Why Vision Boards Are Not Enough
Have you ever made vision boards? Chances are if you’re reading this you’ve either made a vision board, or you are thinking of making one. For anyone who is unfamiliar with vision boards, they are a collection of pictures, phrases and anything else that is motivating to the creator of the board to help them achieve their goals. Some people make vision boards specific to a certain goal, whereas others make more general ones for overall success in life.
I have made a few vision board since I heard about them in 2008, and I have to say they were a lot of fun to make. It’s enjoyable to sit down and devote time to visualising success and figuring out what will motivate you to keeping on track with your goals. Many people put photos of what they want on their boards, or they use phrases or quotes that are particularly meaningful to them to help focus on what’s important.
This part of the vision board making is extremely important. Teaching your brain to focus on things that support your progress and goals is vital to your success. This is due to how the brain works. In your brain there is something called the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which is responsible for your focus. It works by bringing into your focus more of what you’re already focused on. For example, if you consciously focus on the colour green, you will notice yourself noticing more green. The same is true for setting your focus on your goals and what you want. If you focus on getting more paid clients, you will notice more of how to do that in your environment during the day.
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By making a vision board of things to focus on, it sets you up for success by setting your RAS to bring you more of what you want. When you don’t set your focus on what you want, you will find yourself focusing elsewhere. For this reason, vision boards area great tool for helping you achieve your goals.
The problem is most people stop here. It’s easy to get carried away in the great feelings you get when you make a vision board. It’s like a little vacation in your mind to a place where you have everything you want. This is important to do in order to figure out what you really want. However, it is equally, if not more important to know how to use your vision board to help you actually bring those goals on your board into your life and not just on a pretty piece of card.
What most people don’t know about visualising success is that the picture you make in your head about accomplishing your goal is very important. Ask yourself: What are your goals? What is one main goal you have for yourself for 2017? When you think about accomplishing this goal, what does it look like to you? What specifically do you see? Do you see it through your own eyes? Or are you seeing yourself in the picture as if you are and actor on a stage and you can see yourself as another person?
This question of whether or not you see yourself in the picture or if you see what you want through your own eyes is vitally important. If you take nothing else from what you’ve read here, remember this: you must see yourself in the picture in order to give yourself the best chances of achieving your goal. For example, if one of your goals is to get a new car, there are a few ways for you to visualise this. You might see the dashboard and the steering wheel as the view from the drivers seat as you drive down the road, Or you might see yourself driving the car. The better, more effective way to visualise would be the latter. Make sure you see your body in the picture.
This is important because of how your mind works in support of your goals. It is often said that your conscious mind is the goal setter, while the unconscious mind is the goal getter. When you consciously decide what you want, it’s almost useless unless you do this in an effective way for the unconscious mind. This means creating drive or pull towards your goals unconsciously. This is where the visualisation is important. To create pull, you must see yourself in the picture to create a desire for your unconscious mind the make that picture a reality. Not including yourself in the picture, makes the goal not specific to you, and is not a precise enough target.
Your unconscious mind is capable of extraordinary things, it just needs clear concise instruction from the conscious mind.
Take your vision boards to the next level by including yourself in the picture wherever possible. For example, one Olympic athlete takes photos of herself with the gold metal she intends to win and uses them as a vision board.
It is also vitally important that you set your goals in a specific way to give your unconscious mind the pull it needs to get you your outcomes. The best strategy is to use Time Line Therapy® techniques to set your goals in your personal time line so they are inevitable.
Using both these strategies is the best way to utilise your vision board. Surround yourself with pictures of yourself achieving the goals you want to achieve, as well as putting goals in your time line in such a way that ensures their outcome.
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