Part of reprogramming your subconscious mind to accept your new goals and dreams is forming a clear, definite mental picture of them. If you want a new car, decide what kind of car. If you want a new house, decide exactly what you want it to be like. If you want more money, decide exactly how much. Just vaguely wishing for the general idea of something isn’t enough to really get you excited about it. Be specific. Then, you can bring to bear one of the most potent weapons in your arsenal: visualization.
When you know exactly what sort of car you want, down to make, model and color, you can then form a clear image in your mind of you IN that car. You can touch it, hear it, smell it, drive it…all in your mind. Doing this for several minutes every day is one of the most powerful ways to impress into your subconscious that this is its new programming. This is the new setting for normal.
Another way of making use of the power of visualization, and to reinforce your daily visualization exercises, is the use of vision boards. In their most basic form, vision boards are cork boards, poster board, foam core board or something similar onto which pictures representing your goals and dreams are pasted or tacked. The images are commonly cut from magazines, though they can also be written out if the idea is difficult to represent visually. The pictures can be houses, cars, motorcycles, stacks of money, scenes from trips abroad, or anything else that represent the life you want to live. If you’re looking for a relationship, you can select images of people similar to the person you’d like to meet. If your goal is to get in shape, you can choose images that show the type of figure you’d like to have. The sky is the limit, as long as the images mean something to you and get you excited when you see them. Once your pictures are selected , cut out and fixed on the board, hang it somewhere you’ll be sure to see it several times a day. Every time you do, feel the excitement of having reached those goals. Feel yourself in the car, on the trip, spending time with the person of your dreams. Don’t forget to feel gratitude for having reached your goal, also!
Modern technology has introduced another way that you can make use of the idea of vision boards; on your computer. If you have the skills to use image editing software, make a vision board on your computer and set it as your desktop wallpaper. The same basic idea as discussed earlier, this type of vision board is great for those who spend a lot of time each day looking at their monitor. Even when you aren’t thinking about it, your eyes are still seeing the images and your mind is getting more and more accustomed to them. It’s also great because by searching online for images, you have a vastly greater number of pictures to choose from. Look for the model car you want in exactly the color and style you would like. Search local real estate agents’ listings for exactly the home you want. Whatever you want, there’s almost guaranteed to be a picture of it out there somewhere. This is the type of vision board that I use, and I’ve found it to be very helpful in keeping my mind on my goals and off distracting circumstances. I’ve set up my wallpaper with encouraging and inspirational quotes down the left side and images of my goals to the right. The only problem is one that is shared by both types of vision boards, that problem is clutter. They tend to quickly become a mass of images all jammed together and to my mind this reduces the overall effectiveness. Do a search online for pictures of vision boards and you’ll see what I mean.
My solution to this is to make use of a feature of my computer’s operating system that allows a folder of images to be selected as wallpaper and cycled through as a slide show. This way each separate “slide” may contain only one or two images of each goal, or possibly a quote, affirmation or other text. Each time you see it, you’ll probably catch it at a different point in the cycle, and you’ll be reminded of a different aspect of your goals. And even when you aren’t using the computer, it will still be there showing your vision each time you happen to glance at it.
If you’re interested in this type of vision board, I’ve created some and posted them to a board on Pinterest. There are five of them, which may be used individually or together as a slide show. If you intend to use them as a slide show, remember they are posted in reverse order. Just download them to a new folder especially for them and name them using successive numbers, such as “Image 002”,”Image 003”, etc. Then use your control panel to set your desktop wallpaper to a slide show using that folder. The last image in the group has a blank space where you can cut and paste images of your choice. If you have several pictures you’d like to use, just duplicate that last image as many times as you need to. Don’t forget to rename each one with a successive number in the order you want them to appear. If you don’t have image editing software, you can download a free program known as GIMP. It is very powerful, though if you aren’t familiar with using that type of software then the learning curve may be a bit steep. A good online choice is Pixlr.com. It runs entirely in your web browser, is easy to use, and if you set up a free account with them you can store your images on their server as well as locally on your own computer. This allows you to edit your images anytime, no matter which computer you may be accessing the site from.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or post in the comments below. Also, I’d love to hear what types of vision boards you use and what success you’ve had with them. Share your story!