Two years ago I created a dream board. In case you’re not female or have missed this new era practice, a dream board is basically a poster that you fill with images and words that represent all your life’s dreams, goals and aspirations. Dream boards coincide with the law of attraction, which pretty much says “you reap what you sow.” If you have a negative mindset and stew over worries or negative thoughts, then you’ll attract negativity and bad things will surround you. If you choose to think and act positively and visualize positive outcomes, you will attract goodness and positivity.
So back to this dream board I made — I spent hours filling it with all the things I wanted. There was a big beautiful boat out on a crystal blue ocean, an 8,000 sqft Craftsman style home overlooking a sprawling green property, exotic vacation destinations, a black on black Mercedes G Wagon, my dream bikini body (obviously with the head cut off and mine glued on) and a gold diamond engagement ring the size of a helipad.
But my dream board didn’t work. Not at all.
2 years later and I am no closer to those things than I was then. In fact, I would argue that I’m farther away from most of those “dreams” than ever before. And I know exactly why — because I mistook material things for dreams. Without knowing any better, I chose to fixate on the things I thought would make me happy, rather than the experiences and the accomplishments and the relationships that could truly bring me happiness. Instead of visualizing how happiness would look and feel and sound, I thought about stuff…fancy stuff.
So today, I start a new dream board — one that’s filled with pictures of Spinning® classes packed with energetic, powerful students and quotes from the writers who inspire and motivate me like Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Rumi and Dr. Seuss. It will boast photos of my family when we’ve been happiest, during camping trips and live concerts. There will be pictures of Half Dome and Mt. Whitney and a german shepherd pulling a wheelchair.
And I’ll paste another bikini body on this new dream board — but this time it will be my own, because today I am living my dream of health, fitness and a pretty-darn-nice beach bod. No more dreaming of anyone else’s….anything. I already have all that I need to be happy — within me and within the people I love.
So take some time to create a little dream board and fill it with all your favorite people and activities and watch your happiness bloom.