While goal setting and planning are activities that are important to achieving your dreams, creating a vision is an important first step. You need to know first what you want to achieve in life. What are your dreams? What kind of a person do you want to be? What do you want to build? What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

As you answer these questions, start visualizing how you will be when you have achieved that vision. Do not dismiss this as day dreaming. Consistent visualization done daily will attract the right resources to you. This is the power of the mind.

Creating a vision board will help you tremendously. A vision board is a poster board on which you can paste pictures torn out of various magazines. Look for pictures that reflect your dreams and desires.

Go through the magazines and tear out pictures that fit your vision of what you want to be. Have fun with this. Do not paste the pictures yet.

Once you have selected your pictures, lay them out on the poster board. Eliminate the pictures that do not fit. As you do this exercise, you will typically intuitively know which pictures you like.

You could organize the board such that different sections may be for different aspects of your life, like career, family, spiritual, social and others that you may have in mind. Some people like the images to be spread all over the board. Choose what feels best for you. You then paste the pictures.

Once you have pasted the pictures, you can then use markers to write anything that you want on the board.

An excellent idea would be to paste a photo of you looking radiant and happy right at the center of the board.

Put up the vision board somewhere you will see it often. Each time you see it, besides the pictures you see, add your emotions to your thoughts. Imagine as if you already achieved what you have created on your vision board.

Play with this. Bring out the child in you.

While vision boards have become popular when it was talked about in The Secret, it is not a new concept. People have been using this concept for a long time.

The vision board helps you to energize and give life to your visions. As this vision that you have painted in your mind becomes stronger, you will naturally find yourself beginning to take new directions. You will find that you meet different people or find reading materials which are aligned to your vision.

When surfing the Internet, your searches may lead you to something that you would not have intentionally looked for.

This is about the power of attraction. Whatever we attract into our lives is based on the thoughts we have in our minds. If it is negative thoughts, then we attract what is negative.

The beauty of having a vision is that we can visualize it and create positive thoughts. We then attract the appropriate energies from the universe to assist us in achieving what we created in our vision.

Some people question if this can happen every time. People who have practiced this say that if their vision did not happen, something better than that happened. Or sometimes, it just took longer but happened at a better time with greater value.

The beauty about creating a vision is that you do not depend on anyone else. Furthermore, you can have fun creating a vision board. Then each time you look at it, imagine and feel as if you already achieved it. You can even just imagine it without a vision board and it still works.

Start creating a vision. Visualize it daily and see the magic happen in your life.