Visualization is a precursor to achieving massive success! Napoleon Hill said, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Learning to think like a winner and visualizing what you are good at will help you move toward your dream. Make a mental movie or blueprint of what you really want in life and go after it. Try to see it, feel it, and believe that it is possible, and then go to work and make it happen. When you want to soar like an eagle, you have to refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things were different. You can’t just sit and complain about your lot in life and refuse to build something beautiful on the lot you were given. Be active and visualize in your mind what you want to achieve.
Psychologists have proven that when we vividly imagine something with emotional intensity in our conscious mind, we impress it on the subconscious mind and produce the same emotional and biochemical reactions in our body as the actual experience! This observation explains why Olympic athletes use visualization in their training program. They know that when they visualize, they are getting virtually the same benefits as actually training, and by visualizing they are doing every routine perfectly! Keep out of your mind what you do not want and keep your mind on what you do want. Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success!
Don’t allow the challenges of life to push and hold you down. Fall if you must. Falling every now and then will happen, but keep your eyes on the goal and continue to look up for help because help is always available. Dream of the life you want, visualize it as if you are watching the movie of your life unfold. Remember you are the main character in the movie. Visualize this in great detail, believe you can have this life, make a plan on how you are going to achieve this and move into action. A dream will remain a dream until acted upon. The words of Jim Carrey echo the point of visualization and taking action. Jim puts it this way “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
“I’ve discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen.” – Charles A. Garfield
John Kehoe expanded on the concept of visualization by saying, “You are living simultaneously in two worlds, two realities: the inner reality of your thoughts, emotions and attitudes, and the outer reality of people, places, things and events. Because we fail to separate these Inner and Outer worlds, we allow ourselves to become dominated by the Outer world of appearances, and we use the Inner world solely as a ‘mirror’ for whatever happens to us. Our Inner world reacts constantly and because we spend all of our time simply reacting, we never experience our power. Ironically, you begin changing your reality the day, the hour, the minute you cease constantly reacting to it.” This statement amplifies the point that when we continue to react to the external environment instead of using our higher faculties of perception, will, intuition, reason, memory, and imagination, we limit ourselves and diminish the power to achieve our dreams.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength, said Marcus Aurelius. Lucius Annaeus Seneca pointed out, “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Imagination is the way that we can test and experience our future and our dreams. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”