I’ve been following the tips for using my vision board every day, but it’s still taking a long time to reach my goals. I am I doing something wrong? Does a vision board just not work for me?” If you’ve had either of these questions, this article is for you!
As you may recall from our introductory article “Vision Boards: Harnessing the Power of the Mind,” one important purpose of vision boards is to help us do just that: harness the power of our minds. We have the potential to create anything we can imagine, but fortunately for us, simply imagining something doesn’t cause it to happen right away. This delay between thinking and creating protects us from our own negative thoughts. We must learn to bridle our thoughts, especially so that we intentionally respond positively when we feel upset, disappointed, sad, etc.
The time it takes to retrieve a goal from our vision boards serves as a buffer between ourselves and the negative things we may be unintentionally creating and/or inviting into our lives. With that in mind, if you want to lessen the time it takes to reach a goal, you must improve your ability to guide your thoughts. Though this may sound daunting, there are some simple things you can do that, if done consistently, will make a world of difference.
Improve your input. What we watch, listen to, and surround ourselves with naturally influences our thoughts. Control what you can control–and be intentional about your choice. Choose input that builds, inspires, motivates, encourages, and uplifts. Find people, entertainment, and activities that exhibit and promote the positivity you want to embody. Consistently improve your input and your output will naturally improve as well.
Keep a journal. Keeping a journal helps us pay closer attention so that we recognize those negative thoughts more readily, which in turn enables us to do something about them. Please note, it is essential that no one, not even you, ever reads what you’ve written in this particular journal. Some people prefer the “write and burn,” method. Just as it sounds, the writer burns the pages after writing them. This may be for you if you think you may feel tempted to read past entries.
Create declarations. Declarations are true statements that correct negative thoughts or beliefs. Be sure to word them in the affirmative by avoiding words such as “don’t,” “won’t,” “can’t,” and “never.” Focus on what you want to think, do, and become. For example, instead of saying, “I don’t lose my patience with my children,” I might say, “I take a deep breath and respond with love, so my children see me as an example of patience.” Notice the wording is in present tense and emphasizes what I DO want rather than what I don’t.
By improving your input, learning to recognize negative thoughts (by journaling), and replacing them (with declarations), you can diminish the need for a buffer between yourself and your thoughts. Doing so will decrease the delay between the setting of your goals and your achievement of them. As you increase the positivity that you generate, you will be amazed how quickly images come off your board and fill up your binder of success stories.
by Maree Zollinger