In her TED talk, Patti Dobrowolski discusses the power of drawing to help turn your desired future into reality. This is the power of visioning.
Patti’s ideas are consistent with one of Stephen Covey’s Habits, that being to ‘Begin with the End in Mind’. Both talk about how it’s critical to have a clear picture, or a blue-print if you like, of what you would like your life to look like. Having a clear picture of your future state helps you to understand the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be. This works on the principle that we need to create things twice, a mental creation first and a physical creation to follow.
Patti’s talk is interesting in that she discusses the way drawing can trick your brain. People are wired to consider risk and we can spend quite a bit of time rationalising all the reasons we shouldn’t change, the reasons not to strive for our desired future. We can agonise over the risks and obstacles we may encounter on the way. Patti highlights that when we draw, we use our imagination and this triggers the right side of our brain, the creative side of our brain. This can instantly help us to tap into creative solutions we may not have considered if we were to work only with our ‘rational brain’.
This isn’t to say we shouldn’t consider risk, just that by visioning, we can sometimes come up with creative ways to overcome obstacles. Drawing our desired future can help us to create a more effective roadmap to take us from our current state to our desired future state.
If you would like to watch Patti Dobrowolski’s TED talk ‘Draw Your Future – Take Control of Your Life,’ click here.
For other visioning methods and ways to create a life you love, click here.
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Laurenne Di Salvo
Melbourne based Life and Wellness Coach