Using Visualization to Achieve your Goals
Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply picture something and it would come true?
The truth is, anything we want, we do have to think about first; but, just thinking about it is not enough. We need to actively visualize what we want and this means making a commitment to taking the time and energy to do it.
Creative visualization is an important and vital part in following our dreams. The more time we picture what we want and actually get excited about the picture, the greater we are in a position to attract it.
What Holds Us Back
In my work as a Life Coach and Energy Healer, I have spent a long time helping people to clarify what they want and set goals. Often, I find that people do not want to dream about their future for a variety of reasons:
When we try to picture what we want we start to imagine all of the things that can go wrong.
When we imagine the things that we want we find we become more dissatisfied with our current situation.
We don’t want to dream because it makes us want things that we feel we might never have.
We do not want to exchange a mediocre present with the possibility of failure.
We get nervous that if we go for what we really want we fail to achieve our goal.
For whatever the reason, sometimes we just stay where we are and close our minds to other possibilities. Yet, if we are ever going to make changes in our lives, we must think about them first. We need to put ourselves in the position of deliberately creating our future. If we just allow life to come to us we are basically living our lives by default. We might get what we want, but there is a good chance we won’t.
Changing Your Thought Process
Imagine you were planning a trip with your family. Do you just show up at the airport on the day you want to leave without a plan of where you are going and what you are doing? You usually come up with good ideas for the trip, plan an itinerary and then head out. Chances are you are going to think about what you want and you are going to plan a trip based on your desires. Life should get at least that much consideration.
Everything that ever has been created was thought about first
There is a “law” of energy that relates to creative visualization. Simply put, “everything that ever has been created was thought about first.” This sounds so simple, but if you think of energy as something that flows forward, and thought as a starting point, then creative visualization allows you to cement thought in reality. Thoughts lead to feelings and feelings are attractive. The way you feel becomes your “energy broadcast.” When you picture something and feel good about it, you are broadcasting “yes” to the universe about it. You basically become a magnet of your visualization.
Visualization works in many ways. It helps you marry details to a dream. By trying to picture something, you can actually clarify your ideal situation and better consider your course of action. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, you can picture what losing that weight would mean to you and how it would make you feel. You could see yourself playing tennis or running and picture it as easy and rewarding. t keeps you from losing focus.
These pictures are your “destination.” They help you get on the train of energy and simply follow it forward. You can change the picture until you had a picture that makes you feel good: you can clarify what you are wearing, how you are moving, how confident you appear. If you find yourself having a hard time picturing something, the chances are greater that you will have a hard time creating that thing. Visualizations like these help you see the details that you are hoping to include in your creation so that they make sense in practice.
Your Picture Should Make You Happy
The most important thing to remember when you are trying to come up with a picture is that when you think about it, it should make you feel happy. If your picture makes you feel overwhelmed or makes you notice what is lacking in your current life, remind yourself that all creations were thought about first and you are in your current situation by default. You can change the picture as often as you need in order to feel good about it. The ultimate goal is to visualize what you want long term.
Sometimes I help people come up with a visualization by designing a sentence of what they want to create and asking them to come up with a picture to match. I have many clients that say they are not “visual.” I usually ask them to picture a Christmas tree. I then say, “if you can picture the tree, you can picture what you want to create.” So, even though it seems silly, talking yourself into a picture makes creative visualization easier.
Now take that a step further. Say you are trying to design a website for your business or some other passion, simply say out loud, “I am going to imagine an image of me creating a successful website. I am going to see myself sitting at my desk and feeling proud of my work.” Keep giving yourself descriptive sentences that match what you want. When you have a picture that makes you happy, allow yourself time to enjoy it.
The great thing about creative visualization is that you can do it anywhere at any time. It doesn’t cost any money and no one even has to know you are doing it. Yet, it can change your attitude and help you become clear about what you want. When you are clear about what you want and feel good about it, you become a magnet to it. You feel excited and inspired to take the next right step to go after your dream.