The How & Why of Starting your Pinterest Dream Board
How to start a Dream Board on Pinterest.
Have you ever started a sentence with, “Someday I’ll…”. Professional motivational speaker Brian Tracy calls that Someday Island. Where people day dream all day and start their sentences with “Someday I’ll…”. In his book, “No Excuses” he really gives the reader some great tools to get up and get started on building your dream.
What’s interesting to me, is that many people don’t really have a clear picture of what their dream will look like. For instance, I’ve been really paying attention to my friends and trying to figure out how I can help them reach their dreams… and I’ve found that not many really have a clear picture of what their dream is.
They give me vague statements like:
“I’ll pay off my debt”
“I’ll retire and move to a nice warm state”
So, today I thought I’d write about how to clarify your dreams and turn them into Goals.
Goals are just dreams with a deadline. 🙂
Let’s get started. So, you can either get out a fresh piece of paper or you can open a new document on your computer. I’d like you to write 4 things you’d like to accomplish in the following 8 areas. You must write 4 things AND this should be a really quick exercise.
NOTE: Don’t worry about HOW you are going to accomplish, this exercise is not about the HOW, it’s all about the WHAT. This is a dream… this is a … if money were no object and I could have and do whatever I wanted… what 4 things in each of these 8 categories would I like to accomplish.
- Physical health
- Career – profession
- Family life
- Personal development education
Now we are going to pick the top 4 dreams.
I have found the easiest way to do this is to draw arrows connecting related dreams…
Let’s say, you want to travel to Ireland. So, under the travel category is “Travel to Ireland” and the reason you aren’t doing it this week or next week is because it’s expensive or you don’t have time off work, or you aren’t healthy enough to travel… Draw an arrow from Travel to Ireland to the entry under Careers or Financial that you need to accomplish FIRST to be able to travel.
Under Family life and Friendships you may say, “have more time to spend with family” or “vacation with friends every year”. Why aren’t you doing these things right now? Find the “thing” on your list that you will need to accomplish first, to make these dreams come true.
Get it? No? So, if your dream under Family Life is “spend more time with family” and the reason you can’t now is because you have to work so much… then maybe there is something under Career that you need to achieve and THEN you will have more time for family, or maybe it’s a financial goal that will allow you. Understand?
We are trying to get down to the Top 4.
The TOP 4 things that will provide you with the ability to pursue your other dreams.
Write them down.
Don’t share them with anyone. Here’s why. At this point, you are still building and clarifying your dreams. And while they are fluid and flexible, you are the mechanic, the architect. You need to dream your perfect dream… clarify your dream… in order to be able to life your dream and frankly… other people can be dream crushers.
I know, that seems harsh… but how many times have you had an idea and someone has said, “You and your crazy ideas” or “You are always coming up with these ideas and they never work” or maybe even more damaging, “that’s dumb”. When we look for other people to validate our ideas, we are weakening our resolve. We are losing the power over our dreams and making them contingent on someone else’s approval. RESIST the urge to share … and one day you will be able to tell everyone… as you are living your dream, how you did it! J
Now it’s time to start your dream board.
Let’s say, your 4 things are:
- Own my own successful bakery
- Travel to Italy
- Run a 5K
- Lose weight
You start by making Pinterest boards with those headings. Then, get started by surfing the net and pin pictures that inspire you in those areas. And pin them to that board. (if you need help with Pinterest or need an account, go to www.pinterest.com.. Their help menu is really great)
Now, this is a work in progress… BUT you will see how much joy you get looking at the pictures you’ve chosen in your Pinterest boards. How much they encourage you, and more importantly… SUPERCHARGE your motivation.
This is really just the first step. The first step in making your dream more solid. This is by NO MEANS the last step to setting your goals and achieving them… but it’s a really good start.
Now… at the end of this post… I’ll tell you what you’re really doing… You are using the power of Visualization. (tricked you into some hocus pocus..
.ha ha ha ha)
Actually the great majority of successful people use visualization daily to bring clarity to their endeavors. You see, when you visualize something it’s tells your brain about the possibility. So, if you visualize success in a very specific area, it’s easier for your mind to achieve that success, because it’s had practice! J
Listen, I can’t make this stuff up. Haven’t you ever heard of the “self-fulfilling prophecy”?
Here are some other quotes I like:
“See things as you would have them be instead of as they are” – Robert Collier
“I’ve discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen” – Charles A. Garfield
“Mentally imagine you are buying the business or applying for the job that will earn your fortune. Review each step you’d take, the obstacles you might meet, the difficulties you would meet. Continue imagining each step until you mentally reach your wealth goal” — Tyler G. Hicks
“I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having am mental workshop” – Jack Youngblood
“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success” – Robert Collier