Focus On Fulfilling Your Goals in 2015

By Cheval John

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2014 is coming to a close.

By the time of this writing, 2015 has already commenced in Australia, Japan and other parts of Asia.

People always make New Year’s Resolutions leading up to the New Year only to break them about two or three weeks later.

What they do is make those resolutions based out of shame according to brand strategist, Michelle Van Otten.

So how do you keep your “New Year’s Resolutions” if you keep on breaking them?

Michelle shared that an alternative to a New Year’s resolutions is creating a vision board.

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You might wonder what is a vision board?

A vision board allows you to map out your goals for the New Year and to be specific on how to achieve those goals.

Vision boards also allows you to be held accountable to anyone who have seen it because it forces you to actually fulfill those goals.

I had the opportunity to create a vision board before this year when I discovered this concept from a few people who have vision board parties.

I even wrote out my declaration for this year here

I will say that I did not fulfill all of my goals for this year.

Does that make me a failure?

Not really.

The reason is because I had made a whole lot of progress this year and even fulfilled life long dreams that were not part of the goals like:

-Wrote two books in 2014

-Called two collegiate softball games at my alma mater, Sam Houston State

-Witness the SHSU Bowling Team win the school’s first ever NCAA Division I National Championship

-Connected with amazing people on social media, especially Twitter (fulfilled that goal for the New Year)

-Discovered Twitter Chats and learning about the new trends of Social Media

-Heard Chris Guillebeau speak at a book signing event for his new book, “The Happiness of Pursuit.”

-Celebrated my 100th episode of “What’s The Word?”

-Interviewed Susan Campbell Cross, author of “The FabYouList”

-Interviewed Donny Most, formerly of “Happy Days.”

So even if you do not meet all of your goals, it still does not hurt to put together a vision board.

As Mrs Cross said and I am paraphrasing, “Though you do not fulfill your goals at a certain point does not mean that you fail. As long as you fulfill those goals, then you accomplish a lot.”

Now that you have seen an alternative to a “New Year’s Resolution,” my hope is that everyone will fulfill their goals and make this world a better place.

And to keep up with this tradition of vision boards, here is my vision for what I want to accomplish in 2015.

Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year.

What are your goals for the New Year? You can leave your comments below.

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About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency that helps businesses to use social media correctly to build a loyal following. Cheval is also the host of an online radio show/podcast called, "What's The Word?" He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting. Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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