Visualisation works. Athletes and sportspeople have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualised) lifting weights. In the movie Rush, James Hunt visualises a race circuit and going through the motions of changing gears, reacting to whatever he encountered along the way. Vision boards (also known as dream boards) are extremely valuable visualisation tools which serve as your image of the future – a tangible representation of where you are going. They should represent your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life.
How to use vision boards
In my work as a coach and holistic counsellor I often use vision boards. They can also be used to reveal unconscious blocks or unhelpful ways of thinking and being that get in your way – images are a powerful way of tapping in to what you really desire and can be used to understand what that looks and feels like for you and how to live in to that future scenario.
Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualisation exercises throughout the day. You can also use a ‘curiosity box’, an altar, a scrap book… whatever form inspires you.
“If you want to live a curiosity-driven life, you must commit to being vigilant about looking for what’s piquing your curiosity.” Elizabeth Gilbert.