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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.

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    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.

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      Step 2: Sort

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        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

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        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

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            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.

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            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. 

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              Last Updated on March 25, 2020

              How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

              How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

              Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

              However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

              Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

              Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

              Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

              In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

              What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

              To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

              The Biology

              Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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              Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

              The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

              A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

              Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

              So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

              Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

              Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

              Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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              Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

              The Psychology

              Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

              Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

              Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

              Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

              What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

              Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

              Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

              1. Identify Your Habits

              As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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              2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

              Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

              It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

              3. Apply Logic

              You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

              Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

              4. Choose an Alternative

              As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

              Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

              5. Remove Triggers

              Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

              Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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              6. Visualize Change

              Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

              For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

              7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

              Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

              Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

              Final Thoughts

              Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

              Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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