Goals vs. Wishy Washy Wishes

On Monday morning a group of us attended a Lifeboard workshop. It was an inspiring way to start the week.

A Lifeboard is, to put it simply, a board onto which you collage images that represent your goals. It helps you articulate what you want in life, and then serves as a visual reminder to keep you focused on those goals—lofty, immediate, and everything in between. In a way, it helps turn your wishes into goals.

What’s the difference between a wish and a goal?

The answer is written pretty clearly on the pencils that come with Decoylab’s WISH and GOAL clipboards. The pencil that comes with WISH says, “Make my wishes come true” and the one with GOAL says, “I will achieve my goals.”

You can sit around hoping someone will make your wishes come true, or you can take action and actually achieve your goals.

Writing it down helps turn a wishy-washy wish into a concrete goal, and that goal into a reality.

After all:

(Anyone know who made the beautiful print above? I found it on Pinterest, but then couldn’t find who made it. Wish I could credit it properly!)

Kate Woodrow

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  • Valerie May 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I suppose the real question is do those "make my wish come true" pencils actually make wishes come true? I'll take 10 please!


  • Sally Spratt May 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I love the Lifeboards – and I WISH I had the "Goal" & "Wish" clipboards!


  • Nanette Norwood June 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Me too! That would have been so cool to have those. That would make it even more put together.


  • Elaine Mendeleck - Desenvolvimento Pessoal e Neurociência June 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I believe the more difficult it is to take the first step. Often the greatest difficulty in taking the first step is related to our lack of organization of ideas. In this case, The Lifeboard, more specifically the diary that accompanies it, is essential for this organization to occur. I think the pencil that comes with Decoylab WISH's GOAL and clipboards can help our brains to better visualizr the goals we want to achieve, after all, images are very powerful for the functioning of our brains


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