It’s one thing to write down you goals and set up an action plan to achieve them, but are your goals always on the forefront of your mind? Do you wake up and the first thing you think about are your goals? What time during the day do you think about your goals? Many people write them down and think about them every once and awhile, but are not consistent with thinking about them and working toward them. One way to get closer to achieving your dreams is by visualizing your goals. Write your goals down somewhere and look at them several times throughout the day, especially first thing in the morning. Remind yourself why you are getting up so early. 4AM and 5AM are when legends are born.
One option to visualize your goals is using post-it notes. David Goggins used to put post-it notes on his mirror about being fat, stupid and slow to help motivate him and prove everyone, most importantly himself, wrong. Consider writing down your goals and putting them by your bedside, your mirror or other parts of your home life the refrigerator or door.
Trying to live a healthier lifestyle? Put a note on your coffee maker to drink a full glass of water first. Put a note on your car that says go for a walk. These are the little things that can help you form better habits and achieve your goals.
Use a planner or journal
If you have a lot going on in your life, you most likely already have a planner to focus on good time management. In your planner or a journal, you should write down your top 3 goals for the day, the make your bed. Why make your bed? Once you make your bed, you’ve already accomplished something and you’ve only been awake for a few minutes. That sense of accomplishment will help carry over toward your goals and you’ll be ready to attack the 3 goals you wrote down.
Prioritize what goals need to get accomplished and at the end of the day reflect on these accomplishments and what you need to get done the next day. It’s ok to have a to-do list with 20 items on there, but to some people 20 is overwhelming. Focus on your top 3 each day and once you knock out your top 3, then you can look back at the list you created and start accomplishing some others. You need to be able to focus your efforts on one task at a time, to continue consistent habits and success.
Create a vision board
This is one that I have been wanting to do for awhile, but it was always at the bottom of my to-do list. I started working on it yesterday, and I’m getting some materials this week to start making it. I’ve had a cork board in hiding and when I was cleaning up yesterday, I realized I should have been using it. It will definitely help for those days when you don’t want to move or your don’t feel motivated. You won’t always feel motivated, that’s why you need to have discipline to keep you on track.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is something that you can place pictures on that correlate to your goals. For example, one day it is a dream for my wife and I to own a beautiful house. I’ve never lived in a house, so it would be very exciting for me. So, if I go online I can find a beautiful home, print it off and post it to my board or I can look through magazines. There’s no one way to get the materials for the board. Look through anything and everything to make it personal to you.
If you are looking at becoming physically fit or using the program Bigger, Leaner, Stronger, then Michael Matthews recommends you find a picture of the type of body you want to have and keep it out so you can envision it every day. This will help you make the right decisions toward your nutrition and working out.
Once you fill up your vision board, put it where you will see it all the time. Put it in your desk, by your bedside, in the kitchen or wherever you will walk past it. Look at it when you first wake up and before you go to bed. Let it inspire you.
Purpose is one of my 5 keys to success and using one of these 3 methods will help remind you of your purpose. These aren’t the only 3 methods, but these are 3 very effective methods. Motivation will not always be there. You will wake up some days, not wanting to get out of bed or wanting to just sleep the day away. You’ll end up not making any progress in your life and as humans, we need to have some sort of progress or we give up. Find a way to visualize your goals and help remind you of your purpose. Use post-it notes, use a journal or a planner or create a vision board. Whatever method you choose, you have to look at your goals often and focus.
How do you visualize your goals? How often do you think about your goals? Comment below!
Next week, I will be showing my vision board. I hope to see yours to.
What’s your excuse?