Do you dream? I mean, do you imagine what you want to be in life?
When someone asks you, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” do you answer honestly, or do you tell them what you think is appropriate?
When I get asked, “Melinda Rae, what do you want to be when you grow up, I say, I want to be a ‘Rockstar’.” This does not mean, I literally want to be on a stage with a guitar, singing and thrashing my head around. Rather, this means I want to SHINE and do amazing things in my life. I want to be BIG and make a dent in our universe. I want be my BEST and feel like a bright STAR in my life; feeling capable, empowering and inspiring others.
Using moments to dream, imagine and the time to allow yourself to desire grand and big hopes and passions are all important to living with satisfaction and joy.
If you focus on what you feel like you have failed at, a failed marriage, a failed relationship, or you focus on your losses or a lost job, then those will be the things you continue to attract. So rather than focusing on the negative, focus on the positive and on your dreams.
You were created with a wonderful imagination. Begin to allow yourself to use your imagination to illuminate your goals and desires; therefore you will bring your dreams into your reality.
I often teach and use a popular template, S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) as a starting point with goal setting. I add an “I” for inspiration and make sure my goal is relevant and is inspiring to me.
I incorporate using language that is inspiring and motivating!
Your goal should have intention and express who you are, rather than a mindset of “fixing” something. I found when I first allowed myself to dream “BIG” and I allowed myself to be deserving. I was really helping myself achieve “my dreams.”
There is a purpose to clarifying all the factors that play a role in the attainment of your goal right from the start. Your chances of success are increased because once you are clear about what we want to achieve, then you are already half-way to achieving it.
In Empower Your Girl I share, “Turning your vision into reality, overcoming your difficult circumstances, or finding your purpose depends on learning how to make the best of your life in every moment and to focus on attracting the things you want in life; however I find when I take my goals, vision and mission and create a vision board using it every day, to attract the things I DO want in my life I attain everything I believe in and I desire. Do you want to take the next step? If so, manifest what want you dream, desire, want and crave by creating a vision board” (Crown, 2012). Empower Your Girl
Directions to create a vision board:
1. “What is” a Vision Board (see my example).
2. Use images, scriptures, words which have special and intentional/purposeful meaning or lists be used?
3. Begin with your S.M.A.R.T. I. template, Personal Goal Sheet/Daily Habits (covered in my book, Empower Your Girl) and Wheel of Life/a wheel of your priorities.
4. Look through magazines, color, draw, write and glue your images down on poster board at least 11 x 14 size.
5. Add goals, mission and create your vision on a board.
6. Use your Daily Habit List to help you each day feel a sense of accomplishment , place your vision board where you can see it, take a picture of it and place on your phone/screen saver and review your board consistently.
Watch YOUR VISIONS come to life in the next few months.
“The idea behind this is, I found when I surround myself with images of want I want to become, what I want to have and do, where I want to live, or where I want to vacation, my life changes to match those images and those desires. You will find that what you focus on will expand. I use the law of attraction, along with prayer and petition, thankfulness and gratitude, living in the moment and accepting myself, to attract my desires and turn them into reality” (Crown, 2012).
Melinda’s “Top Secret” No. 2
I use my mission, vision, priorities wheel, daily habits to create a vision board and I place it in my home where I see it every day; use this board to guide your life in a positive direction.
When I visualize and focus on the goals I set for myself on a regular basis, all comes to pass.
Put what you want to happen in your life, front of your mind.