“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” - Albert Einstein
The mind does not discriminate when it comes to reality and the imagination. Studies have shown the intriguing and significant effects of simply imagining that you are going for a workout.
Before writing all this off as crazy-talk, consider Jim Carrey's use of visualization. He would drive and park on Mulholland Drive long before he became the Hollywood star that he is. Sitting there, he'd picture himself as the megastar that he desired to become, even going so far as to write himself a ten million dollar check and dating it five years from that day.
Can you guess what happened five years from then? That’s right, he got a ten million dollar deal for the movie Dumb and Dumber.
It is not only actors that employ the power of imagination and visualization, athletes mentally run through their tasks, visualizing success in whatever it is they need to engage in- that perfect golf shot or tennis swing. Before anything manifests itself in the material world, it comes alive in the mind through your imagination and visualization.
Here are 9 ways to get you started:
1. Write It Down.
The process of writing something down by its very nature causes you to engage your mind and think through what you are writing down. Be very specific as you write down and walk through the steps that are going to lead you to success.
2. Different Tenses.
When you visualize, it is crucial that you do so in past, present, and future tenses. See your goals as having already been accomplished; see yourself in the midst of accomplishing them; see them as being achieved in the near future.
3. Set A Timeframe.
Put a 'best-by' date on your goal. Just like Jim Carrey set his dream to be fulfilled in 5 years, have the finish line clearly in sight. Then reverse-engineer, start with the goal in mind and figure out what the steps need to look like to reach that goal. Break the goal up into pieces and mentally envision knocking down the small goals.
4. Create A Vision Board.
Gather together photos, images, picture quotes, hand-written notes, everything that relates to your dream. Stick them on your wall, on your desk, or get a cork board to pin them on. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are constantly being exposed to it.
Make your visions as vivid as possible. Let the crowd roar in applause! Let the smells and fragrances hit you like a bunch of roses; let the wind blow through your hair. Play the images out as if they are real because they will inevitably become real.
Picture potential obstacles that you may encounter on your journey and visualize how you will overcome them. This will be crucial as you encounter real obstacles on your journey. Your visualizations may evolve somewhat as you steer around obstacles that arise.
7. Walk the Talk.
Begin to live as if you have succeeded. Talk like the success that you desire to become. Start walking taller and presenting yourself more confidently and charismatically. There is much truth to the old adage “fake it till you make it.” Set the patterns into place for which you will soon live out.
8. Find Your Muse.
Whatever your specific field or context is, identify a person that you admire and look up to. Careful not to imitate them to the point of losing your uniqueness; but have an inspiration to help you with the images of the person that you are striving to become.
9. Make An Appointment.
Make it a daily habit. Whether it is in the morning when you wake up to have your coffee or at night before you nod off to sleep, or both. You will build up an incredible amount of confidence through the daily mental imagery. Make your visions so powerful that they have no choice but to become reality.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.” - Buddha.