Learn How to Visualize So You Can Realize Your Dreams!
Learning how to visualize is probably the smartest exercise for your success. I say this because everything that you see created by humans, first started as an image in their heads.
Visualizing is the key to realizing. The more and more you visualize what you want, the better chance of success you will have. In this article, you are going to learn two types of visualization techniques. First, you're going to learn how to visualize properly. Second, you're going to learn a different technique called visualize and verbalize.
If you haven't done so, please first read my
article, so you get a base understanding on why visualizing is important and vital to your success.
How to Visualize
I want you to relax and close your eyes. Picture a hot, sunny day at the beach. Imagine you're sitting in a lawn chair, wedged into the sand, looking out over the ocean. The sky is clear and blue with a mild wind to your back. Can you picture it?
Now, what was the first thing that came to mind? (Really----do this exercise before you read another word.) Did you hear the seagulls or the ocean waves crashing? Did you feel the sand in your toes? Did you see the colors of the sand and ocean water?
There is no right or wrong answer, but answer honestly. When I first did this exercise, hearing the ocean waves crashing and the seagulls chirping were my dominate perceptions. I asked you those questions because it's good to understand what kind of visualizer you are. Are you more auditory, kinesthetic, or visionary? For me, it was definitely auditory. Most of my visualization is dominated by sounds with some kinesthetic perceptions.
It's important to know this because it will make your visualization easier and more effective if you work with your strengths.
Learning how to visualize is nothing more than playing images across the screen of your mind. You actually do this all the time, whether you're aware of it or not. The mind only thinks in pictures. When I tell you to picture your house, what happens? A picture of your house appears in your imagination. The main benefit of learning how to visualize is that the mind does not know the difference between something vividly imagined or something really happening.
That one reason alone is why you should learn how to visualize. If what you imagine is not any different than what you're experiencing, then you really can create anything you want for your life.
The best way to visualize involves two parts. First part, visualize the end result of what you want by feeling what it's like having it in your life. For example, if you want to own a Lexus IS 350, feel the feelings of already driving that car. Where would you be going? Who is in the car with you? What song is playing in your CD player? Are you excited? Happy? At peace? Feel the leather seats and grip the steering wheel. Feel yourself going 60 MPH down the freeway.
Let's say that you have an income goal. See yourself, with eyes closed, already in possession of the money. What does it feel like to have financial freedom? Where are you living? What service are you providing? Who are you hanging out with? What do you feel like in total abundance and prosperity? I hope you get the point.
The second part in learning how to visualize is to see, through your own eyes, what you're imagining. Or in other words, you have to take your body with you. A lot of times, people will visualize something by looking at themselves taking the action. That's not the correct way to visualize. You wouldn't be looking at yourself while you're reading this article. No, of course not and you can't!
The goal is to make your visualization as real and believable as possible. The only way to do that is to visualize by looking through your own eyes. For example, if your goal is that new Lexus IS 350, then you want to visualize that car with you looking over the steering wheel and through the windshield. Not looking at yourself sitting in the car.
If you're imagining yourself in that ideal home, you're going to feel that leather sofa, see the beautiful paintings and wall color, and hear that 60 inch TV in the background. You're not going to see yourself walk through the front door. You're actually going to be walking through the front door!
When you bring your body with you in your visualization, you're getting emotionally involved with your picture. Emotions create the feelings in your body. The feelings produce the vibrations so you attract and take action on what you want.
Have you ever felt so emotionally charged that you had to do something? You were so happy and enthused that you had to go out and express yourself. Well, this is what creative visualization does: it creates the necessary emotions to move your body into action.
Want to spruce up your visualization technique? Instead of seeing just pictures, make your images into a movie. Play out your visualization as a movie inside your mind. Your eyes are the projectors and the images are the movie screen.
This is the most elegant and effective way to attract whatever you want into your life. However, there is one more method of visualizing I want to share with you. This method involves charging up the emotions and it creates a lot of excitement. It's called visualize and verbalize.
Visualize and Verbalize
Visualize and verbalize is a great visualization technique to practice, especially if you need to mix it up a bit when learning how to visualize. What you do is still get that image on the screen of your mind, then say out loud the specific goal that associates with your image.
You can also play some music in the background to pump you up. Say your goal with enthusiasm and lots of emotion. Stand up and pace the room and get really charged. The goal is to spike your emotions so you take massive and bold action.
I remember along time ago I wanted to ask the most beautiful girl in school to a dance. Before I did, I gave myself a pep talk and psyched myself up to gain the courage I needed. Well, I was so emotionally involved there was no turning back. Despite all of my fears, I mustered up the pluck I needed and asked her out. By the way, I got the date. ;)
Visualize and verbalize is a great visualization technique if you need a little extra “ummff” to get those emotions going. Make sure you close the blinds in your house so you don't scare your neighbors.
Learning how to visualize is the most important success habit that you could implement. At first, creative visualization may seem challenging. However, stick with it. You are forming a new habit and it will take some time getting use to. The more you visualize, the easier it will get. Trust me.
You can learn just as easily with your eyes closed as you do with your eyes opened. Get relaxed and close your eyes. Think about your vision and goals and play them across the screen of your mind, like a movie. See through your own eyes what you're imagining; take your body with you. Work with your strengths. If you're an auditory perceptive person, use sounds to your advantage in your visualization exercises.
Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it!” Likewise, Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” Both of these men were very successful in their lives. I think they knew a thing or two about visualizing and success. Learning how to visualize should be fun and inspiring. If, at any time you're getting frustrated, take a break and come back to it later. Nothing good ever comes out of hurry and frustration. Remember, visualizing is the key to realizing!
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