Did you know that one of the most effective tools that you can use to help you achieve your goals is your own imagination? The power of your own mind should never be underestimated, and when you put that power to good use by carefully and deliberately picturing and pre-paving what you want to see happen in your own life, you can actually visualize your way to success!
Visualization vs Daydreaming
When I talk about visualization and using your imagination to pre-pave your success, it’s important not to confuse the process with daydreaming. The purpose of the two is different, and so is the process. Daydreams are great, and I’m not saying you should give up daydreaming. But visualization is an entirely different critter. When you start to visualize your way to success, it’s done with purpose, it’s done regularly (often with a set daily schedule) and there is a goal in mind when you do it. You’re not just letting your imagination run around in idle pleasantness whenever and wherever it happens to suit your fancy – you’re making it a point to use the power of your mind to deliberately shape your own future. (No pressure or anything. 😉 )
Which is not to say that visualization can’t be fun, because it most definitely should be; but you do want to approach it as the powerful tool that it is. Your mind is a powerful ally in achieving your goals, because with it you control your focus and your thoughts.
How to Visualize Your Way to Success
The purpose of visualization is to motivate yourself by seeing and feeling yourself in the moment of your success. You’re basically training your mind to accept your success as a foregone conclusion, much like you do with your affirmations – visualization just takes it all to a much higher level.
So, with that in mind, here are few tips and strategies that you can use to maximize your visualization practice:
Tip #1: Visualize regularly. Make it a point to visualize daily. Add it to your daily schedule and treat it as you would an important recurring meeting or appointment. Find a quiet time when you know you’ll have a few uninterrupted minutes to dedicate to this. You want to visualize every day if possible, but you don’t really need to do it more than once a day unless you really want to. (Remember that your life is meant to be lived, so make sure you get out there and do that; don’t fall into the trap of spending all your time visualizing the future while ignoring your present.)
Tip #2: Keep it short. Visualize for a maximum of 5 minutes at a time. Otherwise your mind will start to wander and you’ll lose your focus. The power of this exercise is in the regular repetition, not in the length of any single visualization session. Likewise, if you skip your visualization practice one day, don’t try to “make it up” by doubling your visualization time the next day. Just let it go and get yourself back to your regular schedule as soon as possible.
Tip #3: Get detailed. Close your eyes and imagine a scene from the successful achievement of your goal. Maybe you’re accepting an award. Maybe you’re driving down the highway in that brand-new sports car you’ve been wanting. Maybe you’re walking hand-in-hand down the beach with the love of your life. Or maybe you’re picking paint chips for the new dream home you’ve just moved into.
Whatever the scene is for you, try to imagine as many details as you can, and use all of your senses – try to see, hear, smell and even taste the scene: Are sitting at the table in your new kitchen while looking through those paint samples? What kind of table is it? Is your chair comfy? Do you have a cup of coffee nearby? What does the mug look like? How does the coffee taste? Can you feel the cool smoothness of the paint chips as you pick them up? Can you hear the birds outside your window? Do you see those little specks of dust floating through that sunbeam coming through the window?
Get as detailed as you can and make the scene feel as real as you possibly can – but just remember that the details are a tool, not a result! You are using these details to get you excited about your success, but you’re not fixating on them or insisting on the specific details. When you’re trying to visualize your way to success, you should be thinking “this or something better” and leaving some wiggle room for the Universe to work its magic for you!
Tip #4: Put yourself in the picture. When you’re picturing the scene, make sure to put yourself in it! This is your dream, your goal and your success – make sure you’re part of it! When you pick up that cup of coffee or sort through those paint chips, make it a point to see your own hands doing it. If you’re talking to someone, try to hear your words in your own voice. This is all about you and it’s really important than when you’re visualizing you feel and believe that it is you and your success that you’re seeing.
Tip #5: Don’t worry about the how. When you visualize your way to success, make sure that’s all you’re doing – stay focused on the outcome or goal (i.e. the success itself) and do not think about how that success is going to happen. There’s a time and place for planning, but when you’re visualizing your job is to focus on the what; leave the how in the capable hands of the Universe and don’t mess with it.
Bonus tip: Mix it up. Make a list of “success scenes” that you can use when visualizing so that you don’t get bored with the daily process. So if your dream is to become a best-selling author, then your list of success scenes could include: walking into a bookstore and seeing a wall filled with your book; a book-signing stop on your promotional tour and interacting with your fans; walking the red carpet in Hollywood when your book gets turned into a blockbuster movie, etc. You can pick different days of the week to visualize different aspects of your success, or just pick scenes randomly, or however you want to do it.
Learning how to visualize your way to success is one of the most powerful techniques out there for helping you to manifest your dreams and goals. It’s also a really fun way to get yourself excited about the inevitability of your achievements! Use these six visualization tips to get yourself started in your own visualization practice, and be sure to let me know how it goes – hearing other people’s success stories always makes my day, and I would love to hear yours! 🙂
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