Visualization: From Imagination to Your Reality


You have two minds– conscious, and subconscious. Your subconscious mind processes things at a great speed and you aren’t even aware of this.

The subconscious mind thinks in feelings and visual images. How it works is that when you set a goal for yourself, you also create a mental image of the exact thing you want and the feelings associated with achieving it. 

This could make it easier for you to achieve future goals. For example, if you want to get a new apartment, you can create a picture of the type of neighborhood you want to live in, the type of house you want, and the home decors you plan to use.

Creating a picture of what you want to happen is a game-changer. 

Visualization especially when it’s positive– thinking of what you want and not what you don’t– increase your chances of success dramatically. 

In this article, we outline what visualization is, and how you can use it to achieve your goals.

What is Visualization?

Visualization is the process of forming a mental image of a person, thing, or future event. 

Do you know you can build the self-confidence you need to perform well just by visualizing success? By imagining a certain event in advance you can properly prepare for it.

Daily visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly increase the speed at which you achieve your dreams, goals, or ambitions.

Visualization is quite easy.

You can sit on a comfortable couch in a quiet room, relax your body, close your eyes and imagine – using very vivid images – what your life will be like when you get the desired outcome from achieving your dreams.

5 Best Visualization Techniques (and How To Use Them)?

Here’s a list of amazing visualization techniques – how to use them to get better results in your personal and professional life:

Imagine yourself succeeding at your goals

The easiest visualization technique is to simply imagine yourself succeeding at your goals.

You may visualize yourself finishing first in a local marathon race, or becoming the president of your school’s student association.

Using this technique you can easily overcome procrastination.

Create Triggered Visuals

Our minds are very powerful and are very good at connecting experiences. 

For example, a particular song or scent can trigger a strong memory and a flood of emotions.

So you can decide to create your own triggers for your subconscious mind to act on.

For example, you might train for a racing competition with a specific playlist, and play the playlist during the competition to recall the visuals you rehearsed.

Make a Vision Board

The first two visualization techniques discussed involve internal visualization which some people, unfortunately, can’t do.

This is because of a condition called Aphantasia, which makes them unable to conjure mental images while others just genuinely prefer something more tangible.

If this is you try creating a vision board.

A vision board basically uses a group of images to narrow your focus and remind you of your goals.

For example, imagine you’re a 3D artist, and you’re trying to create and sell 20 arts per month, you can create a vision board of images of the entire process.

Write Yourself a Check

If your goals are monetary in nature, a cool thing to do is to write yourself a check.

For example, let’s assume you want to earn 7-figures monthly by the time you’re 28, you can write a check of $ 1 million and frame it.

Use a Journal or Sticky Note

Writing your aspirations in a physical note is a great way to make your images appear more achievable.

When writing your goals use active words, also try to sound specific, confident, and intentional.

For example, you plan to lose some weight within a specific time frame.

 A good way to put it’s, “I will lose 30 pounds within 30 days” instead of “My goal is to lose 30 pounds within 30 days”.

What Are the Benefits of Visualization?

By using visualization techniques to focus on your goals and desires you get the following benefits:

  • Program your brain to readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your goals.
  • Triggers your subconscious to start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.
  • Build your internal motivation to take the right actions to achieve your dreams.
  • Activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing the people, resources, and events that need to occur for you to achieve your goals.

How To Use Visualization in Your Goals

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Visualization is so cool because you can use it in many areas of your life.

Do you want to relocate to a new city? Start schooling at your dream university? Get your parents a new house?

Visualizing these things can help you achieve them. Here are some easy steps to help you start visualizing now:

Choose What You Want

Decide on a dream or goal to start visualizing. For example, visualize a successful outcome for the interview you’re going to attend next week.

Picture the Scene

Create a very detailed scene– don’t be unclear or vague– that contains all the specifics. Picture the scene as if you were literally there. What sound is being played in the background? What’s the color of the building? What’s the reaction of everyone in the crowd to your valedictory speech? Try to make use of all your senses. Smell, sound, touch, taste, and sight – make it more real for you.

Imagine Each Step to Yourself Successful Destination

Consider everything you need to do to be successful.mFigure out and imagine each step that will lead you to your goals. Pictue these steps regularly. For example, in an interview, you’ll probably be asked to talk about your career aspirations. Visualize yourself giving a summary about your short/long-term goals, how it relates to the company’s mission, and your interviewer loving your response. Go through the entire interview in your mind, focusing on how you feel in each step. Remember to focus on what you want and not what you don’t.

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