“Without a Vision, People Perish” ~ Tony Robbins
I have been using a new social media site called Pinterest. It is still in beta testing so you need to request an invitation, but it’s well worth it. The site takes advantage of people’s love for photos and sharing great images. You can request your free invitation by visiting the site and requesting to receive one by email.
According to Pinterest, ‘the site is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.’
When I first received my invitation and set up my profile, the site reminded me a bit of one of my favorite online tools, Evernote, except that it’s primarily for photos. With Pinterest, you create your own virtual pinboards which is a great concept for a girl who always has a full pinboard in her office.
Pinterest allows you to add a “Pin It” button to your browser tool bar to make it easy for you to “Pin” your favorite pictures and images from the web to one of your pinboards. Pinterest provides an opportunity for social networking through the use of images by allowing you to follow your friends on the site and see what they’re “Pinning” to their boards. You can “like” their images and even “repin” them to one of your own.
I have found Pinterest to be a great place to store ideas for things such as gifts, holidays, travel, and inspirational things such as quotes and photos.
It is also a great way to create a virtual vision board. Vision boards have been used by successful people for ages but were made popular recently by John Assaraf in the movie, The Secret.
Vision boards have been shown to be helpful for people who are trying to achieve specific goals because they help you visualize success. They also help you harness the power of your unconscious mind that works to help you identify new opportunities, ideas, and people.
To create a powerful vision board, relax and take time to think about the things you would like to do, have, or achieve in your life. Be sure to think about things relating to yourself, your family, your career, education, health, wealth, relationships, etc. Take 10 minutes and write non-stop, all of the ideas that come to mind. Circle the top 5-7 things you’d like to focus on.
Using Pinterest, start by setting up the Pin It button by dragging it from the site to your browser toolbar. Then you can start collecting images that illustrate those goals that you identified. A good way to get started is to use Google’s Image Search function or Flickr to find great photos to use on your boards. You can “pin” images to a single vision board, or create multiple boards by topic.
For a vision board to be effective, you need to be able to see it regularly. Take a few minutes out of each day to relax, view your vision boards, and feel what it would be like to have achieved that goal. Once you have gathered enough images, you may find it helpful to print your board so you can post it where it is more visible.
Are you using vision boards? Did you find Pinterest to be a helpful tool for collecting your images? Share your ideas and feedback below.