Lead With Giants

Picture Your Goals For 2015

"Make sure that you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you" - Jerry Gillies

Visualize your goals - I'm planning for Spring!

Although winter continues to rage in many areas of the country, the first signs of spring arrived in my mailbox this week. I received the first of many garden catalogs that start hitting households across the country in January and February. There's nothing better to a gardener than sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of coffee and a pile of garden catalogs with a Visa Card nearby.

The internet is a priceless tool for finding unique and specialty garden companies. It's the ultimate way to find catalogs to spurn your imagination and check customer reviews. I'm still a bit old school because I love to hold a catalog in my hand and page through every section while writing a wish list of plants for the new year. The pictures connect with me, give me ideas, and help me to plan new gardens or make changes. The pics are priceless aids in combining colors, textures, and sizes to intermingle in my existing beds. If the gardening  bug has hit you, it's simple to find some great catalogs for inspiration. Once you are on "the list" you will be not be disappointed opening the mailbox every day. For a list of garden companies, to order an online or mail catalog go to Direct Gardening Association . Enjoy!

 Our eyes are one of our greatest gifts and they allow us to visualize what words can't quite do. Many of us are visual by nature and pictures stay in our minds longer. Pictures allow us to make new creative connections. The internet has opened up a whole new world for visual enticement, along with online sales. I buy most of my plants online these days because I can locate what I want and lurk about for the unusual. I get inspiration from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, company websites, and blogs. It can get rather addicting!

Inspiration from Pinterest

This is the time of year when every TV network reviews the good and bad of the past year. It drives me nuts. I never like to dwell on the past and negativity. We need to learn from the past and look to the future. Naturally, we are also being inundated with goal setting ideas and tools to guilt us into setting goals for 2015. We have fitness trackers, apps, calendar sheets, and buddies to "encourage" us to stick our goals. Few of us do. It's human nature. I have started to get more serious at writing down my goals but I need to look at them every day. That's not happening much. I'm not one to plaster them all over my mirror and house as some hearty goal setters suggest. That would get awkward. I can just hear my kids heckle me now....

Looking back, I have always accomplished the goals that I carry around in my head. I just have not been faithful in writing a list. I need to make the process easier and well, more interesting.

 Just last week I discovered an alternative way to set my goals - A Vision Board.

I belong to a valuable LinkedIn Group called "Lead With Giants" with Dan Forbes. If being a better leader inspires you and you want to learn with the best, I suggest that you join the group. In his article Dan explains how to not use lists, but visuals to set your goals. He explains that a Vision Board highlights your "most important goals, aspirations, or intentions". You SEE your goals as opposed to looking at a daunting list. Most of us are highly visual and pictures stay imprinted in our minds much longer than words. Dan goes on to say that "Images and visuals stir our emotions so that powerful subconscious thoughts go to work to make our visions a reality". I love it!

Making your board doesn't have to be flashy or time consuming. You can be as creative as you want or not at all. I love it because you can glance at it quickly to remind yourself of your dreams and carry the image with you all day. Moreover, my goals are personal to me and only I need to understand what my pics  mean. My goals can lay out in public, yet only I know the true impact of the pictures. Dan suggests that you divide your board into four sections to be most effective. The areas include:

  1. What do I want to be?
  2. What do I want to do?
  3. What do I want to have?
  4. What do I want to leave?

Wow! Just asking yourself these questions will bring out more emotion and thoughts. You may set goals that you didn't anticipate. Perhaps your goals will be stronger than you originally planned.You may learn more about yourself and what is truly important to you. Find all the pictures that you can that depict and bring your goals to life. Place your board in a prominent place where you will see your goals several times a day. The best part of having a Vision Board is that it's flexible. You change it anytime. You can add to it or arrange your goals differently. Once you accomplish goals you can add new ones.

 Make 2015 YOUR vision and start your board this week. Here's the link to Dan's article for more inspiration: Lead With Giants Vision Board

Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build." - Robert Collier

I have a Vision Board all ready for my goals. Right now it's above my home office desk. Once my visions are complete, my board will come with me to work where I can look at them several times a day. The best part of my board is that my goals are out in the open, but only I know the true significance of my pics!

Happy pinning and have a wonderful and prosperous 2015!!

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