So,Why a Vision?
Woohoo! It’s ‘Go get them goals’ week here at Mums Tax Break. Did you get a chance to read last weeks blog where we talked about vision boards? A lot of you were probably thinking what has vision boards got to do with new year goal setting… There is reasoning I promise!
I’ve been running Ivy Wood Bookkeeping & Accountancy for almost 5 years now. I set up the business when I was 25 in a really short space of 8 weeks and at the time my only goal was to earn the same amount of money that I did in my day job, I didn’t really think about where I wanted the business to go, I just took each day has it come. I run the business that way for the next 3 years and it was only when my baby girl was fast becoming a toddler interrupting my working hours (at the kitchen table) that I realised I had to make some changes and plan ahead for the future.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been attending Bev’s vision board workshops for the last couple of years now so I’ve always known what I’ve wanted for my future, what kind of house I wanted to live in, my ideal car, a wedding, fancy holidays and of course my baby girl. Everything was all there on my vision board that I just stuck on my bedroom unit gathering dust and I almost expected everything to just be delivered to me one day without actually doing anything. HUGE mistake!
The reason I asked you to create your perfect vision boards is because it is important to have clarity and purpose in life. Once you know what it is you want to achieve you can almost work backwards in your goals setting.
The best way to do this is to break down your visions into specific areas such as personal, family, career, business, home life, social, etc and look into each area individually more in depth, you’ll soon be able to identify what the smaller actions you will need to take are and start setting some goals.
So, How do you ‘go get them goals’?
Goals need to be SMART. There are a lot of variations for the term ‘SMART goals’ – The main one being specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
Personally, they just remind of studying business studies at A level and are almost off putting so for the purpose of this blog I’m going to use the following, I think they are the most mum appealing.
S – Significant, The goals must be significant to your overall vision, you need to feel an almost passion for them and make sure that they are well defined so you know exactly what you are aiming for.
M – Motivational, If your goals do not motivate you, how likely are you able to stick to them? Motivation will give you give you an inner self confidence and keep you focused and determined to stay committed. You need to able to wake up in the morning and want to go get them.
A – Achievable, I do believe in dream big or fake it until you make it as some would say, but when setting your 2017 goals make them achievable. Chances are if they are over the top you will lose focus and give up sooner rather than later. If you do find you are able to achieve your goals quicker than initially planned you can always raise the bar and set them higher throughout the year.
R – Rewarding, Once you complete the goal you need be able to take something away from that that will make you feel amazing! It could be big or small, an emotion or something physical.
T – Trackable, You need to set your self a deadline as to when you want to complete the goal by, whether its monthly, quarterly or yearly. Throughout that deadline set up check points to keep on track of your goals and measure the progress you’ve achieved so far and what you still need to do.
So, to round up the last few weeks…
– What are your dreams? Create a vision board of what you would like in life and identify any long term goals.
– Break those long term goals into smaller (less scary and more achievable) goals and put together a plan of action.
– Work, Work, Work! Once you have a plan of action in place, Start working on achieving your goals, You’ll soon get there. Now ‘Go get them Goals’
Next week will be a little more business focused as you can apply visions and goal setting to all areas of your life. I’ll be talking numbers, in particular – financial targets, which I know is scary but I promise I’ll make it really easy for you.
Oh and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter, at the end of January all subscribers will receive a ‘Go get them goals’ workbook! It’s one not to be missed!