Vision boards help metro Detroiters achieve goals

DETROIT - Mimi Brown's idea started with some old magazines and a board, but it has turned into something life-changing.

Using vision boards, Brown has created a way to help people identify and focus on their goals, and achieve them.

"The visualization part is so key because that's how our brains are hard-wired. According to some MIT research, our brains process images 60,000 times faster than the written word. So that really means if you see it, you can be it," Brown said.

A new job? A new relationship? An athletic goal or a financial dream? Brown hosts vision board parties as a workshop to walk people through the process of taking those goals from thoughts to actions.

"The very first vision board I put stuff like, 'I wanted a new car and a new laptop, and a iPad, and wanted a new job.' Stuff that I was really hoping for, but didn't know how to have them show up in my life," Brown said. "I would say, well, actually in the first 15 days of creating that vision board, five things manifested themselves in my life. It was awesome."

When she landed a job that tripled her salary, she couldn't help but tell others what was happening.

Lynette Rogers decided to create her own vision board.

"I really didn't know what to expect. I really was kind of skeptical at first. But I went in and I said, 'I'm just going to go ahead and get myself 100 percent focused on this,'" Rogers said.

Her goal was to overcome her fear of public speaking and become an author. And it all happened.

"I told them my story about me overcoming my fear of public speaking and next thing you know they're saying, 'I want you to be a part of my project and tell your story in the book.' And so I was able to write my chapter in the book about stepping out of your comfort zone, overcoming your fear of public speaking," Rogers said.

Brown said that after a vision board is created, it's up to the person to follow through.

"First is (to) believe that you can actually do it. And I have these mantras I call them. Name it and claim it. Put out there what you want and wait for it to show up because it will," Brown said. "A couple things people do wrong is they often worry about how it's supposed to happen. The how is none of your business. You really focus on what you want and start going after that."

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