The Dream Board is a fun, creative, and right-brained concept to integrate into your personal and professional planning process. Also known as a Vision Board or Treasure Map, whatever you call it, and however you do yours, a Dream Board is as unique as you are. It’s all about you–a visual blueprint of the people, places, and things you want in your life, and dreams that you want to come true.
The idea behind this inventive project is that what we think about or focus on is what we bring into our lives. If we put good things in front of us, lofty goals we aspire to meet, or even objects we have always wanted, we will attract them. Having a Dream Board helps you to clarify and focus on your dreams, making them your reality!
Give yourself a moment to think of whatever it is you want in your personal life or financial practice. If you’re like most of my clients, the two areas overlap quite a bit. Here are some questions to get you started:
- What would you like your practice to look like in a year? Five years?
- How much time do you want to spend working versus spending time with family, on hobbies, with friends, or volunteering?
- Who is your ideal client? What is your audacious AUM (assets under management) or profit goal?
- What types of people and positions would you like on your team within the next 5 years?
- What is your vision for the legacy you’d like to leave for your family, the community, the world?
Write down your life goals, visualize them, and affirm them. When your dreams are visually set in front of you, they serve as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve. Before you know it, your dreams will be flourishing! Just writing your goals on paper is very powerful on its own, but to build your dream board, follow the rest of the instructions.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Poster board/oak tag/cork board
- A photo or photos of yourself
- Pens, markers
- Shells, leaves, or something from nature
- Scissors: straight edge and/or your favorite border design
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Few pieces of thick 8 1/2 x 11 paper
- Favorite rubber stamps
- Anything else that calls to you!
7 Steps to Bring Your Dream Board to Life:
- Start with your blank poster board, oak tag, cork board, or a wall.
- In the center of your board, place a picture of yourself that you really enjoy. If you like, arrange items that represent your spiritual or religious beliefs above your picture.
- Cut out pictures and words that symbolize your dreams or draw pictures. Can’t draw perfectly? Try it anyway! (If I can, you can.) Put words, quotes, or captions under the pictures.
- Bring all your dreams to your board. Here are the areas to consider as you create your board. Remember to be very specific and descriptive!
- Life Vision Board: Personal Growth, Religious/Spiritual Growth, Relationships, Family, Romance, Friends, Career & Business, Finance & Money, Play & Recreation, Health & Fitness, Physical Environment, etc.
- Business Vision Board: Your Office, Staff, Bank Account, Client Results, Ideal Clients, Products, Retirement, Accolades, Philanthropic Efforts, etc.
- Go for it!! Enjoy it!! Have fun with it!! Get your family members to create their own dream boards or create a family board!
- Tack it on the wall. As your dreams continue to grow (or change), keep adding to it.
- Spend a few moments in front of it before you start your day, and make it the last thing you look at before you go to sleep!
“If your vision is in your head, that is not where it needs to be. It needs to be out in the world, for all to see.”
Keep in mind–as you act on your dreams, doors will open in many directions–not all of which support your ultimate goal. You may face some things you should say ‘no’ to, or come across unexpected, terrific alternatives that you hadn’t imagined. It’s important to watch out for what the world brings, signs of God’s or a Higher Power’s plans, and the possibility of everything working out differently–and more wonderfully–than expected. So start dreaming and dream-boarding!
Not sure where to start dreaming? Maybe starting with a more left-brained process will help get you going. For help with creating your Business Vision Statement, you can catch my >F.R.E.E. seminar. Hurry, space is limited to only 24 participants. Achieving your dreams begins with you taking the time to write them down, and then dream-boarding them is even better! >Register for this complimentary seminar and see how easy it can be to plan for your business and your life.
Special thanks to my first coach, Edie Peirera-Hulbert, author Susan Ban Breathnach, and the 4T Prosperity Program at Unity Church for teaching about these concepts and helping me put them to good use.
This article was first published in 2000. Since then, Mark Victor Hansen has done a PBS special that included information on Vision Boards.
What do you think? Do you like this concept? Share your thoughts, questions or experiences with a dream board below!
©2000. Updated 2010, 2015. Elevating Your Business
Maria Marsala helps advisors to advise more clients as they grow their firms in a more organized and efficient way. A former Wall Street retail trader and operations manager, Maria is the author of eight business growth and marketing workbooks. If you’re ready to experience relief as you identify new ways to manage the array of roles and responsibilities within your practice, sign up to get our Business Toolkit and receive updates and articles that will expand your mindset. Heat things up a bit! Start now at CoachMaria.com