Imagery and visualization: Wishes
really can become reality
Imagery and visualization can be very
powerful tools in your goal achievement process. You can use
visual images of your goals or you can use words, thoughts and
feelings. Ideally you can use all of these elements to unleash the
most powerful potential of imagery.
Scientific studies show that the more
senses you add to your imagery, the more powerful the results will
be. The reason these techniques are so powerful is that they tap
into both the left and right parts of your brain. For people who
have trouble seeing things with their eyes closed, just use all
the other senses to imagine what you want to create.
35. Use imagery and visualization:
Make a point of spending a few minutes a day visualizing yourself
reaching your goals—seeing, hearing, feeling (tasting if
appropriate) as clear a visualization as you can! Bring colors,
sounds, smells, and tastes to your visualization. Put yourself
into the picture so you actually see yourself getting and having
what you want. You may find that your pictures have bright vivid
colors and lots of detail…this is good. But even more important
are the feelings that go with your picture. Try to create a vision
that makes you feel motivated, passionate and enthusiastic.
So what would this process look
like? Imagine that your goal is to take a trip to a tropical
island. In your mind, you would imagine yourself in the picture
lying on the beach feeling the warm sun and smelling the flowers.
You could be lounging on a lanai tasting an exotic drink or
snorkeling seeing the wonderful fish and feeling the water all
Whatever is the most exciting part of the
trip for you, put that in the picture...feel it, touch it, smell
it, taste it (if appropriate), hear it, see it. Try to create the
most compelling image possible for yourself using all your senses.
If you use this technique at least once a day and take consistent
action, your success is virtually guaranteed.
36. Make an audiotape proclaiming that
you have reached your goal. See technique number 6 for details
on how to write an effective goals statement. Add details to your
description to make the tape several minutes long. Listen to the
audiotape every day in the car, in the house, while you are out
exercising or at the gym.
37. Smell me the money: Here’s an
unusual but very effective technique for increasing your income
and improving your relationship with money. It may sound strange,
but we’ve both tried it and found that it works really well. Keep
a $100 bill in your purse or wallet and look at it, and then smell
it while thinking about how wonderful money is. Then smell it
again and visualize lots more of those $100 bills in your hands.
38. To get the things you want
quickly, “act as if” you already have them: Take a photograph
of yourself in your dream car at a dealership or on a boat similar
to the one you want or in front of a house you’d like to own.
Photograph yourself “in the picture” and put this up on your wall.
You can also actually test drive the car, test sail the boat or go
to open houses and act like you are buying the house. “Act as if”
you are already a great speaker, artist or businessperson. This
technique is surprisingly powerful.
39. Expand your vision; the power of
thinking big: Allow for the possibility that there may be
greater goals or visions. Mark Victor Hansen author of the Chicken
Soup for the Soul series of books met with Tony Robbins, to ask
about why he (Mark) wasn’t reaching greater success.
Tony said; “Do you have a lot of
millionaires in your success and networking group?” Mark said;
“Yes”, then Tony said; “Do you have any billionaires?” Mark said
“No”. Tony said, “If you find one or two it will make the
difference.” And that’s what Mark did...this was one of the
factors that helped him to reach the pinnacle of success with the
“Chicken Soup” series of books. Along with being a good example of
thinking big, this is also a good example of an already highly
successful person being humble enough to look for models and get
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