Achieving Goals By Keeping Them Visible


The New Year is upon us and it is time for many of us to make New Year's Resolutions or set goals for 2012. Is this something you start off with a bang and then your motivation fizzles out over time? What can you do to keep these goals or resolutions fresh in your mind throughout the year? How about keeping your goals visible? It is easy to do and you will find that setting goals and keeping them visible and fresh in your mind will motivate you to accomplish them.

Achieving goals is something that we are all taught by our teachers, parents, and mentors as we go through life. We should all have goals in life. Without goals or things to work toward there is not much driving us to do the things we do everyday. So how are you going to keep yourself on track with the next goals you set? Write them down? Yes. This is a good start but what happens to the piece of paper you write them down on? It gets lost over time. The best way to stay on track with the goals you set is to keep them visible throughout the year. Make a Goal Poster and hang it somewhere you will have to look at everyday so that your goals are fresh in your mind everyday.

Making A Goal Poster Is Simple

  • Purchase a medium - large sized piece of poster board in any color that inspires you.
  • Cut out any pictures of items you want from magazines, books, print from the internet, etc. These are material items that you want or need to work toward and save money for.
  • If there are New Year's Resolutions or tasks that you need to work toward completing, make a creative list. Make a list large enough to see and add color and pictures that inspire you. Attach this list to the goal poster.

  • After you have created your masterpiece, hang it somewhere you can see every day. Suggestions would be in places like the bathroom wall or bedroom wall next to your side of the bed. If in the bathroom you will look at it every morning as you are getting ready. If in the bedroom you will be able to see it when waking and before bed at night.

Seeing that poster every day will remind you of your goals and things you have committed to work toward. Making these items visible helps keep them fresh in your mind and makes you hold yourself accountable. Give it a try!

Children's Goals

This is also a great tool for children to use to work toward items they want. A slightly different twist is to create a goal jar for children. Most children are asking for the latest toy or electronic device out there. A good way to help them achieve what they want is to create a simple goal jar with a picture of the desired item glued or taped to the front of the jar.

  • Find an old mason jar or mayo jar with a lid.

  • Cut a slit in the top of the jar large enough to slide money into the jar.

  • Cut out a picture of the item they want and glue or tape it to the front of the jar.

  • Cut out a small piece of blank paper and glue or tape it to the back of the jar. This is for keeping up with how much money is put into the jar and how close you are to your goal.

  • As chores are completed and money is earned it goes into the jar. It is up to you how they earn the money. Get creative!

Keep the jar in the kitchen on the counter so everyone can see and comment on the progress. Keeping it visible really inspires them to work hard toward their goals!

Just Do It!

Setting the goals is the easy part. Actually achieving goals that you set is the rewarding part. We all get caught up into day to day life and sometimes forget about those goals we have set for ourselves. Making those goals visible gives us a little nudge and brings them back into our minds as we go through our day to day grind. You can split your poster into long term goals, short term goals, personal goals, or family goals.. It is up to you how you lay it out. Make more than one poster if you like. Also make sure you keep your poster(s) updated. When you accomplish goal(s), remove them from the poster and replace them with more you have set.

Have fun and be creative!

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

I've never tried this before, but I'll definitely make a goal poster this year! Visual reminders really do make a difference. Thanks for the idea!!

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

Thanks Simone - It always helps me when I set goals. I think it makes a big difference since you have to look at it every day.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, great ideas! I love the idea about the jar, all these things are so helpful, I have learned so much after reading the goal hubs, and each one is unique and really good! thanks!

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

Thank you Nell Rose - I appreciate you reading and commenting. They are all so helpful. I learned this method from my Mary Kay business. It is always suggested that you keep a goal poster so you can keep your goals visible and fresh in your mind. I have got to create mine for 2012! I better hurry.

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camsydt 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

I love your jar idea with kids! Not only does it teach them about goal-setting, but it also enforces the idea of working for what they want (as opposed to getting things passively). This is exactly anti-spoiling strategy - good job! :)

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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

camsydt - Thanks for the comment. It seems to work with my children. It gives them something to work toward like you said instead of just buying them whatever they want all the time.

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