Inspired Future

It’s about that time of year where people start thinking about the changes they’d like to make in the New Year. 

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Just about everybody makes a goal or two, but how many people actually see their goal(s) through till the end? Not many. Once the newness wears off, people get bored, and most people will return to their old habits or make excuses as to why it can’t be done right now. Prime example, look at the gym right after the New Year vs. the gym in February or March, the drop-off rate is astounding!

I feel like… “People have good intentions to succeed, but most don’t have the follow through to get there.”

So what can you do to ensure a greater success rate? Create a process that works for YOU! There are tons of goal setting methods out there, but if it doesn’t fit into your life seamlessly; it won’t work – period. I want to share with you my goal setting process for 2014. Here it is in 5 steps:

1.) Start early. I think the earlier you start the better (I actually began planning on Dec. 7th). Start thinking about the goals you made for 2013 and whether or not you accomplished them. If not, you may want to carry that goal over to 2014, or you may want to scrap it altogether. Basically, this is where you brainstorm. This process can take a couple days, or a couple weeks depending on the types of goals.

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2.)Identify your goals. Write them down AND identify the steps you need to take to achieve each goal (this step is very important). Writing down a goal without identifying the needed steps, is like trying to get somewhere you’ve never been without directions – it’s nearly impossible. You can also organize your goals into categories (e.g. health, business, financial, etc.) if you want. I like my shyt organized, so that’s what I do. Bonus: Also, I chose to create a goal board. A goal board is there to remind you of what you need to accomplish. Look to this as your To-Do List to becoming a better you.

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3.) Create inspiration boards to keep you motivated. I’m sure you’ll have a mix of long-term and short-term goals. Any goal can take a while to reach, and at any point on your journey, you can become discouraged. Inspiration boards are there to keep you inspired to reach your goals. So when you find yourself feeling like, “F*ck this damn goal, I’m close enough!” Look at your inspiration boards to give you that encouragement. It’s merely one way to motivate yourself. You can put whatever you want on the boards; quotes, pics, words, objects, whatever, it’s yours, so make it DOPE! (Yes, all my boards have “spiration” Bizspiration, Hairspiration, Fitspiration…’cause it was catchy!)

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4.) Create achievements and rewards. Me personally, I’m putting these on a board. These are there to chart your accomplishments and remind you to reward yourself for each goal attained. Since this is all about YOU, you determine what the reward is. It could simply be the achieved goal itself, new shoes, a new tee ( 😉 😉 ), or a trip somewhere. You know what you like, so you decide. Also, keep the rewards pertinent to the goal – remember there’s levels to this shyt! The bigger the goal, the bigger the reward! Spoil yourself, you deserve it.

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5.) Display your boards. Hang them around your room, your house, kitchen, bathroom, anywhere that will ensure they get looked at EVERY DAY.

Remember, this is just one goal setting method. This may, or may not work for you, but find something that works for you so you can accomplish all that you set out to! Stay motivated, be inspired, BE TH3 CHANGE.

Tell me about your goal setting method(s), you never know, you can inspire someone else. 

  • Awakened

    Jamila, I came across your blog via LinkedIn and I really am appreciative for that 🙂 I created a vision board in 2012 and love love love the distinction that you make between them and your goal board. Spot on ma’am! I’ve been meaning to redo my vision board for 2014 but have yet to get around to it ( sick since Jan 10th and then just lazy lol). You have inspired me to get on it TODAY so all the captions and pictures I have now are fueling me to a perfectly timed moment for ACTION. Thank you for Being The Change you want to see….

    Namaste, (the Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you)



      Awesome! I’m glad to have inspired you, and thankful you found my blog. 🙂 Good luck with your boards, and get ready to crush your goals this year! 2014 is gonna be a great one! =D

  • Alphonso Thomas

    Glad to be your first comment 🙂 I call them my dream boards. Love the idea of the rewards, I always thought achieving the goal itself was a great reward itself. Just one thing if I may add is telling at least one person your goals. So not only you but someone else is holding you accountable.


      Thank you for being my first comment. 🙂 They are similar to dream boards, but not the same. Dream boards usually consist of things you wish to have; aspirations, if you will. These boards, the inspiration boards are a motivational tool for a particular goal – more like focused concentration.

      I do like your suggestion of telling at least one other person, because it does have a way of increasing accountability. I usually share my big goals with a close friend(s) or family.

      • Alphonso Thomas

        Well my dreams are my goals but so you say these inspiration boards are specific to that one thing you’re looking to accomplish before the year is over. I like that, the more specific you are with your goals the more tangible they become.

        • BE TH3 CHANGE

          As Napoleon Hill said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” I agree that goals are dreams, and at the very least, aspirations.

          Yes, each board is specific to a long-term, or bigger goal that may take some time to reach. I designed this way because a person can get discouraged the longer it takes to reach a particular goal. This is just a self motivational tool to keep you going when you’re feeling stuck.

          Also, the goal is a reward in itself, the self given reward is a bonus. You should always reward yourself more than anyone else would.