Visualization and Success

By Charles Hopkins Published 01/2/2008 | Self Improvement
Visualization is a power tool in your arsenal. Practicing visualization is a key to success because it helps you mentally rehearse your goals as if they have already happened. When you do this, you start attracting the people, circumstances and events that you need to make those dreams a reality.

The power of visualization comes from repeatedly seeing yourself in that new car or living in your dream home or making the money you want. When you repeat your visualization over and over again you are reprogramming your brain for success. You'll be hard-wiring yourself to succeed.

Visualization can be done in several different ways. Many people find that just thinking about their goals is enough. They picture themselves earning what they want to earn, going on great vacations and spending time with their family. For others, it's difficult to visualize without some outside help.

Creating a visualization board is a great way to jump-start the visualization process. Take a few days to create your own "motivational poster." Go through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures of the things that you'd like to have and the life that you'd like to lead. Find images that correspond to your dream life. If you have goals that can't be expressed in pictures (like "having more gratitude") then find words to put on your board.

Once you're done with your visualization board, post it up someplace where you'll see it everyday. Look at it often and picture what it will be like when you have everything on that board. Imagine yourself living the life you've always dreamed of.

You can also practice visualization right before you go to sleep. As you close your eyes, picture yourself in your new home or depositing large checks into your bank account or going on amazing vacations. As you drift off to sleep, your subconscious mind will take those images and absorb them. Your subconscious mind will work on a daily basis to make those visions a reality.

There are some things to keep in mind while visualizing that makes the process more effective. First, try to make the images in your mind as realistic as possible. Instead of envisioning a new house, see yourself walking around in the house and doing normal everyday things. Picture yourself sitting behind the wheel of your new car, and imagine that new car smell.

Secondly, repeat your visualization practice as much as possible. The more you think about your dreams becoming reality, the more you'll program yourself for success. Finally, the thoughts you have while you are visualizing are just as important as the images themselves. Thinking thoughts such as "this is impossible" or "this will never happen" while visualizing will defeat the purpose. While you are visualizing, think to yourself "this is all mine. This is within my reach." These positive thoughts will help you start living the life you deserve to live.