Visual Thinking

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Visual thinking, also referred to as spatial thinking, uses pictures to process ideas. It is a thinking process whereby you can visualise ideas in the form of charts, diagrams, drawings, models, pictures, and a variety of other ways. As humans, we process pictorial or visual information quicker and better than other forms of information.

Research has shown that the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and over half of the brain is devoted to processing visual information. Some studies even showed that 90% of the data processed in our brain is visual! No wonder so many people love Instagram, Snapchat and other video apps!

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As little as 13 milliseconds are required for our brain to process visual information; this can help us judge where to focus our attention. Studies have proven that, on average, we can remember more than 2000 pictures with over 90% accuracy several days after being shown an image. Other research has proven that our ability to remember spoken words, concepts and sentences are often forgotten!

Since 1986, researchers have concluded that presentations that use visual aids are 43% more powerful and retentive than presentations lacking them. Visual aids present information in a precise and concise format, thereby helping us better understand the concepts being presented.

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Therefore, it makes sense that when we are thinking about and mapping out our ideal future, the most effective way to achieve this would be through the creation of a visual representation or map of what we want our future to look like!

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Vision Boards 

A Vision board has many names; a dream board, an achievement map, or a life collage. Whatever you want to call it, there is a lot of value in creating a visual map of your ideal life with a clear link between your professional and private life. 

Creating a clear picture of your ideal future is a great way to develop a clear mental vision of how you could achieve your future goals. You can train your brain to be more naturally creative and discover better solutions to known problems.

Take your time initially to build out what aspects of your personal life will look like before you focus on the vision of your business. We have seen that successful long-term businesses align with the business leaders’ individual goals and ideal lifestyle.

Once you have a clear vision of your ideal life, you then can design and build out a business that fits in with your lifestyle and personal commitments and brings you closer to achieving your lifestyle goals. Businesses designed to align with your priorities can offer you financial and lifestyle freedom. These are the businesses that are sustainable long-term.

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Creating a vision board using visual research

How do you start to create a clear vision of your future? 

By this point, you should have some goals for your ideal future starting to form, visual mapping can help boost your goal setting. The clearer you become on your ideal future vision, the easier it is to define the ideal goals that will help you to make that vision your reality. 

Going on a visual hunt, using resources such as magazines, newspapers, google images, Pinterest, and other visual resources you have available is a great way to help visually clarify your goal! 

Asking yourself powerful questions is another great way to help stimulate your thinking about what to start researching in these visual resources. You could hone in on particular areas in your life to support your visual research.

Here are some questions based on different life areas to help your visual hunt! 

When asking yourself these questions, imagine that you’ve achieved the ideal life, and the perfect situation for you is already taking place! 

  • Who do you have a strong or intimate relationship with? 
  • How often do you spend time with them? 
  • What do you do together?


  • What are your relationships like with family? 
  • How often or when do you spend time with them? 
  • What do you do together?
  • What’s the best part of your relationships with each fundamental family member?


  • How many friends do you have, what do you do together? 
  • How often do you spend time with them?
  • What do you do together when you spend time?
  • What do you treasure most about these friends?
Learning and Development 
  • What are you learning? 
  • Are you studying? 
  • Are you learning on the job?

Play & Fun 

  • What do you do in your spare time for fun?
  • What hobbies do you have?
  • What do you do to keep fit and healthy?


  • Where do you live?
  • Who do you live with?
  • How big is your home?
  • What’s the neighbourhood like?

Professional Life 

  • What business are you working in or leading?
  • How much of your time does it take up?
  • What are you doing within your role the majority of your time?

Once you have answers to these questions, you can hunt down visual representations that will bring your ideas to life and paint a clear picture for you to visualise as your ideal future. 

We have provided a visual planning tool to help you map out your vision in the four sections of your life:

  • Self
  • Social 
  • Skills 
  • Spaces

We’ve provided a range of supportive questions in each of these life sectors to support you in designing your future.

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Session Assessment Focus

We would love you to focus on catching your thoughts and what limiting beliefs are operating between now and our next session. When you notice them, challenge them, ask yourself, is this my truth?

This week’s: Assessment focus

  1. Vision Board – Pillars of Purpose – Design your personal vision board, using the three-step templates pillars of purpose template in Miro. All instructions are provided in the Miro template. You will be required to submit your final copy of this template later in the course. Complete this before your journal.


  2. Vision Journal. the vision journal is a two-part journal this week, where you will reflect on the vision process and what you’ve learnt through it. You will also then reflect on how motivated you are to achieve it, identifying the factors that are contributing to your motivation levels.

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