Setting aside time for this can be a challenge, so I will do my best to keep it as simple and effective as possible for you to start creating your little routine around this.
Because honestly.. it really can be, promise!
So let’s start with the perks of developing our ability to get better at visualization, shall we?
Visualization can first of all be used for numerous amount of things.
I mean, how cool doesn’t it sound to be able to…
- Manifest your dreams by activating the Law of Attraction through using visualization?
- To reprogram your mind to work FOR you by installing new (and better) pathways in your brain? Yes, the easy way IS the highway sometimes.
- To instantly get motivated and get into energetic alignment with your goals?
- And be able to identify and overcome all of the limiting beliefs that are holding you back?
Exactly, I’m sure we all could use a slice of that cake!
But the problem is, you don’t know how to do it yet and quite frankly, it’s draining to even think about it… Amiright?
It doesn’t have to be that way!
So allow me to explain exactly what visualization is about, so we can spike your interest a little more to follow through with it this time.
What is visualization?
Visualization is nothing more than a “mental rehearsal” we can do inside our mind.
You see, we do this all the time, whether you realize it or not.
Let me give you a few examples:
Have you ever stood on the other side of your door, trying to get inside, but for some reason you keep missing that keyhole or your keys get stuck in your attempt to get in?
Or maybe, you have filled up a can with water and wanted to pour yourself a glass of water, but instead, you accidentally miss the glass and there’s now water everywhere on the table?
Or better yet (if you are into knitting), have you ever tried to put that goddamn piece of string in through that tiny hole in the needle, but it’s taken you five thousand attempts to do so?
Believe it or not.
This has to do with your ability to visualize your ideal outcomes.
Sometimes, our ability to visualize happens in even the smallest and mundane things in our everyday life, but depending on how we FEEL in that situation, the outcomes can be very different.
That is why, after much frustration trying to get that door unlocked or getting that string in through the needle, you decide to take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and try again, but this time focusing more than you did before on what you want to happen…
And then what happens?
The door finally unlocks so you can get inside or you finally get that string through the needle so you can continue your project.
It is no joke, when they say, that how you do ONE thing, is how you do EVERYTHING.
So, I want you to keep that in mind, especially when it comes to your biggest goals and dreams.
If you are not using your ability to visualize even the smallest things in your day to day life, it can affect the biggest things in your life as well.
So it is important to understand that visualization is really how you do everything.
All you need to do is, to take a moment to stop, picture what you want, feel and tune into yourself and soon you’ll see how easy and effortlessly things unfold after that.
How does visualization work?
So now that you’ve understood what visualization is about, I know you’re curious to know how it works, what you need to do and how you can practice your visualization muscle.
And truth be told, there is no “right way”.
The right way is the method that works for YOU.
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you, that THIS is the only way to do it and have it work effectively.
I mean, you wouldn’t compare how an athlete visualises hitting his goals, to how a successful businesswoman would visualize hers, right?
The methods, the goals, the ambitions and the people are completely different, so what would work for an athlete, might not work for a businesswoman.
So instead, I want to introduce you to some methods that have worked for me.
But in general, I want to emphasize, that the clearer a picture and the more EMOTION you feel towards that visualization and end goal you’re reaching for, the better it will work for you!
The “basic” recipe for visualization is really simple:
1. Write down your end goal in the present language as if it was already yours and by using as much emotional language and as many details as possible to describe the mental picture.
(what do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear?)
2. Find a place where you can either sit or lay down and where you can be alone and undisturbed.
It doesn’t have to be for more than 15 minutes.
3. Depending on you, either close your eyes or keep them open and just find a focal point to direct your eyes.
Take a few deep breaths and make sure to do this until you’re feeling more at ease and relaxed throughout your entire body.
4. Now picture the mental image you wrote down before.
Tune into how that would feel, what your life would look like, what would people say to you, what would it allow you to do? Picture this and get as attached as you possibly can to the emotions that come up picturing this.
