The world around us is full of negative messages and influences. These negative influences can trigger limiting beliefs and even affect the successful outcome of your goals. Visualization can be a great way to overcome it.
They can also restrict your emotional freedom, damage your relationships, change your mood and unnecessarily increase stress and anxiety. Obviously you don’t want the crippling force of negativity taking over your life...
Let’s explore how your thoughts work and how visualization can really help you to achieve your goals.
Visualization is powerful
Fascinatingly, 80% of your thoughts can be negative ones, but, to achieve success and empowerment, you need to change your negative mindset into a positive one.
What you attract into your life is highly dependent on what you think about. It also depends on the kind of beliefs you hold in your own mind. In short, positivity attracts more positive outcomes and negativity breeds negative experiences.
Your thoughts are a reflection of you. They indicate how you perceive the world around you and declare who you are. So, every time you think a negative thought or put yourself down, it becomes your belief.
You can actually convince yourself that negativity is your personal truth. That is because your brain has difficulty knowing the difference between what you tell it to think, or which thoughts have naturally occurred. It simply accepts a visual thought as reality.
The great thing is, the same thing happens with positive thoughts. Telling yourself to think positively will help you to believe in your own abilities and gives you the power to achieve your goals.
Visualization is one of the key ways that you use to think positively.
What is visualization?
Most successes start with a goal. Goals give your life a purpose and act like a compass to keep you heading in the right direction. So you map out your goal and a loose plan for how you will achieve it. Nine times out of ten, goals will stall at this stage. All the good intentions in the world can’t seem to make it happen.
It is because you first need to see to believe. Are you stuck because you don’t really believe that you will get there? Visualization can help you push past that.
Visualization is a technique where you create a mental image of a future event. Once you see the event in your mind, it becomes much more possible to achieve it. You catch a glimpse of what your future could be like and you want to grab it with both hands. There is suddenly motivation, and things start getting ticked off your plan.
How to master visualization
The first thing you need to do is to envision yourself achieving your goal. Do this by creating a detailed mental picture of your desired outcome. You want it to seem as real as possible, so think about how it will make you feel, which of your senses will be activated, who will be there to share it with you, who you have helped, and how you have changed your life.
Now that you have the end feeling in your mind, you need to break that down into smaller steps. Think about each part of the journey - how you will prepare yourself, what state of mind you need to be in, what physical form do you need to be in, how to break through any walls, and how you will move to the next section.
It can be really helpful to get your visualization down on the page. Write a detailed paragraph answering the questions above. Or you might choose to sketch it out, create a vision board, or a series of photographs. It doesn’t matter how you get it down as long as you have something to refer to that keeps you motivated.
The Positive vs. Negative
Visualization works on your big audacious goals, but it can also help you get over those hurdles that pop up in life.
Here is a really simple example of how the right kind of visualization can help you succeed:
Imagine that you have to stand up in front of an audience and give an inspiring speech. If you see yourself getting stage fright and forgetting your words, it's likely that when you give your speech, you'll experience that for real.
Now let’s approach it with positive thoughts. If you imagine delivering a great speech, feeling confident, and even joking with the crowd - there's a high chance that your speech will happen exactly as you imagined.
While you haven’t given the speech yet, your brain recognizes the visualization and thinks that you have done this before. Instead of being uptight and nervous, you will be relaxed and amazing because you can speak with the confidence of someone who has done this many times before.
While visualization does not replace hard work and dedication, it really can put you on the path to success.