Last week I opened a journal from the time period of 2006 to 2008. There’s not a ton of entries in there, but from what is there, it’s nothing but utter gems, I swear. Lots of goals (the way I learned to do them at Lululemon – I was working there for part of that time period) and lists and hopes and dreams.
Rereading it reminded me that our dreams are everything. Our dreams are all that we have. The power of our creative minds gives us purpose. Having something to work toward is one of the most empowering feelings in all the world. It’s not about taking our current reality for granted, it’s about enhancing our present moment, and making it feel even more meaningful and worthwhile. Live your life on purpose, as they say.
That’s why I like to say that the process is the goal. Also known as ‘it’s the journey, not the destination.’ The amount of joy that chasing a dream brings us is such a beautiful thing. It gives us hope, and fire, and light, and exhilaration and a sense of direction in this world. And when we have that desire, the road to get there is not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
What you learn along the way is so important, and you realize that once you ‘arrive’ there’s more dreams to dream. Bigger, broader, and even more beautiful. We must allow ourselves to expand into them. Proving to yourself that you can accomplish your dreams is a pivotal part of the process.
If we apply dreaming to weight release, you might someday dream that you’ll be at the weight that feels more natural for you. Getting there is such an exhilarating transformation where you have the ability to learn so much about yourself. I never want to teach my clients that getting to their natural weight is the end all be all. It’s but one stop on the dream journey. Because once they get there, new dreams are born. It is my job to show them the capacity of their own potential and help them fulfill all of their life dreams, not just their natural weight.
So, how does one get started? With vision boarding, of course! It’s the easiest way to ignite your creativity and imagination. You may also have heard it referred to as a treasure map or a dream board. Here’s a quick step-by-step process on getting started (we go more in depth on this in my coaching experience).
-Blank poster board
Step 1: Get in the zone
Set aside some quiet time for yourself in a space that feels comfortable. This process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Bonus points for ‘setting the mood’ with candles, music, and tea. Creating this calm space is a symbol of giving yourself permission to think clearly and dream big without any limitations or distractions.
Step 2: Free tear
Go through magazines and tear out any images that resonate with you. No need for scissors yet, just rip things out on your first instinct. This could be images, scenery, or words. Categories in your life you can look to find visions for are:
Step 3: Assemble
On a blank white poster board, start assembling some images into a collage. You can keep each category together or combine all into one. Once you are satisfied with how it looks, begin to cut out the images and words and glue down with a glue stick.
Step 4: Define & Feel
I like to take my vision boards a step further by writing a sentence or phrase next to each image or category. I see the image, not what does it mean? What exactly do you want. Write it down. Be specific.
It’s also important to use all of your senses. Feel, hear, smell, taste, and see each vision in your minds eye. Does it excite you? Can you hear the waves crashing on your dream vacation? Can you smell the salt air? Can you taste delicious, healthy food? Can you see your wedding dress? Can you feel what it feels like to lead a team or say your vows. This is an important part of visualization. If we don’t give our entire system a chance to experience this and soak it in, we are doing our selves a disservice. Allow all the senses to come into play here.
Step 5: Visualize
Once you do this for each image and/or category, put your vision board on display. You can create a daily visualization practice for yourself where you call in those feelings of the 5 senses and see get comfortable with all of those dreams coming to life.
I break down the process for you in this video:
Here’s the law of the universe: it’s okay to ask for what you truly want. Sometimes we’re so afraid we can’t get it so we’re too afraid to ask and put it out there. Set those beliefs aside once and for all, and I promise your life will change forever.
If you want a good podcast episode on abundance and prosperity where they touch on vision boarding, check out Chris Lee on Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness. If you are wanting more guidance specifically around creating a treasure map to call in a soulmate, check out Arielle Ford’s Soulmate Secret.
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