Do you remember watching the Secret years ago, when it came out? John Assaraf, one of the entrepreneurs talked about setting up a cork vision board and he’d pin magazine pictures, etc. to it. Back in the 90s I had what was like the early predecessor of a pinterest board or vision board. I had a black journal and in it I added pictures of Britney Spears, dream wedding rings, TONS of nail polish art and urban decay makeup swatches, my dream car, my wedding dress, all that usual teenage dream stuff.
The strange thing is, I found it the other day and I was more than a bit taken aback by the photos of women I wanted to look like, and the engagement ring I had pinned all the way back then. I have that wedding ring. My husband chose it out independently. My dream car in that book. I am driving it now.
At the time, when I added those magazine pictures at the age of 14 these were all just pipe dreams. Yet, so many images from that book, I have in my life now.
This brings me to today’s topic: How Pinterest has been an absolute game changer for me in strategically and intentionally crafting my goals and lifestyle.
I started Pinterest about 3 years ago and have accumulated thousands of pins and hundreds of boards. One of my most active ones and a regular practice to this day, is pinning images from the future that I would like, to a board I called “My Future Life.”
It is the most relaxing, enjoyable activity. I could have the worst day possible and aside from having a nice craft beer, lol, this is one of the single best tools to lighten my mood. But, my pinterest habit has turned out to be more powerful than that. My life is slowly becoming that board. I am skeptical and I don’t like woo-woo. I shut down at the mention of feelings, emotions and heart chakras and dreams. But there is most definitely something going on here. So what is it?
Actively pinning images onto a vision board has profound effects in the brain, and your own awareness/energy flows. The act of immersing yourself in visualizing a future life that excites you is good for the body, the mind, the emotions. It turns your attention to your goals and a place of deep motivation.
After an evening of pinning, imagining the future life you will have, it is implanted both in your conscious and subconscious. You can’t help but subconsciously and consciously make small decision that will get you closer to that vision. I have one beautiful image of the hot tub at the Willowstream Spa, up here in the castle of the Rocky Mountains – the Banff Springs Hotel. It is VERY fancy, VERY expensive and something a bit outside of my lifestyle. But, I pinned it to my board as a future goal, a future vision. And I wrote under it “one day I will be doing my work from a laptop here with a glass of wine.”
I pinned that 3 years ago, and this past March, I found myself sitting in the hot tub at the Willowstream, sharing a day pass with a good friend and business mentor, having a business strategy summit. The moment I realized it, an excited chill went down my spine. This stuff works.
The beauty of that hot tub and spa never left me after I pinned to that board, and as I went along my in my day to day life it was there, sitting in my unconscious. When an opportunity to go there came up (that required some shuffling of schedules) I didn’t even hesitate. On the secret they talk about how events, people and things are attracted to you if you put the intention out there. Is it a coincidence of all people, my friend asked me to go to the Willowstream Spa with her to do some business coaching and strategizing?
The brain takes in a lot of data, both on the conscious and subconscious level. It is estimated that it is crowded with more than 50,000 thoughts per day. We are always thinking of random things we want to do , or see things that make us think “oh wow I want to do that!!” but they disappear just as quickly as the thought arrives, lost in the mass of brain activity. What if we took that thought, captured it on a pinterest board and came back to it once in a while, to keep it there, and present, floating on the surface?
Let yourself be absurd. Interior design. Exotic vacations. Laughing family winter pictures. A hike that looks like it belongs on an outdoor magazine. Pin it, and in the notes write down how it makes you feel, or something about that image.
Underneath a hiking family I wrote “our best adventures will be outdoors” – my values and dreams wrapped into one image, and at that point my family was unborn. You can probably guess what we do these days. I go back and review what I pinned and my weekends with the kids are anything but dull in the pursuit of these dreams.
So try it. Pin it. The activity of just pinning is so enjoyable, to let your mind dance among dream places, things and people. And let your soul go to work on achieving it behind the scenes, because one day you will wake up and realize, holy shit.
I am here.