Visualizing what you want allows your imagination to take shape.
The ideas and images you create through your mind allow you to see what’s possible.
Forming ideas into mental pictures can become your map charting out your next steps in reaching your goals.
When you create the images in your mind of what you want to achieve, the next step is using your body through embodying what it would look like, smell like, feel like and what you will hear when you are living out your dreams.
I used visualization techniques throughout my life.
I held the dream of playing Division I soccer in college when I was growing up.
I embodied being a collegiate athlete for years through making choices in playing for premiere teams and going to soccer clinics and spending most of my time with my teammates who also shared a similar vision.
I made this dream a reality and our university team even went to the NCAA tournament (which was another dream of mine).
I used visualization for career goals. My professional goal at the time was to become an advocate for women and children on a national level.
I visualized what I would wear, where I would work and who I would meet.
From this dream, I chose employment opportunities in alignment with these goals. I worked for the Mayor of Milwaukee, I was an AmeriCorps volunteer for the National Advocacy Center in DC and ultimately, I was part of a justice and peace team working on behalf of women and children at the United Nations.
I dreamt what I wanted and made it happen.
Actualizing my dream even had National Advocacy as part of the organization’s title.
How about that for visualization.
I continue to use visualization when training for marathons, for preparing for a trips to even how I plan out my day.
“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”-Muhammad Ali.
When you practice visualizing what you want, you can make it happen.
Some visualization techniques you can easily practice:
- Create a vision board.
- Write a check to yourself in the amount of what you desire every day and see what happens.
- Write down your goals every day.
- Keep a gratitude journal. You’ll begin seeing more of what you want in your life.
- Sit quietly for 5 minutes and move through your 5 senses in what it would feel, smell, hear, touch and see when you are living out your goals. Be specific as possible.
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