Using Visualization to Create the Life You Want
If you find yourself feeling stuck, like you aren’t living the life you really want, this post on visualization can help you get going toward your lifelong dreams.
When you visualize something in your life, you imagine what life will be like when reaching that result. Here’s one example: Oprah used visualization, also called the Law of Attraction, for her success.
If a specific goal you’ve clung to over the years doesn’t seem possible for you now, keep reading…
Let’s say you’ve always wanted to be a doctor but now, here you are—40 and feeling like you can’t achieve the one dream you’ve always wanted. But maybe now you don’t want to spend 10 years in college studying before starting your desired career.
In similar instances, how can you create the life you want by using visualization?
- Before visualizing, adjust what you want in life to achieve a similar result. What if you tweaked that dream a bit so you could visualize accomplishing a revised goal that will bring happiness? Using the above example, you might decide to become a registered nurse instead. You could visualize working in the same setting you wanted to before: a hospital with physicians while managing health issues with patients.
- Be open in your quest. Visualization requires a certain mental flexibility that allows you to encompass many possibilities. What do you really want to be doing in your life? What must be done to achieve those goals? Allow yourself to openly acknowledge what you crave to do with your life. When you can do this, you can better visualize – and attract – your dream.
- Write down your goals, one by one. Doing so will enrich your thoughts about what it will take to achieve your dream. Record tasks you’ll accomplish to ultimately reach your desired end result.
- Construct a mental picture. In your mind, paint a picture of the scene in which you’ll achieve a desired accomplishment. Or, paint a mental picture of your perfect “regular” day. The regular day is a fantastic way to create a life you love. Start by writing down how you want your real life day to go. Breakfast? Drive to work, or work from home? Talking with friends, or spending time with them? Working your own business, for someone else, maybe volunteering? Write down everything that comes to mind, even if they conflict… Maybe you sometimes want breakfast out, but also like to make it yourself! But don’t leave out what you WANT Using the above example, you might imagine where you would be and what you would be doing when you receive your nursing degree. What will you wear? Who else will be present? How will you feel at that moment?
- Have tangible representations of your dream around you. Create an area at home that represents the goal you’re striving to accomplish. Using our example, you could display a nurse’s cap, stethoscope, and banner from the local college with a nursing program on a table in your den.
In order for visualization to work, it’s important to know specifically what it is you’re after and the steps you must take to reach or exceed your wants.
If you want a vacation home, place something in the corner of your current home that reminds you of the future vacation home. Maybe a poster, a paddle from a rowboat, or a straw hat from the area of the future home.
Touch or hold the items during visualization. Owning and holding tangible representations of your dreams makes your goals real and will serve as daily reminders for you to pursue your goal. The physical contact makes it more real to your body, and, therefore, to your emotions and mind, as well. Pro tip: Breathe very deeply, hold that breath a moment, and release it like a sigh. This interrupts your usual mental state, and creates a new mindset – one that KNOW that your visualization is coming true!
PRO TIP: Breathe very deeply, hold that breath a moment, and release it like a sigh. This interrupts your usual mental state, and creates a new mindset – one that KNOW that your visualization is coming true!
- Practice your visualization. Spend 5-10 minutes daily closing your eyes and imagining the scenes. Ensure you’re sitting in a relaxed position in a comfortable chair. Keep your dream alive by visualizing your success in achieving it.
- The more you repeat your visualizations, the more motivated you’ll be to take action to go after your goals.
- Each day, ask yourself, “What must I do today to create the life I desire?” Your actions coupled with your consistent visualizations will galvanize you to seek whatever it is you want in life. Reflect on how the steps you took today figure in to your goal achievement.
When you combine powerful visualizations with deliberate actions, you can have whatever you desire. Now, close your eyes and visualize.