Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy describes a personal treasure map as a collage of your ideal life that you create as a visual tool to help you focus your creative energy in the direction you wish to go.
She says that first of all you have to visualise your ideal life. Take a moment to get quiet and go within. Close your eyes. Now see how you live and who lives with you. What does your dream house look like? What part of the country is it in? Do you have children? How Many? What type of garden do you have? Is there a gazebo or swimming pool in the back yard? Do you have any pets? What kind of car is parked in the driveway? What kind of job do you have? Are you maybe publishing your own newsletter, directing a film or raising horses? Now see if you cant find pictures in magazines to match your ideal ones. Cut them out and create a collage on an eight by ten inch piece of poster board. If you cant find images to match your dreams, tap into your creativity deep within and draw a picture. When you’re finished, find a photograph of yourself that you especially like. Make sure its a picture of you looking radiant and happy. Cut yourself out and place yourself in the centre of your treasure map collage. When making your treasure map, think fun, think delight and think seven years old. This is not an intellectual exercise in existentialism, this is a wish list to the universe. Above all remember that no one needs to be privy to your personal treasure map but you. Keep your personal treasure map in the back of your illustrated discovery journal and look at it often. When you do give thanks for the wonderful life you are leading.
Kimberly Crossman in her book Love You: Be Your Best And Live Your Dreams says that she believes that it is mostly up to you what happens to you in your life and that the easiest and most exciting way to control it is through your dreams, wishes and goals. She believes that they keep you focussed on what you really want and desire. She believes that one of the first steps is to create a vision board. There are a lot of different ways of doing these and it should be a fun exercise, using magazines, clippings, photos, drawings and quotes, fill a board with everything you want to attract to your life. It might include a heart to symbolise love, a house, a destination, a smile, and other symbols, photos and images of what you want to attract into your life. Be creative and make a board that excites you. Put it somewhere where you can see it everyday. She suggests taking a photo and making it the screen saver of your laptop.
Whenever you feel doubtful or confused look at your vision board and read your goals, close your eyes and imagine what it will feel like when you have achieved these goals, that should get you back on track. Putting yourself in unfamiliar territory can be frightening. You will look for safety and security. Trust that what you are doing is the right thing for you and is all part of a bigger picture. Refer to your vision board for a boost.