The idea of a dream board, also called a vision board or goal board, has been around for generations. It’s used to help create your wish list of your life goals. It’s a visual reminder of the goals and aspirations that we’ve set out for ourselves.
I kept a wish list (actually a goal list) on my bulletin board in front of my computer at home when I first started out in my online business. I found a photograph of a beautiful new home (among other things) that I put on my bulletin board, so I’d see it every day. Every day I was reminded of my goals, and my mind guided me towards the necessary steps to always be working forward towards these goals.
It should come as no surprise, that I was actually able to achieve my goals, including an exact replica, of that photograph I’d put on that bulletin board. I had actually forgotten about the bulletin board until we were unpacking in the new house and found it . . . that’s when I knew that dream boards actually do work!
On his website, Jack Canfleld states, “Because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation by representing your goals with pictures and images, you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions… and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction.”
Dream boards give credibility to your accomplishments and bring a feeling of self worth. Also, creating a dream board calls for personal introspection. This forces you to act on what you really want to achieve and how you will achieve these goals.
In order to create your dream board, you should have already written your goals down. Knowing what you want is the first step in achieving what you want.
This is the first step towards creating a dream board.
Next, look for pictures or images that represent what your goals are. Look for pictures that symbolize the feelings, the inspiration, and the excitement that achieving these goals would bring you. You can use photographs or images from the internet or magazines, inspirations quotes, drawings, affirmations or virtually anything that inspires you and reminds you of your goals. There is no wrong way to create your dream board!
We suggest putting a picture of yourself in the middle of your dream board. This symbolizes that the goals and dreams are all about YOU and YOUR success. (Make sure it’s a happy smiling picture! In fact, you might want to take one just for the purposes of putting it on your dream board. Be sure to laugh and SMILE — act AS IF you have already achieved your goals.)
During the process of creating a dream board, it is best for you to evaluate and reconfirm what your goals are. Also, you can use your dream board for ALL your goals, not just personal goals. The choice is up to you. Some people use theirs for personal goals only, while others use them for all areas of their life: Personal, business, financial, spiritual, social, etc. It’s completely up to you based on whatever YOUR goals are.
Okay, so now that you know WHAT a dream board is and WHY you need one, let’s talk about several different ways to MAKE one.
The simplest method is to get a large, blank poster-sized paper or bulletin board: (Some people say you can create your dream board online, however, I think the process of actually working with the drawing, images, and other content reinforces it in your brain, so I strongly recommend working with the materials in hand instead of online.)
Next, find newspapers or magazines that you love and go through them looking for inspirational images. The internet today has tons of images you can use.
To search in Google, simply enter your search term in Google and then click on the word “Images” below the search term you typed in. That will limit your findings to images only.
Make sure to use images that create high emotional appeal. It’s important that you FEEL the experience as you’re cutting and pasting your content to your board. The process works best when you can IMAGINE yourself as having already achieved the goal in question.
Your images must be pleasing to the eye when you arrange them on your board. The creative process is no joke, it’s real. If you are not pleased with something, rip it off and replace it with an image that you love. It’s important that this board become one of your favorite things to look at.
Don’t be afraid to put your dream board in the best place so that you can see it every day. It is up to you whether you want to keep your dreams private or public. However, it should be where you can see it at least twice a day, more often if possible.
Then, when you look at it, allow yourself to get excited all over again knowing these are YOUR goals and YOU have put them out to the universe as something that you WILL achieve. Imagine the day when you’ll actually be able to look back and say it all started with a dream board, like I did!
Then, keep on looking for inspirational images, quotes, and other content to use on your board. Just because you’ve put a few things on there, don’t stop there. Your goals will change throughout your life. You’ll find you will achieve many of them so you can remove them from your board. You may find that your tastes change. Even so, every time you run across something inspirational that creates a high intensity of emotion within you, copy it for your dream board. The “high intensity of emotion” are the key words here. Be sure your dream board inspires you to achieve your goals.
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