Setting goals is the first step towards success. They can provide a purpose, and point us in the right direction. Realizing and achieving our goals takes a lot of work and determination. Unfortunately, many of us get stuck at the goal stage, and can’t seem to convert our goals into reality. Why is that?
For many, setting goals stops there. It’s a one-dimensional thought. We write our goals on a piece of paper, and hope for the best. However, our good intentions are short lived; because we can’t visualize what achieving that goal actually looks like; therefore if we can’t see it, deep down inside, we don’t believe we can achieve it.
Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction is attracting to our life what we give attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative. In its essence, it simply means that we attract to our lives what we look for.
Therefore, if we are continuously worrying about being, or expecting to be, let down, we will be. Similarly, if we carry a positive attitude and visualize a positive outcome, then we begin to ‘see’ the possibility of achieving it. When this happens, our subconscious energy motivates us to do our best, in whatever we are doing, in order to achieve those positive results and reach our goals.
“It is important to understand that visualization is a natural skills of yours.” Innately, our mind naturally thinks in pictures and images. Visualization is simply a technique of creating a mental image of a future event.
Our thoughts direct our energy where they need to be. When we focus our thoughts on our current situation, we tend to recreate, replay, and relive that current reality. By visualizing a different set of circumstances in our minds from our current reality, we are redirecting our energy to a different path or course, and consequently, recreating a new reality.
The power of visualization is a philosophy. In fact, many successful people and famous athletes have used the power of visualization to achieve success. An example of a celebrity who is a supporter of positive affirmations and visualization is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah recognized from a very young age that she wanted more for herself. She reminded herself every day that her life would be better. “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” And that is what she has done.
Benefits to Visualization
There are many benefits that come with visualizing the life of your dreams. For one, visualizing helps in overcoming limiting beliefs. Many of us, at some point in our lives, have doubted our skills and ability to succeed – perhaps this meant shying away from opportunities because we worried about things not going well. When we spend time worrying about what we are afraid of, who we shouldn’t trust, and/or what we are insecure about, we are ruminating and reinforcing our worries to our subconscious mind. Undeniably, we are recreating a clear, a negative mental image of what we are most afraid of; hence we become frozen in fear. Instead, visualizing an ideal outcome helps shape our perception of our current reality. When we exercise positive visualization, we change our subconscious mind from thinking, ‘I can’t’ to ‘I already am.’
Secondly, when we change our mind’s focus from a negative thought to a positive one, this encouraging visual motivates us. When we know what we want, and can actually see that in our future, it is easier to find the inspiration and enthusiasm to strive for more. The power of visualization is like having an extra kick-in-the-butt. It is easier to get up in the morning and really work hard when we know what we are getting up for and can see the end results or the fruits of our labour. Therefore, visualize to actualize.
Lastly, visualization helps to improve our esteem. Similar to overcoming self-limiting beliefs, imagining becoming the best version of ourselves and achieving success, boosts our self-esteem in the same fashion – it makes us think about what we are capable of doing, which raises our confidence and self-respect.
So, what do positive thinkers really do to achieve their success?
Here are two common visualization practices that you can attempt in order to overcome limiting beliefs, change your focus from negative to positive in order to motivate yourself, and increase your self-esteem.
1. Vision Boards
Vision boards are probably the most commonly practiced visualization technique. Vision boards are a way of honing in the Law of Attraction. By its very nature, vision boards remind us of our hopes, dreams, and desires. This physical and tangible object portrays our wants and needs, which is important to have when we are visualizing our success. It is a constant reminder to focus on our goals and helps us create a clear mental image of our future life of our dreams.
Vision boards are easy to make – flip through your favourite magazines and collect images and phrases that speak to you. After you think you have collected a sufficient amount of pictures and words, glue them onto a board and place it where you are likely to see it every day. Don’t fret about gluing every single desire on your board before posting it. Consider it as a work-in-progress, because of course; your desires may change over time. You will, however, over time see which images and phrases stick around, as others change. Vision boards give you something positive to work towards.
2. Affirmative Tokens
If you are a symbolic person, consider giving yourself affirmative tokens, which remind you of what you are working for. Take Jim Carrey – in 1985, he issued himself a $10 million check for “acting services rendered,” which he post-dated 10 years. He kept this check in his wallet to serve as a reminder for himself for what it is he wanted to achieve.
Although, you don’t have to go as far as writing yourself a 10 million-dollar check, affirmative tokens should be anything that is meaningful to you. For instance, if one of your dreams is writing a New York Times Best Seller, it may be a good idea to print out a potential cover for your next, new book and keep that image in your wallet. If your book has not yet been published or printed, or if you have not even started writing it, having a physical token you can keep with you as a reminder for what you truly want to achieve, is a powerful tool.
So, there you have it – two common visualization practices.
Lastly, let’s talk about intention. “Nothing happens on this planet without it,” claims Jim Carrey. “Not one single thing has been accomplished without intention.”
To take positive visualization even further, we have to consider its physical form – our actions. If we live our lives with the intention to succeed and take the necessary actions to reach our goals, we are taking steps closer to achieving them.
Therefore, on a daily basis, look at your vision board and work hard at realizing the images you posted on your boards. Touch and feel your affirmative tokens and reminisce about the feelings you will have once you achieve your dreams. Then, buckle down, work really hard, and make that goal a reality.