• Kathleen Barr

2020 Vision

~Create yourself~

This is a motto I have been shaping my 2020 around. Between the designs I make for class, the content I come up with for work, as well as for my own personal projects, I create so much every single day. Why wouldn’t I create myself exactly how I wish? The world entered a fresh new decade and for me, 2020 brought new goals, ambitions, a hunger for change and a drive for success. I really wanted this year to be different both personally and professionally. If you’re like me, you probably set your goals for the new year, but January came and went and you may have missed the motivation train. That’s okay! You’d be surprised how many people this happens to. The new year also brings busy, crazy chaos and your personal and professional goals can sometimes get pushed to the side. Do you want to know something crazy? You don’t need a new year in order to be motivated. You can do that all on your own. This year I have been more goal oriented than I ever have been. I’m starting to feel like I really know what I want to do and who I want to be. I started working part time for a job with an event planning company, I applied and was accepted to an exchange program in Sweden and I got my dream internship as a creative marketer for a media company in Toronto. These were all some of my late new years resolutions I set, over a month after the ball dropped. Early February I sat down and really thought about what I wanted for myself. Now anyone can put together a list of goals, but it’s staying motivated and driven that is tough. Although I’m no expert and I still have a lot of learning to do, today I’m going to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up for setting and achieving goals.


Sit Down and Write


The first step to achieving your goals is figuring out what they are in the first place. In order to be motivated, you need to have a vision that motivates you. Your goals must excite you and push you towards achieving them. It has to be something you really want. When you start to think about what you want to achieve, write it down. When you take your thoughts and write them down, you make your ambitions real goals rather than just dreams. The act of writing down your goals ignites your drive and shows your brain that you really want this. This will help you transform your desires into reality.


Visualize


I cannot stress how important visualization is. No matter what you want to accomplish, it will be nearly impossible if you don’t see yourself accomplishing it first. For example in sports, you picture yourself making the shot from start to finish. So why wouldn’t you do the same thing for your own personal goals? There are so many amazing techniques to visualize your dreams and make them a reality but I’m going to share with you my personal favourite. A vision board is a collage of images and affirmations of your ambitions and dreams, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation to attain your goals. I made a vision board for my 20th birthday and I firmly believe it helped me accomplish my goals. As I previously mentioned I got a job with an events company, I got accepted to study abroad and I also got a media internship and all of these were on my vision board. Now the vision board isn’t entirely responsible for achieving these goals, but there is something about seeing what you want every day and envisioning it that makes the process much more effective. I put other goals on my vision board such as making a blog, a podcast and running a half marathon. The blog and podcast are on their way and I’m currently on week 7 of a 12 week training program to run a half marathon. I now swear by vision boards and would recommend them to anyone who has a goal they really want to accomplish. Not to mention making the vision board is also just really fun, satisfying and rewarding which is a great way to start off your success journey.





Set a Plan


A task can be finished much more efficiently if you have a plan. You will be able to stay on track of your goals which inevitably will make the whole process run more smoothly. A plan is important because it's the foundation to help you achieve your ultimate goals. Having a plan helps you define the full scope of a project but it also helps you stay focused, set goals and objectives, meet deadlines and measure success. I know personally it really helps me when I write out a plan and have a reward system. The satisfaction of checking something off your list is sometimes all the motivation it takes. If you want to see physical improvements, make a gym plan. If you want to get higher grades, set a study and school work plan. If you want to save money, make a financial plan. For whatever goal or dream you have, there is a plan that can be set to help you achieve greatness.



Find a Routine


Once you have your plan set, find a routine that works for you and will help you become your best self. Find a way to incorporate your success plan into your daily routine. If you have multiple plans designate certain amounts of time to each every day. Quarantine is an exceptional time to make a routine dedicated to achieving your goals. For example I took my 12 week half marathon plan, my work plan as well as cleaning plan and made them into a routine. I clean in the morning, run in the early afternoon and I dedicate my afternoons and evenings to my online work. It may be hard to stick to your routine at first, but I promise if you keep at it, you will find you have a lifestyle rather than just a routine.


Celebrate and Dream on!


Now that you have achieved your goals make sure to give yourself a huge pat on the back and celebrate, because you deserve it. Once you have a taste for success I guarantee you will be left wanting more so dream on, make more plans and set more goals. It always seems impossible until it’s done and trust me, when it’s done you will be so thankful you sat down that day and laid out what you wanted and saw it through.


Thanks so much for reading and please let me know what you think. I'd love to hear if my goal setting tips worked for you or if you have any tips you'd like to share.


Until next time, stay safe and healthy everyone.


-Kathleen


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