One of my favorite things about buying a lottery ticket is the dream that comes with it. It doesn’t matter what my odds of winning are. I buy the ticket and almost immediately my imagination goes wild on what I’ll do with the money. Buy a house, travel the world, etc.
Now a lot of skeptical people will wonder why I even bother thinking about it since the odds of winning are so low. But I’m a believer in Law of Attraction. I understand the importance of visualizing or using my imagination.
The Science Behind The Power of Visualization
For those who don’t know what visualization is, it’s the deliberate creation of images in one’s mind. It’s a very effective way to achieve your desires, if done correctly. Without going into too much detail, achieving this state includes being in a relaxed state, holding a clear idea of your desires in mind and most importantly ensuring that you have the feelings associated with manifesting that desire.
Now some people may think that visualization is new age garbage, but rest assured its benefits are real, and science is backing this up. A 30-day visualization study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto in 1996 showed how effective it could be. Three groups of random people were selected to highlight their skills at free throws.
The first group was the control group. They shot free throws on Day 1 and Day 30 of the experiment and nothing else. Their success was tracked. The second group shot free throws every day for 30 minutes, and their success was tracked on day 30 compared to day 1. The third group also only shot free throws on day 1 and day 30 of the experiment, but with one significant difference from the control group. They spent days 2 through 29 of the experiment visualizing shooting free throws for half an hour. Their success was tracked on day 30 as well.
The results were amazing. The control group, of course, showed no improvement in their free throws. The second group that practiced daily showed a marked improvement as a result of their practice. The amazing part comes with group three. They improved almost exactly as much as group 2, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between physically doing something and imagining it in your mind.
Many people have expanded on this idea, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between forms of physical manifestation and your imagination. For example, there is no difference between imagining yourself rich and actually being rich, as long as the feelings associated with being rich go along with your imagination. This has profound impacts in terms of achieving your desires, with the idea being that you have first to imagine or visualize something before it physically manifests in your reality.
How to Visualize Better
Now for those of you who have tried to visualize something before, you’ll understand when I say that it’s very difficult to effectively visualize something if you’re currently not experiencing it. Using the example of money again, it’s very difficult to feel rich if you’re deep in debt. I mean you’re essentially being asked to replace your current reality with a made up one in your mind. It takes a strong mind to do it effectively.
What can we do to improve our ability to visualize and to actually feel the feelings associated with visualizing? Well, there are many suggested techniques out there, but there is one in particular that can really have an impact. That technique is taking action.
Here’s what I mean. Do you think it’s easier to visualize winning the lottery if you buy 20 tickets, versus buying no tickets at all? The answer’s pretty obvious. Again, it doesn’t matter what your odds are. The very act of buying the tickets is enough to trigger a strong form of visualization, feelings and all. That’s what I’m suggesting you do with anything you desire in life.
Now let me qualify by saying that it doesn’t matter if that action is successful or not. What matters is that you take it, because what you’re doing is psychologically taking a step in the right direction. Let me suggest some more examples to make it very clear.
Visualizing yourself as an entrepreneur will be much easier if you do something about your business than nothing at all. It will be easier if you take such steps as creating a logo, securing a domain name, looking for a loan or putting together a business plan. These actions will suddenly make your desire much more real and therefore much easier to visualize.
Visualizing yourself in a relationship is much easier if you put a profile on an online dating website. So will placing yourself in situations where you’ll meet people, or sprucing up your wardrobe, or going on blind dates. In the same vein, it suddenly feels real.
One final example, visualizing yourself as healthy is easier if you start exercising more. Even light exercise will make a difference. Same thing with modifying your diet, walking more or learning about how to be healthy. By taking the action you’re sending a suggestion to your subconscious mind that you’re moving in the direction of your desire. Suddenly achieving that desire doesn’t seem so farfetched. It’s like buying that lottery ticket.
So the next time you want to achieve something, first take a step in the direction of where you want to go and then begin visualising your life with that desired fulfilled.
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