I posted a few days ago about making new year’s resolutions, and the fact that I never make detailed ones because then, if I don’t succeed, I feel it as though it is a failure.
It is difficult to look at something as a success if you had an expectation of 100% and you only succeeded to 50%. Instead, if you look at it as something that you hope to get closer to attaining and you hit 50% you’ve done what you set out to do.
Yet I do have goals in mind, always, in both work life and in my personal life. I know what they are, though they are not written down. I refer to them a lot during the course of a day, a week, and a month. I reflect on them as well, to see where I am in getting to where I want to be. Am I on the right track? Am I doing what I need to do to get there? Where am I faltering and why am I faltering and how can I overcome that?
I recently read a post about vision boards on blogher, and I wanted to share that information with you. A vision board is basically a visual cue of things that you hope to do or of who you hope to become. Perhaps you want to run a marathon; your vision board may have a picture of someone racing, or the number 26.2 on it, or something that signifies racing and finishing the run.
Maybe you want to increase business by a certain percent. Perhaps you cut out that number and post it to your vision board. Maybe you make a small list of what you need to do to attract those new clients.
You might also put something up that shows something you have succeeded in doing in the past that represents what you need to do to succeed in that area in the future: For instance, your company’s first dollar bill, or your business license, or a medal that you won at some point in your life.
You may also use words on the vision board that signify what you want to do or who you hope to become over the year, words like Strong and Understanding and Passionate and Giving.
This made me wonder what other people do for inspiration in obtaining goals? Do you write them out and check them off as you go through? Do you check them regularly to see if you are on the right track?
Do you meditate or sit in silence a few minutes a day and reflect on your goals and what you did over the course of the day to obtain them?
Are you a journal writer, or do you take photographs and express yourself and your goals through these?
I’d love to hear some fresh ideas for staying inspired. The vision board is something that I have considered doing for quite a long time and have not gotten around to. Thanks to this post I will now sit down one day and begin creating the board. Yet I am also looking for other ways in which to stay inspired to work on my goals, so if you have ideas to share, please do!
Have a wonderful working week, Moms (and Dads!)