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“You can’t just visualize it and then go eat a sandwich. It’s about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.” ― Jim Carrey
This week, our challenge is to create a vision board. I have one, and I recommend you have one because the law of attraction works. It works, but only if we work. Envisioning what we want to achieve is only the first step toward making it a reality. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” Robin Sharma
The power of attraction, having a vision and staying connected with it daily, is misunderstood by many people. Its power lies in an area of our brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). Our RAS determines what we notice and what we ignore in our environment. If we didn’t ignore most of what we see, hear, and feel in our environment, we would experience sensory overload.
When we set a goal, and we have strong emotional intent, we trigger the RAS. Our brain becomes incredibly acute at noticing anything in our surroundings that could help us move forward. When we stay connected to our vision, daily, we keep ourselves on course. We don’t get caught up in the momentum of other people’s demands on us. Every day we look for ways to take another step, no matter how small, towards our goal.
Like any law, it is both positive and negative. When we focus on what we want our RAS will seek out data and resources to support our vision. When we focus on what we don’t want, unfortunately, our RAS will filter our view of the world and look for information and situations that support our view. “Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.” John Assaraf
Change the way you see things and the things you see will change. Wayne Dyer
When we invest ourselves emotionally in our goal and stay focused on it; miraculous things happen. When we make reconnecting with our goal, a part of our daily routine, we begin to take notice of all the opportunities around us. We begin to make connections and form insights that would have previously gone undetected. These opportunities and insights were always available to us, but they were ignored. They were filtered out by our RAS as being unimportant. Focusing on our goal each day put the RAS on notice; that these things were important.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.” Gandhi
A person that doesn’t stay focused on their goal is like a missile with no guidance system. If the target moves, it will miss the target. A person that lacks emotional energy will never launch; never take action. A missile with a programmed target and guidance system will never leave the ground if it doesn’t have any fuel. If someone doesn’t have enough emotional intensity, they will fall short of their goal, the same way a missile will fall short of its target.
It is important to have a goal, but without action, it is just a dream, we have no hope of accomplishing. Jim Carrey is a huge believer in the power of intent and the law of attraction, “The Secret.” While he was still struggling as a young comedian, he wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars.
He gave himself 5 years to cash it. He wrote: “For acting services rendered,” in the check’s margin. He kept it in his wallet for four years. Just as his deadline was approaching, he learned that he would earn 10 million dollars for his role in Dumb and Dumber. He believes in the law of attraction but insists hard work is still required. You can not have a vision then go sit on the couch. You have to put in the work. “You can’t just visualize it and then go eat a sandwich. It’s about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.” ― Jim Carrey
This week, your challenge is to create a vision board. There aren’t any rules to creating a vision board, so we really cannot mess it up. I suggest we use a combination of inspirational images, guiding mantras, and philosophies that motivate us to pursue our dreams. The purpose of a vision board is to reconnect with our dreams and motivate us to go after them each day. Seeing images of places we want to visit, people we want to emulate, and things we want to own will help us to make better use of our time each day.
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