When I was in high school, I decorated my locker with images of professional athletes like Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm. My childhood dream was to play college soccer at a Division I school. Any image, word, or recruiting letter that inspired me to go forward with this desire was taped inside my locker. I began to create my first vision board. Seeing my goals on paper, in color and multiple times each day kept me inspired and dedicated.
Over the years, I’ve continued making goal boards. I’ve become much more strategic with what goes on them. For example, I focus much more on how I want to feel versus items I want. At the end of 2013 when I was setting goals for the following year, I focused on two words: never settle. I found an image with that statement and placed it smack dab in the middle of my board. Never Settle became my daily mantra. I was shedding the old me who settled for mediocre relationships in my professional and personal life. I made a choice that year: anything that wasn’t moving me closer to my truth had to go. Adios. Arrivederci. Ciao. New standards emerged and I truly believe seeing the words “never settle” each day gave me strength to cut ties with people I should’ve cut ties with years prior. In short, 2014 was a detox year for me. I can stand taller, walk lighter and speak with more integrity today because I honored myself more than I had in the past.
If you’re new to goal setting or making a goal board, keep it simple and clear. Choose images and statements that help you remember the WHY. There will be days you question the direction and the sacrifices you make in order to chase your goals. I certainly do. Choose images and colors that make you happy. Place your goal board where you can see it. Perhaps your desk or mirror or alongside your nightstand. You can make it small or big. What’s most important is that this board represents what YOU want in your future.
My goals for 2016 are to be brave and vulnerable with my journey in health and wellness. I've not shared my goal boards before but decided to post mine this year (via Instagram @radiate_wkate). This year, I focused on images that emphasized my love for health and happiness, desire to travel more, master Tai Chi and restorative yoga.
There's no wrong way to go about creating a vision board. Make it fun and inspiring! I hope you take time to sit down, reflect. It’s never too late to create the life you dream of.
Lots of love,
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