We all know what the process of launching a project feels like, a lot of resistance can surface right in the middle of it. We can easily lose ourselves in the comparison game when embarking on a new venture and so it is important to set a solid foundation before starting any creative process. The beginning is about ‘clarity’ and here is a sure way to gain exactly that!

I was never the “outline” sort of person and was naturally drawn to Mind Mapping instead. As a creative person I was also fascinated by the idea of Vision Boards. My interest in the subconscious mind and how we absorb words and images in a way that bridges into our conscious reality, further drew me to experiment ways in which to visually impact different aspects in my life. I have used both mind mapping and vision boards to reprogram my subconscious and to stay on track with the core mission of my projects. If you haven’t already submerged yourself into the wonderful creative process of either of these techniques, here is a brief overview on Vision Boards, Mind Maps and The Subconscious Mind:

Vision Boards

A vision board is a visual representation of a desired feeling or situation made up of images, symbols, affirmations and words.
These images are usually picture cut-outs from magazines or printed from computer files. Some people directly draw and write on their boards. There are no rules really. However, the images and words have to hold a strong meaning for the person so that it has an affect on their mind and especially on the subconscious. This is why it is important to first set an intention for the board before starting. In this way, the board will serve as a reminder or reset button to stay true to the initial vision of your project throughout the whole process. A good way to set an intention for your vision board is through an affirmation.

[bctt tweet=”A strong affirmation challenges then alters our limiting beliefs. That which seemed impossible is now possible.”]

An affirmation is a present tense declaration of a truth we wish to manifest in our lives.
For example, a person seeking to launch their project successfully would make an affirmation such as this, “I have successfully launched my project!” When we affirm, in the present tense, what we desire from the future, it begins to open the doors of our subconscious mind to reprogram itself by believing that which hasn’t occured yet, possible!

Vision-Board example

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[bctt tweet=”A Vision Board serves as a treasure map to your authentic self. It reprograms your subconscious mind.”]

Mind Maps

A mind map is an intuitive diagram that breaks out of the usual structure of a regular diagram.
Mind maps are used to organize information in a visual way. It is often created around a main concept that may be written in a circle or drawn as an image in the center of a page. The idea is to branch out of the main concept into sub-categories that then branch out into more ideas, all of which connect to the main concept in the center. It is a very enlightening experience and the best way to brainstorm when you are on your own wanting to explore a subject or idea in depth.  A mind map has the capability of bringing thoughts that have been buried in the subconscious mind, to the surface. It holds an unpredictable quality that makes it very intriguing to dive into. You never know where the words or images will lead. I find this tool to be especially helpful when I am in the “exploration” stage in a project and want to clarify both mentally and emotionally where it is I am headed, as well as in the beginning stages of building a plan.

mind map of inner creation

[bctt tweet=”Through the art of Mind Mapping we are able to extract ideas that come from deep within our mind.”]

The Subconscious Mind

Our belief systems are stored deep within our subconscious mind. These beliefs are structured according to all of our life’s experiences.
The subconscious mind carries out our subconscious programming into our conscious reality. These programs can be either positive or negative. Whenever you observe a limiting belief play out in your life, you have the opportunity to change it. For example, the thought, “I am not good enough.” or “I don’t believe in myself.” are such limiting beliefs that come from negative subconscious programming. And as you know, believing in yourself is deeply important when you are working on a project or beginning a new venture. Both techniques serve to engage the subconscious mind and only then we are able to observe and change it.

This allows us to expand out of our comfort zone and into the realm of creativity where all things are possible. So, when I received this black pin board with a golden spiral on it, I knew it would be perfect for a vision board that would have some mind mapping elements to it. With this vision “pin” board, I wanted to lay the foundation of all that is important to me so that I could remain true to myself as I entered into the world of motherhood for the first time in my life. I didn’t want to lose myself in the role while forgetting my dreams and aspirations. It has served me well and every day I am grateful for it.

The words or images that are chosen are more than just decorations, these words and symbols get absorbed by my subconscious mind on a daily basis, even when I am not paying attention! Plus, there is something truly grounding about getting out of the virtual world and actually working on something with my hands. I love creating, and if you are here, I am going to assume that you do to. I invite you to engaging your subconscious mind and expect the unexpected.

Dive deep and enjoy the process!

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