Monday, 21 January 2013

The importance of symbols

This wasn’t a subject in my financial planning course, and old-school financial planners would probably turn in their graves upon reading this, but I want to explore the power of symbols in helping you achieve your goals and dreams.

Self-help-type books recommend having a vision board to document your life vision and goals.  I’ve done similar exercises in business coaching sessions, where you pick a series of images that represent your past, present, and future.  Both concepts rely on the power of images.  The saying goes that an image is worth a thousand words.  So representing your goals via images allows you to say a lot more with fewer words.  You can also display the images where you will regularly see them to ensure your goals remain top of mind.

So I’m going to do a bit of experiment this year and develop a vision board for my financial goals, plus a few other New Year’s Resolutions that are less financially significant.  I’ll keep a copy on my pin-board at work and the fridge at home, so I’ll see them daily.  No doubt I’ll get a few questions at work, but I’ll think of a good response.  If it works, I guess the results will speak for themselves.