Written by Mandi Boehringer
I was in middle school when I listened to my first motivational speaker. While I don’t remember everything word for word, I remember the overall message was “You have to have goals to know where you are going! You have to have something to work towards, a direction.” Some moments just stick in your brain forever, and that was a moment that impacted me enough to go home that night and write down my goals. Given, I was in middle school I do not recall what those goals were, but I remember the importance of having them and writing them down.
Fast forward thirty years. I have read several books, listened to many thought leaders, and had even heard from close friends the impact that “vision boards” had on their success. As much as I believed in their importance, I had not created a “vision” for what I really wanted.
I decided 2021 was the year. I was going to get focused and set goals that I felt and visualized every day. I spent days researching vision boards, including a terrific article on vision boards by Jack Canfield. I finally decided to take my goal setting to a whole new level and create a vision board on nine specific areas of my life.
The categories were:
- Wealth & Prosperity
- Fame & Reputation
- Family & Physical Health
- Spiritual Health & Well Being
- Creativity & Children
- Knowledge & Wisdom
- Travel & Leisure
I took each category and decided what they meant to me. I selected pictures that spoke to me, quotes that were meaningful, and anything that made me feel happy and good. Jack Canfield recommended putting a picture of yourself on the board that represented you being happy so that it could invoke positive feelings. I know that when you involve feelings, things you want start showing up and quickly!
Having the categories, pictures, quotes was great, but the question came back…what did I ideally want in each category?! The answer was simple, zero limitations and limiting beliefs, and why each category mattered. I selected goals for each category that were BIG, but I believed were obtainable. I focused on the result first, then created a plan to achieve the result. I created goals that stirred enough feeling and inspiration that I knew they were worth aiming for (my why). Once I had the goals for each category listed, I asked myself what I could do each day to take one step forward to achieving those goals
Let’s take the “relationship” category as an example. I placed my focus on gratitude. Gratitude for all the relationships surrounding me that make me feel loved and appreciated. If I want to feel more love, appreciation, and joy in my relationships I decided the “action item” each day needed to be ME giving love, appreciation, and joy to others. I made the goal to do one random act of kindness each day. Whether that meant writing a thank you note for someone and mailing it or writing a google review for a business owner or staff member that made a difference in my experience. I found the more I was able to meet the small action items and see the positive results the more I was willing to make the time to continue to follow through consistently.
It may seem overwhelming to have so many goals, and so many daily action items. I would encourage you to pick a number that seems realistic for you. I would also encourage selecting an action item that isn’t time-consuming, but meaningful. This a “fluid” project, these are your goals, and they are meant to shift and change as things start to show up in your life. It’s okay to spend time one day on one goal and the next day a different goal. The intention of the action items is to help maintain a focus and keep each goal in sight.
In summary, take a moment to reflect on the most important areas of your life. Create a goal for each area, understand your “why” behind the goal and then identify what you need to do each day to take one step closer to achieving that goal. Lastly, I recommend recording your weekly progress to help identify and track what you have accomplished and the changes you have seen.
What goals have you written down for 2021?
- What would it mean for you to get clear on what you want this year?
- Could you do some research on a “vision board” and get crystal clear on what your goals like?
- What would it feel like to accomplish some of the things you have been waiting to accomplish?
- What are your limiting beliefs when it comes to your goals?
Let’s all strive to live by the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Don’t wait for the right opportunity, create it.”
Here is to all of us reaching our goals in 2021!
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