Visualization is critical to staying the course on your journey to accomplishing your goals. It’s a powerful skill that you can learn. At first, it may sound like a far-out, space-age idea, but once you get started, you’ll likely get hooked – just like I did!
So…why practice visualization? Why is it so important?
By learning and practicing positive visualization, you can change your beliefs about yourself. It can give you confidence and make you believe you’re fully capable of doing what it takes to be successful and achieve that long-time goal of yours – that dream you’ve kept inside of you for so many years!
How do you visualize?
- Go to a quiet place without distractions.
- Close your eyes.
- Put 3 – 4 images in your mind of your life when you’ve reached your goal.
- Focus on the 1st image and layer in the positive emotions you would be feeling in that image.
- Then repeat with each of the other images.
- It can take only a few minutes a day.
For example, your goal may be to have an online business selling gift baskets. You love being creative and have been making and giving personalized gift baskets as holiday and birthday gifts for years and you’ve always desired to turn it into a real business.
To visualize this, go to a quiet place. Close your eyes and picture yourself being successful at this. What do you see? Are you reviewing customer orders and placing items into pretty decorated baskets? Is an assistant wrapping the baskets, boxing them, and then taking them to UPS for shipping? Are you seeing yourself reading the excellent customer reviews and seeing the deposits in your bank account?
Focus on the images one by one. For each image feel the positive emotions. Let the confidence and joy run throughout your body. Feel yourself standing up tall and being so glad to have taken action and started this business. Feel how proud you are that you are so capable of managing the details and you have made this a successful business!
Based on research described in her teaching videos, Mel Robbins states that visualization is actually reprograming your brain’s beliefs. She explains that your mind doesn’t distinguish between images and emotions that are real events or imagined ones. When you visualize, you are encoding a real memory into your brain. The more you visualize, the stronger the memory becomes. This actually increases your confidence in your ability and your fear dissipates as you gain certainty about handling the steps it takes to accomplish your goal. You also begin talking and acting like someone who has already reached your goal – which in the above example, would be having built a successful online gift basket business!