I firmly believe in the practice of goal setting. I write lists, create mind maps, and write affirmations on my bathroom mirror. I have come to believe that if you visualize it, you can do it and sometimes you need a constant reminder for why you are in the gym at 5am! I have been creating vision boards for a few years and I have come to really enjoy the exercise. It's an opportunity to recap achievements from the prior year and to set intentions for the future. For those of you who have never fully completed a vision board and don't know how to get started, here are a few tips:
List your intentions. Before you even open that magazine and grab those scissors you should define what you want. Are you seeking a new promotion? Do you want to complete your first triathlon? Meet Oprah? (by the way, just about everyone that I have read about that has placed Oprah on their vision board, usually meets her. I have no scientific proof, but it doesn't hurt to try). Dream big...dream small, it doesn't matter, but you should be clear about what you want to achieve. Don't overwhelm yourself so keep this list small, the whole idea is to actually achieve these goals. If you have 15 items that you want to achieve this year, you will wear yourself out!
Define the plan. In addition to the supplies you gather to create your vision board, you should include a few post-it notes. Use these to right down a few action items that may be required for you to achieve the specific goal. So if your goal is to run that triathlon it is going to require some weekly swimming, miles and cycling. You should list how many times you plan to do each of these, will you have to meet with your coach? should you get one?, determine which race you will participate in etc. by adding the note cards you can continue to reference the goal and update it as you go along.
Celebrate your wins. Ready. Set. Goal! You are destined to win so why not celebrate when you check off something goal related? Stay motivated and give yourself a high-five when you stick to 'meatless Monday' for a month or meet your hydration goal for a week.
Do you think you are ready? You will need the following supplies:
- Foam board/poster board. I actually prefer using the back page of my planner so I can have it with me all the time.
- Scissors and glue
- Don't forget those post-it notes for your action steps
You can do this project solo or you can join us on Saturday, February 9th in Atlanta for our Vision Board Party!
I would love to know if you have already completed your vision board for 2019 and if you have any tips you can share about achieving your goals.