Do You Want To Achieve Success? I'll Let You in on A Little Secret...

Home Stager with Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA

Before I let you in on the little secret I want you to ask yourself a few questions.  Do you have a clear vision of how you want your life to be?  Are you satisfied with how successful your business is?  Are you happy with the way you look and feel?  Do you want more money, desire a new car, or long to stroll through the streets of Italy? 

I know I do, and that is why I have been changing the way I think and do things.  If you are like so many others who desire things in life but they never come to fruition, than you need to stop what you are doing and start to think about what it is that you truly desire and want out of life. Once you have a clear vision of what your goals are you can begin to see results right away if you follow these simple steps. 

First, write down everything you hope for or want on a piece of paper.

I am not just talking about what you want out of your business, but what you would like out of life, for yourself, your family, etc.  Not until you really stop and think about what you desire, can you truly have your dreams turn into reality and bring success into your life.

Now that your list is made you have started the ball rolling.  Just by putting your dreams and desires into concrete form you have put the vibrations out there into the universe and your plan is already starting to make these dreams a reality.  Now you can't just write something down and walk away thinking that you are done.  No, there is some work that must go along with it.

Inorder to put your words into action I want you to create a Vision Board.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Vision Boards, they are most often made on a poster board and consist of pictures which represent your goals, dreams and aspirations in life.  Vision Boards are a powerful visual tool that will motivate and inspire you to reach your desired goals.  There are several ways in which you can make a Vision Board.  Traditionally people cut out pictures of what they desired, from magazines, newspapers and books and pasted them onto a poster board.  But today there are other creative ways to make your Vision Board.  There are companies out there that will create one online for you.  Below are just a few of the sites that provide such a service.  I have not used any of them, nor do I endorse them.  I am just providing you examples of a few sites that came up in my Google search.  If you choose to make your Vision Board online, you should research each company and find out which one best fits your needs.

Or you can do a spin off of the traditional poster board and paste pictures onto a large sea shell, picture frame, chicken wire screen, etc.  You can be as creative as you like?  Just make sure that you don't get caught up in the creative part and never get your board made because you can't stop looking for just the right piece to make it on.  That's what I did until I came to my senses and reminded myself that my true goal was to get my wishes and desires onto paper as soon as possible so that I could get results faster! 

vbHere is an example of my Vision Board:

I cut out pictures of places I want to travel to, people who've inspired me & I aspire to be liike, things I want to do, i.e., swim w/ the dolphins,  quotes to inspire me & keep me on track, pictures to remind me to live healthier & happier, and I even left a few blank spaces so that I can continue to add to it.

Place your Vision Board in a prominent area.

You will want to prominently display your board in an area that you will see it often.  I have mine in my office.  I also took a picture of it and made it my background wallpaper on my laptop and cell phone.  This way I can take time to look at it if I'm in the office or out in the field.  You may want to share it with others so that they are familiar with your goals and can motivate you along the way.  My business partner and I both have made Vision Boards and we talk about it often so that we keep each other on track.

Don't just look at it....feel it!

Throughout the day take time to look at the pictures on your Vision Board and really feel how it would feel if you were to travel to the places you have listed.  What would you be doing?  What would you be seeing? If you want to get in shape and start living a healthier life think about how you would feel and look if you were 15 lbs lighter?  Think about how much more confidence and energy you would have.  Envision how busy you would be and how much money you would make if your business took off and you became very successful.  Think about what you would do with it.  Think about how you would grow professionally and what it would feel like to have reached each of your goals.   

I'm sure most of you have been hearing a lot of talk lately about positive affirmations, the power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction.  What you think about and desire will come your way, whether it is positive or negative.   You really need to start being more aware of the negative things you say about yourself.  Like "I can't" or "I'm so dumb"  I was recently walking down the book aisle of Costco when I saw this beautiful book entitled"You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay.  She is all about positive thinking and how your thoughts create your life.  Click here to see a short clip from "You Can Heal Your Life."

So now that I let you in on every successful person's secret tool just remember that YOU are the key to your success!  You can be as successful as you want, as long as you have a clear vision of what you desire.  And as you work daily to reach your goals you will be surprised at quickly you can achieve success!

I would love to see pictures of your Vision Boards, as well as hear about all of your success stories.  Your stories of success will encourage others to achieve their own success!


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Mary DeBella
Northwest Staging & Redesign - West Linn, OR

Great post.  I am reminded however that sometimes life throws its curve balls and our goals and dreams can change over time.  What my aspirations were three years ago, have now changed into something different.  Not a bad thing, but just that its also important to stay fluid with life, still reach for the stars, and be willing to ride a shooting star somewhere else if need be!

Aug 30, 2008 06:59 PM #82
Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

So true...having clearly defined goals and visions of what you want out of life helps you to follow through with the things needed to get there.  I found that when i put a vision board up, things just started happening for me!

Aug 31, 2008 01:13 AM #83
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Thanks for the inspiration to do a board and for the links to help out!

I do the same thing...but I post the photos on my fridge door so I see them every morning. I like your method better though; more complete vision.

I'll try and post mine here in your blog when I get it done!

BTW, it will be going on the wall in my office so when I look up from the computer or writing at the desk it will be there for inspiration!

