Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Vision and Dream Boards

Vision Boards and Dream boards are a collection of pictures, words, expressions and quotes collected and pasted or tacked to a board. This board represents the desires of the board builder. For some there might be everything from a positive quote to a brand new house. 

Law of Attraction practitioners believe we attract into our lives what we think about the most. For others it’s a way to visualize goals and set a target or a destination for what they strive for. The main point of the board is Visualization; this tool is helpful to stay inspired in the pursuit of goals and dreams. I look at mine several times a day. I like to visualize and feel what I imagine it would be like to have achieved all of the goals on my board. The importance of linking the feeling to the visualization is so the brain associates “Pleasure” with your dreams and goals. If we are of the mindset that our goals are going to be “too exhausting” or “unachievable” then why the heck would we ever commit physically or emotionally to something that makes us feel bad or overwhelmed?
Just like with any habit we build we want to build a habit of feeling our dreams and goals in present tense. There is that word again “Present”. Yes we want feel as though we already have achieved the goal. This is called outcome visualization where we visualize and feel the final outcome.

In addition process visualization is helpful also because we visualize the steps of path to get to the outcome, we also feel what it feels like to achieve and work through the process of our goals.
From a scientific standpoint our brains are like powerful computers that are programmed to get a job done. When we visualize it has been proven that we are in a sense programming our computers. 

“Research has shown with brain imagery that visualization works because neurons in our brains interpret imagery the same as real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to "perform" the movement. This creates a new neural pathway -- clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors -- that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined. All of this occurs without actually performing the physical activity, yet it achieves a similar result.” – Huffington Post

Your dream board doesn’t have to be anything fancy at all. Mine (you can see mine in the back ground in my video blogs) is a bulletin board with pictures and quotes thumb tacked to it. Mine includes a photo of my dream home in the mountains, My smiling kids, a new truck, happy clients, a 350” bull elk, a 30” Brown trout etc. I spend a few minutes several times a day visualizing both the process and the outcome.

This is one strategy to take the focus off of what we don’t have and focus on what we want in life. This practice helps up define on many levels where we are going. Have fun with this tool, dream big and shift focus away from the road blocks to the possibilities. 

As always I encourage you to put your goals and dreams into action, shift your focus. As a Life Coach my job is to help you articulate your ideas and facilitate the most intense creativity you have ever had. Albert Einstein said it best “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". Stepping out of the boxes that we spend our lives building is key to moving past limiting belief systems. 

My name is Ernie Garcia, I am a Professional Divorce Recovery and Transition Coach. I strategize with people to find a firm footing and discover a new path after divorce or a life changing event by shifting focus to the present and the future.