say yes to you
Module 3 - Lesson 2
Creating a life by design. This week we are going to focus on the concept of what you see and dream of, you see more of. We are going get our mind straight on EXACTLY where we want to be a year from now and we are going to zero in on our mindset and make sure it is working for us not against us.
“What you focus on expands and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.”
Visualization and mindset is such a vital role in improving the quality of life you live and creating the life you have always wanted. So today we will focus a little more on mindset but also using visualization techniques to get you closer to your dreams.
Some tips on how to practice visualization:
1.) Believe in yourself:
There is a strong link between the mind and body. If you understand that you’re always affecting your body with your mind, and that the brain doesn’t distinguish between real and imaginary, you realise that your mind is not some floaty, ethereal, thing that only interprets life events, but something that actually causes changes in the body. This way, you develop faith in yourself, that what you imagine, hope for, or intend, does have effects and helps put things in order.
2.)Embrace a sense of humour and approach this with fun:
I highly recommend adding humour to your visualizations. This helps get around the worry that it might not work. When we worry, we activate brain areas associated with fear and anxiety. So if we practice adding a little lightness into the visualization, we retain our concentration on what we’re imagining and we might even help wire our brain networks away from the worry centres so that optimism and hope are born instead of worry.
3.) The 3 R’s – Repetition-Repetition-Repetition:
Research shows that we change brain structure through repetition of imagining movements. There have been studies where brain scans were conducted of people playing piano versus people imagining playing it and it showed the same degree of changes in the same areas of the brain. But here is the trick, to get the changes required repetition is required whether it is imaginary or real practice. When we stop doing the work, the brain regions shrink again. This is why consistency is key. It takes more than going to the gym once to gain muscle, the brain is no exception.
4.) Share your dreams:
Let your family and friends know about your goals. Having a network of support is vital for manifesting your dreams into reality – so if you have a dream, let your loved ones know about it so it becomes a reality not just a dream!
5.) Set aside time to visualize:
While positive thinking and imagery can be done anytime, anywhere, make time each day to sit in silence and picture your ultimate reality. Unplug the phone, turn off the TV, and let your family know that you need a few minutes to yourself. For me, I do mine in the morning during mediation and morning routine.
6.) Commit to visualization regularly:
To add to number 5, we must ensure that you stick to your visualization habit. The longer you practice, the faster you’ll get into the frame of mind that paves the way towards your goals and dreams.
7.) Refrain from letting negative thinking interrupt your time:
Turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations, like "I know I have the skills to get this promotion” or “Saving may feel hard, but if I research effective saving methods it will work."
This goes back to our limiting beliefs and stopping them before they have an impact on us.
8.) Turn those mental positive affirmations into vocal ones:
Use your voice. Every morning, look at yourself in the bathroom mirror and tell yourself that you’ll take another step towards your goal. Again, visualize your goal while you remind yourself of how powerful and successful you are. Don`t forget to use your power house stance and remember your physiology is an important tool associated with your mood.
9.) Get clearer and put yourself in the mental picture:
Put yourself in the imagery and in the situation you desire. Don't just visualize that beach house – place yourself on the porch, or on the beach in front of it.
10.) And finally, have the expectation that your dreams are on the way: The universe has an uncanny ability of giving us what we want – with creative visualization, all you have to do is ask!
Visualization of your goals and desires accomplishes four very important things:
1.) It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.
2.) It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.
3.) It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.
4.) It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.
Homework this week, it is a two part task:
) Download the mindset tips PDF to help you refresh on the tips you can use in everyday situations and to ensure your mindset is helping you, not hindering you.
2. ) This week we are creating a vision board. YAY. I know some of you are familiar with these but this week we are going to really jaz it up and put our goals into action in another visionary aspect. Please see the notes below that explain the details of this activity.
What is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
It is a fun way to put your goals into fruition and to dream big.
How do we create one?
There are many ways you can create a vision board.
You can use bristle board and put pictures that you cut out from magazines or print off
You can use a cork board and pin your goals on them
You can do one digitally using the website canva.com
If you are artistic you can sketch your images
The beautiful thing with a vision board is you can be creative and make it into anything that calls to you.
You already have your goals in place, now we are attaching a vision tool to it and make it come to life with imagery.
Examples of vision boards: