Visualizing is an immensely powerful tool that should be integral within your repertoire. It gives you an opportunity to create your own future. When you envision, you become more aware of what matters to you. It’s a whimsically magnificent little capability that all of our minds possess. Most importantly, visualizing is a cornerstone of a fulfilled life.
There are a great many benefits to visualizing. One of the greatest, though, is its ability to manifest dreams. You can do this by simply closing your eyes and seeing your life how you want it to be. Then, believe that the ideas in your head will in fact culminate. It sounds easy, but visualizing is only one step of the process, it must be followed by action. Otherwise, your visions will never come to fruition. They will remain as dreams and ideas.
Envisioning the future in an effort to create it might sound daunting. It isn’t. Seeing it is the easy part. The hard part comes when it’s time to take the initiative to make something happen. To use those visions to build something meaningful to you. Then to give it to the world.
You have to be resilient in what you actually do (action) as much as you are in what you want to do (visualizing). Seeing the future in your mind is only one one piece of the puzzle, albeit a very important piece. In 1997 on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Jim Carrey said, “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
-Jim Carrey (Oprah Winfrey Show, 1997)
Another perk of visualizing, aside from creating the future, is strengthening relationships. Sure, you can see your dreams and ambitions, but what about the state of your family, friends, and colleagues?
It’s important to remember that people are just as much a part of your future as is any goal or ambition. That being the case, you should envision healthy relationships with your spouse, significant other, parent, child, associate, customer, partner, boss and whomever.
Relationships can affect our moods, feelings, and emotions, therefore they should be treated with care. Focus on seeing your connections with the people intensifying and growing in positive ways. Envision everyone in your circle working together towards common ends. Remember, you have to take action towards bettering your relationships, visualizing is only one part of the battle.
Habits can also be affected by the art of visualization. The more you practice and fine-tune your visions, the better able you will become in adjusting your old customs. This is true both for knocking old habits as well as for adopting new ones. It just takes a small, consistent effort. You have to be mindful of what you want, then see it, and bring it to life.
Of course, like anything else visualizing can become tedious and difficult. It’s important to maintain a positive outlook so that you can continue visualizing positive outcomes. Even (and especially) when adversity presents itself, you must resiliently envision the reality that you want to experience. It won’t always be easy, but if you can remain calm throughout the storm, you will come out the other side a much better person.
The bottom line is that visualizing is powerful. It’s such an amazing gift that we all share, and one that isn’t talked about nearly enough. Visualizing can change your life for the better, or for the worse. Either way, you have the power, and it’s up to you to use it if you want to actualize those dreams of yours!