"If you can see it and believe it, you can achieve it"
Basically that's all you need to know if you want to change your life, get healthier, achieve your goals.
Sounds too simple?
It's not but it does take practice.
Do you remember as a kid in primary school, getting those assignments where they could be all visual?
Instead of writing everything down, you could display it? Might have been to make a model or a short video or my favourite - the cardboard collage!
Let me set the scene....
Geography class, assignment - China.
Enter a happy girl sitting on the floor surrounded by travel brochures, scissors, glue and a whopping piece of cardboard just begging to be collaged.
Great wall of China - check.
Terracotta warrior soldiers - check.
A bowl of rice - check.
The national flag of China - check.
I'm sure you have the idea.
I would really feel the excitement of these projects. Sit there and dream and see myself among it all and guess what?
That started to happen. I travelled a lot as a kid (it helped that I got my mums travel brochures from her office - yep, she was a travel agent)
Fast forward to my early 20's studying all manner of things at college and one subject taught us the power of visualisation.
Well it was familiar right away.
What made sense to me was when the lecturer said that you couldn't just slap a bunch of pictures together and gaze at them wistfully or wake up every day and just look at a picture and hope that it would materialise. No, no, no.
You had to FEEL it.
That was where I was going right when I was a young whipper snapper. I would get so excited about things and I also had a vivid imagination so I would see myself walking among those worldly wonders and feel excited to be there.
I would see a picture of a barbie bus and dream that I was playing with it, I would feel the happiness inside and feel that joy as my barbie sat at the helm of her bus.
The things I felt deeply enough always happened or came along.
After this class, I again was overcome with excitement as I had never thought of doing this on purpose to attract things into my life!
It was always just beautiful accidents, happy coincidences. Or so I thought....
So I raced home and made my first visualisation board as an adult. Surrounded once again by magazines - still travel brochures but now also copies of Wellbeing and Health magazines and Marie Claire! I would cut out anything I wanted in my life, stick it up and hang somewhere in my house. Looking at it daily, I made sure I practiced the FEELING of being around what I wanted, not just hoping for it.
The trick is to act and feel what you aspire to be and have is already yours.
I have had many vision boards over the years and things don't come as soon as you want them but if done right, they mostly come. I once left the home I lived in and sold everything to travel Australia without possessions holding me back and I knew there wasn't room in our campervan for my great big vision board and I was beside myself. I had been practicing feeling the things on that board and hadn't seen fruition yet. I said to my hubby that I wanted to remember what was on it and he (as the male that thinks on a different plane) just said "easy, take a photo of it!"
So I did and forgot all about that photo that stayed on a film somewhere until around 5 years later. I found this film and developed it. I was so surprised and happy to see a photo of my old vision board and as I looked closer, I realised that everything on it was now in my life. A picture of where I wanted to live had been lived at (briefly), we had a silver car, children, travelled to the places I had stuck on this board....even the words that had been stuck up had all been achieved.
I really recommend this practice and it can be done for health too which is what I love! Visualise yourself healthy, happy and free no matter what you are currently experiencing.
So if you want to achieve something - look at it and practice FEELING that you have it and do this daily!
My husband was lucky enough to be taught this in his sporting days and he has practiced it in his daily life ever since.
He sees the ball go in the hole before he makes that golf shot, he sees his cricket bat connecting with the ball and sees it fly away before he goes up to bat.
He sees our empty parking space and sees the car sliding effortless in before we enter a busy carpark.
Many sporting greats attribute daily practice of visualisation to their success.
And it can be used in any realm of life.
My Vision board for 2014
Vision Board Ideas
To make your vision board, you can use cardboard and glue or a corkboard and pins! I like using corkboards these days as that way I can recycle my vision boards each year.
Get yourself magazines and scissors and have fun (ps. you will get an A+ I guarantee it) 😉
What do I put on my board?
Anything you want!
Use cut out words
Use photo's of yourself as you would like to look and be
Images of things that make you happy, that you desire or where you would like to go
My examples -
I have words like happiness, success, romance, weight loss, joy, health, relax!
I have photos of me at my ideal weight, laughing and happy
I have photos of more places in the world that I would like to see
I have photos of my family as I want to keep them in my life always!
I have photos of healthy food, people doing yoga poses, holiday destinations, a house, a kitchen sink I love, people getting massaged, a postcard that says '2014 this is your year', things that make me happy and even a little folded up book that's byline is Alisha Lynch (that's me! I want to be a published author one day!) so you see, you can put anything up there!
Enjoy looking at it daily, FEEL yourself in those pictures, feel the emotions that would arise once you receive what you desire, picture how you look.
Your health issues gone, your weight gone, your energy and zest for life is endless!
I just love visualisation and it doesn't have to be a vision board either.
I will leave you a link which contains a step by step guide to achieving your goals through a daily 2 minute visualisation practice HERE
I would love to hear from you if you already use visualisation in your life.
Leave me a comment if you have found visualisation successful so far or whether you are going to give it a go!
Yours in health
Ps. I haven't been to China yet but I have no doubt that will happen one day :)