Advertising
Advertising

How to Double Your Productivity Immediately With a Dream Collage

How to Double Your Productivity Immediately With a Dream Collage

All successful men and women are goal setters; they focus their time and energy on their goals and this makes them very productive. A wise man once said that the only shortcut to success is to understand the principles applied by successful people and apply them to your life. I want to teach you a goal setting technique that many great men and women have used to preserve their dreams, a technique that the great Napoleon Hill believes will make anyone rich and one that transformed Robin Sharma from an unhappy successful lawyer to a world renowned leadership expert, author, and motivational speaker. This technique, from the very first day you apply it, will double your productivity and help you achieve all of your dreams.

What is a Dream Collage?

dream collage

    A dream collage is a collection of images of the achievements or goals you wish to experience in reality. It’s a creative tool designed to help you visualize your dreams, thereby giving you a sense of purpose and direction. The use of a dream collage is very effective because you are able to create a picture of exactly what you want; scientists reveal that the subconscious mind is responsible for 95% of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behaviors. This is why you should carefully imprint the pictures of your desired future into your subconscious mind until they start to influence everything that you do, and a dream collage will help you achieve just that.

    Advertising

    Things You Will Need

    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Pictures from various sources
    • Access to internet
    • A journal/board

    Step 1: Dream BIG

    Dream-Big

       

      You really need to dream big; your dream should get your heart pounding whenever you think about it. Just close your eyes for a few minutes and look deep within you, thinking about your utmost desires and your wildest dreams. You need to picture it like a movie, so clearly that you are able to transfer it on paper. Maybe you want to become the richest man in the world, a bestselling author, or the president of the United States. Dream big, and make sure that the dream is original. This process in itself is very rewarding as it will help you come to a realization of your true self.

      Advertising

      Step 2: Sort

      sort

        This second step is where you sort all of your dreams from step 1. You might need to delete some of them; I recommend that only your major goals go into the collage. The sub-goals are usually just means to help you achieve your major goals. Another thing you can do in case you have a lot of items on the list and don’t want to delete any of them is to have a separate collage for different aspects of your life, that is, one collage each for your spiritual life, your career, your family, and so on.

        Step 3: Search

        Advertising

        find your way

          Now that you are clear on what you want, start searching for pictures that can represent each of your dreams. The rule here is to make sure that each picture makes sense to you; you can’t use a picture because someone else is using it. You can put pictures of the kind of house you want to live in or the kind of car you want to drive; you might not get the exact picture but use a picture that is very close to the original thing you want. If you want a beautiful wife and two kids, you can get a picture of a couple with two lovely kids. You can get pictures from magazines, catalogs, cereal boxes, TV Guide, Pinterest, Google, and so on. You can even draw some of the pictures, whatever works for you.

          Step 4: Organize

          organize

            Start pasting the pictures on a piece of cardboard, journal, or a white board. After each picture, write a sentence below it to convey the message to your mind. For example,if you paste a picture of a very big hotel, you can write this below it, “I have a 7 star hotel in the Paris.” Make use of key words in the present tense, for example, I have, I earn, I am the president of the United States. When you say these words to yourself over and over again, it destroys your old pattern of thoughts created by fear, doubt, and the society, and you now begin to see with clarity that you can do great things.

            Advertising

            Step 5: Start Living Your Dreams

            live your dream

              This is the most important step, as without this step, everything you have done in the previous steps will be a waste of time. You have to put your dream collage somewhere you can easily see it, preferably by your bed side so that you can see it every day before you go to bed and first thing in the morning — the subconscious mind is more receptive at these two periods. The more you review your goals, the clearer they become to you. Your subconscious mind will then begin to provide you with the ideas and drive you need to do to achieve all your dreams, and your productivity will increase dramatically.

              Conclusion

              Whatsoever the heart of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Start living your dreams today. 

              More by this author

              Who Is The Richest Person In The World? And What Makes Him Rich? 7 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Differently 9 Ways To Be A Connective Leader Who Can Hold The Team 5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success Top 7 Regrets of People Who Are Dying

              Trending in Productivity

              1 The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain) 2 What to Do When Bored at Work (And Why You Feel Bored Actually) 3 6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills 4 How to Concentrate and Focus Better to Boost Productivity 5 15 Productive Things to Do When Bored (So Time Is Not Wasted)

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising
              Advertising

              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.

              Advertising

              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.

              Advertising

              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]

              Advertising

              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.

              Advertising

              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!

              More About Goals Setting

              Featured photo credit: Alexa Williams via unsplash.com

              Reference

              Read Next