I have been on a huge kick on reading and learning about positive thinking and how it relates to happiness and life success. Authors and motivational speakers on these areas such as Mike Dooley, Jack Canfield (creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul series), Anthony Robins and Rhonda Byrne have similar messages about the power of changing your way of thinking. The basic recommendations is take your end goal, and make it a conscious part of your present life so that it may filter into your subconscious and therefore help to guide your daily minor decisions toward your goals. These books expand on this and other concepts extensively, but that is the general gist of it: the idea that “Thoughts Becomes Things.” Your requirement is to not just think about it, but take action. How you get to your goal may not be known, but any action will start the ball rolling.
One of the ideas presented is the Vision Board. Basically, take photographs or cut out pictures from magazines or books or from the internet of end goals you want, and then pin them or tape them in a place where you’ll see it frequently. It could be a bulletin board, scrapbook or bathroom mirror. You can include on them a house or community you’d like to live in, cities you’d like to travel to, experiences you’d like to be a part of, or anything else you can think of. I’ve shared mine below.
[taped to my bathroom mirror, notice: happy family on vacation, strong and lean, writing with dog, helping men, books flying off shelves, prepping supplies, etc.]
The idea then is to take 3-5 minutes out of each day, empty your head of the daily stresses and craziness, take a little mental floss and focus on envisioning the photos and how happy you are to be experiencing them RIGHT NOW! So for mine, I might say “I’m so happy I decided to take hunter’s safety and begin hunting this year! It’s really brought me together with my family in so many magical ways.” Or “I’m very satisfied that all my hard work lead to such as strong and lean body.” Or “Sharing such wonderful experiences with my family on the beach gives me such joy and happiness.” You get the idea.
Some may argue this idea of manifesting your thoughts is total bullshit, but while I disagree, if you try this I guarantee it will still make you happy for that brief moment each day. I see the actual manifestation of random stuff more and more the longer I am paying attention. In fact, just yesterday, I mentioned to my neighbor the desire to try and catch a comedian many would know that was playing at our local comedy club, but alas, tickets were sold out. This afternoon, said neighbor said he got two free tickets from work and asked if I wanted to go. This is just one small, recent example.
No matter what your situation, you’ve likely got hopes and dreams and bending time to reach them today, even if only in your mind, will bring you a feeling of peace, satisfaction and happiness. What I expect will happen is both consciously and subconsciously you’ll start to make the smallest steps in the right direction towards making those dreams a reality. These steps will be so small you likely won’t even realize you’re doing it. Say you’re like me and would like to be a little leaner, so you avoid the cupcakes someone brings in for their birthday. Or if you want that new car, perhaps you’ll make those ever so small steps to improve your finances to make it happen.
Stepping lockstep with the Vision Board idea of living in that vision albeit briefly is gratitude. Whether your are acting grateful for having your vision fulfilled, or acting grateful for the life you currently have, you’ll be creating positive feelings and positive energy, increasing the likelihood of good things happening. I know this sounds a little hippy-dippy, but give it a shot and let me know what you think. It may not pay dividends except for those three minutes of calm, or it may pay dividends years down the road. It’s like buying a lottery ticket on occasion, it’s fun to dream and envision your life after reaching your dream goals. Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking and dreaming (and actually doing something to make those dreams a reality) on your life. The hows will take care of themselves, but have a goal in mind. That alone is a challenge for some, but figure it out and have something you are working toward in the back of your mind.