This trick makes all your goals within reach.
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How do you communicate with yourself? How do you embody your thoughts, ideas, goals, dreams? Words perhaps? Pictures? I don’t. It’s not the way I think anymore.
I’ve discovered something much more powerful, a real tool to achieve my goals.
It’s called “mental photographs”.
There’s an e-mail, very inspiring, that I receive daily. Sometimes the content doesn’t particularly resonate. Other times, it makes me think a little bit. But sometimes it’s mind-blowing. This is what happened with the one I received some time ago. Here’s what it said:
“One of the most transformative things you could ever begin doing, Auriane, is to start “thinking in pictures.”
Of what you want, of what you love, of who you dream of becoming.
Thoughts become things,
In case you’re interested, it’s free and it’s called “A Note from the Universe”:
“The Notes are brief emails written by “The Universe,” personalized with your name (and occasionally your goals and dreams), designed to remind you that you have, indeed, been given dominion over all things.
What did I do? For sure, I gave it a try, just to check it out.
The first thing that came to mind was my dream of becoming a published writer. So I imagined myself holding a printed copy of my work, all dressed up and happy as hell. I wasn’t ready for the effect it had.
It sent shivers all the way down my spine!
Suddenly it became accessible, almost real. I had an instant burst of motivation to get to work and make it happen.
I tried it with something else. Something a little more mundane. Achieving my fitness goals, something I already work towards daily. I imagined myself on the beach with friends, physically fit, and mentally strong. The same thing happened. A powerful cocktail of motivation, joy, and strength flooded my body and mind.
I had already discovered the power of thinking in feelings, but I was not ready for the power of thinking in photographs.
Images are powerful, hard facts prove it
According to the Visual Teaching Alliance (source: McKnightKurland):
- Our eyes can record 36,000 visual messages per hour;
- We can perceive a visual scene in less than a tenth of a second;
- 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual;
- The brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text.
Brain Rules found that when people hear a piece of information, they probably only remember 10% of it three days later. However, if a relevant image is associated with the same information, people retain 65% of the information three days later. (source: Hubspot)
Images have a direct effect on our brains and emotions since they do not need to be translated. No wonder this is the bias used in advertising and why movies and TV shows are so popular. Or why we love taking pictures and scrolling through Instagram so much.
Images are even more powerful when it comes to photographs. That’s what this is all about. Photographs encapsulate a fragment of pure reality. That’s why it works so much for visualization:
Photographs=captured reality= seeing oneself in an accomplishment or purpose. Thrilling!
Use the power of ‘mental photographs’ to make your dreams come true
Projecting a picture of yourself in a realization makes it real. Palpable. It brings a huge dose of motivation because it gives the feeling that, through action, things can become real. That these goals are only a few efforts away. That you are not working in a vacuum. They seem to be within reach, just as they are in reality.
It is also a way to stay motivated in times of uncertainty and doubt.
These goals are no longer just a floating desire. They become real. They become coherent.
This brings high motivation and perspective.
What is your greatest goal? The one you long for the most? Visualize an image of yourself embodying that goal. Feel how real it could be?
Then act today.