I made a dreamboard (also called a vision board) about a year or 2 ago. I put pictures and quotes of things I wanted – travel, to be active and adventurous, to be fit, to help others improve their health, and some other things.
One thing about a dreamboard is that you have to look at it and consciously visualize yourself doing and achieving what you dream of doing, regularly putting your mind and body in a positive state to reach your goals. A dreamboard works with the Law of Attraction that says we are what we think about.
You can update your board once you’ve achieved what you wanted, what you dreamed of.
Even though I’ve gotten out of the habit of spending a few minutes every day consciously looking at my dreamboard, and lately have looked at it only a few times a week, I’ve had a couple of things happen almost exactly as they were on my dreamboard, so close that it can’t be a coincidence.
First, my husband, Mark, and I have fostered dogs for a while now and I’d like to continue to foster when we can. Well, I put a picture of a black and white dog on my dreamboard below a phrase that says, “Changing the lives of shelter pets.”
Then, only a few months after I had made my dreamboard, we fostered a dog that looked almost identical to the dog on my dreamboard. Wow, I thought. That’s cool!
Recently, another really interesting thing happened and I hadn’t even noticed.
On my dreamboard, I have a picture of two people kayaking on calm, smooth as glass water, with trees silhouetted on the horizon at sunset.
Last month Mark and I went on a kayaking excursion during a trip to Puerto Rico. We headed out when it was still daylight and kayaked through a dark, narrow channel that ran through a heavily wooded area. When we emerged from the channel, we were in an inlet where the glass-like water reflected the orange sky and the dark silhouette of trees. This picture postcard scene filled me with wonder at the beauty of God’s creation and with gratitude at my extreme good fortune at being there to witness such a perfect moment.
I hadn’t noticed that the scene was nearly the exact picture on my dreamboard. I didn’t have a camera with me so couldn’t take a picture except with my heart and mind.
The Law of Attraction is real. Dreamboards help manifest dreams.
Don’t believe it? I probably wouldn’t have either if I hadn’t seen it for myself, but I believe it now. 100%. Of course, work is required. It seems like magic, but it’s really not magic. Jim Carrey says, “Visualization works if you work hard: You can’t just visualize and then go eat a sandwich.”
I’ll be updating my dreamboard and adding pictures of places to visit, things to do, and projects to complete, including some long-term goals and shorter, incremental, personal and professional goals.
The activity requires that I think about what I want. I think about this quote often.
I know my future is mine to design; that’s true for each of us.
And now I put the question to you, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Believe it or not, it’s yours to design. I had friends and teammates to help me get started and here are some action items to help you get started:
- Make a visionboard /dreamboard. Think about what you want to do, what type of person you want to be, and what’s important to you in all areas of your life (professional, personal, etc.) Find pictures that represent those things and display them. I used a cork bulletin board with thumbtacks, but you can use whatever you like as long as you can display it where you’ll see it often.
- Look at your dreamboard. Take a few minutes a day to think about your dreams and then be open to the possibilities.
- If you have quotes on your board, read them out loud. This helps you live in the spirit in which you created your dreamboard. For example, one of the quotes on my board is from Oprah Winfrey, “What we’re all striving for is authenticity, a spirit to spirit connection.” That’s true for me.
I have a renewed belief in the Law of Attraction. Now I want to get to work.
Do you have a dreamboard or do you use visualization techniques to help you reach your goals?