Last year, I was offered two vast different jobs at the same time. One would be a full-time gig doing social media marketing a start-up company that could potentially turn me into a millionaire (as we still hope it does) and two, I was offered a job working on a mountain in Tahoe. I had just moved to California six months prior, so another move would be a big step. However, the mountains beckoned, and I quickly became unsure of my next step.
Instead of fretting over the advantages and disadvantages of each, I took to my creative side and started a dream board. A dream board is an idea that will help you envision all of your goals in life. It’s a visual reminder of who you are and what you want to achieve in even your wildest dreams.
I spent the next few nights going through magazines and cutting out any images that inspired me or reminded me of my life’s dreams. While arranging my images on a large poster board I began to contemplate why I was drawn to these particular images and dreams:
“I want to learn how to surf.”
“I want to shred hard, all winter long.”
“I want to write more for Steez Magazine.”
“I want to attend more concerts.”
“I want to do more yoga.”
“I want to go camping and to travel.”
“I want to learn the Ukulele.”
“I want to make more jewelry.”
“I want to continue on the path to enlightenment.”
Now, I get stoked every time I see my dream board. It helps me remember who I am and what I hope to someday achieve. You can make your dream board like I did using magazines, glue and scissors, or if you’re not into crafts, try Pinterest. Pinterest is the 21st century way to organize visual reminders of your wildest dreams so that they may begin to manifest. No matter how you do it, the rules and benefits of building a dream board are the same.
How to Build a Great Dream Board
A Dream Is Not a Goal
Don’t get me wrong, setting goals for yourself is a great way to improve yourself. But a dream is not a goal. Dreams don’t have deadlines, and they don’t work on time frames. So choose images that will consistently inspire you, and images that don’t set deadlines for yourself.
The point of your dream board isn’t to come up with realistic things — it’s to see what you can imagine. Come up with big, crazy ideas of things that may someday happen. Not necessarily things that you can work for, but things that may manifest in themselves and come to be.
Don’t Edit Your Dreams
Want to marry Heath Ledger, or spend a day on the moon? Don’t edit yourself. Put them on your dream board. It’s only a dream. While you’re dreaming, your board should inspire you to be present in the moment and be grateful for all that’s currently in your life, even as you aspire towards something greater.