How To Kick-Start Your Dreams In Just One Hour

It might seem ridiculously idealistic, in these tricky post-recession days, to urge belief in impossible dreams. Yet great achievement starts with having a dream—yes, even a seemingly impossible one—of where you want to go.

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Apr 10, 2014
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There is no use trying; one can't believe impossible things,” said Alice in Wonderland.

I dare say you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” replied the Queen.

It might seem ridiculously idealistic, in these tricky post-recession days, to urge belief in impossible dreams. Yet great achievement starts with having a dream—yes, even a seemingly impossible one—of where you want to go.

Making Dreaming Big Fun

Setting yourself the task to ‘come up with a vision’ often feels somewhat daunting—where on earth to start?

A great way to kick-start your vision is by creating your own Dream Board—it’s an enjoyable, practical and very tangible exercise that you can do within just one hour.

Having a Dream Board—a visual representation of what you are aiming for, what is most important to you (whether in your professional or personal life, or a combination of both) is an extraordinarily powerful tool to help you get there. It becomes something compelling to aspire to, something to get you out of bed with a bounce rather than that “Oh God, here we go again” Monday-morning feeling.

Dream Boards Work!

It may all seem a bit hokey-cokey, but there are plenty of people out there who have directly experienced the benefits of creating a Dream Board. One of those is me, I created a dream board in 2006 while divorced, no kids, living in North London with pipe dreams of meeting the man of my dreams and living in the sun!

Fast-forward to 2 months after doing my dream board, I meet my husband Robert (who lives in California by the way) and who (freakily) looks remarkably like the chap on my dream board.

3 Steps To Creating Your Own Dream Board

1. Get Your Head Straight

The actress Hilary Swank observed that “As long as we dare to dream and don’t get in the way of ourselves, anything is possible—there’s truly no end to where our dreams can take us”.

The most important part of that sentence? “As long as we…don’t get in the way of ourselves.” The second you step into dreaming big mode, it’s so easy for all the problems, practicalities, barriers and difficulties to come crashing down and stop you before you’ve even started. For you to tell yourself that you “couldn’t possibly” do, have or create X or Y.

Do yourself a favour, and create your Dream Board away from the distractions of your normal work environment, at a time when you’re feeling positive, energised, and good about yourself. You might want to start it first thing in the morning, or just after you’ve been for a walk. Although, I have to say, I did mine after a long day at work and over a bottle of Chardonnay (and mine turned out fine!).

2. Reflect Quietly

Settle down to think about your dreams, about what you really want, in a quiet place with no interruptions. Use the following prompts to trigger your thinking:

• If there were no obstacles at all, what would I love to achieve in the next couple of years? What would I love to be involved with? What is my ideal scenario?

Think about your life, work and the wider world.

3. Rip ‘n’ Stick!

Now for your Blue Peter moment—get a stack of magazines and newspapers together, along with a large piece of blank paper or board (a piece of A3 size card or flipchart paper is good). Flip through and rip out anything (pictures, words, colours, textures) that resonates with you and captures an element of your dreams. It’s important to be quite instinctive in your selection of images. You may find it helpful to set yourself a fairly short time limit for this, in order to minimise the temptation to drift off into reading all those fascinating articles you’re flicking past…

Once you have a decent pile of material, sift through it, get your glue stick out, and choose what you want to paste onto your Dream Board.

Put Your Feet Up?

Ah—it’s done. A beautiful collection of images sits there in front of you. The dream that you’ve captured doesn’t have to be perfect, precise, or all planned out. This creative approach to dreaming big is all about taking a broad brush look (quite literally) at your future picture of success.

But what now?

Find ways that suit you to keep this Dream Board alive and in front of you. Take a photo of your board and make it your screensaver; print out a small copy and stick it in your diary, notebook or drawer; pin the original up on your wall at home; set it to pop up in your reminders on your computer once a week.

And beyond that—take action! As internationally acclaimed finance expert Suze Orman puts it, “You need more than just passion—you need a plan!”

Before you know it, those “impossible things” you dreamt of may just have turned into reality.

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Dr Sam Collins

Dream Coach and Psychologies 'Inspiration Hour' Radio Show Host, -

Pioneering social entrepreneur, award-winning coach, inspirational speaker, author, fiercely loving mother and wife and prominent women's leadership expert. Sam has been named one of the Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry by Her Majesty The Queen, one of the Top 10 Coaches in the UK, and 'Leader in the Workplace' by the Ogunte Women's Social Leadership Awards. Originally from the UK, Sam followed her dream and now lives in Southern California, near the ocean, with her husband and two young sons and is in the process of adopting her daughter from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Dr Sam Collins about 4 years ago

Have you done a dream board before and how has it worked for you?

If you create a dream board as a result of reading this article, let us know and we will support and inspire you to achieve it!

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Emily Dubberley about 4 years ago

Totally agree. I've long been a fan of dream lists/boards. I've recently got into decoupage and am planning on making various picture frames with different fantasy images on them (careeer, relationships, self care, holidays etc) as an easy way to display them and keep connected to the dreams (I figure it's a simple way to frame your world positively :-)

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Suzy Greaves about 4 years ago

I have a massive join dream board at Psychologies - with our vision for the magazine - it's working!