I was just going through some old Facebook Groups I am somehow in. Yeah Facebook Groups. You know, those groups that are mostly rubbish and filled with spammy bullshit?
So I was checking out one on personal development and one post by some lady really stood out.
She wrote an entire paragraph about how she had a wonderful, productive day. She happily stated how she had already created her vision boards. In doing so, she took a week to create her list of goals for 2015.
Then she posted some generic blog post she wrote. It’s called, “How to achieve all your goals.”
Fuck. Vision. Boards.
There’s been a shroud covering the world of self-help and entrepreneurship, or rather, the whole “do what you love” field.
People love to dream. They have all these goals and aspirations in life and thanks to vision boards, the law of attraction or whatever, they think it’s within reach in a short time. In other words, they think it’s easy.
People love to start on their dream. They’re all so choked up with inspiration (from reading about others’ vision boards and stuff) that they get motivated to start.
And most of them die off after that. They don’t see their dreams through to the next level because they realize real work is too hard and daunting on themselves.
I know I’m being a hard ass, but there’s simply too many fallacies that mislead the would-be, wannabes and starry-eyed people who want to do what they love in life.
So again, fuck your vision boards
Never, ever validate your life with mere planning
I’ve been observing this in a lot of friends today and admittedly, I was guilty of it myself years ago.
My friends would tell me they “just had a meeting” about “some new business idea” with a “another friend who wants to start something together.” Of course, the idea has a lot of potential. Maybe it really does, maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know.
But the real problem comes when it is left as that. They call that “meeting” time well spent. They beam with pride. They’re ready to tell everyone else they just had a productive day.
I know how it is. I did that once before with a friend at a bar. We spent about two hours talking about some online marketing idea. I felt proud. I was all businessman-like and raveled in the fact that I had so many ideas and supposed motivation and inspiration within us.
That was it. Nothing came out of that idea. Not a damn thing. Neither of us took the initiative to continue. The only thing we accomplished was downing the two pints of beer we had each. We also partied hard after that. I mean, why not? We just had a meeting.
Again, bullshit. This shit doesn’t work. It’s a lie we tell ourselves just so we can shy away from the hard work we know we must do, and along with that, the failure, tears and disappointment it is sure to bring.
A meeting alone is never productive. In fact, most meetings are a waste of time, whether it’s in the office or outside.
Know what would have been considered productive? Creating the platform for your idea. Creating a preview-ready template. Sharing it with other people to gauge reaction.
THEN you can tell others you realistically had a productive day because you yourself would have an idea on how your idea plays out outside of your head.
It’s not that daunting because everything above can be done for free. You don’t even need advertising money because social media makes it easy and free for you.
What has this got to do with vision boards?
Ideas are only ideas. They really don’t mean much
Along with that, your dreams, aspirations, goals and whatever world-changing things mean jack all.
That’s what a vision board is. A board of ideas that sits there doing nothing.
Anyone can have ideas today. All you have to do is think a little and daydream your ass off. And if you’re smart, you wouldn’t think that makes you better than anyone else.
Take REAL action. Don’t just take action to set up ideas
I’m just going to say it.
Taking action just to make your vision board, think of ideas, write down ideas, meditate or set up meetings don’t count for action.
That’s like saying, “I’m going to sleep on it” and then shouting, “WOOHOO. Job done!” after you wake up.
Come on. Wake the fuck up.
The only thing that counts for your dreams, goals and shit is the work itself. The only thing that works for work is work.
But again, do the real work. Do work that you know deep down is actually making you move forward.
Not sure how to start doing work? Fine, let me make it easy for you.
Get your ass in front of the computer.
Type some shit out. Write out your first poem. Sing and record your first song. Design your first piece of graphic. Whatever.
This is your art; your craft; your passion; your innate essence that fuels the ideas.
Share it on your social media accounts. Ask nicely for feedback. Gauge reaction. This is when you’re allowed to validate your ideas with the currency of likes, shares and comments. This is when it’s going to feel scary as hell, but you should do it anyway.
Getting it out there matters. You’ll eventually learn that in the business world, it isn’t about good or bad. It’s about what’s actually working.
Congratulations! You’ve now gained something called experience, which is something that will stay with you forever. It will also not lie to you and give you the answers you need without hesitation.
Wait, no social media accounts you say? Pick up the phone. Call five friends and arrange to meet up then. Show them what you’ve created.
What? No friends? Then go ahead and randomly ask strangers for feedback then. You can also do this online.
You don’t want to? You’re scared? Then fuck you. You deserve nothing. Go ahead and drown yourself in ideas then. Go insane.
Stay home and stare at your vision board all day. Nobody’s going to give a shit.