There is a technique that many people know, and few practice consistently, that can help you achieve the goals and objectives you want. And the most surprising thing is that all that is required is a minimum action from you: to do it and observe it every day.
It has different names: I practice it as the “Treasure Map”, although it is also called “dream board“, “board of your dreams“.
In a few words, it is about graphically reflecting in detail a series of goods, things, places, moods and achievements that you would like to achieve.
Imagine that, just as any company has a strategic plan and objectives by areas to achieve, this command of your life is generated from your potential to generate what you yearn for and desire.
By representing it visually, this personal and intimate board will come to life in the form of impacts on your subconscious mind, which is precisely the mental space where emotions and feelings develop.
The subconscious is the place that precedes ideas and is made up of thoughts of all kinds; in fact, every day we have about 60,000 thoughts that go through our heads, and it is estimated that 90% are of the negative type.
If you manage to redirect the energy of those thoughts, and focus them with a constructive look towards the path you want to take to achieve what you want, you will be one step closer.
Step-by-step tutorial to build your Dream Board
When you want to achieve something, it is necessary to go beyond having an idea in your mind, or believing that you are “trying”. Because that doesn’t work if you don’t take it to action. Trying or thinking about things is good, although it is not enough. It is necessary to act.
As a first step, I suggest that every time you work on your life and career goals, you write them down, record them, and set a daily step-by-step forward to achieve them. If you don’t write down your goals, they will remain just another dream, and you won’t commit enough.
In addition, procrastination, downplaying details, and failing to notice the small signs that may tell you that you are moving forward can also be huge obstacles that make it difficult for you to achieve them.
Because it is not enough to imagine, but to download them to a system with which you can work on them daily. The goals need to be credible, tangible, concrete, specific, possible to achieve, measurable and set in a specific time, to know if you are on the right track.
Building your dreamboard
I have tried this technique and it really is amazing. It is about visually capturing graphic representations, with photos, Internet printouts and magazine clippings, for example, of the aspects that you want to see materialized in your life, in any area.
Pay attention to these steps:
1 – Take a large sheet or paperscissors and glue.
2 – Make a list of 6 to 10 objectives/goals that you want to achieve. Focus on the main ones, and then you can add others, and even make another board.
For example, these objectives can be to have a car of a specific model, to travel to a place that you would love, to find a partner with certain characteristics, to obtain a job that earns you at least a certain amount of money, and so on.
3 – Crop photos of the desired state of the main aspects and achievements that you want to achieve in a certain time; photos that are as close to the achievement you want.
4 – Paste your photo in the center of the paper; and the other photos around it, in an order that makes some sense to you. For example, you can group economic goals, and, furthermore, other relationships, friends, travel, health, and any other.
Your main photo in the center is key: It needs to be an image where you see yourself very happy and fulfilled. In other words, that self-image will represent the internal emotional state in which you would like to feel when you have achieved that goal.
5 – Once the map is complete, you sign it and put the day and time when you finished it. This aspect is important for the future.
6 – Activating your artwork: Put this “treasure map” or “dream board” in a visible place, where you visualize it for several minutes each day; take a photo and carry it in your cell phone or wallet. Generate in your subconscious mind the greatest number of visualization impacts of the board, because this will help you to achieve those goals.
7 – Start creating and executing small stimuli that will bring you closer to each of those goals.
For example, if you want a car of such a model or brand, start seeing them on the street, find out at the dealership that sells them, research on the Internet; if you want to move, put a picture of the ideal house as you want it, and start looking at the appropriate neighborhoods. That is, do the putting into action.
8 – Important: don’t worry if you don’t have the resources or you can’t even imagine getting it: just do it positively and every day. Don’t limit your thinking and do expand your mind beyond limitations.
9 – Do this exercise of looking at your board every day for several months in a row. You may be surprised by the signs that “something” is moving in favor of your projects.
In my experience, it does work. I’ll tell you how it went and since then I do it permanently. The first time I set ambitious goals (and very far for me); for example: traveling permanently to different countries, generating a certain amount of income, and even having a small house on the beach. Not only were each and every one of these goals achieved, but they were exceeded in quantity, speed and quality. Even the one about the beach house was the most surprising: I put up a photo 25 years ago of a property with a wooden patio right facing the sea. 10 years later that house became a reality… with a wooden deck facing the Atlantic Ocean just like the one in the “dreamboard” which surprised me.
10 – When you are specifying each objective, you mark it, for example, with a symbol, a sticker or something that represents a completed achievement for you. Be patient: because it will take its time, although it will have its reward.
Why does the dream board work?
This technique is highly effective if you do it consciously and follow the instructions. It works simply for two reasons:
a) 90% of people formulate in negative the objectives to be achieved in negative: for example, “I don’t want such a thing”, instead of affirming it positively. By putting the most precise photograph of what you do want to achieve, the subconscious mind begins to bring that type of stimuli closer, which can become the goal you are pursuing.
b) The subconscious mind is activated. That is the space of the “magic lamp” of the power-maker that we have inside, which does not distinguish between yes and no, because it is designed to generate mental patterns within you according to the internal orders you give it.
This means that if you give him positive instructions and take minimal action in that direction, he will help you achieve those experiences; On the other hand, if you speak negatively, it will also help you to achieve those experiences.
The subconscious mind doesn’t know “I can’t” from “I can”, so if you give it a no, that’s exactly what it will do. It is simply an emotional type command that you activate, most of the time due to limiting type beliefs. This is why people who do have results in different areas of their lives have learned to work with the subconscious in their favor.
Attention: this is not about suggestion, but about positive subconscious management, so that your mind supports you, and does not boycott you (as most people do).
Try it enough, and share your experience. Have you ever done it consciously?
daniel colombo Facilitator and Master Executive Coach specialized in senior management, professionals and teams; mentor and professional communicator; international speaker; author of 31 books. LinkedIn Top Voice Latin America. ICF certified; Certified Coach and Member of John Maxwell Team.