- blank unruled paper
- Pen or pencil
- poster board
Step One: Write it down
Again, it’s time to jump in your Delorian and travel back to day 16, day 17, day 18, day 19, day 20, and day 21 when we worked on our five year goals. As we have been doing for the duration of this challenge, the actionable checklist will be broken up into categories: relationships, career, finances, health, community, and personal. Before we make the checklist, we need to compile our work and prioritize.
On a sheet of paper (yes, paper. Writing it down helps make it real.) create six sections, a section for each category. Within each section, you will list at least two goals from the given category. If you come up with more than two per category or more in one than another, great. This is your 10 year plan.
Step Two: Brainstorm
As I was making my 10 year plan, I found that most of my goals, while stated concisely, still needed to be further defined. Stunted by word count and trying to avoid paragraphs of explanation, I decided to unload all of my thoughts and ideas regarding my goal on paper. Don’t worry about format. It will look messy and likely not make sense to anyone else. That’s okay. I tend to try to edit things as I go and that is NOT something you want to do when you are brainstorming. Everything that flows out your pen is valuable information.
To avoid my inner editor, I use the free write method. Set a timer for five minutes. During the five minutes write down every single thought, idea, and image that comes to mind regarding your goal. Think of the reason you want to achieve this goal. How you will achieve this goal. What your life or you look like once the goal is achieved. What needs to be done to achieve this goal.
Step Three: Analyze notes
Once you are done brainstorming, review your notes. Are there patterns? Can you identify action items? With a highlighter, review your notes and highlight action items. For example, when I was brainstorming for my goal to earn $X from writing projects, I highlighted the following notes: research publishers, brainstorm article ideas and headlines, create an outline, etc. These are all smaller steps that need to be made in order for me to achieve my goal.
After you’ve highlighted the action items, go through your notes again to identify why you want to achieve this goal and circle any thought that pertains to why you want to achieve this goal. Please, please, please don’t skip this step. Becoming clear on why you want to achieve a particular goal is imperative to your success.
Step Four: Create a vision board
In order to stay on track, you need to review your goals on a daily basis. The easiest way to do this is to create a visual and put it somewhere you will see it every day. I have two locations where I put visuals – my closet and my office. Find a place that makes sense to you. I am in both spaces multiple times a day.
Thumb through some old magazines for images and words that represent your goals. It doesn’t have to be literal. As long as you know what the images and words represent, you’re set. Apply the images to your poster board and you’ve got a vision board on your hands.
Try to take time with your vision board each day. It will help you keep the goals at the forefront of your mind.
We’re in the home stretch! Just a few more days left in the challenge.
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