I’m not a goal setter; I’m a dreamer. Some might think that is a bad thing, but I disagree. Ever since I was very young, I created what I call WHY Boards. A WHY Board is a visualization of my hopes and dreams, a simple way to help me collect my thoughts and remind myself of what I want to achieve and why. Magically (or almost so) most of my dreams do come true.
Does that mean that I always get what I want? Of course not. Sometimes, I didn’t want it as much as I thought. Or my dreams were too big and unrealistic. Other times, I realize what I wanted had been within reach, but I wasn’t ready to receive it at that point in my life. Looking back, 75% of what I have put on my vision board came to life, and that’s a pretty success rate!
WHY Boards – up close & personal
In my professional life as an educator, I introduced WHY Boards as a valuable tool in my leadership and development programs. Over and over again, I witnessed this inexpensive method have a profound impact on people’s lives…it blew my mind!
Steps to create your WHY Board!
There are no rules on how to do it. Here are a few tips that work for me:
1. Get Ready
You can choose any board and size you prefer. Bristol or craft board, cardboard, or a bulletin board all work well. Personally, I always use a pinboard, tape, pins, scissors, glue, etc. Find images online of your dream house, boat, job, vacations or places you dream about visiting. The sky is the limit.
2. Take some Time out
You will need to set time aside to think about your dreams and capture them as you create your WHY Board. I do this each year, inviting some close friends and my children to an annual WHY Board event. We bring last year’s WHY Board and talk about what came true in the past year. Whether you are working alone or with a group of people, make sure you do it at your own pace. Don’t rush!
Tip: Start with a plan! Before you start gluing images, prepare a “dummy” by laying everything on the table.
3. Know your WHY and Start Believing.
Your WHY Board should focus on how you want to feel and not just about things that you want. The more your WHY Board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life. If you can dream it, you can do it.
Start to believe that dream has already come true.
Look at your WHY Board every day, keeping it in a place where you can see it often. I always keep mine in my bedroom.
Take a picture of your board and keep it on your phone, computer and other places.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization it is reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavyweights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.
I wish you all the best as you create your WHY Board!
About Susan Binau
Susan is a motivational speaker, published author, and survivor of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses that changed her perspective on life.
Her mission is to inspire others through "hands-on tools," educational programs, coaching and self-help books.