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How Creating A Vision Board Will Empower You To Manifest Your Dream Life

How Creating A Vision Board Will Empower You To Manifest Your Dream Life

If you are motivated to take your life to the next level, it is imperative that you take the time to make your dreams real and a vision board can help you do exactly that. Jack Canfield, the New York Times Bestselling Author of the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” book series, is a big believer in the power of vision boards.

Canfield has said that “Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available to you.”

Further supporting this idea is the growing Law of Attraction movement, which is a philosophy that believes in the power of ideas. Law of Attractions proponents feel that by focusing on positive (or negative) thoughts, you can bring those positive (or negative) thoughts to life in the real world.

The Power Of A Vision Board

Tony Robbins, the world renown peak performance coach, has famously said when talking about the importance of moving toward your goals and dreams that “if you aren’t growing, you are dying.”

By paying attention to your dreams and taking the time to shape them into concrete aspirations, you are taking a step toward moving yourself in the direction of growth and away from the alternative.

Napoleon Hill, the famous author of one of the most popular personal development books of all time, “Think and Grow Rich”, said, “Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”

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He has gone on to say, “thoughts are things.” The importance of paying attention to your desires and treating them seriously cannot be overstated.

A vision board is a concrete representation of your desires and aspirations for a compelling life. They are fun to create and can serve as an invaluable tool to motivate and inspire you towards concrete daily action in pursuit of your biggest and most important life goals.

With a vision board in hand, you will be moving toward growth in the most important areas of your life!

Creating An Unstoppable Vision Board

Creating a vision board is a simple and fun activity. We recommend getting together with a few friends or your entire family to have a vision board party.

When you build a vision board with others, you can feed off each other’s ideas and positive energy. It is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening together!

Here are some simple steps to help you create a vision board today:

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1. Get clear on your biggest goals.

Research has shown that setting goals increases achievement. The publication European Psychologist has mentioned in an exhaustive 2007 article that hundreds of correlational and experimental studies show evidence that setting goals increase success rates in a variety of different fields.

Take a few minutes to write down your biggest and most important goals for all of the areas of your life. You may choose near-term goals, long-term goals or a mix of the two.

The most important thing is that your goals are highly motivating to you! Circle your top goals. We like to focus on our top five goals spanning various areas of our lives, including: Wealth, Career, Relationships, Travel and Health.

2. Gather inspiration for your vision board.

Inspiration can be found anywhere! We like to browse magazines for inspirational images. I tear out the images and just spread them around on the floor.

I also will think of words and quotes that are motivational and in line with my goals, and write them down on a sheet of paper. If you are short on magazines, go online and browse for inspiring photos.

Print them out and use them to create your vision board.

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3. Put your vision board together.

We like to use large poster board, glue and markers to make our vision boards. Get creative! Use a variety of colors, textures and types of content to make your vision memorable and attractive to you.

Find a highly visible place to hang your vision board when you are done.

Using A Vision Board To Manifest Your Dreams

With your vision board created, the next crucial step is to ensure that you are utilizing your creation to it’s fullest extent. The following tips can help you maximize the impact your vision board will make on your life.

1. Look at your vision board daily.

The magic of a vision board is not just in the process of creating one, but it is in the daily reminders it can provide you to remember and work towards your dreams.

Place your vision board where you will see it daily. Ideally, first thing in the morning and in the evening before bedtime.

2. Notice as you make progress towards your dreams.

Progress toward your dreams will happen, as long as you give it time, put in your full effort and pay attention to signals in your life that demonstrate that you are moving in a positive direction.

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A powerful technique is to keep a vision journal, where you can write down your thoughts and make note of any signs that you moving towards your dreams.

3. Celebrate success!

When you notice progress toward your vision, make sure to celebrate it! Perhaps you have a goal to increase your income by 20%, and have noticed that you were able to score a nice promotion at work that puts you part of the way toward your goals.

Leo Babauta, the author of top personal development site Zenhabits.net has written about the importance of celebrating success in motivating you towards a goal, “Every little step along the way is a success — celebrate the fact that you even started!”

Celebrate every achievement. The more you celebrate your successes, both big and small, the more progress you will begin to notice in pursuit of your vision and the more motivated you will feel to continue your journey.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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