Today we will look at the importance of visualization. I have found this to be a very powerful tool for improving my life. Let’s take a look at it to see if it can help you as well.
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If you see it you can achieve it
Many years ago this was a concept that I could not grasp. I had little confidence in any of my abilities. It seemed like some self help happy talk. It took me many years to understand the power of this simple idea.
I gradually came to understand the power of this idea. I was fortunate enough to have a teacher who accepted and supported me unconditionally. I received positive feedback for any advancement that I made in mastering myself.
Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty of very direct and pointed “instruction” whenever I got in my own way. This was balanced with positive feedback when I managed to get myself untangled and advance a few steps on my path. Over time I began to understand the importance of having both types of feedback.
At first, it was difficult for me to accept that I was making any progress. My confidence was so low that I had to be convinced that I was moving down my path. Over the course of many years I gradually saw that I was becoming more confident and much more happy.
Slowly I turn, step by step
Gradually I realized that I was looking at my shortcomings much more than I was looking at my strengths. I guess this was one of my earliest visualizations. I saw that when I concentrated on my strengths I had little room for my shortcomings. Not that I ignored the shortcomings, I just concentrated on my strengths. By doing this I began to master my weaknesses.
Slowly I turned from looking backwards at what I couldn’t do and what I saw as failures. Slowly I turned towards a future of what I saw I could do. Step by step I began to travel that path into the future, and quit looking backwards with recrimination.
I realized that I was visualizing
As I began to travel my path I began to look more closely at my “successes”. I started to analyze those successes from start to finish. I wanted to know why I was more successful with some endeavors than others.
One of the differences that I saw was that I was visualizing my success. When I looked at the efforts that failed I realized that I had not been able to visualize their success. These efforts seemed like a good idea at the time, but I started on them without a clear vision of how they would be accomplished. I floundered around with a half thought out plan and wasted my time and effort.
I noticed that the efforts that were successful always began with my having a clear vision of the end result. The intermediate steps were not important. I saw that once I had a clear vision I would find a way to take the steps necessary to achieve the vision.
This was an important lesson for me. I did not have to see the steps. I just needed a clear vision of the outcome and the confidence to get there. Between these two things I knew I would get there.
I realized that I had been visualizing for a long time
As I realized the importance of visualization to my spiritual path, I realized how much visualization I had already done. Unfortunately, too much of that was visualizing failure, so that is what I achieved. However, it did explain to me something that I had done in high school that I had never understood before.
I used to play high school football. That was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. I was a starter on both the offense and defense. I had a strange habit of arriving at the locker room several hours before the game. I would be the first one there and get mostly dressed for the game.
Then I would lie down on a bench in a quiet corner of the locker room. I would go into an almost trancelike state and start to visualize all the different plays. I would visualize myself blocking my opponent and our half back gaining ten yards. On defense I would visualize myself tackling the quarterback in the backfield.
After an hour or so of this I was ready for the game. And I usually played a very good game. It was not until thirty years later that I realized the power my visualization had on the way I played. When I started the game I had confidence. That confidence came from my visualization of success on every play.
From there I began to look at other accomplishments in my life. These were from the time before I began to knowingly travel my spiritual path. I saw that each of those accomplishments was also preceded by a visualization of success and then taking the necessary steps to achieve that success.
We all visualize
Through this thought process I realized that all of us visualize. We do it all the time. Frequently we are unaware of that visualization. I urge you to observe your method for achieving success. Bring the power of visualization into use as the powerful tool that it is. I assure you that you will begin to lead a more successful and happy life.
Do you have any success stories or anecdotes about visualization that you would like to share? Please leave a comment and share them with all of our readers.
Have a great weekend!
Until Monday –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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