Life Lesson #4: Dream Boards- what are they, why are they important, and why Pinterest doesn’t count.

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Making a Dream Board is one of those deeply personal craft projects that I’ve always had a difficult time with. I never really stopped and thought about why they were so important until one of my new life gurus (Is that a thing? If not, I’m making it one.) said that I needed to do it. So, because she’s had such good advice so far- this Blog only got published because she said to get a blog- I decided to listen to her. However, because it’s me, and I can’t seem to do anything without really, really overthinking it- I spent the night researching them first.

A Dream Board is a visualization aid that is meant to be placed in a prominent place, so that you will see it regularly. This is why Pinterest doesn’t really count- if you’re anything like me, you pin all of those amazing things that speak to you, and then promptly never look at them again. That doesn’t work because psychologically, you have to see the board regularly. That is the part that makes it effective.

Visualization is one of those brain exercises that sounds pretty hokey, but is actually a very powerful tool. Olympic athletes have been using visualization techniques since the 60s, and a report by Psychology Today that looked at the brain waves of weightlifters when they were actually lifting, and when they were simply visualizing lifting, showed that the same brain wave patterns were activated (Levan, A., 2009). Visualizing what you want, on a regular basis trains your brain to believe you can do it. And so you do.

Now back to that Dream Board. One of the most important things that I read about them is that you should make the focus emotional, rather than physical. In other words, choose your images based on how they make you feel when you look at them. You can still put that dream house on there, of course- just don’t fill the board with material things. Other than that one rule, however, anything seems to go. It’s all about you- your style, interests, and abilities will dictate what your board becomes.

So I’ve cleared off a shelf just beside my door, and I’ve pulled out a pretty picture frame that I am going to use as a real-life pin board. And from there, it’s just collecting images and tokens that will help me visualize where I want to be in life. Easy peasy, right? I’ll post a picture in the comments when it’s finished, and I would love for you to do the same- share away please!

*D just came in to read my post and he wanted to know if he frames a picture of Batman and looks at it everyday, will he become him? I said yes, for what I’m considering a parenting win.


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