Have you ever tried to visualize your life as though it was perfect? We are all born with an awesome power which alas most of us have never been taught to use effectively. We may dabble with it, picturing ourselves sunbathing on a beach or driving the cars of our dreams. But this power lies dormant within you.
It’s something that most successful people use. Tennis players, golfers, Olympians and no doubts the super-rich and peak performers in all fields. The power I refer to is called visualization.
Everyone can use the power of visualization. Somebody suffering from long term illness can use it to see themselves recovered, no longer struggling the way they were, living life back on top, the way they’ve always wanted to, being successful, happy and healthy and full of energy. This describes a vision.
For it to work, you must have a really clear picture in your mind, absolutely vivid and real. It will make you feel as if you were there already. You power it up by spending a few minutes every morning confirming your resolve to recover and closing your eyes to visualise your full recovery.
It is not just recovery that visualization is good for. Any of your dreams, goals and ambitions can be powered up by visualization using your imagination to deliberately create a picture or movie in your mind of your own making. Rather like painting a picture you have complete control to create an image that you desire.
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.
The best times to do this are when you first wake up and right before you go to bed. These are the times you are most relaxed.
Many people when first introduced to the concept of visualization doubt that it can possibly work. They believe it’s just claptrap and not something worth wasting time on.
It really does work though!
Most of you are already visualising. But you’re concentrating so much on what you don’t want and therefore attracting more of what you don’t want. When you have pictures in your head of what you fear is going to happen, you can’t possibly have a good day, and you’re creating the life you don’t want.
By taking 10 minutes out of your day to use for visualization, you could create a great day, then a great week, building up to a great month, creating a great year and ultimately a great life.
So what have you got to lose?
Would you like to live a life that is so much better than the one you currently live?
If you answered “yes” then there is no better tool to design your perfect life than visualization!
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was always stressing the importance of seeing himself victorious long before the actual fight. As a struggling young actor, Jim Carrey used to picture himself being the greatest actor in the world. Michael Jordan always took the last shot in his mind before he ever took one in real life.
Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something real and something vividly imagined. Whatever picture you consistently think about will drive your actions to create that exact picture. When you continually see yourself in possession of your goal, your subconscious mind will move you into actions that align with the mental image you hold. You just have to make sure the goal you keep thinking of is really one that you want, and you’re not thinking mostly about what you are trying to avoid.
Here are some exercises to try:
1) Close your eyes and focus on a person who is very close you, your spouse, partner, parents, children, grandchildren, someone very special. Now focus on their face. See it within your imagination. Clearly picture them being there. See their hair, forehead, eyes, nose, chin, the smile on their face. What are they doing? Watch them a while, feel a smile on your own face, and feel the warmth they bring to your heart.
2) This time think of a happy memory from your life. See that first time you met your spouse, or a wonderful event you were part of, maybe just special time spent with your children. Let this memory play out in your head as though you were watching a video of it. Mines from not that long ago. Dancing with Rachel, both my daughters and my granddaughter at my youngest daughters 21st. I can see the scene clearly, the happiness on everyone’s face.
3) Now see yourself achieving one thing you want really badly. Maybe buying that sports car, winning the lottery, being on an exotic beach, or being presented with a reward of some kind. Choose a pleasant experience or object you would like to possess. Hold the thought of that thing in your mind. Visualise it as we have been talking about and try to hold the image for a minute or so excluding all other distractions and actually experience the feeling of having it now. Enjoy it.
4) Start thinking of your personal goals in life. Spend about 10 to 15 minutes picturing yourself achieving each one. Next, imagine yourself living your dream. Imagine yourself doing whatever it is that you want to do. Spend time visualizing this and be sure to include all of your senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. Get as detailed as possible. Picture what you will do once your goal is reached. How amazing does it feel? How will this change the course of your life? Remember, the little details increase the likelihood of the big picture.
Would you like to:
- Live in your magnificent dream home?
- Own that car or motorcycle of your dreams?
- Travelling the world seeing the amazing sights our world has to offer?
- Have the most amazing, loving relationship?
- Being in perfect health?
- Making a difference to the world?
If you’ve answered yes to any or all of the above, then begin visualising now.