I will be the first to admit – I used to think about visualization as fluffy and a very make-believe, spiritual kind of practice. Only when I actually started using it, when encouraged by one of my favorite coaches in the world and one of my favorite personal growth books in the world, I started looking at it completely different. And now, today, I know – there’s no better thing that helps you to stay on track of your goals and keeps you motivated than visualization.
When I started using visualization, I didn’t see the effects at first. I mean, it felt good, because it’s a very nice experience, but I really wasn’t that into it. So I stopped. And then I learned how to do it properly, came back to the practice and first time I did it – I felt how powerful it was.
So, what’s visualization?
It’s basically daydreaming. Just done properly. You creating a mental image in your brain of what it is that you want and literally seeing yourself doing it or having it. You immerse into the fantasy by trying to smell the smell of what it is what you want and trying to feel it’s texture. Throw in some emotions to the mix – when you receive or achieve whatever it is what you want you definitely would feel grateful and fulfilled. Plus, you’d probably enjoy yourself. And let that be a very detailed experience.
How does that help me get where I want to get?
I’m not going to give you a fluffy explanation – I think what it does, it just grounds your goal in your mind. The brain literally cannot really tell if the memories or mental images are artificial or did that really happen, so it makes you more confident as you literally change your beliefs. And whatever you can believe you can achieve, you can really achieve. See where I’m going with it?
The main problem people approach, whilst trying to achieve their goals, is that they focus on the wrong why. So, for example – if you are drowning in student loans or other debt, you will want to make a certain amount of money to obviously pay it off and in the long run, enjoy financial freedom. But the problem is that you don’t focus on where you want to be (achieving financial freedom), you focus on what you want to run away from (debt/loans). So this way, instead of staying grateful, positive and motivated knowing you are doing your best in the direction towards financial freedom, you will become bitter, anxious and stressed – from thinking about debt all the time.
That’s where visualization comes in handy. If you were to spend 5-10 minutes daily visualizing in detail of how your life would look like when you are already there, you would feel so much better. Not only, because it shifts your focus to actually take action, also because it simply feels good. It’s fun.
How to get started?
Well, let me give you some basics and then we will get to all the tips and tricks and great resources to help you on your journey.
There are lots of techniques you can try, but I will give you my own – it’s very simple. Usually, I do it daily right after meditation practice. I created a daily ritual in which I do yoga, then I meditate right after and then I visualize. I usually set the timer for 5-10 minutes, depends how much time do I have on my hands that particular day. It’s important to note I do it every single day.
I sit down in the quiet place and – because I’m right after yoga and meditation I’m already relaxed and breathing deeply, so if you are just doing it ad hoc, without other relaxation techniques, I will recommend you to just start from a simple breathing exercise (which is basically breathing deeply and counting your breaths when it goes in and out 1-2, 1-2…) and when you are relaxed (you might need more than 5-10 minutes for that…) you just start imagining yourself in the moment of your dream/goal coming true and you just kind of take it from that – more vivid and detailed the better! But, beware it’s not really recommended to imagine HOW did you fulfilled the goal – let go of it, let go of expectation. Imagine only it coming true. Try to truly feel the emotions that you would feel if that were true. Would you feel grateful? Fulfilled? Calm, at peace? Try to smell the smell of money or whatever you are trying to visualise. Try to see how that would impact others in a positive way as well.
If you still having a hard time to grasp the idea behind it watch this video by Actualized.org (my favorite personal growth role model) or this video by Carrie Green (short and great instruction to get you started). Also, the book that completely got me hooked on it was Miracle Morning by Allen Walker.
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So, summing up, visualization can be a great tool to make yourself laser-focused on the goal you want to achieve, but it also releases a lot of limiting beliefs and generally makes you a happier person – it’s a great feeling to just fantasize about what we want to achieve.
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Do you visualize regularly? If not are you willing to try it? Or maybe even better do you have any tips to share about this technique? Would love to hear from you in the comments!
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