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When working with women and helping them reach their dreams, I’ve noticed one thing they all have in common…

There is no definition or picture of the dream.  Without a detailed vision of the dream, how will you know where to go or what to do?

For example, if someone says their dream is to be able to travel for a living, or to work wherever they want in the world, that’s not enough.

The dream needs to appear as reality.  When I hear about your dreams, I need to feel that I can touch, see, or damn near smell it’s surroundings in some way. lol

I want you to think about something for a second…

If you put an address into a GPS system, and it doesn’t signal you to take a left turn because the developer forgot to insert the streets into the GPS system, what would happen?

You would completely miss your destination.  Worse, you’d probably end up getting lost.

So why?  Why does the dream need to be so detailed?

I have two answers.

1. Because your mind believes it’s already happening.  Studies show that your brain doesn’t know the difference between and imaginative state and reality but if you feel studies aren’t enough, it’s also a major principle in the bible.

2. Where there is no vision, the people perish. – Proverbs 29:18

My virtual mentor Jim Rohn always said the bible is as practical as it is spiritual.  As I travel through my own journey, and help other women through theirs, I continue to find his statement fascinating.  I continuously see and experience that the roots of true, authentic success clearly derive from scriptures. 

Sometimes after I receive good news or when something happens that I have been wanting to happen, I just look over to my little, blue-leather bounded book and think, “damn, your legit.”

Almost every book I read from self-made millionaires all credit the same principles that the bible teaches.  However, this doesn’t go to say that to be successful you must be, or follow any certain religion.  Not at all.  However, you will find that most individuals who are deemed to be successful by social standards, apply those same principles without necessarily realizing where they came from.

…but the purpose of this blog is to remind you of the importance of having a clear, detailed vision of your dream.

Another question I am often asked when cultivating a vision is…

Do Vision Boards Work?

As with almost every other tactic, the answer to the above question depends on your personality and ability to correctly apply the concepts of an effective vision board.

Studies have proved both positive and negative effects of the vision board, and of course back when the Secret came out…and when one of my favorite TV personalities, Oprah, spoke about the benefits of a vision board – it had a lot of hype behind it for good reason!

Here’s the truth.  For some of you, YES, a vision board will absolutely work.  As Professor Shawn Achor writes in his book the, Before Happiness, vision boards can be helpful if done correctly which means (1) realistic goals that (2) based upon what matters most to you and (3) possible in the near future.

Here’s why:

For certain personality types, posting pictures of a mansion when your renting out a room, and posting a picture of six packs abs when your 50lbs overweight, will either do harm or nothing at all because you made the dream too far from reality.

If in fact a vision board works with your personality, it is much more effective to first create something that is closer to being obtained.

And never forget that although vision is important, it must be followed by action!

If you need help defining your vision + the action steps every vision will need to get there, you can always shoot me a message so that we can get started helping you reach your dreams!

References:

Hiatt, Marta (1988). Mind Magic: Techniques for transforming your life. Llewellyn Publications. Woodbury, Minnesota.

Oettingen, Gabriele, Pak, Hyeon-Ju, Schnetter, Karoline, & Devine, Patricia. (2001). Self-Regulation of Goal Setting: Turning Free Fantasies About the Future Into Binding Goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80(5), 736-753.