Do you ever practice visualization? I think it’s a powerful tool, and one that people don’t use often enough. Since I am visually inclined to begin with, I think it is something that comes naturally to me. But I could use it more than I do sometimes. I love to daydream about what it would feel & look like if certain things happened to me, especially big goals and hopes. It’s almost as if you get a sampling of the powerful endorphins to come just from imagining it. Same is true for bad thoughts. If I am not careful, I can imagine bad things while trying to go to sleep at night, and some of my OCD tendencies slip back in… like counting. I think that just goes to show the power of the mind and how much we believe our own thoughts. I am going to make a conscious effort from now on to only tell myself positive things, and then act on them. That’s probably why things like vision boards work so well, as you are constantly reminded of the things you really want and therefore you end up putting more effort into making them happen. I used to have a vision board a few years ago that I really enjoyed, so maybe it would be a good idea to make another one just for the heck of it. A good January project! If it’s not too personal, I may share it on my blog when I’m done.
The more I think about it, the “Future Game” that I play with people is another form of visualization, but for another person. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a game I like to play with friends and family where you predict 3 positive things in their future. It’s not that I think I’m psychic or anything, but I believe that we all have strong instincts about the possibilities to come. And sometimes it’s much easier to do that for another person than it is for yourself since there is a detachment there. Some people I’ve played it with like to be funny, some try to be as realistic as possible, and others just go crazy with wild storylines. There is no right or wrong way to play it… the only objective is to make the other person think outside of the box about their own life. It’s a fun game, you should try it. 🙂