Make a wish

How to vi­su­alise the fu­ture you want, then make it hap­pen

Life & Style Weekend - - MIND - with Nick Ben­nett Nick Ben­nett is a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, per­for­mance coach and part­ner of Minds Aligned: www.mind­saligned.com.au

The vi­sion board cov­ered all as­pects of my life – per­sonal, pro­fes­sional, fi­nan­cial, health, hap­pi­ness, travel, ad­ven­ture.

HOW are you af­ter the new year and Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties? Are you start­ing to think about what may hap­pen this year or about goals you’ve ac­tu­ally set to achieve?

For me, this first week of the new year is about re­flect­ing on the year gone and of other mem­o­ries of other times that have popped up as we have en­gaged with visi­tors and friends.

The past three years have been amaz­ing for me and 2016 was a pow­er­ful one. It started busily, with travel and new clients across the coun­try, but was brought to a mas­sive and sud­den halt when I had an­other heart at­tack. Re­cov­er­ing from that set the tone for the re­main­der of the year when I re­leased all anx­i­ety and ex­pec­ta­tion and found my­self be­ing much more mind­ful about how I was en­gag­ing in the mo­ment with peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions in a heart­felt way.

So, on re­flec­tion, there was a startling re­al­i­sa­tion on how these things had man­i­fested. A few years ago I had con­structed a vi­sion board that was cov­ered in pic­tures and words that I had cut from a num­ber of mag­a­zines. The mon­tage cre­ated was my pic­to­rial “wish list” of things to un­fold in my life over the next three to five years. It was a lot of fun ex­plor­ing all of the ideas that were pos­si­ble. It took sev­eral hours and over a pe­riod of days the pic­ture cre­ated it­self.

The vi­sion board cov­ered all as­pects of my life – per­sonal, pro­fes­sional, fi­nan­cial, health, hap­pi­ness, travel, ad­ven­ture. In­ter­est­ingly enough I hadn’t thought about it for some time. The re­al­i­sa­tion was that in putting it to­gether and think­ing through what was pos­si­ble and what was im­por­tant to me in liv­ing a life with mean­ing, I had un­con­sciously cre­ated a pow­er­ful path­way that had di­rected my fo­cus for that time – and by all ac­counts achieved it.

In fact, the ar­eas that I had been vague on were the ar­eas that de­liv­ered dif­fer­ently to what I had in­tended in cre­at­ing the vi­sion. An ex­am­ple was that I had put it out there that I wanted to have a great ad­ven­ture. Well the story of the At­tack on the Black Cat Track is now a book that de­tails the ap­palling mur­der and bru­tal treat­ment of porters and in­jury to our small trekking group in PNG three years ago.

So here’s the thing. It’s easy and it’s fun. Build a pow­er­ful pos­i­tive pic­ture of the fu­ture you want, put it out there by cre­at­ing a vi­sion board find­ing pic­tures, words and draw­ings that you stick on a piece of pa­per that you then have in sight and that pro­vide the un­con­scious re­minders of what you want to achieve.

The other thing to re­mem­ber is the ba­sic rules – no harm to self, no harm to oth­ers and no harm to the planet. En­joy the ad­ven­ture and all the best.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Cre­ate a vi­sion board to help un­der­stand and pave a path to your life goals.

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