core questions that help you clarify what you want and align your gifts, passions, and aspirations. Thoughtfully creating your vision forces you to do several things, including: rediscovering what you are called to and what energizes you; taking inventory and reflecting on various aspects of your life; taking note of strengths; and identifying what you need to change to make the vision a reality.
Visual Vision Maps are templates or in-the-moment designs, often based on a metaphor, that guide you through a variety of reflective questions or prompts. One of the most common metaphors used in visual coaching and facilitation is based on a journey. For example, a boating trip from a point of origin, passing through terrain or water where threats and resources are present with the targeted destination in view (for ex, a shoreline or mountain range).
3 Ways Visual Vision Maps Can Help You Get Clarity
Whether your focus is your personal life or a new business idea, visual mapping can help you recognize your brilliance, ignite sparks of creativity that fuel action, and inspire you to continue on your journey to achieve your goals. Here are three ways visual vision maps can help you.
(1) Quickly Make Connections: Mapping out your ideas visually helps you to look at your big picture ideas and detailed tasks all in one place. Unlike the endless lists, journals, and documents that are the go-to reflection mode for many of us, visual maps help you make connections and more easily identify trends, themes, and gaps.
(2) Ignite Sparks of Creativity: There's a spark that this process generates. Some people call it an Ah-Ha moment. It's a bit deeper than that. As many of the plans within your heart and mind are made visible you recall and refuel your passion. You'll be energized, which will lead to more sparks, connections, actions and new opportunities.
(3) Remember Your Why: Displaying your map, in its entirety or in sections, can motivate you on those challenging days when you experience a setback or become physically drained. Keeping your core ideas before you in your office, or quiet place will help you remember WHY you are embarked on this journey and refresh you with the strength to keep forging ahead to see your vision materialize.
Whether you are a career-changer, author, entrepreneur, content creator, researcher or full-time parent, having a visual representation of your reflection, ideas, and goals can help you to make your vision for your life, business, work or family a reality.
Here are a few examples of visual vision maps I've created for clients.
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