Vision Board : Process of creating a dream and vision


To make things simpler for my readers on how they can create a proven success method of walking towards creating a dream and vision for themselves through what I call a “Vision Board”.

The most common roadblock in creating a dream is low self esteem of the person.

In most cases, the social setup itself is responsible for this problem and it appears to be a normal thing to all of us. Just imagine, how many of us would just knock the door of the CEO cabin of your company (If you are employed & working) and walk in for a chat with him? I have seen almost all of my colleagues who do not report to me directly coming and waiting in front of my room thinking even if they should meet me or not. This is after the fact that I am one of the most inviting person in my company and follow an open door policy. The issue is what we call as “Fear of the unknown”.

There would be several questions coming in our mind in one time, what if the person does not like me? What if he shouts back? What if he does not listen to me? What if he sees this act of mine as abnormal and tells me etc, etc?
These questions more often stop us from doing things which are right in the first place. Being a mute spectator to a bad thing happening or not opening up when your heart says so or not doing the right thing because you feel someone else would not like it are all signals of low self esteem. It is essential for us to first tackle this monster, which becomes the first step of our vision board exercise.

When I was a student, I was passionate about flying a fighter jet.

This passion came from the fact that I liked speed and moved up quickly from riding a cycle to riding a moped (small engine powered two wheeler) to a scooter and then craved for more speed with anything which could move faster. My mother who wanted me to join armed forces so that I can avenge the atrocities done to her community during partition of India and Pakistan fueled the second element to this passion.

I had no connection whatsoever with flying except that I saw occasional airplanes up in the sky in my hometown. I had no clue whatsoever to figure out how to become a pilot, but I probably did something similar to what we plan to discuss today, creating a “Vision Board”. It is very different that I could not become a pilot, but got very close to becoming one.

I always hunted for books and magazines, which had something about airplanes and pilots. Whenever I got something, I would cut that and keep it in my folder, specially created to keep a record of the airplanes and fighter pilots. Over next few years, my collection of airplanes around the world and their technical specifications and how fast they fly, their striking capability, etc. grew so big that I had my friends visiting my home just to see that. I became so good with this knowledge that I could recognize a flying airplane in a jiffy and could tell anyone about the technical details of the same.
It was a proud moment for me as then fighter jets were few and I had knowledge of almost every plane in the world along with comparison charts. There was no Internet and Google then to help me
either. This knowledge gave a huge boost to my self-confidence.
My first break came when NCC (National Cadet Core) was introduced in my school. My passion for airplanes and flying was so popular that my school principal ensured that it was the Air Wing of NCC that would be introduced to us. I was extremely thrilled and jumped on the first opportunity to join the NCC.
The parade schedules and the practice were very demanding, but I enjoyed every bit and looked forward to the next day of parade.

My “Vision Board” started getting updated. I started collecting information of NCC and whatever was inspiring for me there. I realized that NCC Air wing provided opportunities for aero-modeling, rifle shooting, cross country races, camps across India, participation in republic day parade and many more. Eventually, they took the best cadets directly to the Air Force as well.

I started filling my vision board with all of these and pictures of the cadets who stood at the top every year. My passion and growing self-confidence ensured that I met most of the cadets who were part of my “Vision Board” and got inspired from them even more. I remember, having a chat with a cadet who stood first in rifle shooting and the one who stood first in cross country race and realized how much they worked to be there.

Over a period of time, my passion and my knowledge spilled out in success in NCC and I was appointed as the Sergeant Cadet (Senior most position in Junior wing NCC) for the NCC wing of the town. It was there that another of my role model cadet introduced me to aero-modeling. Very soon, my “Vision Board” was filled with the models of the airplanes and how one can make them. After excelling there, my self-confidence and self esteem improved even more.

I attended several camps and represented my school and division and made them proud by winning several medals in every field I put my hands into. The cocktail of my “Vision Board” which kept me inspired, my self confidence and the help I got due to my high self esteem which helped me reach out to any one I realized can be of help, moved me towards my vision very fast.

It was finally in one of those award ceremonies that I met Wing Commander Agnihotri who led the air division NCC of Varanasi. He was the boss and was very respected. After the award ceremony, I meekly reached out to him and spoke “I want to become like you, can you help me Sir?” From that day, I got a mentor who helped me throughout the process of becoming a real “Fighter Pilot”. He guided me how to appear for my National Defense Academy exams and the tests I would undergo and how to clear them.

My “Vision Board” got updated accordingly and I kept on seeking information and advice from all who could be inspiring to me.

Eventually, I passed my NDA exam with flying colors, but finally was dropped on medical grounds just because my eyesight was not perfect. While this was very sad for me, I realized that whatever I would do to reach the right place, I did it all right.

My “Vision Board” helped me to be there where I wanted to be in my dreams.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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1 Response

  1. Karunjit Kumar Dhir says:

    Good one…I too had an almost similar story…Wanted to be a fighter pilot…left the comforts of home to join Sainik School Balachadi(boarding school for defense personnel kids) to UPSC to SSB to Medical & then unfortunately could not clear the medical for Air Force due to my short leg length…:-(…was offered Army as the next choice but that would not have helped my dream of flying super-sonic jets…but all is well that ends well & here I am today…:)

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