Usually, when you set goals, you write down what you want to achieve. It’s simple, straightforward, and gives you a clear list of what you want to do. But sometimes, especially with long-term goals that you’ve thought about over and over again, it helps to think of things in a different way. Instead of just writing goals down, try visualizing them. It may help you turn your thoughts into actions that will change your world.
First, think about the goals you really want to achieve. They might be big goals that need long-term actions and solutions, or they might be small goals that you need to be reminded of every day.
Next, think about some key images that resonate with you when you think of your goals. If you’re thinking about eating healthy, maybe it’s vegetables. Or, if you’re thinking about getting a promotion at work, maybe it’s a computer or a briefcase. If something directly related doesn’t inspire, you, though, get creative — maybe your image for eating healthy is a picture of party hat, because you want to be around for your 50th wedding anniversary. Something that’s out of the ordinary, that goes beyond what simple words might represent for you, might give you a new way to think about your goal, and help keep you motivated for the long haul.
If you’ve got a big goal, get a pad of Post-it® Super Sticky Big Notes so you’ve got plenty of room to visualize how you can achieve it. With something like buying a house, there are steps you’ll need to take to get where you need to go, so you might want to choose an image that represents each step, and lay them out in chronological order. Keep your note somewhere where you’ll be sure to see it, and the images will remind you of just what you need to do to realize your biggest dreams.
For smaller goals that you need to remind yourself of every day, get some Post-it® Super Sticky Notes 3 in. x 3 in., and use them to create an illustration that will inspire you whenever you see it. A simple drawing can jog you out of your everyday routine by making you think outside of the world of words, and can remind you, when you need it most, of the goal that’s within your reach. And because Post-it® Super Sticky Notes can stick and re-stick, you can move your reminder around to new places every day to keep things fresh.
Drawing your goals might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about trying to achieve your dreams, but that’s exactly why it can help keep you focused. It’s a different way to think about something you’re familiar with that can give you the creative boost you need to truly make your mark on the world.