Tools for Getting Clearer on Your Goals

I spent some time with my vision board this past weekend, with the intention of getting clearer on my goals for 2015.

I last wrote about my vision board a couple of years ago.  Here is a little of what I shared about a vision board then:

A vision board is a collection of visual images pasted or pinned to a board that represents things that you want to bring into your life.  

A vision board uses the law of attraction to help you reach your goals.  Wikipedia defines the law of attraction as “the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results.”  A vision board allows you to attract the positive (what you want) into your life by giving you a continuous reminder of that positive.  What you imagine, you become.  What you focus on becomes your reality.

What was cleared off…

Though my process started with my vision board it expanded to include other tools, an appraisal form and mind mapping, and in the end resulted in some solid goals and action steps.  As I imagine a number of you might be considering your 2015 goals in the next month, I thought you might appreciate seeing an example of a goal assessment / setting process from beginning to end.

Step 1:  I continue to experiment with essentialism, so instead of just reviewing and updating my board as I have in prior years, I started the process by completely clearing it.  In years past, I might not have been as willing to clear the board and in essence start over, but reading Essentialism helped to shift my perspective around letting go.  That book suggests,  instead of asking, “What do I have to give up?”, ask “What do I want to go big on?”  This perspective shift is a game changer for me.  It’s an amazing and freeing process to purposefully let go of lesser goals and to “go big” in the most important area!


A blank slate…

Step 2: After clearing my board, I took some time to complete a life assessment, looking at various areas of my life such as self-care, relationships, financial well-being, etc.  The second tool I used, the  S.O.S. Life & ADHD Appraisal Form helped me get clarity around where I wanted to focus my efforts.  This process helped me decide that it’s time to “go big” on relationships!

Vision Board with Focus on Relationships

Step 3: My next step was to give some thought to what it meant to “go big” on relationships.  I used another of my favorite tools, mind mapping, to capture my thoughts.  Those thoughts gave rise to what I ended up with, pictured at the right.  I’m still in the process of collecting some family photos and some other visual reminders, but I feel I have a good start on where I’m heading.

Do you know where you’re heading?  If so, I’d love to hear what tools you use to help you check-in on or clarify your goals?  If you’re not quite sure where you’re heading, but would like to get a better idea give me a call.  I’d love to support you in creating a plan and achieving your goals!


5 Responses to “Tools for Getting Clearer on Your Goals”

  1. Janet Barclay December 1, 2014 1:16 pm #

    I really like your idea of using a cork board instead of a piece of Bristol board. I’ve only made one vision board, a couple of years ago, and it’s sitting beside my filing cabinet looking all sad and tired, but I haven’t thrown it out. You’ve helped me realize that once the year is over, it has served its purpose and I can let it go. And a corkboard is reusable and more attractive, so it’s more practical too! Hmm, now you’ve got me thinking…

    • Andrea Sharb December 1, 2014 1:33 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Janet. Investing in a pretty cork board ($25 at TJ Maxx) a number of years ago has made all the difference when it comes to using the vision board as a tool. I look forward to hearing what happens when you let go of the board that served its purpose and create the space for something new.

      • Janet Barclay December 18, 2014 12:49 pm

        Oops, I forgot to click “notify me of follow-up comments” so I didn’t see this till now. I still haven’t chosen a goal-setting method for next year. I’ve seen so many great ideas that I’m having trouble deciding which process will be most enjoyable and keep me on track (could be two separate things, I realize…)

  2. Nancy Borg December 10, 2014 1:02 pm #

    We all have different ways to capture our goals. Funny that I am a creative person in life, I now realize that I have been pretty academic (and boring) with my business goals. Reviewing a list of written words could be much more effective with your approach! I love the idea of hanging a cork board and posting visuals (personal photos, images, and words) to inspire me. Even more so, it makes sense to make “what I want to go big on” literally BIGGER on my vision board. Thank you Andrea for your great ideas!

    • Andrea Sharb December 10, 2014 2:10 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Nancy! Nice to hear you connected with my ideas and I LOVE your idea of actually going bigger with the font, pictures, etc. Vision board in place, I’m working today on creating focus around where I’m specifically taking my business in 2015. I’m trying a new creative approach involving a white board, lots of color coded post-its and the results of various character strengths, cognitive preference, values and talent surveys. Can’t believe how much fun something I’ve been putting off has turned out to be! I sense a blog post coming…

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