It says in Proverbs 29, "Where there is no VISION, the people perish"......
and you don't have to be religious or even know this scripture to
use the SCIENCE behind Mental Imagery!
Today I am going to talk to you about something that I KNOW many people will think is whooooo whoooooo, (and that's ok... I'm ready, I've heard it all)
but I am here to tell you I have personally been doing this since 2013
and TOMORROW night (as I walk across the stage)
100% of my original 8 image VISION BOARD will be complete.....
and here is a little bit of both SPIRIT and SCIENCE to explain why.
I Photoshopped my face on the above image
5 years ago......
(nope... that's not my body and I don't even know those people)
LONG BEFORE I had even applied to Grad School,
much less been accepted to the program,
attended a single class, or completed my degree!
BUT.... in October of 2013 I read the book :
by Terri Savell Foy
that changed my life forever.
The book talks about Vision Boards and Goal setting.
Neither of which I'd ever heard of in this way.
The book left me with an "ok" to DREAM again.....
even in the midst of Middle Age.
So.... I sat down one Saturday morning,
and thought of all the things I would dream for myself ....
I wasn't afraid to fail, and truly believed that
"All things are possible to him who believes"
That last part...... Is the KEY
"To him who BELIEVES!".....
and here comes the neuroscience
behind the words that were written about 2000 years ago.
I know I've said it a million times....
but ... every single one of our THOUGHTS carry a measurable frequency
and they are NOT without consequence and connection
to the inner workings of our BRAINS.
and... BELIEVE ME when I tell you....
DESPITE what your words may SAY...
Your brain knows the TRUTH of what you really BELIEVE!
This is an image of me connected to an EEG machine.
I have done this twice now and it has left me breathless both times.
Seeing your thoughts on a screen when
NOT A SINGLE word
is coming from your mouth
is LIFE ALTERING!
You canNOT trick your own brain.....
So.... for each time you think you're just "harmlessly" THINKING.....
"I'm NEVER gonna get over this heartbreak"
"My wife has no respect for what I do"
"I'm gonna die sad and lonely"
"I have no friends I can count on"
"Everyone uses me"
"I'm so unlucky"
"There's NO MAN out there who wants to LOVE me"
"I'm gonna be working until the day I die"
"I'm fat and no one wants someone like me"
"My kids can't stand me"
"My boss doesn't have any respect for me"
"No matter what I try I can't lose weight"
Your BRAIN is making connections and creating pathways for
EXACTLY THOSE things!
image by Stack.com
An experiment on ... Visual Imagery... examined this exact concept
Dr. Biasiotto of The University of Chicago performed a scientific research study examining how basketball players could use visual imagery in their free throws.
In this 30 day study, there were 3 groups:
1. those who practiced ACTUALLY shooting free throws for an hour each day
2. those who practiced MENTAL VISUALIZATION shooting free throws each day
3. those who did nothing (the control group)
The results of the study were groundbreaking-
1. The first group, who practiced every day increased their free throw percentage by 24%
2. The second group who did daily Mental Visualization increased their free throw percentage by 23%
3. The third group who did nothing did not increase their free throw percentage by any measurable number
Imagery worked almost as well as the actual act of shooting free throws.
So... why would we all not use this technique?
I hear people say it all the time...... "I tried that, and it didn't work!"
WELL.... my first question to those people is,
1. HOW long did you actually try it?
Most people tell me a few weeks, maybe a couple of months, and I always ask them.... "What would have happened if you would have kept on trying ?"
(I set some of my first goals 5 years ago, and am just now completing the last of them)
2. What did your BRAIN really think was possible?
Now that I understand this SCIENCE behind this step...
It is life changing........ YOU CANNOT OUT TRICK YOUR OWN BRAIN
IT KNOWS YOUR TRUE BELIEF!
So... if your goal is to find a husband,
BUT ... your thinking is... ALL the good guys are gone.
guess what..... Your BRAIN and (GOD) Know your true thought
or.... if your goal is to loose weight,
BUT..... your thinking is... I've tried everything and I'll die fat
guess what....... Your BRAIN and (GOD) know your true thought
or.... if your goal is to retire and live by the lake
BUT.... your thinking is... I'm gonna work until the day I die at this dead end job
guess what..... Your BRAIN and (GOD) know your true thought
This is an image of my last brain activity scan... or MY THINKING
as it is measured electronically and shown on a computer!
As a man thinketh.... so IS HE!
you CAN'T out trick your own BRAIN....
It is working inside your head making connections every moment of your day!
So.... what if we used these BRAIN connections to DREAM!
To imagine our lives the way we would love them to be... and ACTUALLY BELIVE THEM.
I asked myself this exact question in 2013 , " What's the worst that could happen?"
many of the critics say.... Dreaming too big causes you to become disappointed and depressed, and I say....
Wouldn't that happen anyway if you just tiptoe through life walking quietly toward death hoping that you don't get disappointed!
I can tell you.... that I changed my thinking in 2013...
and tomorrow night, I will walk across the stage
( as the OLDEST person in my graduating cohort) to receive my
Master's Degree in Mind, Brain and Education....
and I can tell you that 5 years ago..... it started as just an image in my head.
BUT... for 5 straight years I have not missed a single day
"Calling those things which are NOT as though they already ARE."
and this..... is the image of my REAL gown, hanging on my closet door....
waiting for tomorrow night....
when my VISION becomes a REALITY!
Spirit and Science are much closer than you think !
Spirit tells us to
"Be yee transformed by the RENEWING of your Mind !"
and science tells us
Visualization wires connections in our mind,
and our THINKING fires neurons in our brain with each and every thought.
excerpt from: Mental Imagery & Cognitive Maps textbook by Margaret Matlin
*If NASA uses Visual Imagery and Virtual Reality machines to prepare our world's most elite to create connections in their brains for the actual event,
*If our highest Military Operations use Visual Imagery to prepare its finest forces
*If Jack Nicklaus and Muhammad Ali (and many many others) used Visual Imagery for the feats they WISHED to later accomplish..... then why not give it a try for yourself.
Today, as I removed the last of the 8 original images
(I'd Photoshopped my head on) from my old Vision Board.....
I added all new DREAMS to the brand NEW VISION BOARD hanging in my office
(all the while preparing with genuine GRATITUDE for the greatness that is to come! )
yes..... I have had some incredible heartbreaks in those same 5 years. One that almost brought me to a crumble, but I knew that I had NOTHING to lose by continuing to dream and I had a classroom full of students watching to see if I would practice what I preached.... so, I cried until I ran out of tears, and I picked myself up again and I kept on BELIEVING !
The Bible tells us "to bring EVERY thought into captivity"....
because your BRAIN knows what you truly BELIEVE.
Start today (even if it takes you 5 years) DREAMING!
Use your incredible BRAIN to work FOR YOU,
"Be it unto me... according to MY FAITH."
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!