“Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.”
In my previous two posts, I talked about why visualization is so good for you.
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Visualization works like meditation. Just relax, take a few cleansing breaths to clear your mind, and settle in for a session. Five minutes is ideal.
The four most important elements are:
1. Repetition: This is the most important element. I believe this is the main reason many people conclude that visualization doesn’t work. They try it a few times or for a few weeks and then decide it’s a sham. It took years and thousands of thoughts to form your current beliefs and habits. Two weeks isn’t going to cut it. Intentional visualization is just a way of life for many successful people.
2. Feelings and Emotions: Don’t just use little feelings and emotions—exaggerate them. Make them huge and strong.
“Feeling is the secret.”
3. Senses: Always use as many of your five senses as you can. If you are visualizing that you’re at the beach, imagine seeing the sky and the ocean; hearing the waves; smelling the salty mist; feeling the breeze; the heat of the sun; and the sand on your toes; and tasting the lemonade.
4. Details: Put as many details as you can into your visualizations. For example, you’re visualizing you’ve arrived at that corner office. Include in your visualization the sleek desk, the white leather chair, the pictures in frames, the rug, the windows, what you see out those windows, and all the other details in the room.
Here are the other points to visualization that will make it successful for you:
- Visualize every morning and every night, if possible.
- Add quick visualizations into the quiet moments of your day—like during breaks, while waiting, and when you’re doing simple, mindless tasks.
- When you are doing quick visualizations like this, deep relaxation first isn’t necessary. It’s the same as the advice for exercising your body. You need to stretch before longer sessions, but not when you are just adding exercise to your day—like when you choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Treat visualization the same way.
- Be okay with the way your visualizations come to you. Some people see images very clearly; others see them faintly. Some see images that seem to be fleeting; some may feel they are not really seeing anything at all. All of these scenarios are perfectly fine.
- Narrate your visualizations when you feel the need. This comes in handy at times. For example, just like guided meditations, you can guide yourself through the scene you are trying to visualize. This narration especially helps when your mind draws a blank.
- Write out your visualizations when you can. This helps to solidify them. It’s the same idea as journaling.
- State a strong, positive affirmation with feeling at the end of your visualization. Our words are so powerful. You can say them aloud or silently. An example might be, “I am so happy and proud that I am becoming a confident person!”
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