The Power of Visualization

Imagine yourself on a sandy beach on a warm, tropical island.  The sound of ocean waves roar far out in the distance.  A warm, gentle breeze lightly grazes your skin as you take notice of bright yellow birds in flight across the cloud speckled blue sky.  You lay down, close your eyes, take a deep breath and drink in the pure ocean air.

Now, how do you feel?  Perhaps a little lighter and more peaceful?

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.

How to Visualize Your Goals

So, how do you start this process? The key is to picture something you want in detail,exactly as you want it in your mind. You can do this exercise for a variety of short or long-term life situations, such as throwing a party, having a job interview, before a conversation with a loved one or making your desired dollar amount per year.

Find a quiet place, close your eyes and relax for a few minutes. Picture yourself in your mind’s eye with the ideal outcome of your goal. For example, if you are going to give a presentation, imagine yourself standing at the front of the room and the audience clapping, rising to give you a standing ovation with smiles wide across their faces. Your subconscious will adhere to that clear mental picture you imprinted in your mind and go to work giving you the words, posture, intonation and gestures you need to elicit a strong positive response from the crowd.

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.

What are you going to visualize today?  It’s entirely up to you.