Visualize Your Way To Success!
Human beings are visual creatures. Our imaginations are powerful tools that can
bring us to the brink of despair or create a wonderful new reality. This is because
our subconscious responds to images whether they are real or imagined. We all use
visualization in our daily lives.
When we read, our mind automatically translates
the words into images of people and places. When we think of someone, we 'see'
his or her face. We also visualize every time we are afraid. We play worst-case
scenarios in our minds like a reel of film. The more we play the film, the larger
our fear becomes. We need to use this ability to create images of what we WANT
in our lives. Successful athletes do this all the time. An Olympic swimmer sees
herself emerging from the pool victorious. A long-distance runner sees herself
crossing the finish line ahead of her competition. Want to visualize your success?
· FEEL as if you have already achieved your goal. Use all your senses to impress
the image more strongly upon your subconscious. If you want to attract a better job,
SEE yourself in a congenial work environment,
FEELING relaxed, happy with the higher pay, satisfied with the work.
· Use visual reminders - pictures, symbols, and dates If your goal is to
work abroad in Italy, put photos of Rome or Venice at your desk. If you want
to leave your job by 2006, change your voicemail or computer password to
something ending with that number. When I planned to retire from the workforce,
I changed my computer password to 'retire2002' and smiled every time I logged on.
A symbol for attracting love could be two linked hearts. If this is your goal,
put the symbol where you can see it regularly. Why do visual reminders work
so effectively? 'Because,' says comedian and actor Drew Carey, 'If it's not
visible and in your face all the time, it's not a goal. It's a wish.'
· Create a 'dream book' This means cutting out images from magazines that
support your goal or heart's desire, and arranging them on a age.
Use a glue stick to paste them in. Also make a positive statement about what
you want (affirmation) in the present tense, to make this even stronger.
If you have more than one dream, use a scrapbook and collage each dream on
its own page. I have a scrapbook that is filled with my collaged dreams,
most of which are coming true. I have since discovered that others have
done the same thing, with similar results!
Here's an example of one of my
'dreams come true.' Two years before designing my Dream Achievers Program,
I collaged a page in my scrapbook for a future motivational workshop.
My affirmation read, 'I share tools, techniques and insights to help
others lead more fulfilling lives.' Above these words went magazine pictures
including the inquiring faces of women, an eagle flying and a lush garden
symbolizing growth. I also included words typed on small pieces of paper
and pasted onto the page such as 'beliefs' 'core values' 'self-esteem'
and 'inner child' - some of the different areas I wanted to cover.
I looked through my scrapbook almost every day and FELT I was there long
before I knew HOW it would come about! A number of events led to my
preparing this program - but making it REAL to myself through visualization
is what started it all.
Instead of worrying - do THIS: In my daily life,
I also use visualization whenever I want a positive outcome. Years ago, if
I were standing in a long line up at the bank, I would get frustrated and
worry about being late. Now I visualize the line moving quickly and see
myself getting served. Invariably this is what happens. In any case
visualizing a positive outcome immediately relaxes me and helps me
stay in a good mood!
AUTHOR BIO: Thelma Mariano, life coach and author, is dedicated to
bringing clarity and direction to people's lives. See her on-line
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