“To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!” – Alfred A.Montapert
I watched a TED talk a couple of weeks ago by the amazing Patti Dobrowolski about drawing your future and it had me so inspired that today I gave it a go. I have been really interested in visual goal setting ever since I started reading more about the law of attraction and already have a vision board but thought this could be a great addition.
The power of visualisation is incredible. If you can make a habit to mentally visualise an image of what you want or who you want to be your mind will subconsciously start making your dreams a realty. Visualisation also creates an optimistic, positive mindset as you focus on the things you DO want rather than what you don’t and this in itself helps keep you motivated. Adding drawing as a visualisation technique activates the creative right-side of your brain which will help you see new possibilities.
I downloaded a copy of the free template from Patti’s website and also printed the icon guide for some inspiration for what to draw.
Here are some tips that really helped me put this together.
- Choose a timeline – Whether it’s a week, a month, a year, or 10 years you’ll find it easier to think of your desired outcome if you put a time-frame on it, this will also help you think of your 3 bold steps.
- Create a list – Write a list of your current reality, it doesn’t have to go into a lot of detail, it could just be key words like “stuck” or “bored.” Do the same for your desired new reality. If you’re like me and not a huge visual learner you will find the list as a good trigger for the picture you draw.
- Get drawing – My original plan was to start on the current reality side before doing the desired reality side, but I found that once I had that visual of my current reality, I instantly knew what I wanted it to look like instead so drew that straight away.
- Colour in – This was my favourite part! I chose to only colour in only the desired reality side of my future as I really wanted to absorb what my desired reality looks like and it also helped me think of what steps I needed to take to get there.
- Set your 3 bold steps – So now you know what you want and what it looks like how will you do it? My desired reality is something I want to achieve over the next year so with each of my bold steps I have a list of smaller steps that I can tick off to keep me on track. You can put anything that you want in your bold steps, it can be as simple as “Write my resume” if you are wanting a job change. This is something that is totally tailored to you so there is no wrong or right answer.
This may not work for everyone but I had so much fun doing it and you never know you may discover that you are an incredible artist or in my case an incredible tracer lol.
Thanks for reading xo