How to Use Visuals to Achieve Your Goals

From Personal Development Blog

Having visual reminders of your goals, dreams, and aspirations helps keep you focused on what’s important to you.

Throughout life’s daily crises, stresses, and distractions, visual reminders can help you remember the big picture. They can help you overcome challenges and move forward each day toward achieving the life you truly desire.

Knowing that you’re always moving forward brings a confident, peaceful feeling. You’re sure that, no matter what life brings your way, you will achieve the success you crave. This feeling is an awesome motivator to keep you going even when the chips are down, and visuals can help you get it.

Try these ways to use visuals as a means of achieving the goals in your life

1. Post-it note reminders. This simple method puts your goals and motivators at the forefront. Buy colorful sticky notes and fun colored pens and commit your goals to paper. Stick these notes in the places where they matter most so you can see them and think about them often. 

•Place notes on your bathroom mirror, your headboard, the refrigerator door, on your favorite coffee mug or right on the bottom of your computer monitor. Any place that you’re likely to glance throughout the day is a good destination for a motivating, goal-setting note. 

•Make your notes specific, “I want to eat right this week to lose 2 lbs by the 1st,” or broad but motivating, “Today will be a productive and motivating day. You can do it!” These sticky notes will encourage productivity throughout the day with simple, basic visuals.

2. Note cards. Buy a stack of white note cards and commit a goal or aspiration to each one. Decorate them, write notes on them, and otherwise customize them to suit your needs. Keep them in your pocket, purse or brief case and refer to them daily as a means of motivating yourself to achieve your goals and dreams.

•When you refer to the same note cards on a daily basis, a habit forms. It is said that 21 days of repeating a task will ingrain it in you. Check your note cards daily until it becomes a habit, and it will become a vital tool in helping you achieve your goals. 

3. Visual mind maps. This tool will help you organize your goals in a highly visual way. Create a mind map on a large sheet of poster board. Designate an area for each long-term goal, and add an image and a small amount of text. Create a cloud of medium and long-term goals around each long-term goal, with lines connecting them to the long-term focus.

•Use images, colors, words, and other meaningful visuals to decorate your poster. Draw your own graphics, clip pictures from magazines, or download images from the internet to create a colorful – and visually appealing – goal-oriented mind map. 

•Put time and effort into the creation of your visual mind map, and then put it in a place where you’ll see it daily. This visual will help you keep your short, medium, and long term goals in mind and will consistently remind you of what you want to be focusing on.

Visual reminders of your goals are extremely beneficial in helping you achieve your dreams and aspirations. These reminders are easy to see on a daily basis, helping you recall your most important goals early on and throughout the day. If there are specific goals you want to focus on, visual reminders are a great way to help you achieve them.

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Updated GoalsOnTrack user manual

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The Role of Routines in Goal-Setting

By  Helen Hoefele

Quite often, the common advice about goal-setting revolves around writing specific, measureable, actionable, realistic, time-based (SMART) goals.

Yet, I’ve found that just because you pick a goal and write it down on paper along with some appropriate milestones below it, that doesn’t guarantee that those goals, similar to those New Year’s resolutions, won’t soon quickly be forgotten, too.

And, sure, goals are more likely to be pursued if this becomes more than just a logical intellectual exercise, but instead takes on a more meaningful, emotional connection, with motivation and commitment involved.

And, if you can get there, you’ll find that sticking with a plan is much easier if you have a compelling purpose behind it than if it feels like just another chore being added to the list of things-to-do-before-I-can-have-fun-or-relax-for-the-day.

Though, still enjoy the process of setting your goals by following all that typical goal-setting advice and fanfare.  But then, once those goals are set, try to create routines that you can follow without over-thinking or leaving room for backing out.

Here’s what I do:  Take this month for example, my goals, without going into all the specifics, are writing daily and exercising regularly.  So, I created routines for those.  Each day after work, I go directly to the gym, without thinking about it.  Then, I go home and eat dinner.  After dinner, I write one blog post, no matter how long or short, before going to bed.  In the morning, after packing my gym bag, I give a few minutes thought to what I could write about in the evening if nothing comes up during the day.  And, those are my routines that keep me on track.

Those habits then become something that I’ve planned for, reminded myself about, and that I’m so much less likely to find excuses for.

So, goal setting and commitment play a role, but so do routines and setting yourself up to succeed.

Do you have routines that help keep you on track?

