You may have heard that writing down and reading your goals daily improves your chance of achieving them. Unlike many things you hear this is mostly true – according to psychologists with nothing better to do with their time than set up kooky experiments to test such things.
Imagine then, how much more powerful visual goals are.
See, your brain likes things that are visual and symbolic. Your subconscious mind will play with the images and find innovative ways to achieve the goals attached to them. It will find patterns and connections in everyday life that are related to your goals that your conscious mind could not even fathom.
Basically, by making your goals visual, you are engaging your whole brain to help you achieve them. Cool huh!
So how do you make your goals visual?
A Vision Board!
How do you make one?
In a few easy steps.
- Take a stack of magazines that have some interest for you. Maybe the spiritual ones from the health food shops, maybe business ones, or travel, or bride-to-be magazines. Whatever turns you on.
- Either wing it – I call this an intuitive board. Flip through and cut out any images that appeal to you with no particular aim in mind (you’ll be amazed at what can come from this). If you already have a clear idea then look for pictures and words that fit what you’re aiming for.
- Take a sheet of cardboard and arrange the images/words on it, shuffling them around until you’re happy with the look of it.
- Paste them down.
- Stick your Vision Board somewhere you can see it daily.
Even if you don’t consciously register seeing your Vision Board on a daily basis, your subconscious mind will still be working on it. And the more your subconscious works on it, the more likely you are to achieve your goals.
So get cutting and pasting my friend.
I’m off to make mine J
Handy Hint for Vision Boarding
I used to run Vision Board workshops because it’s sooooo much more fun creating them with other people. Have you thought of having a Vision Board day with your friends? Or how about with your kids? Or maybe just with your partner.
You could even try to create a shared board with someone that you have plans with for the future. Like travelling together, or having kids, or starting a business.
How about a shared Vision Board for your work? Maybe you wouldn’t have to make it about goals for the future – maybe you could do one for your mission statement or company values.
Anyway, as you can see the possibilities are endless.