World Travelling From My Dream Board
I can tell you with confidence that vision boards work.
Beginning about two to three years ago, I was intent on creating my first vision board. On it, I attached a picture of Big Ben and the “Hogwarts Train” in Scotland. Amongst the rest of my pictures, these were my two largest hopes for the near future. Low and behold, not but a year or two later, I would be in Scotland on a missions trip and Bath, England, on my birthday. It was the craziest thing ever.
Never before had I travelled abroad, and suddenly I was transported to the locations of my dreams. I think there’s some vital things to remember when creating a vision board:
- These are your goals, not your dreams. Dreams are great, but they are without a plan. If you really want to do something, it should be a goal. Goals have plans.
- Think bigger than what seems currently possible. You may wonder about expenses or realistic expectations, but anything can be within your reach. Expect big things to happen.
- Just “wishing” for these goals is not going to get you there. There needs to be a level of work involved. Search out opportunities. Do research. Talk with people who have done the things you want to do. Find ways to communicate this goal with others and see if they have any tips. You could easily find someone who would share the same goal with you!
- And, as a Christian, I fully believe that prayer is a key factor. Praying for the things you want, and asking for the very best of those things, will be most effective. God knows the desires of your heart. He wants the best for you, too. So, praying and asking for His best in your life, as well as the things you think are the best, will help your goals become clearer in your mind. Thus, you can feel peace that everything is under control, and the very best outcome will happen for you.
As school is still around a month and a half away, I have found that this summer break has been crucial to my self-development. I can plan for the new school year and arrange my classes to fit my goals, then ask the necessary people who can help me succeed. I’ve really been feeling clearer in my mind as each step has been locked down. If you are a college student, I would recommend doing this as it can help you have peace of mind before the school year starts! If you are not a college student, I would still recommend doing this. Anyway that you can begin thinking ahead is beneficial.
And if you begin gearing your thinking towards the big picture on a daily basis, those mentors or bosses or leaders in your life take recognition of this. Believe me, there’s a lot to be respected when you think big and plan ahead. People recognize this trait. It’s very impressive when someone can be forward-thinking and not let themselves be bogged down by the here and now. Plus, if you are a details person like myself, it can be a relief to your mind to know that all of the work you’re currently doing is going towards something meaningful or valuable.
Lately, I’ve been gathering pictures for my new vision board, and it’s one of the most exciting things to do! I know that vision boards are usually personal and it can sometimes feel weird to share it or let someone else see it. However, I’m proud to say that a destination in England will definitely be on my new board. As well as a location in Scotland.
Like I mentioned, these are your goals. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I can’t remember exactly when I was taught this phrase, but I always find it applicable when it comes to goals. Unlike dreams, goals are made up of plans. In order to get somewhere, you need to make a plan. Right? If you want to travel somewhere come the following year, start breaking the process down. You don’t have to know all of the details just yet, but start doing some research. Let’s use England, for example. Years prior to going, I researched locations I wanted to visit. During my casual social media checkup one day, I saw that one of my friends from high school had taken a picture at Peggy Porschen, a fancy bakery shop that provides tea and champagne with your treats! After seeing the picture of the adorable pink building behind her, I knew I wanted to see where this little shop was located. Finding out that it was located in Belgravia, London, Peggy Porschen was added to my list of locations to visit upon my arrival in England. At the time, I didn’t know I would be going only a few years later. And yet, because it had been added to my plan, my mother and I got the chance to go!
Had I not added it to my list of top locations to visit — basically, had I not made it my top priority — my mother and I would have never visited Peggy Porschen. It’s that simple.
The things we don’t prioritize, especially when it comes to planning, fall by the wayside. We don’t do them…but more accurately, we won’t do them.
So, if you are inspired to make a vision board of your own, include the things you are willing to plan for. If it’s not that important to you, choose another goal. If you want to dress more professionally, put up a nice pantsuit on the board. However, if you’re not really motivated to change your clothing style (it’s not a priority), then choose another goal. Of all the time there is in the world to be wasted, don’t waste your own. When you’re really ready to change how you dress, you’ll know. Until then, work on the things you know you can accomplish now. And if it isn’t something that seems doable at the current moment, put it to the side and make it a long-term goal.
I have to consistently tell myself this, as I am a naturally talented over-thinker. If my mental circuit boards can’t handle a handful of basic goals, I have to take a step back and look at which goals are relevant to me in the current moment. If I find that I want to accomplish some sooner than others, I’ll hold onto the rest and file them for future questioning. Your brain can only handle so much at once. Be nice to your brain by relieving some stress and give your future self a sweet list of goals to accomplish; you’re making it easier on yourself by already having that list prepared. Go you!
- “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
- When you plan, make sure to prioritize the things that are most important to you.
This goes for everyone in all situations, but especially for my fellow college students. If you need to make a certain grade to continue taking a class, prepare time within your schedule to study and do the work to your best abilities. If you find that you have no time when you start to schedule it, look at how much time you’re putting into hanging out with your friends; scrolling through social media; watching tv shows; procrastination. One will usually be there, and will be obviously taking up an unnecessary amount of time. For the time being, try putting it towards studying and working harder on the homework. It will make a world of difference when the time comes to check your grades. And if you don’t feel that you’re doing well even after making the shift, ask your professors and mentors. They will be, more often than not, willing to help you solve your problems. They want to see you succeed.
And so, make a vision board. Look up pictures on Pinterest, cut out images from magazines or books, and make your board personal to you. You are more than capable of improving. Self-development and growth is powerful stuff! See just how far you can go. I bet you’ll be surprised.
All my love,