Site updates and feature improvements

We launched another maintenance release over the weekend. There are a few updates and improvements that you may want to check out:

  • Changed vision board slideshow transitional effects to be randomized between slides
  • Fixed a bug in updating parent goal category affecting subgoals
  • Fixed date links for start of new week on Habits page
  • Made links clickable in task notes, goal descriptions and journal entries
  • Updated GoalsOnTrack home page with tour video and short intro

We keep getting great feedback from you and I’d like to say thank you, and want you to know that we’re actively working on these features you have suggested. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know how we can improve the software to make it more helpful in reaching your goals.

3 Keys to Reaching Your Financial Goals in 2011

By Mike Brooks

I don’t know you, but for me this week between Christmas and New Years Eve is the week that I solidify my goals for the New Year. As always, I balance my goals and so set them in all areas to maximize my growth as a person and as a professional. I have goals for health that include diet and exercise; goals for my career that include income and professional growth; goals for creative expression that include writing and photography; goals for relaxation that include travel and leisure, etc.

When it comes to setting and reaching these goals, I have found that there is a simple yet crucial 3 step process that virtually assures that I reach any goal. I’m going to lay it out here as it applies to a financial goal, but realize that this method applies to the success of reaching ANY goal.

Here’s what you do:

Key #1: The first step is to be absolutely precise on the desired goal.

You need to know the exact amount you want to acheive. In determining that number, I always look at each month, factor in vacations, holidays, projects, etc., and then I add up each month and come up with an EXACT figure.

Once I have that, I break it down again per month and write each month’s specific dollar goal everywhere so I’m looking at it each day of that month. I post it on my desk, in my car, in the bathroom; I know exactly what it is each and every day.

I also adjust it per my production for that day so it is a fluid and ever changing number. Sometimes it gets bigger as the week goes on, and sometimes it gets smaller (depending on my production each day). But the point is that it is specific and exact and I’m always aware of what my daily, monthly and yearly, specific dollar amount goal is for each and every day.

Key #2: The next specific thing to be aware of is where each dollar of your yearly financial goal is going to go.

Ask yourself: “What am I going to do with all the money I’m going to earn this year?” How much are you going to save by the end of the year? How much debt are you going to pay off? Are you going to buy a new car? Pay for your kid’s education? How much do you have budgeted for vacation? How about taxes? How about retirement?

These are just some of the questions you need to get in the habit of asking yourself at the start of the year, and you need to be completely clear on exactly where each dollar is going and where you’re going to be financially by the end of the year. Having this kind of clarity and purpose help keep you focused and disciplined, and it has a magical effect on how the Universe helps you accomplish your specific financial goal.

Now I know things come up, but when you have every dollar accounted for, you’ll be amazed at how you can earn extra money to handle the unexpected.That’s just how it works. But I have found that when I’m crystal clear on how much I’m going to earn and what I’m going to accomplish as a result of it, my focus is razor sharp and I remained motivated each and every day.

In addition, when you know why you’re working so hard and what for, you’re ready to put key number three into effect:

Key #3: Once you are clear on your exact financial goal and know what you are going to get as a result of it, you can now practice one of the most important parts of any goal accomplishment: acting as if you’ve already attained your goal.

If you’ve ever read any book on the Law of Attraction, then you know all about the importance of accepting and believing on a subconscious level that you already have what it is you’re trying to accomplish.

The Law is simple: the Universe responds to what you feel and believe to be true. If you think you’re broke or that your territory is poor or that you can’t do something, then you’ll find evidence to support your belief and you’ll act (or not act!) accordingly. If you believe the opposite, then you’ll find a way to keep taking actions to accomplish what you believe is possible, and the Universe will provide you with the opportunities to confirm what you believe.

But the key is to believe it has already happened. By acting as if you are already the top producer at your company, or by going to sleep at night already feeling the feelings of having accomplished your goal, you’re acting like a magnet for the success you’ve already determined is yours.

By acting as if you’ve accomplished your goal, you’ll automatically and easily take the actions necessary to achieve them. Suddenly it will be “like you” to come in earlier, to make more calls, to qualify better, etc.

I have found that acting as if is one of the most important things I have done to catapult me into new earning levels and “being states”.

And I have found that it ALWAYS works. Whether I believe I will or I won’t, I’m always right.

There are lots of ways to achieve the “being state” of acting, feeling and experiencing your success in advance, but my favorite is to write and read affirmations that are rich in feeling and emotion. There are many books out there that will teach you how to do that and I recommend you invest in them today.

