Visualization is a superpower.
Anyone can do it, yet few people do.
Elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps do it. The rich and famous like Oprah and Richard Branson do it. And you can, too.
How to Visualize Your Goals
- Find a quiet space and close your eyes.
- Imagine something you want. Envision it in your mind with vivid detail, as if it’s complete. For example, if you want to lose weight, picture yourself at your target weight doing something you love. Don’t focus on the process of losing weight, just picture yourself in your ideal state.
- Feel your emotion behind it. This is a critical piece. Does it make you joyful? Peaceful? Relaxed? Stay with the visualization for a couple of minutes. Watch it like a movie in your mind and feel it in your heart.
A daily practice of visualizing your dreams will accelerate them into reality.
See it, feel it, believe it.
As Albert Einstein said, “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” The good news is the conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time, and you get to choose those thoughts. Use this to your advantage and visualize only what you want to feel, be, have or do. Whether you use the power of visualization to calm your mind or bring your goals into reality, with regular practice you will inevitably gravitate towards your dominant thoughts and feel the subsequent emotions whether positive or negative.
Here are some other ways to think about visualization.
Quiet Your Mind With Visualization
It’s amazing how a few moments of visualization can instantly calm our minds. The subconscious is unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality; it believes whatever pictures we draw on the canvas of our minds. We can literally trick our subconscious into believing a figment of our imagination and elicit specific emotions and feelings about something that actually isn’t true.
The mind is much like a muscle in that, in order to relax, it needs to regularly release what it is holding. By visualizing calming pictures, you are allowing your mind to release. It is like sending a message to your brain that when you close your eyes and begin this process it is time for letting go of anything that it has been mentally squeezing, such as worries and fears. Visualizations can truly become your happy place.
Achieve Your Goals With Visualization
Purposeful imagination of pictures and scenarios to ground ourselves is just one great reason to use the power of visualization. Another way visualization works is to manifest your desires into reality. The ability to form a clear mental picture of what we want to be true in our lives is one of the most powerful abilities that a human being has. There are three mental laws described below that support the idea of visualization to meet your goals.
The Law of Belief
Brian Tracy, a renown author on personal achievement, says that whatever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality. You are the total result of all your beliefs in your life up until this moment. Even if you have beliefs that are inconsistent with reality, the degree to which you believe it to be true, it is true for you. This is so powerful in our lives that even if you believe and visualize something based on false information, it has an impact on the effects of our life either positive or negative. If we have self-limiting beliefs regardless of reality, the degree to which we believe them they become true for us.
Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.” Life does not give us the power to imagine something without also giving us the power to make it true. However, this also does not mean your desires come without lessons to learn, obstacles to overcome or hardships to endure. You must be willing to pay the price to make your dreams come true. Visualization of your goals is a vital step in bringing them into reality.
The Law of Expectation
Exhaustive research has been done in this area that supports the notion that whatever you expect, with confidence, becomes your own self-fulfilling prophecy. People who enjoy high levels of accomplishments are continually talking to themselves as if they expect things to turn out well. The reverse is also true. People who have unhappy lives are thinking about and visualizing the future in a negative way.
The Law of Attraction
There are hundreds of books written on this subject. Basically, it says that each human being is a living magnet – that we radiate thought energy and attract into our lives the people and circumstances that resonate with our dominant thoughts and mental pictures. If we wish to attract different people and circumstances into our life, we must change our thoughts and visualizations. This happens by law, not by chance. We can improve the quality of our lives by manufacturing beliefs and expectations we wish to be true.