Sep 01, 2008 06:36 AM #84
Koki Adasi-Efuya
Long & Foster - Washington, DC

you couldn't have said it better. one must see their future destination before they can arrive.

Sep 01, 2008 12:59 PM #85
Grace Keng
Keller Williams Realty Cupertino - Cupertino, CA
CRS, CDPE (408) 799-8887

I love the vision board. thanks.

Sep 01, 2008 05:38 PM #86
Michael Sahlman - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

Great post. Believe this really works, because you immerse yourself in it and keep it in the forefront of our minds. Many times we do not realize the real power of our thoughts and imagination- both negative and positive. Thanks for this great post.

Sep 01, 2008 11:10 PM #87
Joe Woutersz
HUNT Real Estate ERA - Queensbury, NY

Thank you Reece for the great post !   I love yor thinking and I a going to begin building a vision board today!  Thank you also for including the clip by Louis Hay.   I really enjoyed it, and thank you for introducing her.  I am going to start listening to her more.  Again,  thank you for starting my day off so well!  Joe

Sep 01, 2008 11:40 PM #88
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Hi Reece,

Isn't it amazing how many of us are so in tune with the Law of Intention?!

I just wanted to let you know that I went online and purchased the Orange Peel Vision Board Orange Peel Law of Attraction Vision Board and not only was it easy to create, but I personally found it to be most effective for me.

Thank you so much for telling us about this!


Sep 02, 2008 12:53 AM #89
Tara Boettger
HOMEGIRL Home Staging - Poughkeepsie, NY

I have a vision board, but I never thought to take a picture of it and place it on my laptop or phone! Great Idea!

Sep 02, 2008 01:39 AM #90
Chuck Roberts
Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty - Panama City, FL

Great post Reece, on ways to manifest your dreams. Another awesome tool I have found to help with that is Mind Movies. It's the same pinciple as a Vision Board, but animated and set to insirational music. You are able to play it over and over again, morning and night. Here is a link to some pre-made ones you can get for free and I know the software is availible to make your own.  And here is the short movie clip explaining the idea


Sep 02, 2008 03:40 AM #91
Reece Mack
Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA

To All Of You!

I just wanted to tell each of you that although so many of you said that I have inspired you to realize your dreams and goals...YOU have inspired me by all of your wonderful comments. 

I wish us all continued success in realizing and achieving our dreams!



Sep 02, 2008 06:33 PM #92
Laurie Logan
Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate - Madison, WI
South Central WI Real Estate

Hi Reece,

Excellent post!  I am churning ideas for my vision board, and will have it done by the end of the week.

Thanks so much!   Laurie

Sep 03, 2008 01:52 AM #93
Julia Fedak
Platinum Home Designs - Burlington, ON

Thank you for the inspirational and motivational post. One thing that I have learned from reading motivational "life" books or articles, is that you cannot STOP reading them. It should be by your bedside for when you retire at night, or when you can't sleep. Staying positive can be very trying at times in our world today, so everyone and anyone can always use a pick-me-up!

thanks again, Reece. I'm off to create a vision board.


Sep 03, 2008 02:27 AM #94
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I seem to have missed quite a few of your posts lately. But I came looking for you. I know you use before and after pictures once in a while. I've going to send those links to a listing I'm trying to get. I'm sorry I can't give you the busines... unless you want to travel to Florida?  ;)  But I appreciate the photos you've posted, that I can show him.

Sep 04, 2008 04:00 AM #95
Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

Setting goals is extremely important, and many people are visualists.   So a vision board seems a good way to keep those goals in frontof us.  When I took the Floyd Wickman Starmakers course one of our first assignments was to create something similar.  We were to create an 8 X 10 page with pictures of our goals for that year.  We laminated it and were to carry it with us everywhere attached to our key chains.  I still have mine.

Sep 05, 2008 10:17 PM #96
Julia Horton
Coldwell Banker Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
ASKjulia. REAL estate. REAL answers.

Sometimes I share with my clients the fact that I have a vision board - and the ones that don't look at me crosseyed are the one's I find I most enjoy working with.  Go figure and thanks for spreading the love.

Julia Fishel, The Pinellas Peach, Keller Williams Realty, Palm Harbor, FL

Sep 07, 2008 03:19 AM #97
Melissa Moore Albert
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Morrisville, NC
Morrisville, NC Homes

Great post, Reece. I have been applying these principles for over 2 years and it has been simply amazing. I first started reading a book "The Game of Life and How to Play it" by Florence Scovel Shinn. She's old school but right on. And just continued to read all I could on the topic. The Secret, Ask and It is Given, by Ester and Jerry Hicks. Powerful stuff.

Sep 13, 2008 12:53 PM #98
Michele Eckart

I love the Secret and I am looking at my vision board and it needs help!  I need to add more photos.

Sep 27, 2008 02:02 AM #99
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Have the book and now you've given me the impetus to get started.  I'll show you mine if you show me yours...T

Sep 27, 2008 07:04 AM #100
Robin Moffitt
Gold Star Realty, Inc. - Nampa, ID
"Gold Star Service....Gold Star Results !"

What a grand posting for my New Year planning.  I'm a Broker and am always looking for inspirational ways to motivate and help my agents succeed.  Thank you for your wonderful ideas...I'll share my office boards.  What fun and, how powerful.  Thanks

Dec 24, 2008 02:10 PM #101
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