What you visualize is what you will get. The practice of visualization is what gives high achieving people what seems like super-powers, helping them create their dream lives by accomplishing one goal or task at a time with hyper focus and complete confidence. We all have this power, but most of us have never been taught to use it effectively. Elite athletes use it. The super-rich use it. And peak performers in all fields now use it. Are you ready to join these achievers?
The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals, and ambitions.
How Does Visualization Work?
Adapted from Jack Canfield.
1.) It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.
2.) It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.
3.) It activates the law of attraction thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.
4.) It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.
5.) It allows your limiting beliefs to become clear so they can be replaced.
Visualization is really quite simple. You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and imagine — in as vivid detail as you can — what you would be looking at if the dream you have were already realized. Imagine being inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes at the ideal result.
Visualize with the Mental Rehearsal Technique
All you have to do is set aside a few minutes a day. The best times are when you first wake up, after meditation, and right before you go to bed. These are the times you are most relaxed. Go over the process in your mind, feel yourself doing it. Rehearse what it is you want in your mind, see it, feel yourself doing it, experience the emotions, the sounds, the smells, everything with your desired result.
When you have finished this process, it should take less than five minutes, you can open your eyes and go about your business. If you make this part of your daily routine, you will be amazed at how much improvement you will see in your life.
Create a Vision Board
Another powerful visualization technique is to create a photograph or picture of yourself with your goal, as if it were already completed. If one of your goals is to own a new car, take your camera down to your local auto dealer and have a picture taken of yourself sitting behind the wheel of your dream car. If your goal is to visit Paris, find a picture or poster of the Eiffel Tower and cut out a picture of yourself and place it into the picture. You can also simply create a photo album on your phone with pictures of your goals. Scroll through these pictures as often as you can.
Create a Visual Picture and an Affirmation for Each Goal
Create a picture of every aspect of your dream life. Create a picture or a visual representation for every goal you have whether it be financial, career, recreation, new skills and abilities, things you want to purchase, and so on. As you look at the picture affirm that you already have it or are doing it.
Dream Life Flash Cards
You can also write each goal you have on a 3×5 index card and keep those cards near your bed. Each morning and each night go through the stack of cards, one at a time, read the card, close your eyes, see the completion of that goal in its perfect desired state for about 15 seconds, open your eyes and repeat the process with the next card. Take the time to do this simple practice, it works.
Through writing down your goals, using the power of visualization and repeating your daily affirmation, you can achieve everything you want.
Visualization and affirmations allow you to change your beliefs, assumptions, and opinions about the most important person in your life, YOU! They allow you to harness the 18 billion brain cells in your brain and get them all working in a singular and purposeful direction.
Your subconscious will become engaged in a process that transforms you forever. The process is invisible and doesn’t take a long time. It just happens over time, as long as you put in the time to visualize and affirm, practice your techniques, surround yourself with positive people, work with a coach, read uplifting books and listen to audio programs that flood your mind with positive, life-affirming messages. Your thoughts are everything.
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Harness the Subconscious Mind
Visualization – seeing the goal as already complete in your mind’s eye – is a core technique used by the world’s most successful people. Visualization is effective because it harnesses the power of our subconscious mind.
When we visualize goals as complete, it creates a conflict in our subconscious mind between what we are visualizing and what we currently have. Our minds are hard-wired to resolve such conflicts by working to create a current reality that matches the one we have envisioned.
Visualization activates the creative powers of the subconscious mind, motivating it to work harder at creating solutions. You’ll also notice new levels of motivation and find yourself doing things that normally you would avoid, but that will take you closer to success.
The third way visualization boosts success is by programming the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which serves as a mental filter for the 8 million bits of information that are streaming into our brains at any one time.
The RAS thinks in pictures, not words. Daily visualization feeds the RAS the pictures it needs to start filtering information differently. As a result, your RAS will start to pay attention to anything that might help you achieve your goals – information that it otherwise might ignore.
Live in the Moment
Although a daily practice of visualization is vital, we don’t need to spend all day thinking about our goals for this technique to work. In fact, spending too much time in visualization can rob you of something essential – living in the moment.
Daily rituals help to establish the right balance between thinking about the future and living in the moment. Start by picking a time during which you’ll review your goals and visualize your success. Ideally, do this twice a day – first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. The process typically will take 10 minutes or less.
If you meditate, do your visualizations immediately after your meditation. The deepened state reached during meditation heightens the impact of visualization.
For greatest effect, read your goals or affirmations out loud. After each one, close your eyes and create the visual image of the completed goal in your mind. To multiply the effects, add sound, smells, and tastes. Most importantly, add the emotions and bodily sensations you would be feeling if you had already achieved your goal. This is a powerful visualization technique.
Research has revealed that images or scenes that are accompanied by intense emotion will stay locked in our memory forever. The more passion, excitement and energy we muster during visualization, the more powerful the results will be. Once you have visualized each goal as complete, it’s time to release. Let go of your goals, and spend the rest of your day being in the present moment.
Be Present Instantly
An easy way to instantly become present is to focus on your bodily sensations. It’s impossible to focus on our bodies and be in the past or the future at the same time.
Here are some examples. Focus on your left foot right now. What are you feeling? Pay attention to the sensation for a minute. Then notice what you’re feeling in your right foot, and spend a few moments really feeling the sensation. If you were able to pay attention to your feet, congratulations. You were absolutely present.
If you find your mind drifting to the future throughout the day, you can use one of the more basic visualization techniques. Just let go of any fears or worries that arise. Shift your thoughts to what you want the future to look like when you get there. Then bring your awareness back to the moment. Use visualization techniques to achieve your goals, but invest the majority of your time enjoying the gift of today.