So You Made Your Cute Lil' Vision Board, Now What?
I know you’re tired of not accomplishing your goals year after year. Same sis, same. You spend all night racking up hella paper cuts and gluing your fingers together only to find yourself in the same place on December 31st. I want you to actually accomplish your goals this year. I want you to look back at your vision board and say “you know what, that hand cramp from holding those scissors all night at the vision board party was worth it.” I want you to actually DO the things you say you’re going to do. I’m talking to you but I’m also talking to myself. I’m guilty of wasting my beautifully crafted boards every year. I usually take about 2-3 hours to craft them, then I place them in a space where I never look at them, and ultimately find myself creating a version of the same vision board I had last year. So, here’s what we’re going to do differently in 2019...
We’re gonna break these goals ALL. THE. WAY. DOWN.
To the nitty gritty. Breaking down your goals means knowing how to ask the right questions. Questions like who, what, where, when, and how. It’s a pretty simple concept that I use to help me organize my thoughts around accomplishing my goals. I don’t use them in any particular order and there’s really no cookie cutter method in applying this concept.
For example, I’m trying to save a coin or two this year soooo...some relevant questions that I should ask myself include:
How much do you want to save?
What are you saving for?
When do you want to reach your savings goal?
Who do you need in order to help you reach that goal?
Where are you going to keep your savings?
By asking myself these questions, I’ve identified a deadline to reach my goal, a purpose for my savings, an aspirational number, resources I’ll need, and a storage place. This makes my goal a lot more specific which means I’m more likely to achieve it.
Try formulating similar questions around your goals and see what you come up with.
We’re actually gonna create a plan this time
Another one of my goals this year is to be super consistent with my blog. That means writing a blog post and sending out a newsletter every week. Chile, ya’ll pray for me. In the past I would write whenever I “felt” like it. I wasn’t receiving a lot of traction on my blog and had ZERO subscribers. I really want to position myself as an established writer/blogger but I can’t do that if I’m only pushing out content once per quarter. So, this year I’ve created a content calendar and set some hard deadlines for myself. You can honestly do this with any of your goals. Create a calendar, set a schedule with deadlines, and EXECUTE. I know, simple to say, but hard to do.
We’re gonna set some hard boundaries
Say this with me, No is a complete sentence. Decide that you’re only going to align yourself with people/things that reflect the person you want to become. That means discerning when to say yes and when to say no. If you want to save money this year why are you blowing $100 every weekend on brunch and day parties? If you want to start your business this year, why are you wasting time scrolling through the explore page on Instagram instead of reading a book or researching various business strategies. Get very clear on what you want to do and who you want to become. Once you do that, you’ll begin to gravitate toward the things that serve you and move away from the things that don’t.
I can’t promise that you’ll accomplish all of your goals this year. But one thing I can guarantee is, if you work really hard and put forth 100 percent effort, you’ll get a lot further than you did last year and you’ll be a lot more proud of yourself when you arrive at December 31st.
Here’s to bringing our cute lil’ vision boards to life