Jack Canfield, the man behind the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, wrote lots of books about how to succeed at what you are working on in life. One success tool he uses to foster success is vision. He’s got a point–if you can’t see it, you really can’t go there. So here are some insightful thoughts on the matter:
To get where we want to go, we should learn to tap into our brains with visualization so that it begins to function as if our goals were already attained. Makes sense, don’t you think? Remember the things you did well thus far in life—didn’t you work with your mind and picture the outcome? I know for sure that that’s what go me to the finish line on my marathon! Our brains will work tirelessly to achieve the statements we tell ourselves–good or bad! And when those statements are the affirmation of our goals, we have a much greater chance to achieve them!
Creating a vision book is one really cool and valuable visualization tool. It can serve as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life. And because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation, those pictures of your goals, dreams, ideal life will stimulate your emotions…
How about giving it a try? Create a personal vision book/board that clearly depicts the future you wish to create!
1. Find pictures that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings, and possessions you want. Use photographs, magazine cutouts, online pictures. Print them, cut them out, collect them somehow. Be creative. They don’t all need to be pictures; use words, textures, whatever speaks to you! Have fun with the process.
2. Consider including a happy picture of yourself.
3. Collect affirmations, inspirational words, quotations, and thoughts about what you want. Choose words and images that inspire you, make you feel good and best represent your purpose, your ideal future.
4. Grab any notebook, or a large piece of poster board, and go to town! Try to avoid a cluttered look, keep it neat. It will be easier for you to look at, more inspiring! There is beauty in simplicity and clarity.
5.Write down the date you created your vision book/board. Much like a time capsule, this book will document your personal journey, your dreams, and your achievements for that particular year. It will become a record of your growth, awareness, and expansion that you will want to keep and reflect back upon in years to come.
If you are working on visualizing and creating changes in many areas of your life, then you may want to use more than one vision book/board. Pinterest is actually perfect for this!!! It will be a visual record of what you love, what you want to achieve, who you want to be. Start pinning what you want to manifest in your life! As you add your pins, they should have meaning to you so when you return to look to at your pins, you feel inspired and joyful.
You might use one vision book/pinterest board for your personal goals, another for career, fitness or financial goals. If it is not online, you might want to keep your career vision book/board at the office or on your desk as a means of inspiration and affirmation.
Once you have created your vision whatever (board or book), use it! Keep it where you can see it! A book can be kept on our nightstand. You can set up reminders on your computer to look at your Pinterest vision board. Feel the inspiration it provides, see yourself living in that manner and feel yourself in the future you’ve designed. Be grateful for the good that is already present in your life and acknowledge any goals you have already achieved, the changes you have seen and felt.
As some time goes by, and your dreams begin to manifest, don’t remove the pictures or images that represent the goals you’ve already achieved. Achievement of the goals are powerful visual reminders of what you have already consciously and deliberately attracted into your life.