There have been a lot of articles written about visualization. So, what is it and how can you do it? Seeing yourself achieve a goal lets you believe with certainty that you CAN achieve it! Visualization lets you picture success in your mind and gives you the power to move forward. It is the self-fulfilling prophecy that puts wind into your individual sails. Picture yourself achieving your goal, feel the happiness of success, and actually go through the motions in your mind necessary to make your dream a reality.
Visualization has had many names over the years. You may have read about it as the Law of Attraction, which states that whatever a person’s thoughts, feelings and experiences, they will attract similar thoughts, feelings and experiences. In the Law of Attraction all your thoughts, images in your mind, and the feelings connect to your thoughts and will manifest as your reality. Simply put, your life is exactly the way it is because of your thoughts, images and feelings.
So aside from going through life happier, what does a positive attitude actually do for you? Here a few studies that show a positive attitude can actually give a longer and healthier life:
- Carnegie Melon University studied 193 healthy individuals and gave each of them the influenza virus. The positive people became less sick and got over the virus faster. A positive attitude had a biological impact. Positive people were also found to have fewer overall symptoms.
- The Mayo Clinic did a study that showed optimists had around a 50 percent lower risk of early death than pessimists. The study’s conclusion? Mind and body are linked and attitude has an impact on the final outcome—death.
- In a Yale University study of elderly people the one’s with the most positive attitude lived an average of 7.5 years longer than those with the most negative attitudes. Perhaps these positive people have something to teach all of us. Less stress in the mind equals less stress on your body. Stress causes inflammation which translates into disease and a host of health-related problems.
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- Seventy-five percent to 90 percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
- The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50 percent, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
So, if we know that stress is bad for us and having a positive attitude is good for us how can we achieve it? Perhaps visualization is a first step. Picturing yourself as a happy, non-stressed person achieving what you want out of life is one key step to actually manifesting that into truth. Here are a few steps to practicing visualization in your day:
Step One: Relax. Take a moment in your day to just stop, relax, and close your eyes. Take a few slow deep breaths and settle down to relax deeply. Allow yourself to come to a place of complete peace. Acknowledge that at least for this moment everything is ok, exactly as it is.
Step Two: Create a goal to visualize Create a goal that you believe could actually happen. Allow yourself to believe your dream is possible. Do this even if your logical mind does not know yet exactly how it could happen.
Step Three: Seeing is Believing Let your mind picture everything about achieving your goal. How you will feel, what will happen in your life as a result. Picture it in as much detail as possible see the colors, hear conversations, really “be there.” But most of all, feel the happiness, imagine it so tangibly that the experience feels real right now.
Step Four: Be persistent Repeat steps one through three many times each day. This should not feel like a chore. It should feel like a delightful adventure into wonderful possibilities. Play with it. Experiment with it. The mind learns from simple repetition.
Step Five: Take Action Take the necessary actions to achieve the goal you have visualized achieving. Follow opportunities that appear as your life unfolds. Be willing to do your part. As you do this you are reinforcing the visualization and allowing it become even more vivid.
When it comes to bringing visualization into your own life—make it work for YOU. Perhaps it is the power of positive thinking, perhaps it is the energy put out into the universe that invites opportunity, but what ever it is TO YOU—visualization can inspire you to personal greatness.