Using Dreamboards


“Out of sight, out of mind”. It’s not just true about people and things we are trying to avoid. It’s also true about our goals.

Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail.” Without a visual reminder of the things we are working toward, we will not work on them.

Out of sight, out of mind.


This technique is one I have used for almost 20 years. I sat down and found visual representations of things I wanted in my life. in 1995 I put together a book with pictures representing things I wanted in my life: a house, a family, a trip to Disneyworld, and a few other things. I reviewed it monthly for almost a year, until it got lost in the shuffle of a few moves. I rediscovered it in 2003, only to see that everything in that booklet had been achieved by 2002.

So what power would a visual representation have if it was viewed daily?

For the past two Januaries I have made digital dreamboards. (It is much easier with images from the Internet). I keep these papers where I can see them every day. Sometimes the results are literal: 2010 had an imgae of rudbeckia and roses to symbolize a successful garden. By the end of the year, both rudbeckia and roses were flourishing in my garden, both gifts of friends.

What is a Dreamboard?

A dreamboard is a visual representation of things you want to experience or accomplish. It can be a collage of images on a single piece of paper or individual images on several papers.

The images don’t need to be exact representations of what you want, only remind you of your desire. For me this means pictures of a sunrise over the ocean, representing relaxation; a cup of coffee, representing regular breaks.

Put the pictures together and put it somewhere you will see it daily. You could even turn it into your computer wallpaper!

Have you ever used images to spur you toward a goal? Share below.