I love setting goals and creating vision boards. There is something magical about envisioning the future, what is possible, and how pieces can fit together. I love it! So naturally, when I started Square Top Creative, I needed a vision board to keep myself focused and aligned with my goals.
I’m going to walk you through what is on my current vision board, and maybe it will help you think through how you can set and achieve goals for yourself!
Step one to creating your vision board is identifying your core strengths. I took Gallup’s Strengthsfinder assessment to discover my core strengths a few years ago and each strength resonates with me in a unique way. Your core strengths are at the center of who you are and why you do/think/feel the way you do. You should always keep your strengths at the forefront of planning your goals so that you can remind yourself what you are capable of.
- Futuristic: Inspired by the future and what could be.
- Arranger: I can organize, but also have a flexibility that complements this ability. I like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
- Positivity: I have an enthusiasm that is contagious. I am upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
- Individualization: I am intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. I have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
- Activator: I can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.
Step two is determining what drives you. Why do you do what do? What is your mission or purpose behind what you do?
What drives you?
- A desire to be home with Leo, to soak in all of his sweetness
- A desire to create a childhood for Leo that is full of imagination, creativity, and exploration
- A desire to connect with others
- A desire to run my own business, from the ground up
- A desire to build a business that means something to me and can evolve as I evolve
Step three is laying down the foundation. In order to stay focused on your purpose, turn your desires into actions. What do you want to be able to accomplish based on your desired purpose or mission?
What do you hope to accomplish?
- I am able to meditate/exercise/read/journal for at least 10 minutes every day
- I am able to spend undivided & focused time with Leo
- I am able to dedicate quality time to my work & stick to project deadlines
- I am able to maintain a peaceful & cozy home
Step four is taking what you hope to be able to accomplish and creating structures for yourself so that these actions can come to life.
What structures will help you live your purpose?
- Independent play in the morning, where I am either engaging in play with Leo, or I am using that time to check in for the day to assess my work load, or do some sort of mediation/exercise
- Structured nap times where I am able to dive into the work
- In between morning and afternoon nap, complete chores around the house with Leo’s help (vacuum, do laundry, make beds, clean up kitchen)
- A walk outside, either in the morning before first nap or afternoon after second nap
Step five is all about flexibility. How can you allow yourself grace as things build up and feel unbalanced at times? Brainstorm how your days and weeks can ebb and flow so that you can still feel successful, even if you didn’t stick to your intended routines.
How can each day look a little different?
- Receiving help with child care for busier work days
- Scheduling days that are focused on specific projects
- Scheduling days that are dedicated to thinking about how Square Top Creative can grow and reflection of goals
- Deciding meals ahead of time so that grocery shopping and errands are minimized
- What are your core strengths?
- What drives you?
- What do you hope to accomplish?
- What structures will help you live your purpose?
- How can each day look a little different?
I hope this has been helpful for you. I must say, by writing about my vision board, I have made all of my goals feel more real and achievable. I hope you’re able to find time to create a vision board too. Happy goal setting!