2013 is just around the corner and if you are thinking you want to use the turn of the year to focus your energy on making changes in your life, there isn’t a more perfect time to get started! While it seems like the most popular way to find that new you is by tuning into what’s trending in the Twitterfeed, g+, or FB, why not tune your focus to the one person that you know the best: yourself? 2013 could very well be your year to shine, so let’s make it so.
Goal setting often doesn’t succeed because we have so much data filling our brains that it gets overloaded and can’t figure out what is most important to pay attention to. But research shows that if you draw a picture of what you desire in your life, you stand an 80 percent higher ratio of being able to make it happen! Ever wonder why everyone is suddenly drawing pictures on white boards in videos when they want you to buy or remember something? Pictures imprint on your brain.
It isn’t fairy dust, it is an actual connection that’s made in your brain when you doodle a little picture of yourself with that luscious svelte body, or that pile of cash you are swimming in after you took the leap and started to do something you actually liked for a living.
The brain is a pattern-making machine and it operates 95 percent of the time without your conscious self being involved. A picture helps you guide that brain into focusing on the right things. So here’s how…
On the left side of a piece of paper write and draw where you are right now with your life – all the good, the challenging, everything. Scatter your description of what it’s like in your world, in words and pictures all over that left side of the page. Try not to make a list. List making gets your left brain involved and that makes for routine, not creativity.
Next, keep your amygdala calm (that’s the fight or flight part of your brain) by telling it that you are about to use your imagination. That makes the right side of your brain jump up and down in excitement, while the left side just takes a nap.
Close your eyes and imagine it is one year from today in the best case scenario. What is your life like? In that desired new reality, imagine that perfect job, fantastic relationship, or hiring manager saying: “Yes, we want you.” All of it – play out that little fantasy in your mind’s eye. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between real and imaginary so pump up the volume! Then as fast as you can write and draw what you see on that right side of the page.
Now look over your whole page; look at where you are, where you want to be and ask the universe of you, “What’s the boldest thing I can do to get from here to there?” You will get an immediate response and write it down immediately, because if you don’t, you’ll lose it or talk yourself out of it within three minutes!
Now break that big bold step down into bite size pieces and eat them one day at a time. Snap a photo with your smart phone of that map and look at it every day. Soak in and inspire yourself with that right side! Supersize it in your mind. Build up that delicious fantasy. And then, do one tiny little thing every day towards that fantasy life and it will become your new reality in 2013.
Patti Dobrowolski is the founder of Up Your Creative Genius, a consulting firm that uses visuals and creative processes to help companies and individuals around the world accelerate growth and change. Her latest publication is titled Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life.
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