What is a detox? Detoxification may refer to the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. This is why so many people around the Spring go through cleanses and detox kits in order to rid your body of toxins. I have never tried any of these methods myself. As a skeptic, I’m curious but don’t believe a juice fast or just eating cabbage for a week will rid your body of said toxins. Each year, I like to reflect on my life and see where I am at versus where I would like to be in terms of my goals. I never used to believe vision boards or writing down goals just because I knew what I wanted, so why write it down?
During my middle school classes, we would always attend Social Science classes and art classes where we were asked to make a “Mind Map”. This is a board where everything connects to one single idea.
The reason why we were told to make mind maps as children was so that we were able to see the big picture of the specific subject. This allows us to expand on any particular subject and create a visual representation on what other things are related and what may important to us.
This applies to us now.
Why did we ever stray away from mind maps? Why did we stop making them? Is it because they stopped being assigned? When you see a mind map, everything is laid out so coherently that it is easy to read and easy to see how everything connects. When you lay out your life on a mind map, what do you see? Personal life, work, school, relationships, diet… there are so many branches that you can add that relate to you. I was thinking of myself the other day and what I would put in a mind map. I don’t have the healthiest of diets, so underneath that I would have fast food, sweets, cake, hamburgers, pizza… the list goes on! It doesn’t define me, but it definitely is related because I do find myself reaching for such foods. Once it has been put on paper, in my mind, it’s more “permanent”. This allows me to “detox” my life and take myself out of the situation and take a step back. Do I really want to be related to all of that fast food? Not really. I’d like to have a healthy lifestyle and not feel sluggish all the time.
That’s when it dawned on me. When I started writing things down, be it dates on a calendar or what I eat on any given day… it forces me to reflect upon it unconsciously and I am able to change accordingly. This detox can happen at any time and you may not even notice it until after! The reason why vision boards are so popular is that as human beings, we are able to grasp the idea better when it is put in a visual. Although we may not be consciously thinking about it during every part of the day, we have it sitting in the back of our minds, working hard toward that goal.
One year ago, I had made a memory board for myself and pasted all of the things I had wanted. I had a house on there, a car… future dreams and many aspirations were pasted upon the board. I wasn’t actively working toward any of these goals, but I saw the board every single day and I am now proud to say that I have a car! These little goals don’t need to be there pestering you, just a simple photograph of your future aspirations, your dream purse, that car that you have always wanted will help you achieve what you want!
Have you made a vision board or know anyone who has? Has it worked for you? I’d love to hear your story!