This weekend I am heading to my son Jack’s University graduation in the States, and I am VERY excited.
I have not taken a trip for quite a while.
When you think about taking a vacation, there is a lot of preparation required between organizing things at home, packing, and timing for plane travel.
Then, of course, renting a car and navigating my way to the hotel, getting to the campus etc. It is not complicated, but it takes planning.
A plan and a GPS are handy tools to guide you along the route when going on a journey!
Did you know that the same idea applies to your health?
When it comes to your vision of your future state of health, do you have a navigation system to get you to where you want to go?
As Diana Ross so famously sang in her song Do You Know: “Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showin’ you? Where are you going to? Do you know?”
I know as a coach what a powerful tool having a vision is to align with a client’s broader identity, priorities and values.
Clients I work with often have goals without a clear path to get to them, or they try and change everything at once.
Too often, people forget what’s motivating them, and they stop.
Neuroscientist Tara Swart, author of “The Source: The Secrets of the Universe, The Science of the Brain,” says that looking at images on a vision board primes the brain to grasp opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed.*
Making change is a skill, and making meaningful and consistent progress towards your goal takes time.
There are many ways to do this.
Imagine you get a postcard from the future from yourself. What does it say? What is the picture of?
You can also craft a wellness vision statement in a written note.
Or, it’s even easier to cut and paste images and photos to a bristol board and post it somewhere that you can see them every day.
I recently witnessed the power of vision with my husband’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.
A couple of days before Shawn went into the hospital for his bone marrow transplant, he sat down to cut and paste pictures onto a large bristol board.
He chose photos and magazine images representing his future – from places he wants to travel to, the food he wants to eat and some motivational quotes.
As soon as he got to the hospital, he put it on the wall adjacent to his bed and looked at that fine piece of art every day.
One doctor looked at the photos, looked at Shawn and said, “you’ll be just fine.” That doctor knew the power of a healthy vision on a patient’s ability to handle treatment difficulties.
That vision board keeps him moving forward despite some bumps in the road. It is a massive part of the outcome.
It’s a long road, but Shawn has lots of maps and gas in the tank to take him along the route.
Having a vision of your health is a crucial component of how you imagine living in the future.
So many people don’t look far enough ahead.
Sadly, as we age, unless we work at protecting our health through playing (exercise), eating well and managing stress, our quality of life isn’t always guaranteed.
A vision board tells you what you WANT, not what you don’t want.
Think big and make it fun, so it’s worth going for – day in and day out.
No matter what you choose to accomplish one year from now, imagine it, capture it, have fun with it and make it just a little more natural. It helps you express your outcome as if it’s already happened.
So what will your health vision be?
Keep moving forward and make a plan – it’s worth it!
Coach Jan xox
P.S. Want to improve your health and have fun?
- Grab a copy of my book, The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health, a practical and back to basics guide to inspire you to carve out time to play even when life gets in the way.