Creative Goal Setting
Creative tools: Wild, wacky, fun and
Here’s a way to add to your fun. Using creative tools for goal
setting can expand your energy, help you to have fun and make
goal setting more joyful rather than a chore. Creating colorful
playful visual images will get you to your goals quicker and add
to your pleasure in the process.
44. Create a goals list
Using a piece of poster paper, write out your goals list in
colors. You can use “Mind-Mapping” and put the goals anywhere on
the page rather than in linear order. Don’t forget to add your
sub-goals with lines linking them to the major goals. Decorate
the poster with colorful pictures on stickers you can buy at the
stationery store. Draw things on the poster or paste on pictures
you cut out of magazines, whatever appeals to you. It should be
exciting and make you feel great when you look at it. Imagine
you are a kid and having fun.
45. Create a collage to
support your vision: To make a
goals collage, cut out pictures and words that you like from
magazines and glue them onto a piece of paper the size of a
placemat. Be sure to put your picture on the page as well.
Laminate the paper at copy shop like Kinko’s. Use it on your
dining table to remind you of what you want to create. For
example, you see a picture of a beautiful home in the magazine
Architectural Digest so you cut it out and put it on your paper.
Then you glue a picture of yourself right under it or in it with
words that you cut out of ads that say; “I own it and I love
it!” You can also make larger collages to put on your wall.
46. Use your computer to
support you in reaching goals:
There are many ways you can put your goals on your computer.
Scan your collage or a poster/picture that inspires you into
your computer, convert it to a bitmap and use it as wallpaper.
You can create a screensaver with your scanned images or just
put up a digital “post it” with your goals list. Try sending
yourself an encouraging email. You can also create your own
custom posters, personal stickers and printouts using a graphics
program. Have fun and let yourself get creative with your
digital friend (your computer).
47. Make a Money tree:
Take a piece of paper and draw a tree on it, then stick play
money (you can get play money at toy stores) all over it or you
can use real money (with removable glue). This will help you
overcome any negative thoughts you have about creating lots of
money. Be sure to put this picture somewhere where you will see
it regularly. Put a picture of yourself on the poster holding
lots of money.
48. Use images that
inspire you: Find an inspiring
picture and write a few motivating words on it. Try writing the
words with brightly colored markers. Hang this picture on your
wall at home or at work to inspire you and build energy for your
goals. You can use pictures of animals, nature, mythical figures
(from fairy tales, Knights of the Round Table, kings, gods,
characters from Star Wars), etc. Buy a Poster with a word, poem
or saying already printed on it that motivates and inspires you.
Inspirational and Motivational Posters page for
49. Write some
outrageous goals: Start with
some silly and outrageous goals to mix in with your regular
goals when starting your goal setting session. This loosens you
up and helps the left and right brain to be more integrated. A
silly goal might be to play charades with friends at least 3
times in the next 3 months, dye your hair green, or to dress in
a funny costume and trick or treat on Halloween. An outrageous
goal might be to learn to fly a helicopter, learn to skydive or
fire walk in the next six months.
50. Try writing goals
with your non-dominant hand:
One interesting technique that can help you break through from
left-brain thinking to more creative right-brain is to write
your goals and detailed plans with the opposite hand from the
one you normally use. It can be a bit challenging physically at
first and it might not look very elegant but this technique can
reveal hidden aspects of your plans and dreams and new goals,
too. According to a recent article in the magazine, Utne Reader, this process is an excellent
technique for contacting creativity and intuition.
51. Use creative
techniques to open up your mind:
Try drawing, painting or playing with play dough before working
on goals to loosen up your creativity. If you are using a
computer for some of your goal setting, planning, and
development use a paint program to put your goals in colorful
letters or use pictures, etc.
52. Take a “mini” mental
break: When you’re feeling
stuck while doing disciplined mental work including working on
your goals; give your mind a rest by playing solitaire or
minesweeper on your computer. You can also play solitaire with
regular cards. This gives your left-brain a vacation. After ten
minutes or so, you can go back to the task you were working on
with renewed energy.
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