What is the very first thing you must do before success becomes your reality? Do you need to sign up for an expensive corporate workshop? Or take a long trip around the world to find inner peace?
The reality is, the best thing you can do to bring success into your life will actually cost you little time and no money. Visualizing is a powerful technique for creating success for your career, life, and future. When you paint a very vivid, detailed picture of yourself already accomplishing your goals, you harness the power of positive thinking and visualization.
1. Your feelings are important.
Superstar soccer player and gold medalist Carli Lloyd of the U.S. women’s soccer team has used visualization many times to find success on the soccer field. She mentally visualizes scoring goals and attributes her accomplishments to “feeling good mentally and physically” before and during games–this allows Lloyd to make instinctual plays during games.
2. You can visualize what your life won’t be, as well.
Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and philanthropist, is known to strongly support affirmation. “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe,” she has remarked. At the same time, she also has made commitments in her life to avoid the lifestyles that did not align with her visualizations. After watching her grandmother work her fingers to the bone, Oprah would repeat to herself: “My life won’t be like this. My life won’t be like this, it will be better.”
3. Don’t be disappointed that not everyone will see your vision right away.
“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet,” says award-winning actor Will Smith. Although you may see your future success so clearly, it is a guarantee that not everyone will have the same clarity. Do not be concerned. Your vision is yours to have–stay focused and keep believing in yourself.
4. Say it out loud and say it proud: victory is yours.
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” Legendary boxer and sports icon Muhammad Ali regularly made visualization part of his life. Pay attention to his inspirational speeches–many of his famous words give you insight into his visualization process.
5. Don’t limit yourself.
When billionaire founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, was 20 years old, she envisioned herself talking to Oprah. Although the young woman had no idea what she was talking to Oprah about, Blakely knew she would spend years making this mental snapshot a reality. Then, in 2000, it happened: Spanx was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show–selected as Oprah’s favorite product of the year.
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