Our dreams have to include details as would be felt by your five senses.
Can you taste the salt water during your envisioned Barbadian vacation?
Can you smell the mango and hear the monkeys’ calls?
Do you feel the warmth of the sun on your hands?
Can you see how you would get there?
Where you would stay?
What you would eat?And who knows you best? Who knows the details of your strengths? And how resourceful you can be in achieving your goals? And the interesting part is that you may not consciously know how you are going to achieve your desires when setting your goals. But by visualizing them, you will naturally start breaking them down into smaller bite-sized pieces and then organizing your strengths and resources in attaining them in the form of an action plan. Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The little engine that could? David and Goliath? Even the heroes of these epics had strengths to overcome challenges that seemed daunting at first. So, where does one start when creating their action plan? Starting can be simple, and can even be as fun as achieving your goals.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.Maybe, you even find your dreams and goals themselves are different than initially foreseen. After all, 12-year-old Muhammad Ali just wanted to learn how to box so that when he found the kid that stole his bike, he would whoop him 🙂 Did he have any idea that this was the beginning of his campaign for social equality, irrespective of race, caste or creed? Could he have foreseen that after having been vilified and having his titles and boxing license stripped from him because of his goals, that he would be the most celebrated athlete of the century, even being given the honour of lighting the olympic flame in Atlanta in 1994? This is also true about your vision board. As your destination for the future changes, so will your journey! The interesting thing is that your destinations would have not been possible if you had not set out the way you did. Have a look on YouTube at Denzel Washington’s speech to the graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania, the alma mater of one of our generation’s most decorated psychologists, Dr. Martin Seligman. Dr. Seligman spent his career studying and developing the field of positive psychology. Just as Denzel Washington speech goes, positive psychology is basically the science of getting to where you want.
The science of falling down 1000 times and getting up 1001 times.In this context, “failures” are steps to success and so, are valuable, and are to be embraced as spring boards to our goals. This in itself is a skill that Dr. Seligman taught to the likes of professional sports teams, US presidential candidates, corporate America and internationally. Implement new skills and perspectives, evolve your vision, introduce new passions. The posters on those bedroom walls of your childhood were constantly changing, why shouldn’t your vision board? Who knows? Sooner than you think you could be taking that dream vacation skiing in the Alps, playing your favourite song on piano, or experiencing the joy of finally reaching your ultimate goal!