I absolutely love this time of year. I love getting the opportunity to sit and reflect. Maybe its the dreamer, or the business woman in me, but planning out the new year is one of my favorite things to do! So much so, Berni and I, take a week off every January to plan for the upcoming year. We look at what we accomplished last year, what we want to accomplish this year, and what could we have done better. Our favorite question to ask is “What will I do this year to to become the best version of myself?”
Whether you’re able to take an entire week off, a day or even just a few hours, writing down your goals is the most important thing you can do. We encourage you to schedule out sometime, to sit down and plan out your goals and dreams, and how you are going to achieve them. Make this your year! If you don’t take the time, you’ll find yourself asking yourself what happened to the year when you look back on it.
I want to help you set your goals, and help you achieve them by using a vision board. My vision boards are something I hold very dear to my heart, and fun to look back on over the years as you have grown. I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful tools used in achieving your goals. Visualization is nearly as powerful as performing the action. When you visualize yourself living in your dream home, your brain trains your body for that reality. Our brains are so incredibly powerful.
What exactly is a vision board?
A vision board is a collage of visual images or words that represent the life you want to live. They are imagines serving as your future, an idea where you are going, your goals and dreams. They are something inspirational you look at everyday. We broke it down to 9 different areas we wanted to improve in our life in order to become the best version of ourselves.
First thing first, have a clear direction and be passionate about your goals. Be honest with yourself on what you value most in your life in these different areas.
Second, we have looked at the different areas in our life. We say there’s 4 main areas of your life: personal, career, financial and spiritual. From those main 4 areas, with then broke it down into 9 subcategories.
How to make your vision board:
As you're looking at these areas in your life, start to write down what comes into mind. From there write down JUST 1 GOAL in each of these areas. What is something you really are passionate about accomplishing? We feel as if we try to set to many goals, and we become overwhelmed, and in the end, we accomplish nothing. Make sure you are very clear in each goal, if you want to drink more water, how much water? The more in depth your goals are the more realistic they become.
Think about this; if your accomplish that 1 goal that is most important to you in each of these areas. And you were intentional, mindful and purposeful with each goal and you actually accomplished them, think about how your life would be different. You would’ve had a great year!
Poster board, magazines and glue! (We’ve done this way for years, but this year we went digital!)
Canva - digital, and whats nice about digital is you can print off multiple copies for your home!
How to do it digitally:
Super Easy and the best news is its FREE! www.canva.com Make an account, and then click create a design in the upper left hand corner. Up will pop what kind of design would you like to make. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and click “custom design” type in 3300 x 2550 and it’ll make it the size of a landscape paper. In the black tool bar on the left, go down to downloads. I got my images off google and just saved them to my computer. You can add texts and create whatever look you want too! One tip we recommend is to keep it clean and neat! From there hit the download button in the top right and save it! Print off copies and keep one on your phone too!
The Action List
Alright, now you have created a beautiful vision board! Now what? Lets talk about breaking it down to make these goals achievable with “The Action List”. The hard part is make your dreams become reality. This is where the action comes into play at:
1. Who: Holds you accountable
2. What: Is making your goals happen
3. Where: Direction your headed, daily, weekly, monthly
After you have your goals set, we have to break them down into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, my financial goal is to save $10,000. If I want to save that in a year, I need to figure out how much I need to save weekly and monthly. So I took $10,000 dived by 12, and that got me $833 monthly, and then took $833 and divided that by 4, and that ended up $233 weekly. So i know every week, I need to save $233. Another example is, reading 18 books. That number seems like a lot of books, but thats 1.5 books a month. And I can achieve that by just reading 10 pages a day! Pretty incredible at how big and scary a goal looks, but when broken down how achieve it can be!
Jacque’s 2019 Vision Board
Save $10,000 - $833 monthly $208 weekly
Eat more fruits and vegetables + work out 5 times a week
10 minutes of quiet time every morning
Starting a podcast
Attend a balayge class
Read 18 books - 1.5 monthly
Travel to greece for our honeymoon
Raise $50,000 at the Purse Auction + 10 people to donate $1,000
Be intentional with scheduling time with family and friends
Berni’s 2019 Vision Board
Save $1,000 monthly ($12,000 for the year)
Drink more water, drink 70z of water daily
15 minutes of quiet time + journaling every morning
Teach 10 business Classes
Attend a Extension Class
Listen to 1 TED Talk weekly
Go to NYC!
Raise $50,000 for NLB
Take dance lessons with my hubsand
How would your life be different if next year on December 31, 2019, you looked back at your year and you accomplished your goals you set? Think about that! We would LOVE to see your vision boards! Share with us on social media and tag us in them, or drop a comment with your boards! Make sure to share this post with your friends and loved ones if your found this post helpful. We can’t wait to see how this year goes!