Visualising Success: Wallpaper Edition
I know, I know. This one's been much requested. If you haven't seen my glorious desktop background IRL here it is:
Besides the occasional inquisitive or envious glances in the library. This wallpaper will help you set your dreams in motion. Big promise? I know. Before I detail how to make your own beautifully crafted inspiration collage, here's some motivation.
Visualisation has been a part of meditation practice for literally thousands of years. It follows the old saying that to want something you need to see it first. So, beyond chanting and connecting to your third eye (if you're intrigued drop me a comment😏). Contemporary science has proven visualisation to be highly effective. It's been thrown around as a buzzword for entrepreneurs Think and Grow Rich might ring a bell. Not to mention, Oprah's a big fan - so, so am I! I don't claim to be a scientist, but the basic premise behind visualisation is keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind. By repeatedly reminding yourself of long term aspirations, you're encouraged to take steps right now. Karen Lamb is credited as coining the phrase "a year from now, you'll wish you'd started today" and I couldn't have put it better myself. Visualisation is a low commitment way of increasing your frequency and start setting in motion your life's purpose.
Now, there is a lot of debate surrounding the best way to visualise. Examples I've tried include lists, such as 101 things I will achieve before I die, and resolutions. Affirmations, which I'll detail in a later post (stay tuned!). As well as, during meditation. The best way to figure out what works for you is to give as many of these a go as you can. What do you have to lose? 10 minutes of your life. Oh, as a final note, the actor Jim Carrey reportedly wrote himself a check for $10 million when he was struggling early in his career and kept it in his wallet at all times. Now, I don't need to tell you how successful he's been.
Okay, back to the details. You would like a beautiful wallpaper for your phone or laptop to inspire you daily. Here's what you'll need:
Open a word document and tilt it landscape.
Write a list on a piece of paper of all the goals you'd like to achieve short and long term. Personally, I find mind-maps the most effective for this. Now, select nine goals off of the list. Ideally, separate your goals into role models, living space, education, work, exercise, travelling and personal.
Google search photos that epitomise that particular goal. As you can see, my visualisation board features Oprah who covers financial gain, journalism and charitable donations in terms of my goals. Then I have more tangible elements like a cosy studio space and £1 million. It doesn't matter what you choose, the only rule is you keep it positive. For example, if you want to shed pounds focus on a workout you want to improve or eating more fresh fruit and veg - rather than a picture of a scale. You want your visualisation board to motivate and inspire you! Maybe you want to learn Spanish and you choose the Spanish flag or you want to visit Macchu Picchu. Be creative. Finally, I'd choose at least one quote that you're working towards. Mine is the iconic Brené Brown quote that I won't shut up about.
Great, now that you've selected your nine shortlisted photos you're ready to go. For the record don't worry if you couldn't include everything you wanted. I switch up my visualisation wallpaper every few months when I feel inspired. Drag and drop the photos into a collage and voila! I take a screenshot and then set as wallpaper.
Clear up your desktop. Try to declutter all of your documents into one large folder - mine's called Untitled. And make a pact to put all new documents away as quickly as you can or in the trash. You don't want to visualise clutter - trust me!
ENJOY! I love seeing pictures of your visualisation boards. The one's I've seen so far have been really colourful and unique to the individual. So, email or message me with your own photos please! Comment down below if you've found this helpful and any ideas for future posts you'd be interested in.
All my love, Sam💖