You Are What You Think
If you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right. Have you heard this saying before? Do you know exactly what you want to achieve in your life and follow a plan that you designed specifically to help you get there?
I’m going to suggest that every problem you might have right now: you’re overweight, you’re not advancing in your career, you haven’t found your soul mate, your house is a mess, you wish you had more money, whatever… All of these problems are the result of negative thinking, lack of vision and tenacity.
If you know exactly what you want in your life and you plan properly to achieve your goals, however big or small, your wishes will come true.
For the next few minutes I hope to share with you some tools that you might use to improve yourself and your life experience. I’m talking about POSITIVE THINKING, VISUALIZATION, and PERSISTENCE.
If you want to improve the chances of achieving your goal and if you want to achieve it faster, then you need to believe in yourself, visualize your success and persistently follow a reasonable plan that will get you what you want and where you want to be.
If You Can See It, You Can Draw It
First, I’m going to tell you a story. When I was a little girl, I had an art teacher in a public school who told all of us little kids that if we could see something in our minds, we could draw it. When I heard this I thought, “Great! I can see it in my mind, so I can draw it!” This was one of the happiest days of my life, because I knew it was true. I can draw what I can see. Even today, when I have a problem I think in my mind, “How do I want this to look?” Then when I see it, I can create it. This is my positive thought that I believe and it works for me.
I told you already, if you think you can’t or you can’t, either way you are right. That’s because you are what you think. Your thoughts become reality. This is why you need to guard against negative thoughts like “I can’t do it!” or “What will people think?” Instead replace those thoughts with “Everything goes right for me!” and focus on all the reasons why you are worthy of achieving your goals.
Once you know what you want, picture yourself having it. See yourself enjoying your success.
- You have abs of steal NOW!
- You look fresh in your new Lamborghini NOW!
- You are comfortable and happy in the job of your dreams making the kind of living you want for yourself and your family, NOW!
Some people create vision boards to assist themselves in effectively visualizing their goals. Whether we know it or not, we’ve seen vision boards used in children’s stories, advertising, corporate development and other places.
Make A Vision Board
A vision board is a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It can be a poster, foam board, or simple piece of paper with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. Having a vision board will serve as a constant reminder of what is most important to you and can help you pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. By selecting pictures and writing that charge your emotions with feelings of passion, you will begin to manifest those things into your life.
Vision boards are regular features in fantasy stories and films. For instance, if you’re familiar with the fantasy story of James and The Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl, you may have recognized that the little boy James used a vision board when he felt trapped at his wicked aunts’ house on a hillside in England. Each evening as he sat alone in his dingy little room, he would gaze longingly at a travel brochure depicting the Empire State Building in New York City and knew he would get there one day and be welcome by everyone. His dream came true.
Corporate brochures can be vision boards as well. For instance, a familiar water park in southern New Hampshire distributes vision boards to its prospective visitors (i.e., brochure, advertising literature). They show you exactly the kind of fun you can experience and feel by visiting their park. If you look at the photos long enough, you may be able to see your own smiling face slipping down the water slides. An accompanying map helps you create your plan of how to get the best experience during your visit.
Reach Your Goals
Let’s say for the moment that you know what you want and you can see and feel yourself enjoying your own success. But you need a plan that you will stick to. Which brings us to the last tool.
The most important tool is persistence. In order to achieve anything for yourself, you must stay focused on the prize. Recommit to your intentions daily and even sometimes minute to minute. It probably won’t happen over night, but if you are persistent, good things will come.
In conclusion, we all have hopes and dreams for ourselves, our loved ones, our careers, health and lifestyles. What better way to get moving on our goals that to start right now, today, with a plan — A plan that leads to guaranteed results: POSITIVE THINKING, VISUALIZATION, and PERSISTENCE.
Do you have a vision board? What techniques can you share for creating one?