Turning vision boards into action plans

The new year is here.  If you are anything like me, you tend to THINK BIG when it comes to the start of a new calendar.  The new year is a great time to think about goals, resolutions, plans of what we want to achieve in 2017.  In our last newsletter we shared with you some tips on creating visions boards for this year calendar year.  We encouraged both you and ourselves alike to create such boards.  To take the time to put into words and/or pictures our aspirations.

Today I’m excited to share with you a few tips on how to make these goals a reality!  Let’s turn those vision boards into action plans.  Because, although dreaming big and setting goals feels pretty good – achieving these goals feels freaking fantastic!!!

Ready to make 2017 one of the best years yet?  Here are some helpful hints to start making these goals a reality!

Tip One:  Write it down.  Did you know that people who write down their goals have an over 80% higher success rate of achieving them?  You’ve already got a jump start on this tip if you have created a vision board.  You have put onto paper this goal!  (If you haven’t yet created a vision board…that’s okay!  There is still time!!  Grab a foam board or even a scratch piece of paper.  Find images in magazines that resonate with you and your goals and cut out/paste onto your board.  No magazine?  That’s okay – use markers, crayons, pens, etc., and create a display of words, goals, pictures.)

Tip Two:  Create action steps.  Select a goal or two you would like to achieve and focus on.  Using our downloadable goal tracking sheet HERE, list the tasks and actions steps it will take to achieve this goal.

Tip Three:  Give yourself a deadline.  Using a deadline will help to hold yourself accountable and to stay on task!  It is important, however, to make sure that this deadline is realistic and attainable.  When a deadline does not feel attainable, we typically become less motivated to try to achieve it and write the entire task off completely.

Tip Four:  Adapt.  Remember it is okay to change deadline dates – or even the goal altogether!  Life can and will happen, and sometimes we need to postpone some goals while we focus on others, or to change the speed it will take to achieve a goal.

Tip Five:  Keep your vision boards visible!   Chances are, most goals you set on your vision board will take some work to reach.  Keep your motivational images handy so you can remind yourself why you are working towards your goal in the first place!

Tip Six:  Last but not least – find accountability partners!  Those who will join us, motivate us, cheers us on.  Not sure who to ask?  Join our FB community of Herons!

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