We begin today as Jack Canfield talks about his 11th principle, “see what you want, and get what you see.” He mentions visualization is one of the most unutilized principles of success. The more you visualize it, the greater the chances you will achieve it. Firstly, visualization activates the creative powers of the sub-conscious mind. Secondly, visualization focuses your brain by programming its reticular activating system to notice available resources that were always there, but were previously unnoticed. Thirdly, visualization magnetizes and attracts you to the people, resources, and opportunities that you need to achieve your goal. The crazy thing is that factually your brain sees no difference between what it visualizes and what is actually happening. Visualization simply makes the brain achieve more. Almost all professional and Olympic athletes employ the power of visualization. Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers of all time, once said
I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.
The process for visualizing success is really quite simple. All you have to do is close your eyes and see your goals already complete. Close your eyes and imagine yourself walking through the house you want to own. Fill in all the details and ask yourself the following questions:
- What does the landscape look like?
- What kind of view does it have?
- What do the living room and kitchen look like?
Imagine each detail as clearly and bright as possible. This goes for any goal you make, whether it is in work, play, family, or relationships. Write down your goals, say them to yourself while looking in the mirror, and without fail, take the time to visualize them as if they have already happened.
Finally, the last part of visualization requires you to use your senses; add sound, add smell, add taste, and touch to it as much as possible. The stronger you feel the emotion during visualization, the greater the chances of accomplishing it. Visualization is a lost art. In a fast paced world, it’s often difficult to take the time required to meditate and visualize meaningful goals.
As I mentioned above, the more you play it out in your mind beforehand, the greater the chances to accomplish it. I cannot tell you how many books and articles I have read with some of the greatest athletes and minds in the world, talking about how they saw their goal 1000 times before it actually happened. Just ask Andre Agassi, Sir Edmund Hillary (first man to climb Mt Everest), Michael Jordan, Novak Djokavic (#1 male tennis player in the world), etc., what they think of visualization. I can’t finish this article any better than the way Canfield started it…see what you want first, and you will always get what you see!