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Warning! Visualization May Change Your Life

Visualization is a very powerful tool for achieving amazing results in your life. Many successful people have claimed to use visualization to accomplish their goals, such as Jack Nicklaus, Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey, and many others. Jim Carrey once told a story about how he wrote himself a cheque for $20 million dollars long before he made it big. He would imagine getting paid that amount for doing movies and he would regularly use affirmations telling himself how successful he was and how great he was. Eventually, everything he imagined and told himself came true. These successful people all started out small. You’re no different than anyone else: you can use this tool to your advantage as well.

It sounds like a fancy term, but visualization basically means ‘to imagine’. Whether or not you’re aware of it, you probably visualize often throughout the day. Do you ever daydream? Have you ever imagined what would happen if someone found out about something you might have done wrong? Or maybe you were running late for work and you imagined how your boss was going to react. These are all forms of visualization. However, the kind of visualization I’m talking about is deliberate imagination of you having already achieved exactly what you want to achieve.

What Does Visualization Do?

It burns a mental picture into your subconscious mind.

Once that picture is embedded there, your subconscious mind begins working to make that picture a reality. It’s much easier to achieve your goals with your subconscious mind on your side. If you think mostly about your present reality instead of what you want, your subconscious will maintain that as your ongoing reality. This is why many people get stuck in ruts. They’re constantly focused on the rut they’re in and, consequently, they just keep perpetuating that condition. If they instead began to focus on what they want instead, their subconscious minds would start working on helping them get there.

It activates your reticular activation center (RAS).

Once the image you want is burned into your subconscious, you will start seeing things around you that can help you achieve your goals. These things were probably always there, but you never noticed them before because you were not focused on the corresponding goal. To give you an example of how the RAS works, think about a time when you bought a new car, bike, or even a pair of shoes. Did you start to notice that it seemed as though a lot of other people suddenly had the same car, bike, or shoes? Or have you thought about getting a particular item and then started noticing everyone with this same item? They were probably always there, but because you weren’t thinking about your new article much before you bought it, your subconscious mind didn’t see it as important information and thus filtered it out. You didn’t notice it. In the same way, once your subconscious mind knows what your goals look like visually, it will start pointing things out to you that will help you make that visualization a reality, in the very least by reminding you of what you want.

It activates the law of attraction.

When you spend time visualizing the achievement of your goals and make that achievement as detailed as possible, you actually start feeling what it will be like once you’re really there. Your emotions act as the attractor of everything in your life. The more you can tap into the emotion of achieving your goals, the faster they will manifest in your life.

How to Visualize

Nothing fancy required.

Just grab a chair or lie down, close your eyes, and fire up that imagination. It’s good to do this twice a day for five to ten minutes. The best times are when you first wake up and just before you go to sleep, since these are the times your subconscious mind is most easily influenced. If you can only fit in one session, do it just before going to sleep. Your subconscious mind will mull over your visualization all night long.

Make it in the present.

If you keep that goal always in the future, thinking you will achieve it “some day,” it will stay in the future. Imagine being where you want to be now so that your mind can work on bringing it to you instead of always keeping it out in the future. Ignore your present reality for a while and imagine a new and better one instead.

Be specific.

Your brain and the law of attraction can’t deliver something vague. It won’t know what to deliver. Just as when you write affirmations, you need to be specific. For example, if you want more money, don’t just imagine being rich. Be specific about how much money you’re taking in each month or year, and imagine what life would be like with that exact level of income.

Use as much detail as possible.

Using very specific details in your visualizations has two beneficial effects. First, it helps your brain and the law of attraction know exactly what to help you achieve. Second, it helps you go deeper into the emotional state of feeling what it will be like. As I mentioned earlier, this more effectively activates the law of attraction.

Be the main actor.

When you’re visualizing, see things through your own eyes. This will make it more real for your subconscious mind. If you’re having trouble with this, start out by imagining you’re watching yourself in a movie or on TV. Watch that imaginary you receiving the congratulations, spending the money, driving the new car, or whatever your goal might be. After watching for a while, imagine yourself stepping into your “on screen” persona and becoming that character.

Involve all of your senses.

The more of your senses you involve, the more real your visualization will seem. What sounds are you hearing around you? Are people talking to you? What are they saying? Do you smell anything? What can you see? Are there any tastes involved? What do things you can touch feel like?

Some Final Thoughts

It’s an excellent idea to tie in daily affirmations along with daily visualization. This will help keep your mind focused regularly throughout the day on what you want instead of being focused on what your current reality is.

Take action!

Visualizing is very important, but you must take regular small steps toward achieving your goals. Even if you’re not 100% sure about what you should do, just do anything you can think of that might have even a remote chance of moving you just one small ant-sized step closer to your goal. You can always adjust course later. Just get into the habit of taking regular action. If you really can’t see anything at all that you can do, then just keep visualizing and affirming your goals. An opportunity to take action will come. You can be sure of it. :)

Remember, the life you’re experiencing right now is the result of your previous thoughts, feelings, and actions. The life you will experience tomorrow will be the results of your thoughts, feelings, and actions of today.

A Few Quotes From Others Regarding Visualization.

“I've discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen.”
Charles A. Garfield (Peak Performance Expert, Researcher, Trainer)

“See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.”
Robert Collier (Writer and Publisher)

“You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.”
Les Brown (Author and Speaker)

“I study pitchers. I visualize pitches. That gives me a better chance every time I step into the box. That doesn't mean I'm going to get a hit every game, but that's one of the reasons I've come a long way as a hitter.”
Mark McGwire (American Major League Baseball Player)To learn more about this topic, please check out the related articles listed at the bottom of the page.

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