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How many of us have used vision boards, have gotten a vision of where we want to be, who we want to be, how we want to look or be? We often don’t realize that when we daydream, we are essentially creating a vision of what we want or what we would like. So why do we then discourage daydreaming at a young age? Daydreaming is often viewed as a waste of time, a lack of focus. But we need dreams to drive us forward; don’t we? How many of your dreams do you remember upon waking up in the morning?

How do we get back to creating visions? “I’m too old,” “I don’t have time to squander on daydreaming,” or other common paradigms (remember these are patterns or theories we validate with repetitive confirmation they are true), often keep us from really accomplishing something spectacular. Even if that spectacular is only for us to experience, why not get back to creating a vision of what we would like to have, be do or see? Remember, these daydreams or visions can be focused on community, on self, on spiritual needs or goals.

I have often heard that creating a vision board is a method of keeping our dreams in front of us on a regular basis. This inspires and motivates us when we start to lose focus or lose hope that our dream or vision is going to remain out of reach. We also have to remember that where we choose to put our focus is what our brain will seek to find (especially in the subconscious arena). We have to take control of what we see and how we react in order to maintain focus and motivation.

On a personal note, I could have just walked away months ago from my workouts. I have a vision of what I want, where I want to be, how I want to look, but no matter how many days a week I work out, it’s just not coming out the way I want. Does this mean I am getting no benefit? Absolutely not!!!! My blood pressure remains low, my resting heart rate is low, my stress levels are low. Vision is great, but we also need to remember that what we see isn’t necessarily always in line with that final picture or dream.

Work without any purpose is just a job. Cleaning the house is typically seen as a job. But doesn’t this work have purpose? To keep us healthy; to keep us from getting sick; getting a disease? It also helps us stay organized. Can we find purpose in everything we do? Probably. Is the purpose motivating us to continue doing the task at hand? Not always. Remember, some things we need to do for various reasons, which may seem small, but inevitably they have a purpose.

As we continue with our exploration this week of vision, think long and hard about when you were a child, when you became a young adult, and when you retired, if that applies to your current life situation. Think of all the changes in your “vision” based upon maturity levels, goals, and why your visions changed. And, as always, stay focused, stay hydrated, and stay healthy. Challenge; Tomorrow’s workout has the purpose of pushing us to a new limit of well-being!!!!

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Melanie Meade

Ms. Meade has over 20 years in the business sector. Ms. Meade also has experience as a certified personal trainer, group fitness instruction, and as a psychology instructor. Ms. Meade is an avid fitness enthusiast and works hard to maintain healthy lifestyle practices.

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