The con men that promise quick, easy, effortless solutions have left a lot of people convinced that visualization doesn’t work.
And it doesn’t – their way.
It does work, and you should use it. But it’s not magic, so it’s important to understand what it does, and why.
Here’s some of the most common mistakes and how to use it right.
Mistake #1: Creation By Visualization
Many people think, because the con men told them, that they can just visualize stuff into existence.
So they visualize with enthusiasm, day after day, and nothing happens. The object of their affection – a person, place or thing – fails to magically appear.
Let me be blunt: you can’t visualize stuff into existence.
Man, if it was that easy, “we’d all be drinkin’ that free Bubble-Up and eatin’ that rainbow stew,” in the immortal words of Merle Haggard!
There will be work in the form of action steps being required.
But before you even get to the action steps, you’ve got to avoid this next mistake.
Mistake #2: Seeing the Goal as Something You Don’t Have
Lots of visualization courses teach that “you should see yourself in the movie of your mind.”
So people create a mental image of themselves like they were watching themselves in a movie.
Unfortunately that’s supporting the idea that someone else, not you, has the goal and you’re watching them.
Here’s some good advice from Dr Robert Anthony: “Only vivid imagery in the first person and in the present tense changes our reality.”
What that means is that you see through your own eyes in the vision and you see yourself as already having and currently enjoying the goal, whatever it is.
Follow Dr Anthony’s instructions. Put yourself IN the movie and participate in the movie.
Don’t be a spectator, be the star! That’s what “first person, present tense” means.
When you experience your dream that way, your mind finds that easier to believe and will go to work to make it a reality.
If your vision is to take a cruise, walk up the gangplank, see the people, hear the ship noises, smell the ocean, feel the sun and the breeze on your face.
Make it as sensory rich as you can. Then when it happens you’ll feel like you’ve been there before, many times. Because you have!
Earnest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, put it this way: “We cannot demonstrate life beyond our mental ability to embody…As water will reach only its own level, so our outward conditions will re-produce only our inner realizations.”
So when we know we have it – really KNOW – then we’ve created the right mental conditions to make it easy for the goal to be achieved.
We have the “inner realization” that Holmes mentions.
Mistake #3: Not Taking The Required Actions
What the inner realization does is not necessarily change the outer Universe, but it does change our inner mental Universe.
Our subconscious mind is a filter. We receive many more sensory inputs that we can deal with, so the subconscious mind decides what we see and discards the unimportant items.
You’ve probably heard the common story about deciding to buy a new car, and suddenly you see them everywhere!
It’s not because they suddenly appeared, they were always there.
But now you’ve told your subconscious that they’re important, and so you see them.
Your clear vision and certainty about your goal will tell your subconscious to be on the lookout for the things you need.
When they show up, take action. Wallace Wattles says that not linking vision with action is what keeps many people stuck.
We want to avoid that and be alert for clues about what we need to do.
In her wonderful book, “Your Invisible Power” Genevieve Behrend tells of her need to raise $20,000 to go to England to study with Thomas Troward.
She had no idea how to get the money, which in the 1920’s was a big sum.
Walking down the street in New York one day, pondering this situation, she had the realization that when she owned it in her mind, it was hers.
That thought stopped her in her tracks.
She had been playing with counting out the (imaginary) money every night, but this insight changed the way she looked at it.
That night when she counted out the 20 $1,000 bills, she did it with confidence and certainty.
She had the inner realization.
She still had no idea where it would come from, but at that point she knew it didn’t matter.
And within a few days she had an idea, and circumstances arose, and she followed those ideas like a trail of bread crumbs.
In less than 6 weeks she had the money in the bank.
She had programmed her subconscious and she took action.
Here’s a story from Richard Lynch that also illustrates the power of combining vision and action.
“It is easy enough to have vision; almost anyone can have one.
“But a vision will not stay with the person who doesn’t believe in it enough to bend every effort toward its fulfillment.
“Persistent action must back it up, otherwise it’s just a wish, not a determined conviction.
“I know a man who built himself a cottage on the shore of a lake.
“Someone liked it and wanted to buy it, so the man sold it and built another one.
“The same thing happened to the second one. He built another and another and soon quite a group had been built and sold.
“Someone suggested that a hotel was needed to complete the development.
“One day the man was seen building a huge chimney out in the middle of a large cleared space.
“When asked why he was doing something so strange, he answered that when he got the money he would build a hotel around it!
“Needless to say, the hotel was built. This is what I mean by ‘working out the vision.'”
You see that Lynch was pointing out that the hotel already existed in the man’s mind, and he was constructing the chimney as a start.
Most people would wait until they had all the money, but that’s not the best way.
Building the chimney, taking positive action, tells your mind and the Universe that you’re serious!
When you’re serious, you become unstoppable.
Do you have any visualizing stories? Leave a comment below.