Believe it achieve it : Put it into Action
VISUALIZATION CAN BE the motivating factor to encourage you to pursue your goals until you accomplish them. Many times, this practice comes across as mystical or as some sort of magical practice. Let’s start off by debunking that misconception and explain what visualization really is.
Put simply, visualization is the act of purposefully imagining events as you would like them to play out. The purpose of this practice is to make you more inclined to take action toward your endeavors.
Our images, thoughts, and feelings are all interconnected. Whatever you imagine in your mind has an influence on your thoughts, which affect your feelings. As you may remember from an earlier chapter, feelings will either inhibit you from achieving success and happiness or they can propel you to take the actions that are required to attain those desirable qualities.
One of the most notable stories about visualization is told by Jim Carrey. Before he became a high paid actor, he wrote himself a pretend check. It was for 10 million dollars “for acting services rendered.” He kept it in his wallet and would look at it often. He says he would visualize himself being a successful actor. His dream came true when he got a call. He had the role on the now famous film, “Dumb and Dumber.”
Don’t get the wrong idea here. Jim Carrey did not just magically attract the acting role. Rest assured that along with visualizing he worked hard to make it happen as well. The purpose of visualization is just to give you a glimpse of the possible outcomes in order to inspire you to take consistent action.
When you visualize your goals, it is like you are removing a brick wall constructed of disbelief, skepticism, and fear. Once the wall is knocked down, the resources you need are more apparent. You will notice that everything you need and all the right people will begin to show up.
If you imagine yourself failing an exam, for example, then you will not even try. On the other hand, when you envision yourself acing the test, you get a taste of the feeling of accomplishment and a sense of satisfaction because your hard work paid off. Your belief in the possibility will increase. This makes you feel ecstatic, and you will diligently do what is necessary to make it happen.
This new-found optimism will also cast away any worry. This is very important because it interferes with your success and happiness. When you worry, you are picturing things going wrong, which makes you feel tense. This feeling of agitation will cause you to make mistakes and poor choices, drawing to you the very things you wished to avoid.
Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Relax by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth about five times. Once you are relaxed, begin to imagine the ideal situation of whatever it is that you wish to manifest.
Include all of your senses in your visualization. See the scenario playing out in your mind, smell the aromas around you, taste the sweet life of success, feel your surroundings, and hear all the sounds. Involving all your senses will make your vision more vivid and more believable.
Most people who use this technique make the blunder of only envisioning the end result. While this is good and I do recommend you picture the ultimate outcome you are trying to achieve, you should also include some scenes of yourself taking action.
Hopefully, you applied what you learned in the last chapter. If you did, you should have your goals written down as well as “why” you want to accomplish each of your goals and “how” you plan to do so.
Here is where the “how” section comes in handy.
Look at the “how” section of your goal list and imagine yourself doing those actions that are going to get you closer to your dream. Using the example of acing a test, you could imagine yourself studying, envision yourself calm and happy on the day of the test, and imagine the test answers coming to you easily. Including the necessary steps makes this practice ten times more powerful.
An additional way to use visualization is to imagine your day going well. In the morning before stepping out into the world, imagine your entire day in detail going just like you would like it to. Remember to use all your senses and shoot for the positive feeling of happiness and contentment.
You can also use visualization to mentally rehearse important events, like if you have a test coming up, an important speech, or a doctor check- up. Envision those moments going magnificently, and they will.
You mind is like a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it becomes. Use this technique every chance you get. The more you use it, the more efficient you will become and the greater results you will have.