People, young and old, like to dream and hope and wish that they can be more successful and happy than they currently are. Whether you’re a young person just starting out in a professional career, or you’re an older person who is looking forward to retirement, there are many aspects of creating your own success. One such aspect is the idea of visualization – a technique that has helped many different people to achieve their goals.
What is visualization?
You have to have the initial thoughts about something in order to put your plans into motion. It’s easy to think about visualization as being this initial act that leads to thoughts and ideas which are much bigger. You might like to imagine that you’re leading a large company – these dreams are the things that push people to try and achieve their goals.
Does it work?
There are many simple visualization techniques and exercises that you can use. You might find that some of them work better for you than others. At the end of the day, it’s a personal experience and that is unique to you.
Whether or not the techniques and exercises work will also depend on your personality and the way you are. Some people are more likely to let their minds wander into thoughts of the future and what they would like to achieve, while others prefer to ‘live in the moment’ and not worry about the future. As a result, you might find that exercises that work for you don’t work for other people you know.
What is the best simple visualization exercise?
When you start thinking positively about the future and your potential successes, it’s important that you remember to get a balance with your thoughts. While being optimistic about the future is a great thing and should be commended and encouraged, you should also be mindful of the fact that you may feel discouraged at the prospect of your goals being too far away.
Therefore, the best visualization exercise if you want to be successful is to fantasize and visualize the things that you want, but in a very realistic manner.
Here’s my Dreaming Exercise
- Grab a journal and a pen or pens
- Sit quietly and comfortably for 5 minutes
- Allow your mind to still
- Ask the question: What is my big dream?
- Then start writing, drawing or doodling
- Focus on how you want to feel and allow this to guide you
Go as big as you like, it’s your dream. Don’t worry about the ‘How’, just go with the flow.
Give it a try and see how you feel!