Dream Board // Make Your Dreams a Reality
Do you have big goals for the future? Maybe some of those goals seem so far away that you are not even sure they will ever come true. I HIGHLY recommend creating a dream board! I was first encouraged to do this last year, and can honestly say that I have reached most of the goals I wrote down. I don’t believe it would have happened if I had not written my goals down and put them somewhere that I could see them every single day.
Creating a dream board
I have outlined the steps I used to create my dream board:
- Relax and clear your mind. Sit down with a cup of coffee (maybe a glass of wine), a snuggly blanket, in a comfy chair in a quiet corner. Any place that makes you completely comfortable and relaxed.
- Close your eyes and imagine what you would love for your future to look like. Don’t worry whether or not you think you can achieve it–simply imagine your ideal future if nothing in the world or any amount of money could hold you back.
- Start writing. I don’t care how silly or far-fetched they sound, write down every single last goal that pops in your mind. I like to add photos to my board to better help me visualize them. I even recommend adding dates directly to your board (see step 4). I created the board you see above using Microsoft PowerPoint, but if you do not have Office, you could easily use free tools online. I highly recommend Canva or PicMonkey.
- Turn those goals into S.M.A.R.T. goals. Breaking down each goal into manageable steps with clear milestones and dates attached. It is easy to say, “I want to read more books.” That could mean anything. But if you say, “I want to read 20 books by March 31st” you now have an end date and plan accordingly. Without specific destinations and end points, we are less likely to stick with our goals or to feel satisfied that we have accomplished them. [Read more about the science behind goal setting here.]
- Share your dream board! This is the most important and most frightening step! You don’t have to share it on social media like I did, but at least share it with the people you care about most in the world. Share it with the people who will help cheer you on and help hold you accountable.
- Take a step and start pushing for your goals. Some of my goals seemed very far off when I first wrote them down. They were not accomplished overnight. I followed my S.M.A.R.T. plan and simply put one foot in front of the other (are you humming the Christmas classic?) day after day. When you start to feel like you are not making progress, ask yourself, “Are my actions helping me to reach my goals?“
- Celebrate each little success on your journey. You earned it! Reward yourself! Just be smart about your rewards. Make sure they are not sabatoging your progress.
- Do not be afraid of failing. Maybe you will not reach all of your goals. Heck, depending on how big you dream, you may not reach any by your deadlines. BUT, if you are consistently making strides towards those goals, you will be MUCH CLOSER than if you had never tried. The only way to measure that distance is if you have a clear finish-line in mind. Maybe it will take you two years to cross it, but you need a finish line to envision and to push for.
Facebook reminded me today of my dream board I shared a year ago (see photo above). I am proud to say I have accomplished most of them. This past year I read over 20 personal development book–improving my own life for the better. My family is more fit. Chris and I bought a house. I have helped well nearly 150 people with their health and fitness. Team Changing for the Better has grown with incredible coaches and members and we have a logo and site. I even went on the diamond #arrowgirls retreat last weekend (blog post coming soon). I am still working on my unassisted pull-ups, photographing my family more, and making time for my children’s book. I have not given up on these goals at all.
I have recently started working on my new dream board. I will share it when it is finished.
Create your own dream board
I challenge you to create a dream board of your own. If you are willing, please share it with me. I would love to help you create S.M.A.R.T. goals to reach your dreams. It would be my pleasure to join you on your journey and cheer you on along the way.