The bottom line is that when you follow these three keys to successful goal attainment, you will become unstoppable. There will no longer be road blocks, and no outside element will ever get in the way of your accomplishing any goal you’ll set. You see, there is always a way to achieve anything you can dream of. And if you’re absolutely clear on what it is, know exactly why you’re going for it, and can feel and live as if you’ve already accomplished it, then nothing can stop you from attaining it.

I encourage you to use this week to put these keys into your goals planning for 2011. If you do, then next year at this time you will be reaching for even more aggressive goals because you’ll have discovered the real keys to performance in life.

May 2011 be your Best Year Ever!

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Set Goals for New Year in Web 2.0 Style

GoalsOnTrack is a robust goal tracking, task management, and time management service positioned as tool for SMART goal setting. Unlike the simpler tools above, GoalsOnTrack lets you add a lot of details about your goals, including categories, deadlines, and motivational photos that can be played in a slideshow to help you “subconsciously find ways to achieve your goals.”

Give it a try today. Find out more >>

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Book: I Will Teach You To Be Rich

When the new year comes around, many people start setting goals and making resolutions for our financial future. We all want to manage money better and reach our financial goals. But without proper education on the matter, we could easily get off track. So here is a book that I recently stumbled upon, which I personally think is very helpful in achieving money related goals.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

The book is named “I Will Tech You To be Rich” by Ramit Sethi, who is a rising star in world of personal finance writing. You can read the entire book online at here.

Five Simple Tricks for Goal Setting in the New Year

By Karen Dwyer

Once again, the countdown to another year has begun. It’s time to turn the calendar to 2011.

Tradition suggests this is also the time of year to figuratively turn the page with a set of new year’s resolutions, objectives to be checked off your list of personal and professional goals.

Why Goals Matter

There’s no time like the new year to take stock of what you’ve already accomplished and what you’d like to do next. More than just going through the motions, setting realistic goals leads the way to personal growth. Honing down those processes in a focused way lets you work through each goal to arrive at a final result that should support something bigger than simply an item to be checked off your list.

Whether your aim is to sharpen your skills or achieve something unique, goals require commitment, perseverance and motivation – admirable qualities for any member of the work force. Job performance in the post-recession economy is sure to continue to be a key factor to personal and professional well-being, so having goals with measurable results may be more important now than ever.

Improving the Process

A better managed goal-planning process ensures that what you’re doing every day contributes to an ultimate result, so get a jumpstart on this year by keeping in mind the SMART goals system. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.

One suggestion that can help is to create a goals notebook in which you can write out your new year’s resolutions and how you’ll achieve them. The notebook can be a great place to keep track of your progress.

Here are five simple tricks to make sure those same resolutions get crossed off the list:

> Define your goals. Make an actual list. Define what you’d like to achieve and put it in writing. Ask yourself, “What does success look like to me?” – and don’t skimp on the details. Create a clear mental picture that lends itself to positive visualization; you’ll have an image of success that can continue to inspire you.

> Describe why. It’s easier to give up on a process if you can’t remember why you started in the first place. List all of the possible benefits of achieving your goal. Save the list and refer to it throughout the goal-attainment process.

> Create a time line. Write yourself a roadmap that will lead you to your objective. Outline a series of short-term goals that bring long-term results. Create a time line and establish milestones you expect to reach along the way. Also, select small rewards for yourself to stay motivated upon completion of progress markers.

> Find support. Let others know what you’re working to achieve. Before December’s end, set up a schedule to talk regularly with friends, family members or co-workers who can encourage you. You’re more likely to succeed if you’re held accountable and can discuss any challenges with a mentor who can also help you find innovative ways to get overcome issues as you face them.

> Give yourself a Plan B. Identify the areas of your goal plan that may prove tiresome, frustrating or problematic. Select alternatives that will get you the same result. For example, if you’re trying to read a business book each week for the next year, plan to take a break and read a business blog or attend a lecture instead.

Seize the Day

Get a fresh start this new year by going through your goals now and outlining them in an effective way. By knowing what you want and how to achieve it, you’ve already taken your first steps to success in the coming year.

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Set Goals for New Year in Web 2.0 Style

GoalsOnTrack is a robust goal tracking, task management, and time management service positioned as tool for SMART goal setting. Unlike the simpler tools above, GoalsOnTrack lets you add a lot of details about your goals, including categories, deadlines, and motivational photos that can be played in a slideshow to help you “subconsciously find ways to achieve your goals.”

Give it a try today. Find out more >>

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