Close your eyes for a moment and think of your perfect world. If money were no object, where would you live? What kind of business would you have? What do your weekends look like? Do you travel for work? What activities does your family enjoy? What type of clothes or colors do you wear in this perfect world? Are you living in a house or condo? Do you have pets? What kind of car do you drive?
Your answers should be things that make you happy—really happy. Maybe you take some tropical vacations in this perfect world. Maybe you dream of being on the New York Times Bestseller List. Maybe you’re driving a cute little retro car (the 1991 Figaro is my favored eye-candy). Or maybe material things aren’t that important and you’re dreaming of sunsets on the beach while the kids splash in the waves. There are no right or wrong answers here. This exercise is yours alone and your answers will be very different from your friends or family members.
Daydreaming is a way for your unconscious to help you see what’s truly important to you.
However, now that you know what’s important, it’s time to take action so you can turn these daydreams into reality. That’s a pretty daunting task and with the pressures of day-to-day life it’s easy to lose sight of those dreams, which is why our first exercise is to make a vision board to help you stay focused.
A vision board is a visual representation of everything that is important to you. Feel free to combine business photos with personal photos or keep each one separated by creating different boards. The choice is yours. By putting your hopes and dreams onto a board like this you’re able to focus and remember what it is you’re working towards.
How depressing to think you’re working just to pay the bills!
Get in the habit of working towards something fun, something that seems out of reach and special so you enjoy it even more. You only have one life to live so experience life instead of watching it pass you by.
To create a vision board, buy a simple piece of poster board and find pictures from magazines or online to cut and paste on to the poster board. Look for pictures specifically for items on your daydream list or glance through the magazines and cut out the photos that speak to you. You may surprise yourself by choosing photos of things or places that never crossed your mind before. Let your unconscious be your guide and paste the photos in an appealing design. You don’t need to be a graphic artist for this project nor does it have to look perfect.
When you’re done pasting the photos, find a prominent place to hang your vision board where you will see it daily, such as in your office. If you prefer to create a digital vision board, set it as your screensaver or make a point of looking at it every day when you turn the computer on. Work won’t seem so dreadful or bothersome if you know you’re working toward a fun goal.