When I read the words “Stake Your Claim”, I have a vision of a skinny little man with an overloaded pack mule putting a sign in the ground to show the world that a plot of land in the Wild West belongs to him. Can’t you just see him, hat in hand dancing about and laughing like a wild man?
That sort of excitement is over the top and that little caricature of a man leaves me with feeling of excitement and possibility.
Your vision board can be brave and mouthy about how you’d like your life to look while you find your voice. Your vision board is your chance to stake your claim – lay down the gauntlet and create a shift in your foundation.
The sorts of statements that can really strengthen your vision board are most powerful when they’re stated in present tense in motion terms. Examples of these terms include: “Best in Class”, “In a League of Her Own”, “Master of his Craft”, “A Force to be Reckoned With”, “Brilliant”, “Unparalleled”.
What you won’t find on a powerful Vision Board are the following phrases: There’s no “I really hope that….”, “What I really want to have is….” or “I’m sort of afraid to say it out loud, but…”
Let’s practice and create ten claim checks –
To start, grab a stack of ten note cards. Number them 1 – 10.
Now, while no one is looking, write down one simple statement about your talents and your capabilities and true strengths. Even if you are afraid to write some of them down because you might doubt yourself a bit, keep going.
Once you’re finished, review your cards and put them in order of preference. If there are any that you hide at the bottom of the stack, go back to them and make a mark in the corner so that you can mark those for some special attention when you create your vision board. Perhaps all you need is a clearer picture about those concepts to help you see yourself in a less critical eye and to create a more vivid picture.
If time permits or if you’d like to add a touch to these cards, find a picture that illustrates or connects you to these ten strength claims.
Finally – Put a rubber band around these cards into your briefcase or tote bag. Carry your ten claim checks with you throughout your day. If you can give yourself a five-minute head start to meetings or lunches or to pick up the kids, do so. That way, you can steal just five minutes to focus on your statements and begin to strengthen your conviction about your capabilities and your future.
Best of luck with this exercise. I assure you that this experience is calming, and expanding, and you will quickly become your own biggest fan 🙂
Let me know how this works for you.
Until next time…
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