OLYMPIANS, musos, entrepreneurs and a heap of people in between use vision boards to achieve their goals.
“Everyone from Katy Perry to Ellen Degeneres to Oprah Winfrey swear that they intentionally created outcomes by using this simple tool,” says Fremantle therapist Barbara Saba.
She says scientific studies have shown that visualising an action stimulates the same brain regions as actually performing the action.
Psychology Today reports brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are similar to those when they just image they’re lifting them.
A qualified hypnotist, with a masters in mental health counselling, Saba has been working in the field for more than 30 years.
She faced her own life challenges in her early counselling days, and vision boards helped her produce positive outcomes.
“Visualisation is one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves.
“It’s where we put our intentions.”
A renewed interest has seen her reach out to others to do the same through one-day workshops.
“I came back to vision boards again to help people achieve their goals,” Saba says.
Completed boards are placed in a prominent position, “so we can do visualisation every day.”
But she warns it’s more than slapping pictures on a board.
“Anybody can make one, but to work you really need to know what your core values are,” she says.
“It’s about first getting clear on your authentic life, letting go of what’s in the way—and then clearly connecting with your dreams while designing a vision that calls to you.”
For the process to work, people have to be open and willing to work on their goals, Saba says.
“It’s not a magic wand. Whatever you want, you have to invest. Putting Lotto in is fine, but don’t forget to buy a ticket.”
Saba’s next Vision Board workshop is on March 10.
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by JENNY D’ANGER