How do you picture yourself?
What story are you telling yourself?
Pretty powerful question when you think about it. What words come out when you think about it? Handsome or pretty, overweight or average, successful or struggling. Some pictures are happy, some are not.
Tell me about the picture when you visualize yourself. Was it a physical picture, or a mental picture? Was it a positive picture (great attitude, successful), or a negative picture (failing, in debt)? Did you picture the “now,” or “what you want to become?”
The interesting thing about visualizing yourself, is that most people don’t want to see it. They don’t like it, or they don’t like themselves. And then there is that ever-present, unavoidable, bathroom mirror. Suppose I told you that the more vivid the picture, the more accepting of yourself you will be today, and the more you can see that tomorrow is the fast track to success. Would you at least take a peek?
Here is a truth:
The picture you have of yourself, combined with the self-belief structure that goes with it, is what you are likely to become.
If you have read some of the articles that I have written on the subject of self-image and visualization, you’ll be surprised to find that they all have a common theme: the easiest way to get where you want to go is visualize yourself that you are already there.
When you have a thought, you act upon it to achieve a result. Likewise, we react to the image we have of ourselves in our brain. When you change that image for the better, our lives improve. Self-image is changed for the better or worse, not by intellect alone, not by intellectual knowledge alone, but by experiencing.
This goes for any aspect of your life.
If you want success. If you want wealth. If you want a new home. If you want to become a doctor. If you want to win the game. If you want to climb the mountain. If you want to run a marathon. If you want to become a great dad or mom. If you want to make that big sale. First picture yourself already doing it, or having achieved it.
Here is another truth:
You are in complete control of the beliefs and pictures that you put in your head.
Not only are you in total control of your mind, you can also alter your environment to enhance that control. Where you are in your life, can affect the way you think. Here is a deeper thought: If you don’t like your job, or boss, it will be real hard for you to have the positive mental picture necessary for achievement. You have to love what you do.
How can you visualize success in a place you don’t like, or have a job you don’t like, or work for someone you don’t like?
Now, here is the final truth:
If you change your self-image in your mind, you will begin to achieve mental image, and live your thoughts.
Creative Visualization is the ability to create a thought, a mental picture, or a feeling of something. In creative visualization you use your imagination to create a clear image, idea, or feeling of something you wish to manifest. Then you continue to focus on the idea, feeling, or picture regularly, giving it positive energy until it becomes objective reality… in other words, until you actually achieve what you have been imagining.
Can I do all this just by reading? No. This is not about just thinking or visualizing. That’s the beginning. You still gotta take action to make it happen. Committed passionate, self-belief leads to action.