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  • Writer's pictureSteve Braun

Visual Cues Reinforce Good Habits


I tend to be more of a visual learner. Watching a youtube video or reading a map are right

up my alley. Not only do visual cues help me learn things, they are a great way for

staying motivated in reaching goals.


Think of the ways you may have used visual cues over the years when it comes to

achieving a goal. Studying with flashcards, affirmations on your mirror, filling a jar with

extra cash for a vacation fund etc.


I personally have a vision board above my office desk filled with pictures and buzz words

of my dreams and goals. We all struggle with motivation from time to time, but having

visual cues can be an excellent way to reinforce good habits.


An exercise I ask some clients to do is have them Draw A Dream For Their Future. I find

this to be an excellent way to determine someone’s ‘WHY’ when goal setting. One of my

clients goals was simple; to quit drinking to improve his family relationships. A fantastic

goal but lacking a compelling reason for achieving it.


For his dream, he drew a basketball court and I asked him to explain what it meant:

“I am in the middle of building a house and want to have a basketball court so my son

can have a place to feel comfortable at home hanging out with his friends.”


When we dug a little deeper, the basketball court represented an opportunity that he

himself didn't have as a kid growing up: To have a safe space. But more importantly, to

have an open relationship with his parents and to be a cool, loving, understanding dad.

The dream wasn’t just about his son having a place to play basketball, it symbolized a

greater purpose: HAVING AN AMAZING RELATIONSHIP AND CONNECTION TOGETHER

AS FATHER AND SON.


Going forward, if the desire to pick up a drink arises, or he finds himself asking, ‘why am I

doing this?’ The dream of the basketball court can be the simple visual cue needed to

maintain the motivation keeping him focused.


If you find you are lacking motivation or having difficulty achieving your goals, a trained

Recovery Coach can be an incredibly powerful tool for accountability and helping you

realize your full potential. Reach out and discover how I can help you get where you want

to be!



Steve Braun

Call or Text: 778.932.1978



About the Author: Steve currently resides in the sunny Okanagan in British Columbia Canada where he spends his free time camping at remote lakes chasing monster rainbow trout with a flyrod.





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