You are already writing the book of your life day by day, minute by minute. But is it the story you really want to tell?
When the movie, The Secret, appeared on video screens across the world, the popularity associated with visualization also seemed to soar.
Some people took the act of visualization to heart and embraced it for the prime purpose of making their dreams of super boats, shiny red bicycles, trips to Bali magically appear from the tiny opening in the “Aladdin lamp” we all were told we possess.
What is interesting to me is how some people considered engaging in this process as sheer novelty.
Ironically all of you have been using the power of visualizing in your lives even before the advent of “The Secret.”
You are more of an expert at using this method of mental programming than you realize.
For example, when your rambunctious teenager goes to the garage and slides in the driver side of your Brand Spanking New Blue car to go to the movies with friends, what thoughts go through your mind? Or…
When you wake up 2 days after a Thanksgiving Holiday banquet and step on your scale, what do you feel before your weight or numbers appears on the scale?
WORRY. FEAR. PANIC.
All of these emotional states are a form of visualization.
NEWSFLASH: You don’t need a stinkin’ book or video to show you how to visualize.
You’ve been doing it unconsciously all of your entire life. That’s why when you lift your shirt and look at your abs, you may see a muffin top or perhaps a 6-pack. It is the images that you’ve been continuously harboring and replaying in your mind that tend to be expressed in real life.
There are 4 Elements of Visualization.
Review your past visualization experiences and determine how and if you have used these elements to pump life into your mental images.
1. Frequency – the number of times you play your mental image in your mind. For example, the result or best performance that you want: 120 lbs., 6-pack abs, $10K of monthly residual income, or a touchdown.
2. Duration – the length of time you replay your mental image
3. Vividness – how you draft your mental image. Is it clear? It is important for you to start by writing on paper what you want to see, review each minute detail, and then repeatedly SEE it in your mind.
4. Intensity – attach a good amount of emotions to your mental image. Activate that part of your brain to make your brain think it’s real. Psst…it doesn’t know the difference!
Do you recognize these elements? Maybe.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of being aware that the combination of these actions can create negative or positive scenes in your life.
I encourage you to embrace and use these 4 elements as part of your visualization strategy and see what results you get. Yet be careful how you use this visualization power in your life.
Just mind your mental images and before you know it, you’ll see what you BELIEVE right before your very own eyes.
(article written by Miriam Buhr)