Vision Boards…How to Make One and Get the Most Out of It.

First off, what is a vision board?

It’s anything thing that contains all your dreams and goals. Most people like to put them on a piece of paper or poster board, but you can also keep your pictures in an album or container. It’s basically a visual of all your dreams, goals, and desires.

How to Make a Vision Board

  1. Gather supplies: paper, pens, magazines, or pictures of your dreams and goals from internet. free picture site (Pixabay)
  2. Figure out what your goals are and what you would like to represent it. This can be in the form of words (ex. $1 million dollars) or pictures (picture of a lot of money). I like to do both. I also like to add motivational quotes to mine.
  3. Cut out the pictures you want from the magazine as well as any words that reflect what you want. You can also print pictures from a free image site (see #1) or you can write what you want on your board.
  4. Paste the pictures in a fun way. Be creative. I like to use a lot of color on mine, so I’ll write words that reflect my goals in different colors.

How to Get the Most out of you Vision Board

It’s important to have a clear understanding of what you want. However, if you make it, then stick it in a drawer and never look at it, it’s really not going to help you very much. Below are a few tips to get the most out of your vision board.

  1. Put it somewhere that you will see it daily. Personally, I recommend putting it on your mirror or if poster board, then behind your bathroom sink handles. This way every time you get ready in the morning, you will see it.
  2. Read over everything on your Vision Board every single day. This is a must. You need your subconscious mind to know what you are going after.
  3. As you read over your dreams and goals, try to imagine yourself as if you have already achieved them. I recommend using as many senses as possible. Really engage your mind so it feels like you are in that moment now. I can always tell when I’m doing it correctly because a big smile will cascade across my face.
  4. Take one of your goals for the day and go through your day as if you have already achieved it. Allow yourself to feel this incredibly wonderful feeling for the entire day.
  5.  (Bonus) Before you go to bed at night, read over your vision board and allow your thoughts to drift toward how you feel after you have achieved all your goals. Keep that thought in your mind until you fall asleep.

I wish you a ton of success with your board and would love to see it after you have made yours. Also remember two things, one is it doesn’t have to be perfect and two, it’s yours, so make it how ever you would like. So many people never start because they are afraid it won’t look good enough. It’s for your eyes only. You don’t have to share it with anyone, so make it how you want it.

In Life Blueprint Planner, there is a mini vision board for each goal you want to achieve and an overall vision board, so you can glance at all your goals at once. You can get your copy at Life Blueprint Planner

 

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How to Be the Best You, Accomplish Your Goals and Have the Life You WANT

Most people have goals and dreams. They want more money, better jobs, new car or house, but when you ask about the specific of it, many fall short on the answers.

Or if they know exactly what they want, they don’t have a plan toward achieving it.

So, how do you be the best you, accomplish your goals and have the life you want?

It’s simple.. if you follow the 5 steps below.

*Also please note, I didn’t say easy, I said simple, but with the step by step approach to it, you can make it easier on yourself. Let’s get started.

  1. What do you want? I want you to take a moment and figure out exactly what you want down to the smallest detail. If you want more money, exactly how much and when do you want it. Also what are you willing to trade for it. For example, if I want to make $100,000 by the end of the year, I would write down, “I make $100,000 dollars a year by (date I want it) and in exchange I will offer my incredible planner for sale to people who want to achieve their goals and dreams. (The last part is what you are willing to do to get what you want).

  2. Write it down in several places. I like to write my goal on a note card, then I place them around the house and even carry one with me at all times. Some of the places I put them are on my refrigerator, my mirror, next to my alarm clock, my car, my purse, tape it to the outside of my phone, and on the inside of my front door.

  3. This one is a MUST…every day, you must review them daily. And to really make them become more concrete in your head, I highly suggest you rewrite them daily. I have a template from my planner that I created that encourages this on a daily basis and I give it away free on my website at FREE ACTION PLANNER AND DAILY TEMPLATE

  4. Take Action today!!! It’s so important after you decide what you want, to take at least one small action toward it, even if it’s just to write a list of the steps you need to take to accomplish your goal. I also highly suggest you open your planner (what ever kind you have) and schedule time in for the week for when you will be working on your goal. This time is non-negotiable. Even if you only schedule in a few minutes every day, it’s better than nothing and in time those little steps will make a difference.

  5. Take 5 minutes a day to visualize your success. See yourself as if you have already accomplished your goal. Believe in your abilities to accomplish your goals and feel how good you would feel once you have achieved it.

To your success,

Karen Brueggeman

 

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The Importance of Starting the Day with Fuel (aka breakfast) and Tips on How to Make it Easier with a Busy Schedule.

 

I’m sure you have heard people talking about the importance of eating a good breakfast, but most people really never talk about the why part. Plus if you are busy, its so easy to skip it, so I am giving you some great tips so you don’t skip breakfast.

