Did you know there’s a thin line between how your brain remembers the past and imagines the future?
It’s time to swing this in your favour through visualization.
- Write down your visions as though you are living them now, in the present tense.
- Next, create a vision board with vivid and detailed images either on Pinterest or a physical one that you can hang in a prominent place in your house.
- Look at the detailed visual representations of all that you want to achieve at least twice daily.
- Now, close your eyes and let those montages run through your mind as though you’re in that exact situation. Say your vision out loud and direct positive emotions towards it. Gets your heart racing, doesn’t it?
- It also helps if you attach sounds, smells, and tactile aspects to your images as you sit down for this meditative and energizing session. If you can imagine a place, situation, or action vividly, this will trick your brain into thinking this is an actual memory. In fact, doing this daily will stomp out any fear or trepidation you may have about “dreaming too big” because your brain learns to recognize the perceived future as a familiar space.
Essentially, visualization enables you to rise above the fear and anxiety that comes from the anticipation of negative outcomes. Visualization also tells your mind what to focus on by convincing your reticular activating system or RAS (a network of neurons in your brain that filters which information is essential and which is not so your brain doesn’t become saturated or overwhelmed from all the inputs from your environment) that what you’re visualizing is essential to your safety and survival.
At the end of the day, visualization calibrates your mind to concentrate on what’s most important to you, which over time helps you take purposeful actions to achieve what you desire.
Simple but impactful, isn’t it?