An idea that became popular not long after that awful book “The Secret” was released (Sorry if that’s offensive, but it’s bloody horrific) was putting pictures of your goals and dreams on a “Vision Board” or “Goals Board” so that you can look at them every day; and while I find the whole “Secret” movement about as appealing as having a naked Joan Rivers performing a double root canal on me, (and without anaesthesia) I must say the Goals Board is one takeaway idea that, when actually executed, has tremendous merit in the pursuit of our goals. Here’s why I say this: When you are forced to look at your desired goals every single day, two things “magically” seem to happen; first, because they are always front and center in your mind, you tend to notice many more opportunities to manifest them; and secondly, those opportunities usually show up at a fairly reduced cost than if you weren’t constantly on the lookout for them – something methinks is very good!
Why This Works
Here’s a couple of examples of how this technique has worked AMAZINGLY for us: After we bought our condo we knew we HAD to renovate, mostly since the vile 70’s motif was just a little too much for our senses to bear – the decor was so bad I would constantly wake up in cold sweats believing I was trapped in Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland”, if you know what I mean… smoke some more weed, Mr. Caterpillar! However, understanding the big rooms (kitchen and bathrooms) would be the most costly to do, we chose to start small by painting the bedrooms, hallways etc. and save for the larger ticket items to be purchased at a later date when we had the money to buy the (more expensive) kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures that we really wanted.
Each weekend we would haunt various home improvement stores, (Home Depot, etc.) and either take photos of or cut out pictures from flyers of the items that really caught our eyes, taking note of the cost of each item. We then put those pictures up on our newly mounted goals board, which had been placed strategically above my desk. We chose this spot since we knew we’d be staring at these pictures every single day, and stare at them we did! Before we knew it, these images were so ingrained in our neurological pathways that the images of three “G.E. Profile” stainless steel appliances and patterns of marbled Turkish travertine tiles were as clear in our heads as if we were seeing them live. And because of this neural conditioning, whenever we spotted these things in the real world we noticed them much quicker, which is important as it brings me to my second point, which also happens to be one of my favourite topics… how this technique also saves us money!
You see, because we were always on the lookout for the pretty pictures burned in our brains, not only did we instantly recognize the items when we saw them, but we also noticed immediately if there was a price change or hot deal. Without boring you with the details, when the day came that there was a sale on the exact appliances we wanted, (G.E. Profile Series, convection oven, microwave and refrigerator) we immediately picked up on it, bought them right then and there, and saved $2,000 off of the regular price! Yippee! And just like that, our kitchen was pimped out for a great price – at least from the appliance point of view – all because we’d “conditioned” ourselves to (a) know exactly what we wanted, and (b) be ready to get it when the time was right.
Example # 2 happens more frequently, because even more than saving money, we love to travel around the world! We’ve always wanted to visit Peru, mostly to get up in the mountains to see Machu Picchu, as well as to trip around Cuzco. So to get our juices flowing for this little adventure, we found a picture of a couple of dudes sitting in the “classic” pose, – trust me, you know the one I’m talking about – and then covered their heads with pictures of ours – please note that scale wasn’t important! (pic below) That picture sat up on our board for a couple of years, quietly reminding us that yep, one day we still needed to get way up in the Peruvian Mountains to see the amazing lost city built by the Incas around 1450 B.C., almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Then guess what happened? Whilst randomly surfing the net I found an adventure company that was having a 2-4-1 sale on… you got it, Peruvian tours! I called up, booked, and 4 months later we were fulfilling that dream of touring Machu Picchu, and all because we looked at the goal everyday until we manifested it into our lives. And trust me, it’s pretty frickin’ cool! (photo below, please note the correct positioning of the heads)
Build It and Cool Stuff Will Come
On our board we put everything that we want to have, achieve, etc.; we put pictures of places we want to visit, skills we want to learn or financial goals we need to hit. Bottom line is if it’s a goal, it goes on the board. So, if you like what I’m saying and want to get your own “Goals Board” up and running that will inspire you to go after your dreams, it’s dead easy – just follow these steps and you’ll have on your wall in no time:
- Get a large piece of cardboard or a big corkboard (like mine – see photo above) and find a place to hang it on your wall where it will get seen everyday
- Go on the internet or get some magazines with colour pictures of your goals
- Cut them out, and put them on the board
- Write a prescribed timeline for each goals achievement date – be realistic so that they are achievable
- Break big goals into several smaller goals (i.e. rather than a single goal of a trip to Europe, you might have sub goals of (1) airfare paid, (2) all that need visas that need to be bought, purchased, (3) spending money saved, etc.
- Look at this board everyday and it will inspire you in ways you never imagined!
- Whenever a goal is achieved, replace it with a new one
Today is the first day of the rest of your life; so make it count! And by incorporating a goals board into the process, you will do just that, and achieve more great things than you ever imagined. I wish you lots of luck, and please, if you have any other questions or thoughts, give me a shout and let me know. Until then, I’m off to stick another goal on my board! Care to join us in Istanbul, anyone?
Have you ever used a goals board to achieve your goals? What was your experience doing so? Please let us know in the comments below, and thanks! David