I love the concept of creating a vision board. It’s great to display pictures, encouraging words and motivational phrases that depict what you want in life. Unfortunately, most of the time a vision board is just a pretty collage. There are no specific goals or steps to achieve them.
Want to be debt free by the end of the year? Great. How much are you in debt? Do you even know the exact number? Lame general goals get you lame general results. Awesome specific goals get you awesome specific results. If you’re in debt $10,000, back into how much you can afford to pay each month to pay it off. Get another job, do consulting work, find another way to make more income to pay off your debt. Be specific. Create a monthly plan of what you’re going to pay off and exactly how much you’re going to pay. It’s going to take some time and effort to think through all of the details of how you can make this realistically happen. It’s called planning. Say it with me…
Anything else is wishing/day dreaming. Sorry boo boo.
Same thing goes for buying a house, getting promoted at work, getting closer to God, working out, eating better, getting married, etc. It’s great to have the idea, but in order to make that idea a reality you have to breakdown that goal into monthly or weekly steps and take action.
Here’s my vision board from last year.
Cute? Sure. Vague? You bet. Although I have moved closer to those goals, I haven’t quite achieved any of them yet. This year, I’ve written down 11 very specific goals. I broke them down into the following categories – God, finances, personal development, work/business, fitness and my relationship. I write my goals in the present tense as if they are already true. I’m not wishing, hoping or aiming. I’m going to have X by X date by doing XYZ. For the sake of not putting all of my personal business on the streets, I’m going to fill in some of my specifics with xx.
I meditate and spend time with God in the word everyday starting at 6:00 a.m. immediately following my workout.
I am 100% credit card debt free by December 15, 2015
I have $xx in savings by December 31, 2015
I am stress free by not dwelling on the negative and choosing to see the good in everything and everyone
I am comfortable with who I am and confident in the decisions I make. I strategically think through my decisions, make them and never second guess myself.
Sporty Afros will make $xx in revenue by June 1, 2015
I will reach my professional goals at work (This one is very specific on my action board, but I had to keep it general here on for all of the nosey Nancy’s out there.)
I will reach my lean body weight of 125 – 130 lbs and become the strongest version of myself by September 1, 2015 by joining Tiger’s Den Crossfit
I love, trust and support my fiancé and put our relationship first, always. We have date night once a week and connect with each other on a daily basis.
Here’s my 2015 action board!
I even took it another step further. I wrote these goals at the beginning of each month in my planner. Next to it, I wrote out the specific steps I’m going to take each month and each week to get closer to my goals. At the end of the month, I’m going to evaluate my progress, reclaibrate if necessary and push forward. My fiance and also set up a standing monthly goals meeting/dinner to discuss our progress, encourage each other and keep on achieving.
We are both dead serious about our goals this year. Something about knowing you’re going to start having little muchkins running around soon makes you uber motivated to get your ish together.
If you want to have a wonderful and prosperous 2015 create your action board and watch your goals become reality.