Doubtless you’ve heard lots of stories about vision boards and visualization from actors and athletes and self-improvement gurus. Guess who else is promoting this highly effective technique?
In October of 2013, an article was published by one of the leading sources for all things related to finance and investing – Forbes.com. You can read the complete article here:
Now granted, I must admit I cringed at first glance because the number one item on their list is exercise. Don’t get me wrong. I DO exercise, and I HIGHLY recommend it. But…before 8:00 am? No way! I’m just not one to leap out of bed with boundless energy and ready to do 200 sit-ups before I even have my first cup of coffee. For me personally, exercise works much better in the late evening when I’m mentally exhausted. That time of day it’s a real energy booster!
But I digress. Back to the point, no matter how you feel about early morning exercise, if you’ll keep reading to item number 4 you’ll find this:
“Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.”
This is so true. If you’re skeptical, you might want to go read about why visualization works, and meet some of the famous athletes who’ve used it for decades.
For us ordinary mortals, sometimes it’s very easy to begin the day feeling overwhelmed. Before we even get out of bed we start thinking of everything we need to do and want to do, and how we’re going to cram it all in, and there goes our good attitude. It’s too much, and we’re defeated before we even begin.
That little piece of advice from Forbes.com is excellent and can make all the difference. No matter what you’re facing or how long that to-do list is, spend a few minutes creating a mental vision board. Picture yourself having accomplished all these great things, and experience how good that feels.
Of course, if you have a vision board, hopefully it’s located where you see it first thing in the morning. Be sure to give it more than just a passing glance!
Most importantly, get in touch with some positive emotions, revel in the joy of just being you and experiencing this amazing journey you are on.
Now smile, and have a most wonderful day filled with peace, joy, and abundance!
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