Do You Make These Mistakes In Visualization?

by Wes

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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.

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Wade @ Herbalife is Expensive September 14, 2012

Great post Wes. I believe that many people spending time doing and not enough time being. The secret is to get the balance right, that is when the magic happens.


Randy Watkins May 19, 2013

Wonderful post Wes. I am making a post in advance because I feel confident that what I desire is accomplished and I will follow the trail of clues (breadcrumbs). I have been in the appearance of complete financial devastation for over a year now. This after making money for quite a few years in the top 5 percent. I got lost and stuck. I have realized now that there is some very important lessons to learn. The most important to be grateful for the gifts this situation has brought me. I will keep you updated. I know for certain that the idea of action is a stopping point for many. We are taught that action is the answer. Well, that is backwards. The thought and feeling has to be changed first and then actions are inspired instead of required. I will no longer give any power to appearances, only to my clear vision. Thank again. I will post again soon.


Wes May 26, 2013

It sounds like you’re on the right track, Randy! I know you’ll come out of this situation stronger and more confident than ever. Feel free to ask questions in the comments if you have them.


Angela May 26, 2013

Some really good points thanks! For me visualisation really does work, just like the guy who built the chimney I think its best to make that first action and inspire the change with your attitude!
Great post! :)


Wes May 26, 2013

Thanks, Angela! Someone once said that you can tell what you really believe by what actions you take. Visualization without action is magical thinking and isn’t very helpful, but visualization with action is very powerful!


Fiona July 6, 2013

This is very inspiring, Wes. I recently started visualisation to get my personal life back on track and to take things to a new level. The challenge I face is my mind is so crowded with different thoughts that I can’t seem to see each topic through, to maximise the visualisation, before I’m jumping to another. These are all big thoughts, should I try to just focus on one or work on some sort of amalgam? Now I don’t want to waste any time. Thank you, Fiona


Wes July 7, 2013

The issues you’re having with your mind are quite normal. Meditation and visualization are techniques that will help you tame the jumping around that the mind does. Most every meditation teacher I know says the same thing – when your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the subject of your meditation or visualization. Relax in the process. Don’t be critical of yourself for being just like everyone else! Taming the mind’s wandering is a life-long task, so be kind to yourself and just keep at it.


lando November 10, 2013

Hi are you saying that if i visualise that i win the lotto i will. But how will i know what is the right numbers to pick. Will it just come to me. Or will i just play and one day win the lotto because of visualisation.


Wes December 11, 2013

You’re better off visualizing an abundant universe and money flowing to you from expected and unexpected sources. Your chance of creating lottery winnings is vanishingly small, but the more general visualization of prosperity can work very well over time. You may have to work for it, too.


Ditiksha December 10, 2013

HEY! I’ve just started visualisation and i’ve achived alot. Great post and some really good points.
I’ve had one question for a long time, does visualisation work for oneself or it can work for others? as in can I visualize about others for example a friend recovering form a bad situation or somthing?
Thanks, Ditiksha


Wes December 11, 2013

Yes, you can visualize that for other people. I recommend that you keep the results you’re visualizing very general, as you usually will not know what the best outcome will be for your friend.


Surjit Singh January 14, 2014

Hi. I have a property for which I am unable to get a good price. What visualization would you suggest for getting a buyer and getting a good price for it?


Wes February 4, 2014

The visualization would simply be seeing a buyer that was looking for a property just like that. Keep in mind that visualizing a buyer at top price for a junk property is a low probability event. Be reasonable.


lay February 2, 2014

As stupid as this may sound, will visualisatiom work for physical appearance. I’ve heard it works for height growth and eye colour changing (even did the eyes for myself although they only got lighter and eventually went back to normal) can the face be changed or is that not how it works


Wes February 4, 2014

The question is – what are you trying to achieve with this visualization? Do you not like your appearance? Do you want to attract someone who likes your appearance? Focus on visualizing that.


Geena February 4, 2014

I have very strong visualization since childhood. My thousands of desires have come true unknowingly. Now I have very serious issue because of my negative visualization.My husband left me for another woman. I want him back but my conscious visualization is now not working. 99 percent I am positive and 1 % doubt. This one percent comes and stands before me. Please advise me. Did you ever hear anyone getting his or her love back through positive and strong visualization while the other person is in relationship with someone else?


Wes February 4, 2014

Why do you want him back? Wouldn’t you rather visualize having someone in your life who values you just as you are and won’t leave you for another? One of the greatest gifts I ever received was when my first wife left me for another man. She’s been happily married to him for over 30 years, and I’ve been happily married to my current wife for over 15 years. See his leaving you as the gift it is.


brajendra February 15, 2014

Dear sir…

I am very graetful to you.
You are doing very great job for human kind.
I am sorry for my any lingual mistake as English is not my mother toung…
Again a lot of thanks to you.


Phoebe February 23, 2014

Please help me I have tried and tried to make visualisation work but I must be missing something. I have a dollar figure that I have been trying to raise in order to achieve some very important small goals in my life. I have been visualising for many months and neither the small goals nor the figure seem to be any closer. I have tried imagining the amount in my bank account, on a TV screen, in my hand and see me fulfilling the goals accordingly. I have tried speaking the figure out loud, affirming my destiny, and spent hours and hours daydreaming how it would play out. I have tried to “do” as much as I can to prepare for the money/goals but feel like I am not hitting the spot. What am I missing ?


Cat June 21, 2014

Wes, I have been visualizing since 2007. When my dad and sister were sick, I visualized for their health and happiness, when I was changing careers, I visualized job satisfaction in a role of my choice. All of these things have happened and I’m pleased. Since 2008, I have been visualizing myself in a healthy and happy marriage, which hasn’t happened yet. Despite the fact that my ex-boyfriend and I lost touch in 2010, he continues to be the man in envision in my happy marriage with children (largely because he was the last mate that I viewed as my partner). However, I have been in a relationship with anyone in the last 4 years. I understand some changes take longer, but I’m beginning to wonder why it’s taken so long.


Cat June 21, 2014

Sorry, I meant to say I have not been in any relationships in the last 4 years.


Dee August 4, 2014

I am trying these visualisations, it seems so near yet so far away, I have taken steps to also move it forward, I believe you have to do things to make things work, as stuff dont just come to you. but to try and visualise it into the right direction, but also after reading some comments about partners leaving and they wanting them back, maybe the visualisation is not working as they was not meant to come back, but maybe you was meant to move on to some one new. As taking back some one who has hurt you will only repeat the efforts of before. just my perception. But I visualise certain big things that I was in life career wise. Although at times it seems impossible, I still keep hoping it will come true once day.


Wes August 4, 2014

You’re correct about visualizations not working to get other people to do what you want. That never works. You can visualize a relationship that meets your needs, a loving partner that you really care about, but you can’t fit a particular person into that dream and make them do it. As you said, you’ll only repeat the story over again. The best way to get a loving partner is to not NEED one. BE a loving, caring, happy person and love will eventually find you.


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