For as long as I can remember my mom would ask me, what my New Year’s Resolutions were, even when I had no clue what they were.
When I was about 12 or 13 I started writing them down. Back then I really never cared whether they came true or not and honestly I kind of just thought of them as wishes but I wrote them down anyway because that’s what my mom told me we should do.
As I got older I started taking them a little bit more seriously but still really didn’t do much to accomplish them but wrote them down and hoped they would come to fruition. 90% of the time, they didn’t.
Then as I started my self discovery journey. I started studying everything about affirmations, quantum physics, law of attraction, manifesting, visualization, the power of thought, proper goal setting etc… And read every book I could get my hands on. I was intrigued by the power of our minds and what we can do and accomplish and just how little of it we actually use.
I was fascinated with experimenting with anything and everything that had to do with the power of the mind.
As I started experimenting and implementing everything I was learning into my life, I started taking New Year’s Resolutions more seriously. I had a strong desire to see how I could implement what I had learned in all those books and how much of it I could actually accomplish.
So I decided to start creating Vision boards in the beginning of each year and at the end of each year I went through my resolutions on my vision board and to my surprise 70% of what I set out to accomplish , I accomplished!
I thought maybe I’m on to something here and maybe I should be doing this more often than just once a year.
So I started creating what I now call mini Dream Boards once every 3 months. They usually consist of 5-10 goals but just as importantly they also represent how I want to FEEL.
Creating Dream Boards a few times a year, rather than a vision board once a year, has positioned me to accomplish 90% and sometimes even 100% of my goals!
I like to break down my goals that I use for my Dream Board while keeping the below 4 categories in mind…
- Health and Wellness
- Love/ Relationships
- Mindset/Purposeful Living
You can then start building your dream board with something as simple as a photo app on your phone that allows you to put multiple pics in a frame, you can also use a website like Canva or an actual poster board or even a pin board that you can hang up in your office.
Find pics and quotes or write your own that represent your goals and how you want to feel.
Here are 5 Steps to take when creating your Dream Boards…
STEP 1. Visualization and Power Statement:
Visualize your big picture goals and what you want to accomplish 3 months from now. I don’t usually recommend going further than that because our lives, minds and desires change all the time. What you want now can be totally different than what you want 6 months from now.
Visualize your big picture goals, I’m talking all the way down to the sheets that you’re waking up on, the breakfast that you’re eating, the shoes you’re wearing, the car that you’re driving, the job that you have, how much money you have in your bank account, the business that you love.
Live it and visualize it!
How does accomplishing these goals make you feel? Excited, at peace, content, hopeful? Now hold on to that feeling.
Where do you feel it? Your whole body, your chest, your stomach, your head? Sit in that feeling for a few minutes.
Next, create your power statement or word to put on your dream board.
While you are sitting in that feeling, repeat silently to yourself your power statement, feel the power that word or words hold.
I want you to remember that feeling because when times get tough and you think about giving up on your goals, I want you to correlate your power statement with your vision you had and the feeling that it gave you.
It will transform your mood instantaneously, it will help pull you out of your rut and put you back on track to achieving your goals.
STEP 2. Goal Setting:
Now narrow down your big picture goals from above into specific measurable goals and write down at least 5-10 of them that you want to accomplish over the next 3 months. Make sure they are very specific i.e. “I want to lose weight.” is too general and should be something like, I want to lose 15 lbs. and drop 2 dress sizes by March 15th 2017.
Or “I want to make more money in my business.” is too general. It should be something like, I want to make an extra $2000 per month in my business over the 3 months.
Now, do the above exercise with each goal and visualize it, really feel how you would feel if you lost that 15lbs or made that $2000 extra per month.
Sit in that feeling again and think about where you are feeling it and remember to correlate your power statement that can take you back to that place when you’re thinking about eating that box of cookies or slacking on following up on that sales lead. And trust me, I’m not judging you. I’ve been there.
Now, write down your goals in your journal and collect pictures and/or quotes that represent your goals that you want to accomplish and how it makes you feel and put them on your dream board.
So your pictures, quotes and your power statement will be on your dream board.
STEP 3. Action Plan:
So you want lose 15 lbs. and 2 dress sizes now comes the HOW.
How will you do that? Action plan: I will walk at least 30 minutes a day and I will eliminate refined sugars.
I want to make $2000 more a month in my business. Your action plan will be specific to your kind of business but will look something like this, I will increase my cold calls by 20 per day/ 100 per week which will give me 5-10 new promising prospects which will allow me to close 2 new sales per week/8 new sales per month.
Write your action plan in your journal.
STEP 4. Reward:
Everyone likes to be rewarded for their hard work and so do you. So reward yourself!
Example: if I stick to walking 30min every day for a month and no refined sugar for a month I will give myself one free cheat day.
If I stick to 20 calls per day/100 per week and close 8 new sales per month I will buy myself those cute pair of shoes I’ve been looking at for the last 2 months.
Write your Reward for each goal in your journal.
STEP 5. Accountability:
You can do this several ways, you can hire a coach to help keep you accountable and motivated, please feel free to contact me.
Or you can share everything with a friend or significant other and have him/her check in with you. A good way to do this is to make Promise Cards where you write down each of your goals on a card and give it to your accountability friend.
Or you can use your journal and check in with yourself. Make sure you re-read your journal once a week so that you notice any trends that you may need to adjust.
I hope you will consider making your Dream Board this year and implement these 5 steps to your goal setting. They really have helped me turn my dreams into reality and I know that they can do the same thing for you!
Here is to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!