Visualization can be the secret weapon which enables you to turn your dreams into reality. The power to achieve what you want in life; motivation, strategy, and the “Big Idea” are already there, locked in your subconscious mind. By taking just ten minutes each day you can unlock that power and start to move towards your goals.
- Harness the Power of your Subconscious
You may not realize how powerful your subconscious is in determining whether or not you succeed in life. A negative mindset can sap your energy and inhibit forward motion, stopping you from imagining your dream life and doing the things that will make it possible. It will remind you of past failures and tell you that gaining success and wealth is hard work, painful, and, even impossible.
Studies have shown that you can rewire your mindset by programming the Reticular Activating System in your brain to focus on positivity and success. The RAS acts like a filter. It helps you to focus on what’s important to you and discard the rest. If you program it to prioritize information that will feed your success, you will have your subconscious mind working for you, not against you.
- Make Visualization a Habit
Just ten minutes a day of visualizing your future life is enough to keep the momentum going and your motivation high. Make the visualization habit easy by doing it at the same time and place each day. The ten minutes before you get up and before you go to sleep are perfect times to practice visualization. You’re relaxed, unlikely to be interrupted, and in the ideal state of mind to have an impactful visualization.
Bring to mind every detail of your future successful life: How does it look? What can you see, feel, hear, and taste? What kind of clothes are you wearing? What kind of car are you driving? Where do you live and where do you spend your vacations? What emotions are you feeling? Make the visualization of your future as real and as detailed as possible.
- Be present
You can practice visualization not just by thinking about the future but also being fully present in the here and now. Placing all of your happiness in the future may cause you to miss out on all the good things in your life right now. And that can be demotivating and lead to a drop in positivity.
Don’t postpone happiness. Think of all the things in your life that you are grateful for right now. Celebrate your successes and your gifts and use them to fuel your ambition for more and better things.
Imagine a map. Where you are at the present is your starting point while the success you envision is your destination. See yourself working your way along that map and ticking off your successes (sort of like marking off the miles) as you get closer to achieving what you want. Mark every success and celebrate it in some fashion, no matter how small. Doing so will help keep your energy and motivation high.