Your Goal + Images + Your Brain =

About a decade ago, I trained with Maria Nemeth at her Academy Coaching for Excellence.  I still remember a class that went until almost 2:00 am one night.  Our assignment was to develop an important goal (or three?), write our goal statement and then scour through her collection of magazines hunting for images that resonated with our goal and with us.

Amidst the scissors and glue sticks, the 40 participants sifted, cut and pasted our way to our collages.  Maria assured us that there was lots of evidence that building such a collage and having it around to see would be a persistent force supporting our progress towards our goals.

It worked.  Even though my collages were taken down after some time, a year or two later I found them and noted that I’d accomplished everything.

Since then I ran into collages as a tool for change when doing Landmark Education’s Wisdom course.  Then I saw my friend Dan Demuth using them in his golf school.  Finally and most recently, I’ve run into them again in working with Maryanne O’Brien while piloting her Live Dynamite program with my clients.

You’d think I might have become a life-long magazine clipper and collage maker, but no.  That hasn’t happened.  We don’t subscribe to magazines and I only take the hours the process seems to take if I’ve paid someone a couple of thousand bucks to make me do it.

That has changed.

Thanks to the availability of images from your own photos, or those on the Internet or in DVD collections of magazines like the National Geographic, it’s easy to grab an image.  Thanks to a now ancient $30 program, Microsoft Research Auto Collage 2008, it is unbelievably easy to assemble the images into a collage.  And thanks to photo sources like Costco, it’s cheap and easy to have your collage blown up to 20 x 30 inches.

When I’m most committed to getting things done, I create a “visual to-do list” in the form of a collage. If I’m starting with zero images, it might take me 40 minutes. Sometimes it takes me 10 minutes.  The sample below should mean nothing to you while the images speak to my subconscious mind. It’s the connection to my sub-conscious that matters.
Wow Collage 2

The thing about connecting to your sub-conscious goes back to the notion that a picture is worth 1000 words. That’s because while words are abstract, pictures are concrette. Words need to be translated to have meaning. Images do not require translating. Images show the thing.

Since it’s said our brain’s conscious resources are roughly equivalent to the cash we have in our pockets while our sub-conscious resources are roughly equivalent to the total wealth of everyone in the USA, we win when we can engage our sub-conscious.

That’s all folks.  Go forth and create.

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[May 4, 2011]

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