The Power of Creative Visualization
Creative visualization is the process of visualizing the circumstances, situations, and outcomes that you expect to receive in your life. It’s another form of the law of attraction which states, ‘like attracts like,’ meaning that whatever you focus on and think about most you will eventually attract it into your life. Creative visualization is used by some of the most successful people in this world whether they do it consciously or not. It’s a very powerful technique that once mastered, will allow you to create anything in your life that you desire.
If you ask any professional athlete, actor, musician, or any successful person at that matter what they’re secret is to success, most of them will tell you that they see themselves being successful before it happens. They visualize the outcome that they want and it eventually comes true. By practicing this you will also stay motivated as you are more focused on the outcome of your efforts rather than the struggles and failures of the moment.
Here is one of the best scientific studies done on creative visualization showing just how powerful it can be:
Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their physical and mental training differences:
- 1st group received 100% physical training
- 2nd group received 75% physical training with 25% mental training
- 3rd group received 50% mental training with 50% physical training
Out of all of them the 3rd group had the best performance results. This showed that mental training is just as important, if not more important than physical training alone. It has since become more widely understood and accepted in neuroscience and sports psychology that subjective training can cause the body to respond more favorably to consciously desired outcomes.
Why Creative Visualization Works
The subconscious mind accepts the thoughts that it is habitually fed. Once it accepts them, it changes our mindset, as well as our perception and actions. This then brings us into contact with new situations, circumstances, and people that will help make our dreams come true.
Before I tell you guys my technique to practicing this I first want to share with you why I believe that it works. On a spiritual level I believe that our thoughts do not come from inside of our brain, just as the movies we watch doesn’t come from our TV set. Our thoughts come from a spiritual place and they are strongest form of energy that can be manifested into the physical plane. The energy (thoughts and actions) that we put out into this world is the same energy that we get back. Think of karma. Whatever energy you put out – either good or bad – is the energy that we will receive back in our lives.
On a physical level I believe it works because we do not realize how the smallest choicest can have the biggest impacts on our lives over time. One of my favorite quotes is by Andrew Manley who says, “It’s the smallest choices in our lives that make the biggest differences.” I believe this without a shadow of doubt. Another analogy is the butterfly effect which basically says that the smallest change can have the biggest impact on the world.
We don’t realize how our choices affect us at the time and so they seem insignificant, but just look back at your own life and see how the smallest choices could have completely changed your life today. How did you meet your spouse? Why are you living in the house you are in? Why do you work where you do? Who are your friends? Why do you have the habits you do and where have they gotten you? All of these things defines who you are and one small shift in your past could have changed all of those answers.
When we take the time to visualize the people, circumstances, and situations that we want in our life we will make small choices that will eventually get us there even though they may seem insignificant at the time. These small choices will slowly add up and eventually put us on the path that we have created for ourselves.
Practicing Creative Visualization
Before attempting to practice creative visualization I would recommend that you first start practicing meditation first. This will teach you how to slow your random thoughts down and allow you to have much more focus so that you can visualize only on the things you want to happen. Get in the habit of meditating for at least 15 minutes a day (I would recommend at least 30 minutes but 15 is okay when you are first starting out) and attempt to focus your thoughts on nothing but your breath.
Also a great tool that I would recommend you use to help guide your thoughts is Creative Visualization IsoBeats. They use an advance form of brainwave entrainment that will slow your brainwaves down helping you to stay focused while also improve your imagination, which is one of the main factors in being successful at this.
With that said here are 5 steps to properly practicing creative visualization:
1. Write it down
Before you attempt to practice creative visualization I recommend that you write down all of your goals and what you are trying to accomplish with these sessions. This will give you structure and keep you more focused.
An alternative to this is creating a vision board. This is where you gather pictures of everything you are wanting to accomplish and then you put them together in a collage so that you can look at it and visually see what you are wanting to manifest in your life. A vision board will work better as it’s easier for us to visualize something that we can physically see.
Whatever you decide to do just make sure that you have a focused and clear path of where your trying to go.
Before you attempt to visualize the life that you want to create you need to be completely relaxed. Unwind yourself from the daily grind and take a moment to step away from everything. It’s very hard to imagine a future life when your so caught up in your current situations.
This is why I recommend meditating everyday. When you meditate you dedicate a certain amount of time out of your day to step away from everything. You break free from your current awareness and take a step back to get a better perspective of your overall life.
Once you are in a completely relaxed state and have cleared your mind from all attachments it’s time to create your life through visualizing. Take everything that you have written down or put on your vision board and imagine what it would be like to have all of those things in your life.
The more vivid you can imagine it the greater your results will be. Imagine it with every single one of your senses. Smell it, taste it, touch it, see it, and hear it. The more feelings and emotions that you put into your visualization the better it will work.
All the visualizing in the world isn’t going to do much if you have no faith. You need to believe in yourself and believe in the powers of the universe to bring you everything that you desire. As long as you have faith then everything else will find a way to work out. It doesn’t matter how far away it seems, how impossible it seems, or how many people say it can’t be done. As long as you believe and keep persistent in your faith it will come true, no matter what.
5. Take Action
The world is created with thoughts and manifested with action. It doesn’t matter how much you sit on that couch and visualize the life that you want, if you don’t take any action towards getting then you are nothing more than a dreamer. All the hard work is already done in your mind, all you have to do is make sure that you go out and get it. As long as you stay focused and visualize then your actions will always reap the rewards.
Don’t worry about the process of getting there or how it’s all going to work out. Stay focused on the destination and the universe will do the rest.
Tip: We live in a fast paced society and I know a lot of people are probably thinking that they don’t have enough time to sit there for 15 – 30 minutes everyday visualizing what they want. It’s an ironic paradox if you think about it, but time shouldn’t be an excuse. Even if you only do it a few minutes a day you will be one step closer towards reaching your goals. At the very least when you wake up in the morning just spend a few minutes visualizing how you want your day to go. You will be surprised how just these few minutes can affect your entire day for the better.
Stay tuned for more visualization techniques.