5. As soon as you’ve felt the feelings that come up, you can let it go but knowingly understand and trust that your goal is already on its way to you.
And that is it!
I mean.. how simple was that?
Of course, I say it is simple, but I understand that the execution of it can be an entirely different experience.
So let me help you out with some different methods I’ve come to know, that can help you create a clearer picture in your mind of your end goal, what you can do daily to reinforce your manifestation and other effective methods used to visualize.
This ones for the self-proclaimed “bad visualizers” out there, who are generally just having a hard time picturing things in your mind.
If that’s the case, then a vision board is your new best friend!
A vision board can help you picture your life so much clearer and you can create one for yourself super quickly as well!
All you would do is go to Pinterest, create an account and from there ask yourself:
“What does my dream life look like?”
And from there, simply search for pictures that represent that dream life.
It is best if you don’t just pin (save) every photo you come across.
Instead, truly take your time when you stumble across a picture that captures your attention and imagine yourself BEING in that photo and what that would make you feel like.
Remember, the more feeling to it, the better!
You can do this simple method for so many areas of your life, whether it’s your ideal body, dream house or dream relationship.
The possibilities are endless and it is fun just to spend some time dreaming.
The next thing to do (once you’ve created your vision board) can be to print out those photos, hang them on your wall for you to see every day or instead, make a screenshot and save all your dreamy photos onto your desktop, so when you see it, you can always recall that “now” is the time to visualize yourself in all those photos you saved.
JAR OF DREAMS
The next little exercise is probably one of the favourites that I do!
All you need to do is go get yourself a jar (for example an old jam jar that’s rinsed and cleaned) and put this jar somewhere where you will be able to see it every day.
The next thing you would do is to take a piece of paper and write down, with your handwriting, ALL of your goals and dreams.
(The more details the better)
Once you’ve done that, take a scissor and cut around all your written dreams, so you can fold each piece of paper and put them into the dream jar.
The important thing here is, that every dream or goal you put into the jar, you believe that it is something you BELIEVE will and can happen and that you feel GOOD about this goal.
The next thing to do is that every day you see the jar, take action to take one of those little notes out of your dream-jar out, read it to yourself and then take a few minutes to picture yourself having realized that dream.
Simply, just picture it and FEEL what it would feel like to have that goal accomplished.
Notice all the little things that show up in your imagination or in your emotions (There can always come more details to the dream even after it’s written down)
And then do this as often as you can, but at least once or twice a day.
It is not enough to just let the jar sit there.
You have to actively and consistently take action to pick out a note, read it and sit with it every day for a few minutes and feel and visualize it as much as possible.
So, the next thing might be self-explanatory, but this is probably my nr. 1 favourite tool to use when it comes to visualization.
You can get help from a hypnotherapist to help you visualize your goals and reprogram your mind to reach them, but you can also use self-hypnosis.
Guided visualizations are when your hypnotherapist speaks directly to your subconscious mind by introducing specific internal images that can help your subconscious to work towards your goals.
This is an effective method used for many purposes.
But mainly it is so effective simply because your mind can’t tell the difference between images “falsely created” in your mind from real-life goal-accomplishments.
So as you are picturing yourself reaching those goals, your mind will believe that it already happened, which will make you that much more likely to succeed and reach your goals.
And how exactly can it do that?
Well, you see, the main purpose of your subconscious mind is to protect you.
Anything that’s “new” (that you either do, think about or want to have) will be naturally perceived as danger.
But if you start to visualize your goal of you already having achieved that goal, for your subconscious mind it will be as if you already did!
So when the time comes around for you to be in that situation where you are reaching your goal or doing something to reach it, your mind will still protect you, but from a new level where this goal isn’t so dangerous anymore. Instead, it will help you achieve your goal!
I hope you’ll soon manifest all your goals!
I’m sure you’ve heard all the wonderful things visualization can do for you, but maybe you still haven’t completely gotten the hang of it yet?