A quote by Richard Bach says, “For you to bring anything to life, imagine that it is already there”. That is what visualization is about. It is simply a mental rehearsal where you create images in your mind of having or doing whatever it is that you want and then repeating that image of yourself daily until it becomes your reality.
To achieve it, you have to “dream it”
The power of visualization has been instrumental in turning dreams into reality. It is a technique that uses the imagination, mental images, power of thoughts, and the law of attraction to make dreams and goals come true. The world’s most successful and influential people had visualized their successes before they achieved it. They had had images of how successful they would be, the kind of company they would run, how they’d sit and hold meetings with their board of directors, how their PA would walk behind them carrying their expensive briefcase, and every other detail of that perfect future they want before it even happened. Truly, there is barely a person who became what they never envisaged or envisaged what they never became. You become exactly what you imagine of yourself or something close.
We all have an idea of how successful we want to be in the near future. When you ask the average Nigerian how rich he wants to be, he’d say, “as rich as Dangote” , “richer than Otedola”, but that is not the problem. The problem is that we have desires for wealth and success, yet we are constantly trapped in the imagination of our present situation. That is one major reason you will nurse desires that will never materialize because you cannot see yourself beyond your present reality.
You’d be amazed when you realize that the only time you think or imagine anything about yourself is when you are thinking about your problems. It could be thinking about your empty bank account, the sickness you are battling, or how stressful your work has become. How about you try and imagine how much money you will have? Or all the things you will accomplish when that sickness is gone, or how your future company will look like.
Visualization is powerful for many reasons. It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal, It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams, It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals, and it builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.
To visualize, you need to be sure about your goal. What is it that you desire? How do you want your future to be? You need to be clear about your desire because your imagination needs to be fixed. Remember the idea is to evoke the law of attraction to give you what you imagine, so you don’t have to confuse it on what to give you. You cannot imagine yourself to be a doctor today, and tomorrow you are patching up images of being a musician. The reality is that you will likely not achieve any of them. Be clear about your goals as your visualization has to be in as vivid detail as possible.
The next step is to actually start visualizing. Imagine yourself in your own office, favorite car, on a date, in the living room with your kids, and other things you want your future to be about. Do not try to limit these imaginations based on the things you do not have in your current life. Don’t imagine yourself in your own company and wave that part of the image off with the excuse that you don’t have any money to even start a petty trade currently or imagine yourself playing with your kids, and then remember the doctor said you can never have children. This way, you’d rob the law of attraction of its powers to give you what you desire. You could create a vision board and place it in a place you’d always see it. This will help cement your goals and trigger inspiration and accountability to achieve them.
Also, it is pertinent to add that visualization without hard work is futile. After you have visualized, you need to take action to make things happen. Remember that you mostly get what you work for not what you wish for. As actor Jim Carrey would say, “Visualization works if you work hard. You cannot just visualize and go eat a sandwich”
Ultimately, we become what we envisage.