5 Reasons on Why You Should Always Eat Breakfast (even if just a small one)

  1. It provides you with energy to have a successful day. It gives you the endurance and strength you might require, especially if you decide to work-out.
  2. It is a great source of important nutrients, like protein, calcium, fiber, and B vitamins. Just make sure you are choosing a healthy meal and not reaching for donuts or sugary cereals.
  3. It helps you perform better mentally as well. Giving you the ability to problem solve and concentrate at a higher level.
  4. It can lower your cholesterol levels
  5. People who eat breakfast, tend to weigh less than people who skip breakfast. Theories suggest that when people eat breakfast which will reduce hunger, they don’t find themselves grabbing unhealthy food.

 

Tips on How to Make it Easier to Do on a Busy Schedule

  1. Prepare your breakfast the night before or prepare on Sunday for the entire week. I like to boil eggs, (enough for the week) and peel them. Then in the morning, I add a little salt and it’s the perfect breakfast. Especially because it’s 100% absorbable protein.
  2. Reach for a handful of nuts, like almonds or walnuts. Again a great source of protein and healthy fats.
  3. Grab an avocado and smooth it on some whole wheat toast. This is quick and easy and a delicious and healthy breakfast.

 

Challenge Yourself:

Try to eat a breakfast everyday for one week. If you accomplish this, give yourself a little reward. Then try again to do another week. Keep doing this until it becomes a habit.

If you have any tips of making it easier to eat breakfast, please feel free to comment below. Plus I would love to hear if you were successful for the week.

To your Success,

Karen Brueggeman

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Top 5 Tips for Time Management

I’ve heard it time and time again. I never have enough time for anything, let alone to start my novel. Time our most precious commodity is our life is never within our reach. Most people live in a world where other people tell them how to use their time, well here are some tips on getting back some of YOUR time for you.

1. Organize the Mess and De-clutter.

Look at your surroundings, that includes your desk. If it’s a mess, than you might find that you spend a lot of wasted time looking for things. Don’t get me wrong, I know some people operate very well with messy desk, but for the majority of people, things get lost.

The best system I have found that I personally use is to put things that belong together in binders and then stick the binders in a place that you can access daily. If you get in the habit of keeping like things together, when you need something, you wont spend valuable time searching for it. Also don’t be afraid to throw out papers and things that you no longer use. One suggestion, is if you are afraid to throw out a paper because you might need it later, take a picture of it and put it into a digital file

2. Plan Out your Day the Night Before.

This is a simple thing, but highly effective. Take at least 5 minutes the night before to think of everything that you MUST get done the next day. Then write out exactly what time you plan on doing each activity. Remember to give yourself a little extra time with each. Nothing is worse than falling behind because you underestimated how much time it would take. Also write down one thing that if you have extra time in the schedule that you would LIKE to do. This will be your reward if you finish the activities of the day.

3.Focus on What’s Important First.

We are pulled in so many different directions with everything and everyone, including social media wanting our time. It’s that constant, pay attention to me, but this will cost you the most time. You need to train yourself to look at your list for the day and focus first on the most important task that you have. Don’t do anything else, until the task is complete.

4.Stop Procrastinating!

Oh procrastination, our crazy little friend. This little guy (and yes, I’m making him a guy…lol) is the biggest time waster. He likes to trick you into doing things that don’t matter so you don’t have to do what you have been putting off. He’s sneaky, and in the end he wins because you wasted a bunch of time on meaningless activities and now the task is still there waiting there. So…recognize this when it happens and then take baby steps to complete the task you are procrastinating on doing. And don’t forget to reward yourself along the way.

5. Find a Way to Combine Simple Task.

I know…I know, you are like, WAIT! You said in number 3 to focus and only do 1 thing at a time and now you are telling me to combine task. Yes, they are both true in their own ways. For number 3, you need to focus on the major things, like dealing with money or landing an account. But for this tip, it’s all about the small things. If you need to drive every day, why not combine it with listening to some great podcast. Another example, if you want to exercise but feel like you have no time, combine it with watching television or at least do it during the commercials.

 

I hope this list has helped you. Please feel free to comment and let me know how it’s going or if you have any great tips to add.

To your success,

Karen Brueggeman

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Are You Just Going Through the Emotions of Life With Beliefs that Were Given to You.

 

Success

Do you ever wonder about your life?

Do you ever question what your purpose is?

Are you successful? If yes or no, was the definition of success something you came up with or was this another person’s belief?

So many times in life, we go day to day just going through the emotions of life without ever questioning them.

Well today, I want it to be different for you. I want you to start questioning your life and your beliefs. Look at everything you do and say, then ask yourself where you learned these.

For most people, they discover that most of their beliefs where given to them by their parents, teachers, friends, or just society in general. We are told from a young age what to think, feel and believe. Now, don’t get me wrong some of these beliefs are good, like don’t touch the stove or you will get burned. But many are limiting,  like someone of authority (teacher or parent) telling you that you are lazy or will never amount to anything.

So this week, I would like you to question everyone of your beliefs that was given to you.

Someone gave society the belief of eating 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), but maybe this belief doesn’t work for you. Maybe for you eating 5 mini meals is better.

Get rid of the beliefs that hinder you or tell you that you won’t be successful. Give yourself permission to have new beliefs that are positive and encouraging.

Here are some examples:

I am a successful person.

I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to as long as I never give up and work toward my goals.

Here’s to your success,

Karen

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