I have encountered a "new breed" of positive thinkers lately. A few people I am acquainted with are engaged in a process of focusing intentionally on goals through techniques like creating "image boards." They cut and paste pictures that represent what they want in life. One person has a picture of a man, a house and a baby, as she wants to marry, own a home, and have a child. Another collects pictures of mountains and cabins, as she dreams of taking a vacation in and eventually moving to such a locale. In addition to acquiring the pictures on the board, they also have written down a few key, very specific sentences about their goals, such as: "I want to marry, have a child and buy a house within the next 5 years." "I want to vacation in Colorado next year and own a home there within 3 years." They periodically focus on the words and images.
Does this seem like hogwash to you, or do you think there may be something to it? Is it just another way of "doing" positive thinking and trusting and believing in its power? I would be really interested to know what you think of this practice.