It’s seeing yourself getting that job, that promotion, buying your first house, starting your own business or playing in the NFL. Visualization is one of the most important life-tools to achieving your success. It’s about stoking Desire within you to fuel your passion.
The best visualizations are the ones that happen over and over, sometimes everyday. That desire will burn in you and guide you to make it happen. Make this activity part of your daily routine. If you can’t visualize where you’re going, your mind, both conscious and subconscious, cannot help you get there. It’s an incredibly powerful trick that your mind uses to make key decisions about how to spend your time, where to spend it and who you should spend it with.
Here are some Visualization tips
★ Let’s Keep it Real. It’s nice to see yourself as famous, wealthy, or successful at some point in the future, but if your visualizations are not realistic, then your mind will not be able to take concrete action to get you there.
Now, this isn’t to say that your visualizations can’t be audacious and grand, you just need to be able to visualize a path to get there. You want to create a path from stepping stone to stepping stone in a direction that will take you to your destination.
Consider that you are in Los Angeles and you want to bike to Denver. You can’t see Denver from where you’re at right now, but you can see signs to the next town on the route. Set your sights on the next town and that way, town by town, you will ultimately reach your ultimate destination.
If you want to become the next Oprah or Olympic champion, fantastic! You can do it. But to get there, you better visualize some goals you will achieve well before you reach the pinnacle…some concrete actions you can take to make progress.
How will you get started? Whose help will you need to guide you? Have lofty dreams and goals, but you must visualize milestones along the path that will get you there.
WHY – Why is visualization important?
★ Remember: everything you see around you was once an idea in someone’s head.
Someone had the passion and balls to take an idea and make it happen. You are not helpless in this world we live in, you are an active player in it. You can do whatever you choose to do in life, so what are you waiting for? Begin by using visualization so your subconscious mind can help you find a way to make it happen!
Here’s my simple formula:
VISUALIZATION + GOALS = ACHIEVEMENT.
The subconscious mind is a very powerful tool when you’re struggling to achieve your goals. It constantly works behind the scenes, 24X7 to evaluate the opportunities and decisions that you make every day in your life. It often manifests itself in gut feelings that are hard to articulate, but you can feel them deep within you and they guide you to make decisions that align with your stated goals.
If your visualizations are strong, then when you make choices about what paths to take in your life, your gut will be there to either reinforce your decision or to gnaw away at you by telling you “hey, you’re on the wrong path”. Listen to your gut instincts! They are usually right.
As 3rdNut Ambassador and Elite Long Distance Runner Moninda Marube said, “Misery and Joy are both creations of the mind”. The old adage about the glass being half full AND half empty at the same time is completely appropriate to this topic. Your reality is what you choose it to be. You can look at all your problems and determine yourself to be a disaster, or you can look at the possibilities, the opportunities, your strengths and assets and come to the conclusion that things are not so bad, you are not a disaster and YOU have the power to achieve your goals.
★ You are what you do every day.
If you say you really want to grow and succeed, there is a quick test you can take to see if you’re serious, or how to become more serious about achieving your goals. It can make all the difference. Take a careful look at your daily calendar. Don’t keep one? Well, you should start, but if you don’t, it doesn’t matter for the test.
I challenge you to write down your daily activities for a week. Pick a normal week if you can. You will probably be amazed, and maybe a little embarrassed at where you spend your time. Do you spend the majority of your free time watching TV? Skipping the workout? Spending hours on social media? Do you include any time for yourself and for pursuing things that make you happy? Things that Make you better?
If you evaluate the daily schedule and activities of successful humans, you’ll find they are busy filling their day with positive, life-affirming activities like collaborating with others, creating, READING, and doing! They minimize the activities that do not contribute to positive growth. Find someone who is successful and just copy what they do.
You will be amazed at how your feelings of self-worth and confidence soar after you start focusing on where you spend the bulk of your time. Create daily rituals that help reinforce positive and goal-directed behaviors.
CHECKPOINT: I recently heard a feature on the radio that I want to share with you. The premise of the feature was that when asked, people generally say that their goal in life is to be happy. However, the things that bring daily happiness, like spending a lot of time with your friends having fun, are things that may provide short term happiness, but they keep you from focusing on the hard work of attaining long term success in life. Long term success brings satisfaction in life, not necessarily daily happiness. Know the difference between the two.
DON’T LET FEAR WIN
Change is Sometimes Painful
You may find your friends and associates start to change when you decide to focus on your growth and success. It can be a little lonely to start because friends that don’t have the same focus and desire to succeed might feel left out and jealous of your new mindset.
Don’t let the people around you, even the ones you love, take your dreams away from you. They may think they’re giving you valuable advice, they may be fearful that you will fail, but don’t expect anyone to understand and share your vision, sometimes you have to do it alone.
But don’t let that stop you from achieving your goals! There are amazing support groups out there for people who want to do more with their lives, like the 3rdNut Tribe! You will have many opportunities to establish incredible friendships and partnerships that you will have for your entire life. It takes courage to make positive changes in your life, but you’ll never look back once you do.
Visualization goes hand in hand with setting goals, which we will cover in another post. You see, visualization is the movie you keep replaying in your head when you dare to dream about your potential… your ultimate success. The world will try to drown out that movie, so you’ll need to tamp down the noise and fear to see it clearly.
Watching your movie is a powerful way to kick start your desire and ambition to make it happen in real life. The clearer the imagery in your head, the easier it is to strive and persevere on your journey to make it happen. Your confidence and courage to do whatever is necessary to make it happen will skyrocket.
★ Reinforce that vision in your head, recall it often, take time to meditate on it.
Find quiet, peaceful places to reinforce and reinvigorate your visualization movie to help make it real to you. Don’t settle, have the courage to take your movie and set up the scenes that lead up to the final production.
Don’t ever forget that your success is in the hands of only one person: you.
Nobody else can really do anything about your success. You’re going to need to be tough, fight through the obstacles, and refuse to give up
Get some inspiration, it will help you put fear in its place.
When you are feeling fearful and indecisive, take a few minutes out of your day to get some creativity in your life. Go for a walk, watch an inspiring video of someone who has overcome adversity to pursue their dreams. Putting your problems into perspective will do wonders to get you moving again. Have the courage to get out of your rut!
The Incredible Power of Visualization Exercises
These exercises will help with visualization and help you achieve your goals:
★ Meditate and Dream –
Take some time for quiet reflection daily to build and reinforce your visualizations. Dare to dream big! Close your eyes and think about where you will be in the next month, two months and further out. Start fixating in your mind a specific desire. Write your desires down and look at them at least twice a day.
★ Align your visualization movie with your daily activities –
Lay out goals and activities that will help you start down the right path. Write the goals down and then break down and record specific activities that help you achieve those goals. You can’t boil the ocean in one go, so prioritize and work on the goals you consider most important first.
★ Write down your goals –
Keep a list of your goals! If you write these down and set up a mini plan on how you’re going to accomplish them daily, there’s a much higher chance they will become your reality.
★ Watch and read –
Look into videos on visualization (YouTube is a great source for this) and research recommended books to read for inspiration.
Start filling your time with positive, productive activities to slowly replace activities that don’t bring you progress or inhibit your growth. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Founder and CEO, 3rdNut Tribe