A new year, brings new goals. In order to stick with those goals for the ENTIRE year, not just a few months, it’s important to write down your goals and to constantly track your progress. Have any fitness goals? Want to fit back into your skinny jeans by summer? Or maybe you want to increase your energy and get back into a healthy routine? All of these goals ARE possible! But not without hard work, a solid plan, and consistency. Oh, and a little secret called visualization…
Why visualization is key to accomplishing your goals
I’ve always made new year’s resolutions, but this year I wanted to try something different. I decided to write down all my personal and career goals for 2016, and then make a vision board filled with phrases and pictures that represent these goals. I firmly believe that visualization is key to not only believing in your goals, but actually achieving your goals. According to one of my favorite books The Secret, "The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe."
I know this may be hard to believe, but it is true. Athletes often use visualization to improve their skills by envisioning themselves accomplishing a certain goal, such as crossing the finish line in a race or scoring a homerun. The same can work for you! You can think of it as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Vision boards are a great way to start using visualization to accomplish your goals. After all, the word “vision” is in the title. You can make them as complex or simple as you want. I personally like my vision boards to focus on yearly goals. However, some people like to make vision boards that outline their life goals; it's a personal preference and is up to you!
How to make a vision board
1. Identify and list out your goals- Decide if you want your vision board to focus on yearly goals or life goals. Then list out your goals and desires and categorize them. For example, you can simply list out your personal goals and career goals, or if you want your vision board to be more specific, you can add more categories such as fitness goals, financial goals, adventurous or fun goals, and contribution goals. For my vision board I choose to only focus on personal goals and career goals; however, I did write down more specific goals in the categories listed above to look at throughout the year.
2. Get crafty- Now this is where the fun really begins! Gather your materials for your vision board, which can include poster board, markers, glue, tape, puff paint, photo albums, and old magazines. You can use anything as a base for your board, even a regular sheet of paper will work. A cork-board is another great option, just make sure you have enough space to display all your goals.
Once you have your materials, look through your photo albums, magazines, and even the internet to find pictures, words, and quotes that depict your goals and touch you on an emotional level. You want your vision board to be filled with images and sayings that inspire positive feelings, get you excited, and make you smile. You’re painting the ideal picture of your life and yourself, so only choose photos that represent what that looks and feels like.
“Hold on...what if I’m not crafty?” If you’re thinking: “I don’t have time,” “I don’t have a board or pictures,” or “Crafty projects really aren’t my thing,” a digital vision board may be the right option for you! You can create a digital vision board easily via the internet or on your mobile device within a few minutes! Some of my favorite digital vision board apps include Dreamboard and Pinterest. On Pinterest you can create a Secret board, which means no one will be able to see your vision board except you. For steps on how to make a Secret board, click here.
3. Hang your vision board in a place you will see it frequently- This step is extremely important! A vision board will only help you achieve your goals if you look at it everyday! Afterall, consistency is the driver of success! I placed mine directly in front of my bed so that I see it every morning when I wake up, and every night when I go to sleep. Not only does seeing my vision board on a daily basis keep me focused, but it instantly improves my mood and motivation level. I’ve only had my vision board up for a few days, and I’ve already noticed a huge shift in my focus.
4. Keep adjusting your goals and your board- As time progresses, you may notice that some of your goals have changed. This is okay! As this happens, you can add new photos and words to your board that depict your adjusted goals and desires. Just as your life is a work in process, your goals are as well, and can change at any point in time.
5. Take action- This is the last and most important step! It’s one thing to visualize your goals and look at them every day, but it is another to take action towards accomplishing them. Visualization should be used as a tool to motivate you towards accomplishing your goals. However, it is up to you at the end of the day to start taking action towards making your goals and desires a reality. This takes hard work, but the right mindset and a strong focus can get you where you want to be! It can be scary to step out of your comfort zone and try something you have never done before, but this is when you trust that the universe has your back, and that what you put out is what you shall receive. This methodology goes back to the law of attraction. “Your thoughts create your reality. You attract what you think about and that which you affirm in your life.”
Start 2016 with a strong focus, the right mindset, and use the power of visualization to start taking action towards accomplishing your goals!
Not sure where to start? Setting goals and sticking to them can be hard, especially when it comes to fitness goals. If you have any questions, or think I can help in anyway, send me a message today!