Monday, October 27, 2014

Creating Porn (Dream Save Do, week 6)

Now that -- "porn" -- isn't a word I use often, and I never dreamed I'd be typing it in a blog-entry headline, much less creating it! But, of course, I did the former just now, and I began doing the latter two days ago. But wait, let me explain.

If you've been following my Dream Save Do journey (a la Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers by Betsy & Warren Talbot), you know I've been s-l-o-w-l-y working my way through the dreaming stage and that last week I put into words what my dream-redesigned life will (notice that I'm using positive verbs) entail.

This past week I was ready to move on to the next step in the Dream Save Do Process. The Talbots, like many other motivational writers, urge those who have a goal to create a visual reminder of what they're shooting for. But no sticky notes on the bathroom mirrors, dashboard of the car, and edge of the computer screen for the Warrens!

Instead, they instruct their readers to create dream porn -- a "big motivator, the reminder you place in a prominent space to keep your goal front and center".

The Talbots, for example, wanted to travel the world, so one of the things they did was find a large world map, similar to the roll-up maps we've all seen hanging from hooks above the chalkboard in various elementary and high school classrooms. They plotted out possible routes and then learned about the various places they hoped to visit.

Because I can access Pinterest anywhere I have a computer or my iphone or ipad,  I decided to create a Pinterest board called "Dream Porn". Bright and early Friday morning, I sat down at my dining room table with a cup of Earl Gray tea and my lap top, and I spent an absolutely delightful hour or so creating a piece of visual dream porn (now that I've begun using that term, I can't seem to stop -- lol).

It's a work in progress, of course, and I'll add and delete things as I go along, but already my newly-created board has proven to be a positive motivator. I took a screen shot and changed my screen saver to that image, and every time I walk by my laptop (sitting out in the open on my dining room table), I feel a little thrill to actually see what I'm dreaming of.

It's even helped me resist temptation! Last night I had a strong urge to get out of the house, and I decided I'd hop in the car and get a milkshake and read a book while sitting at Sonic. As I passed by the computer to get my purse, I saw my screen saver and reminded myself that every $3 I save takes me $3 closer to living my dream life. Instead of picking up my purse, I picked up Dazey's leash and took her for a walk. Instead of drinking a milkshake alone in my car, we walked over to the sand volleyball courts and watched a few games before heading back home.

In addition to the visual inspiration of the large map, the Talbots learned to cook exotic foods, listened to music from other cultures, watched foreign films, and learned a foreign language (Spanish) in order to create sensory reminders of their ultimate goal.

While I knew how to create a visual reminder, I had no idea how I might create sensory motivators. Fortunately, the Talbots provide a wonderful explanation and numerous examples of ways to use the five senses in creating an atmosphere today that will inspire the reader to reach their dream in the future.

This week I plan to continue working on my Dream Porn Pinterest board and figure out some ways to create motivators and reminders that appeal to the other four senses. I can't wait to share with you what I come up with!

If you are interested in working through the Dream Save Do process to determine if how you're living is how you really want to live and, if not, how to make that desired lifestyle your reality, I urge you to get your own copy of Betsy and Warren Talbot's wonderful book Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers.

Also, I'm not quite ready to publish the porn I created, so I've designated that board "private". However, I will be making it public later this week, so I hope you'll follow me on Pinterest and, after you've looked at the board, let me know what you think.

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