Success begins with setting a goal. The daily practice of visualizing your goal as already achieved can rapidly increase your chances of achieving that goal. There are 3 steps to visualization that works.
What is Visualization?
Visualization is the process of mentally imagining and feeling your goal as if it’s already accomplished in your reality, or simply, a technique for creating a mental image of a future event.
Visualization is nearly as powerful as performing the action. When you visualize yourself living in your dream house, your brain trains your body for that reality.
Mental rehearsal is a mental practice of performing a task without actually doing anything.
It is supported by substantial scientific evidence and regularly used by many of the world’s most successful people such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.
Mental practice is almost effective as a physical practice and doing both is more effective than either alone.
There was a research where volunteers were asked to play a sequence from piano notes for 2 hours each day for 5 consecutive days. The other set of volunteers were asked to just imagine playing the notes for 5 days. Another group of volunteers was asked to play the piano without learning the notes. There was also control group, who didn’t play nor imagine playing the piano. All those brains were scanned each day in the region connected to the finger muscles.
The changes in the brain in those who imagined playing piano were similar to those who actually played piano, while little changes occurred in the brains of those who played the piano without learning the skill and no changes occurred in control group who didn’t play nor imagine playing the piano.
Five experiments showed that imagined consumption reduces actual consumption of food. When you imagine eating as clearly as you could, the brain thinks you are eating, and you will have less appetite for more food just as if you had actually eaten.
The conclusion is that your brain doesn’t distinguish real from imaginary!
How Can Visualization Help You?
Your brain trains your body to prepare for action. When you imagine yourself preparing for an activity, your brain actually run through the process and send signals to the rest of your body to complete the action.
Visualization activates your creative mind, which will start looking for creative ideas in order to achieve your goal. You will then start to perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your goals.
You will attract into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.
It will help you to change your beliefs and opinions about yourself and motivate you to take the necessary steps to achieve your goals.
Finally, visualization will help you to create a current reality that matches the one you have envisioned.
Visualize Your Goal
Sit down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and imagine, in as vivid detail as you can, what it would be like if your goal was already accomplished. Imagine your ideal results, get excited and feel as if you have already accomplished your goal. Once you have visualized your goal as complete, let it go.
The best time for visualization is in the morning when you first wake up and right before you go to bed. These are the times when you are most relaxed. Visualize your goal for at least 10 minutes every day.
Your mental eyes are like a muscle, which can be trained. It will take some time to build your muscles so don’t be impatient.
3 Steps to Visualization That Works
There are three steps to effective visualization:
1. Create a clear mental picture of what you want
Create a clear detailed mental image of the desired goal using all of your senses. See yourself living your dream life, driving your dream car, living in your dream house, taking a vacation, getting a dream job, or whatever your goal is.
For example, if your goal is to have a new house, visualize yourself already living in that house. How does it look like? How many rooms does it have? Picture yourself in every room. What can you see? Is there a garden? Who else is there? What are you doing? Try to make the environment as realistic as possible.
2. Visualize yourself achieving your goal
Add sound, smells, and tastes associated with your goal. What can you hear? What is the smell like? What can you taste and touch? Most importantly, add the emotions and bodily sensations you would be feeling if you had already achieved your goal.
3. Feel as if you already live in that reality
What does it feel like? Imagine the excitement, satisfaction, and thrill you will experience as your goal is already accomplished. The more passion, excitement, and energy you put into your visualization, the more powerful the results will be.
For example, if you are sick and want to be healed, visualize yourself already healed from illness and disease. Focus on wellness instead of illness.
By doing this, you are taking away the power of those negative thoughts in your subconscious mind and you’re replacing them with new, powerful and positive thoughts.
When you visualize but not include your feelings, your vision will not get into your subconscious mind, because your paradigms will resist and refuse it.
In this video, Jim Carrey explains how he envisioned and manifested 10 million dollars.
A Vision Board is a powerful tool that can help you visualize your future and consistently remind you of your desired goals.
For example, if you want to buy your dream house, you might want to find the perfect representation of your dream house and to put a picture of that house on your vision board together with uplifting affirmations.
By creating a vision board and placing it where you can see it every day, you create the opportunity for consistent visualization and train your mind to manifest your goals.
It is important that the images mirror your desired goals. When you look at your Vision Board, you should feel a strong connection to those desires.
Not only is a Vision Board a wonderful reminder of your goals, it is a powerful motivator to act on achieving those goals.
The action is a bridge between imagination and success
Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises. Although it can play a huge role in helping you achieve your goals, you will increase your chances of success if you also take action towards your goals.
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker