I can’t believe 2017 is almost over. It still feels like the middle of the year to me. I usually upload my vision board a little late every year because it takes time to put my plans together and I’m also lazy.
For 2018, I’m doing something different by getting it on track before the end of this year and sharing my ideas with you as well so we can get cracking on our 2018 goals together.
I’ve been using vision boards since 2011 to manifest my plans for my life and they have worked extremely well. They’re not fanciful, wishful nonsense and don’t let anyone tell you any different. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals and objectives and/or making resolutions.
9 Steps to Achieving Your Goals in 2018
1. Declutter Your Life
It’s a practice I engage in at the end of every year. Clutter has a direct impact on your psychological well being and there really isn’t any upside to it. Moving into 2018 with clutter is going to affect your goal setting on some level. Read My 6 Top Tips for Decluttering Your Home & Life Fast.
2. Take Stock of 2017
Did you have a vision board in 2017? Did you have any specific goals and objectives in mind? Did you start the year with a specific mission in mind? Where are you at with it right now? What did you achieve and what fell by the wayside? If you didn’t make any plans or have any specific goals in 2017, move past this step and decide 2018 is the year you’re going to charge forward with your plans for yourself.
3. What Are Your Goals for 2018? What Do You Want for Yourself in 2018?
I love this part. This is where you whip out your flip chart or notebook or a planner like this one HERE, and start plotting your goals and objectives for 2018. What do you want for yourself and for your life? What do you want to manifest in your life in 2018? A car? A house? More charity work? An emu? Write it all down at this stage. Let your mind roam free and let the dreamer in you loose. When you’re done, take a break for a few hours then come back to the list.
4. Time to Be Smart About Your Goals
Take the list you created in step 3 and begin a process of elimination via the SMART method. Your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have a time frame. For instance, you have a goal to buy a house in 2018.
If you haven’t been saving for it previously or working towards it previously, it’s a bit unrealistic that you’ll be able to achieve this within a year. If you’re thinking, “Then why’d you tell me to let my mind roam free in step 3?,” it’s because from those over the top goals, something may splice together and a new idea jump out at you in the process.
If you have something that needs more than a year of planning and implementation to manifest, then you can assign that to a long term vision board. Check out one of mine HERE.
5. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
Don’t set too many goals. If they’re too many, you may likely give up along the way or be too overwhelmed with all the components involved in making it all come together before the end of the year. You should have fun with your goals. It shouldn’t feel like a chore. Challenge yourself outside your comfort zone? Yes. Overwhelm yourself? No.
I average about 10 – 12 goals on my list. Sounds like a lot but it’s the right number for me. You may want to start with less.
Related Content: Using a Vision Board to Reach Your Short & Long Term Goals
6. Create Your Vision Board
I do go on about vision boards a lot, don’t I? It’s because they work. Get a white board and the relevant images and put together your vision board then mount it in a visible location. Read How To Create Your Vision Board in 5 Easy Steps.
7. Keep Track of Your Vision Board Goals
So the vision board is mounted and it looks all shiny and inspirational and motivational. What next? Keep track of your goals. I can’t carry my flip chart everywhere with me so I have a little purple planner similar to this planner.
My Purple Planner
At the beginning of every week, I write down what I need to achieve for the week to move closer to something on my vision board. For instance, in 2017, one of my goals was eating right and getting bodied so I started implementing meal planning ideas in my life every week.
I also set a work out schedule every day via my Beachbody programs, which I track on workout calendars. If I’m slipping, I’m reminded when I look at the vision board. I need to be accountable to myself and I can’t let myself down.
If you need support, create a vision board in conjunction with your partner or friend, or come back to this post to leave a comment. I’m here to support you.
Related Content: 5 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Your Vision Board
8. Do Quarterly Check Ins
Don’t wait until the end of the year to review all the achievements. Do check ins with yourself every quarter so you can identify where you’re lagging and need to update the plan or approach things in a different way.
I’ve changed a vision board mid year before because it just wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to. I went back to the flip chart, updated the vision board and subsequently finished the year with a bang.
9. Have Fun With It
Your vision board shouldn’t feel like work and it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Have fun with it and don’t get too wound up about it. If you’ve set SMART goals and have a plan in place for how you’re going to achieve those goals, and keep track of yourself on the journey, it’ll be like a walk in the park. Kinda. 🙂
All set? It’s time to take a wonderful leap into 2018. I will be reviewing my 2017 vision board in the next post. My 2018 vision board is already in the works and will be uploaded by mid Jan 2018 once I’m back from my vacation. I’m super excited about what I have planned for myself in 2018.
Share your vision board pic in the comments section or any tips, tricks and ideas you have for creating an awesome vision board. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year in advance!