A lot is said about the power of visualization. Professional athletes, successful entrepreneurs, and entertainers alike credit this practice with helping them achieve their wildest dreams. Unfortunately, not enough is said about how to properly practice visualization and exactly why it’s so effective.
Let’s start with the ‘why’. Visualization enables you to simulate the experience of already having what you want. Scans have shown the brain can’t tell the difference between an actual experience and the mere mental simulation of it. This is a powerful revelation you should be taking full advantage of. The more feelings you can generate of having what you want, the faster and easier it will come to you.
Ever hear the phrase “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer”? Let’s leave the socioeconomic implications of that statement for a separate discussion, and think in isolation for a minute of the way rich and poor people are treated in our society. Poor people, who really do need a lot, are viewed as ‘needy’. They are in a state of extreme scarcity and it unfortunately causes people to back off even further, only perpetuating and compounding their state of lack. Rich people on the other hand, are in states of abundance. When they go out to a restaurant for instance, a lot of times the owner will give them a free meal just because of who they are. Is this morally right? Probably not. The point is not to bash the poor nor demonize the rich, it’s that like attracts like. Anything you can do to feel how the person you want to be feels, is going to assist you in attracting the things you want faster. The easiest way to generate these feelings, is to visualize.
You’re not going to have stellar results if you do this half heartedly. True practice requires you to dedicate time out of your day solely to visualization. Take 10 minutes everyday to sit in a quiet room, close your eyes, clasp your hands, and focus intently on what you want. The more detail you can include in your visuals, the better. Once you have clear, vivid images in your head, start adding sounds. What will people be saying to you in these situations? How will you respond? What will your posture be like? Think through everything. Throughout this entire process, put a concerted effort on how all this would make you feel if it were really happening. It may be difficult at first, but over time you will cultivate this emotion and it will get easier and easier to reproduce it. You want to be feeling these positive emotions every chance you get. The more positive emotions you can feel, the easier it will be to feel them going forward. It will be a beautiful, upwardly spiraled symphony.
Let’s be clear, this is just another tool for you to achieve your goals. In isolation, it will do little for you. A homeless man can feel as rich as he wants, but he’ll still probably get kicked out of the Gucci store unless he looks the part. That’s just the world we live in. You still need to put in the work, everyday. Generating these positive emotions will give you an anchor, something to hold on to when things get tough. It will also put you in an abundance mindset, affecting the way you act and how others treat you. It all boils down to changing your self-image, how you see yourself. This is the fundamental catalyst for all the change you wish to see in your life.
It’s not magic, but it’s the closest thing we have.
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