How Practicing Visualization Can Change Your Life

I was having a discussion with my students in class a while ago, when one asked me, “If you were to start over, what brain power exercise would you begin to practice first?”  My answer was I would begin by practicing visualization.  

Then they asked, “Doesn’t that take a lot of time?”

Well, not really.  

You can begin practicing visualization for just a few minutes a day and immediately it will make a huge difference in your life.

What is Visualization?

Whether or not you realize it, you are regularly using visualization every day. The problem is most people use visualization the wrong way. They visualize a project going wrong or having difficulty learning something new or having a problem with their relationship. Using visualization this way is a sure way to stress yourself out and hold yourself back.

If you begin consciously practicing visualization, you can turn it into the secret weapon you need to turn your dreams into reality.

Look, you already have the power to achieve what you want in life. You have the Big Idea and how to achieve it already locked in your subconscious mind.

If you’ll just invest ten minutes every day practicing visualization, you can unlock that power and start moving towards your goals and dreams.

Here are three simple ways to start.

1.    Harness the Power of your Subconscious

Your subconscious is a powerful tool that you can use to smooth your path to success. In fact, it is a key component in determining whether or not you succeed in life. A negative mindset, caused by negative subconscious programming, can drag you down and prevent you from imagining your dream life and keep you from going for it.

If you let it, your subconscious will remind you of past failures and whisper to that gaining success and wealth is hard work and painful, and even impossible. Again, this will keep you from achieving the success you desire.

Studies have shown that by practicing visualization, you can rewire your thinking. You do this by programming the Reticular Activating System in your brain to select for positivity and success. The RAS acts like a program that gets you to focus on what’s most important to you.

This is where practicing visualization can help. If you use visualization to tell it to prioritize information that will feed your success, you will have your subconscious mind working for you, instead of against you.

2.    Turn Practicing Visualization into a Habit

Like you read before, just practicing visualization for ten minutes a day is enough to keep your momentum going and your motivation high.

You can make visualization a habit by doing it at the same time and place each day.

For many people, the ten minutes right before you get up in the morning and right before you go to sleep are the perfect times for practicing visualization. You’re already relaxed and it’s unlikely you’ll be interrupted.

You’re also in the ideal state of mind to have an impactful visualization session. 

As you practice visualizing, recall every detail of your future successful life.

How does it feel?

What can you see, feel, hear, and taste?

What are you wearing?

What emotions are you feeling?

Make your sessions as real and detailed as possible.

3.    Be present

An excellent method for practicing visualization is imagining success in the here and now.

If you place your happiness in the future, you can miss out on all the good things in your life right now. This can be demotivating and can lead to a drop in your positivity.

Don’t postpone happiness.

Mindfully contemplate all the things in your life that you are grateful for right now.

Celebrate your present successes. Imagine how you can use your gifts to fuel your ambition for a better life.

See yourself as you work your way through your list of tasks and goals.  Celebrate every success, no matter how small and keep your energy and motivation high.

This is a simple plan to follow and is why I told my student practicing visualization is the one mind power exercise I would focus on doing every day.

It has helped me make my life into an amazing adventure. Why don’t you give it a try and see what it can do for you?

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