With Dr. Olga Filippa Nel, Clinical Psychologist
Whether you believe it or not, we know that Visualization really works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance. For example, a study showed that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavyweights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagines (visualises) lifting weights.
A Visualization Board, also called a Dream or Goal Board, is essentially a collage of images, words and quotes that represent your goals in life.
Creating and using Visualization Boards serves several purposes. Firstly, they create clarity by refining wants, needs and desires. They are also powerful motivators for turning our dreams into achievable goals by taking purposeful action to realise them.
Secondly, Visualization Boards reinforce positive affirmations and intentions. Because our mind is always busy with negative chatter – the voice in our head that never shuts up and supports all those beliefs that hold us back – you can use your Visualization Board to quieten those thoughts and express who you really are, releasing limiting beliefs and helping to acknowledge that possibilities really are unlimited.
Finally, Visualization Boards keep you focused and on target. It is fairly easy to start each day with a positive attitude – until you get out of bed! The good intentions of bringing about a new you, constructive change, healthy habits, can quickly be squelched by the challenges of everyday life. Visualisation Boards help you to remain on target regardless of what happens during the day. They serve as constant reminders of where you intend to be. They work on both a conscious and subconscious level, keeping your mind on target.
You can make your board for a specific goal or for your whole life. It’s up to you. What is important is that you focus on how you want to feel. That does not mean you should not include the material stuff – quite the contrary! However, imagine how having those things in your life will make you feel. The more your board elicits those feelings, the more it will come to life. What we focus on expands. Visualization is one of the most powerful mindful exercises you can do, try it!
Dr. Olga Filippa Nel