Visualization is a powerful, yet underrated tool.

Visualization, when done correctly, can help you tap into potential you didn’t even know you had. It can show facets of your dream life not yet explored.

Visualization is the process of imagining what you want to achieve and how you’ll achieve it. It’s not an innately spiritual practice. It’s been heavily researched in various fields of study and used by a variety of people; from entrepreneurs to professional athletes.

Visualization can help you achieve your dreams and goals by creating a clear mental picture. It can help you organize the thoughts in your head, so you can see exactly what you want and how to get there. A great majority of the world’s population are visual learners. We love creating images in our mind. When you watch shows and movies, when you read a book, your mind generally creates an image.

When we are working towards achieving a goal, it can be helpful to visualize the process. Actually watch ourselves going through the steps, and even achieving the goal.

The brain is plastic, it’s malleable. It’s highly skilled at learning, and we have a lot more control over it than we even know.

According to Dr. Alena Candova in her article Hacking Your Brain For Success: The Neuroscience of Visualization she says, “Regular visualization practice builds new neural pathways in our brain that support our new habitual way of thinking and behavior.” 

Visualization, over time, can actually change the neural pathways. That’s why using this technique is so effective at helping you achieve your goals. Over time, if you make visualization a consistent part of your routine, you’ll begin to believe, without a doubt, that you can achieve your goals. When you truly believe, that you have the capacity to achieve your goals, you begin to act in ways that support achieving them. 

You act in ways, you probably wouldn’t otherwise have. When you know you can’t fail, you take risks you wouldn’t normally take.

Visualization and neural pathways

Try this daily practice to get you started using visualization to achieve your goals:

  1. Sit down in a quiet place and get ready to meditate
  2. Start by centring yourself by focusing in on your breath (deep breaths in through your nose, to your belly and out through your mouth).
  3. Clear your mind of thoughts. Let yourself sit in silence for a moment or two.
  4. Then begin to think about the goal you have. As you’re thinking about it, observe the response in your body. What do you physically feel? What emotions are coming up?
  5. Next, visualize yourself taking the steps needed to achieve your goal. Take your time. Watch as you confidently take the necessary actions, without fail. What nuances are coming up? Are there any obstacles that occur? How do you work through them? Keep note of this in case these come up when you actually action these.
  6. Once you visualize all the steps being taken, visualize yourself achieving success. Visualize the outcome, the celebration. What do you feel while watching yourself experience success?

Try doing this each day until it becomes second nature.

Doing this can also help you clarify your goals if they feel very vague right now. Setting specific goals that you can measure, with a clear end result can make achieving them much easier. Doing a daily visualization practice can support you in clarifying your goals and staying focused on working towards them.

Some people find it helpful to create a vision board. This is where you create a physical visual representation of your dreams and goals. You can hand it near your workstation if your goal involves business or career success or wherever you’ll be able to frequently see it.

Doubts and limiting beliefs will rear their ugly heads during your visualization time. 

This is normal. Your brain likes things to stay the way they are. It’s a creature of habit – despite the fact that it is a great learner.

When doubts arise during your visualization practice, allow them their space, but ensure you don’t allow them to take over. Question the validity of them. When they arise, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this actually true, without a doubt?” The answer is probably no.

For example, a common one is “But what if I fail?” Ask yourself, “Is it true that I am 100% guaranteed to fail? Or is there a chance that I will succeed?” There’s always, at least, a small chance that you will succeed.

While visualization is a powerful tool, if you don’t take action, you won’t achieve your goals.

Visualization and action go hand-in-hand. Visualization can enhance your motivation and focus, leading to more intentional actions towards achieving goals. As I mentioned above, once you develop a true belief, you begin to act differently. You take more risks, you’re more resilient to setbacks, you’re able to think logically when challenges arise and you keep your spirits up.

All of those things are necessary to achieving everything you want in life.

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