A dream board — also known as a vision board — is a popular goal-setting tool popularized by The Secret. How it works is, you find pictures of things that represent your goals, such as your dream car or a happy family, and put them on a board that you keep somewhere you can see it constantly. Because you’re consistently looking at pictures of your goals, you’ll soon believe that you’ll have them, which will get to the point where you attract them into your life.
Before we go further, I want to underscore something. Dream boards, as with everything else related to Law of Attraction, are not meant to be a magic wand that makes your achieved goals show up on your doorstep. You still have to do the work and earn that vacation, Cadillac CTS, Nobel Peace Prize, etc. you want. No one in their right mind is suggesting that simply making a picture collage is going to replace taking action. There are other ways that making a dream board will help you achieve your goals.
– There is scientific proof that visualizing an action and taking that same action stimulates the same brain regions. If you’re like most people, you’ve heard athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods use this method to predict their victories.
– Consistently visualizing your goals will eventually make it difficult for you to disbelieve in them. Which means: naysayers and rejection will lose their power, you’ll work smarter, and quitting will be out of sight, out of mind.
– By Law of Attraction, the more you focus on something, the more likely you are to manifest it into your life. Not always all at once, but you’ll attract the people, tools, and circumstances that bring you closer. Quite a few celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, Steve Harvey, and Oprah, can attest to how crucial a dream board was to getting to where they are. Do you think they got there just by making posters?
– Most people think small. Building a dream board allows you to expand your mind by giving you a reason to check out what is possible. Do you think a job promotion to $25 per hour is a lot of money? In 2013, it was reported that Bill Gates earned $1.38 million per hour. Many people think that only big states like California have luxury homes, but every state has them.
Now that we’ve gone over the general idea of vision boards, let’s discuss some tips that go beyond how most people make them.
Most people get their pictures from magazines cut-outs. That’s fine, but if you’re the picky and creative type, I recommend finding pictures online and printing them out. That way, you can find exactly what you’re looking for, without the limits that magazines have. Is your dream car a Bugatti Veyron with an Iron Man paint job? Look it up. Would you like a secret agent-style garage door with that? Google it. Do you want a home library where half of the walls are windows that overlook your backyard and sides of your house? The internet has it. The only limit is your mind, and since it’s your life, why shouldn’t you build it exactly the way you want it?
Technically, dream boards are meant to be a board that hangs on a wall. But with society’s addiction to technology, some people make them digitally with Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, etc. and save them to their phones, computers, and tablets. Some people even use them as backgrounds on those devices. You know what they say: the more the merrier.
When we think of our goals, we often think of major things like mansions and private jets. I’m just curious, what does the inside of your private jet look like? What color is the tile floor in the kitchen of your mansion? There’s an old saying that it’s the little things that make life big. So why not put some effort into designing your hallway wallpaper, the mission statement of your company, the desk of your home office, the shape of your swimming pool, etc.?
Everybody knows that there’s only so many things you can put on a dream board. In my opinion, that tricks us into limiting ourselves to whatever can fit on the board. So why not make multiple dream boards? One (or a few) for the places you’ll travel. One for your relationship goals. One for the living room of your dream house. One for the bedroom. And the list goes on.
The pictures don’t have to be just things. There is a 55-year-old (at the time of writing) man who became a painter, author, driver, motivational speaker, business owner, master’s degree recipient, founder of a special needs children’s camp, and a married father of a biological child, all while paralyzed from the neck down since the age of 17. If you’re what society considers disabled, you can put a picture of Ron Heagy on your dream board. If there is a person you’d like to meet, put a picture of them on your vision board. You can put a picture of your celebrity crush on your board. You can Photoshop your head onto a muscular body.
Actually, you can Photoshop yourself into a lot of pictures: weddings, climbing a mountain, winning an Academy Award, etc.
Have fun creating your dream board! I’ll leave you with one of mine. The symbol on the bottom left is for inner peace, by the way.
Make a nice day!