“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” — Bo Bennett
The key to achieving whatever you want might be your ability to visualize it and to use visualization techniques more effectively.
Your mental pictures matter.
Remember what Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
So, whether you want to be healthier, happier, more confident, more effective, or have better relationships, it may very much depend on your ability to see things in your mind’s eye.
Lucky for us, we can improve visualization techniques by knowing the 4 parts of visualization.
In the book, Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible, Brian Tracy shares proven practices for improving visualization and visualization techniques.
1. How Often?
The more you practice visualizing your scene of success, the more it will sink in.
“The first aspect of visualization is frequency, the number of times that you visualize a particular goal as achieved or yourself performance in an excellent way in a particular event or circumstance. The more frequently you repeat a clear mental picture of your very best performance or result, the more rapidly it will be accepted by your subconscious mind and the more readily it will appear as part of your reality.”
2. How Long?
When you practice your visualization technique, practice holding the picture in your mind for a longer period of time.
“The second element of visualization is the duration of the mental image, the length of time that you can hold the picture in your mind each time you replay it. When you deeply relax, you can often hold a mental picture of yourself performing at your best for several seconds and even several minutes. The longer you can hold your mental picture, the more deeply it will be impressed into your subconscious mind and the more rapidly it will express itself in your subsequent performance.”
3. How Clearly?
The more vivid you can practice your visualization technique, the more your mind will buy into it.
“The third development of visualization is vividness. There is a direct relationship between how clearly you can see your desired goal or result in your mind and how quickly it comes into your reality. This element of visualization is what explains the powers of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Correspondence. The vividness of your desire directly determines how quickly your goal materializes in the world around you.
Here is an interesting point. When you set a new goal for yourself, your image or picture of this goal will usually be vague and fuzzy. You may have no idea at all what the successful goal will look like. But the more often you write it, review it, and repeat it mentally, the clearer it becomes for you. Eventually, it will become crystal clear. At that point, the goal will suddenly appear in your world, exactly as you imagined it.”
4. How Intensely?
Get your emotions on your side, and practice your visualization technique with intensity.
“The fourth element of visualization is intensity, the amount of emotion that you attach to your visual image. In reality, this is the most important and powerful part of the visualization process. Sometimes, if your emotion is intense enough and your visual image is clear enough, your goal will immediately come true.”
Visualization is a Two-Edged Sword
Visualization can cut in either direction: It can make you a success or failure.
“Of course, the elements of frequency, duration, vividness, and intensity can help or hurt you. Like nature, the power of visualization is neutral. Like a two-edged sword, it can cut in either direction. It can either make you a success or make you a failure. Visualization brings you whatever you vividly and intensely imagine, whether good or bad.”
It effectively comes down to see it, feel it, do it, achieve it.
It’s a nice little recipe for visualizing and practicing your success.
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