We all know the drill.
Bring whatever it is you want into your mind. Money…a big house…fancy car…deep and caring relationship…new bike.
Whatever it is. Bring it into your mind.
Vivid. See, touch, feel, smell, hear it. Really get into it. Think about it. Visualize it.
Depending on what seminar you go to or what personal development gooroo you listen to, it depends. Early in the morning before you fully awaken. Late in the evening right before you go to bed. Sometimes, it’s even good to take a break in the middle of the day and take 15 minutes or so.
I guess it really doesn’t matter since the whole idea is to tell your subconscious mind to get it for you. How? No matter. It just will. Sooner or later.
But It Hasn’t Worked
At least, it hasn’t worked for me.
I’ve been visualizing 180 lbs for so long I can’t remember when I started. Pretty much the same thing for getting my mortgage paid off and having gobs of money in the bank.
I know. I guess I’m also suppose to carry around a picture or a phrase or sentence on an index card or something like that and look at it two, three, fifteen times a day to really, really implant this thing (or things) into my mind. Really visualize the thing.
Or maybe I’m supposed to create a “vision board” which doesn’t really have to be a board. It can be a piece of poster paper or even an empty wall. Any space will do, right? The idea is to rip out pictures from magazines and whatnot and paste them onto whatever so that you see it everyday. Hopefully, many times a day.
I used to do this with these “Dream Books” from Lindal Homes. I would drool over the things. I even went and visited a contractor’s model home for Lindal. Do I live in one? No. Am I close? No.
So, What’s The Real Deal?
My guess is that visualization can be helpful to keep you focused. You know, “eyes on the prize”. But, I don’t think whatever it is you want is going to come as a result of visualization. I suppose it might provide some of the motivation to keep going, keep burning the midnight oil. I don’t think it works as a sort of subconscious purchase order sent to the Universe for some sort of fulfillment department to send back the object of your deepest longing.
Many times when the personal development gooroos talk about reaching some goal or obtaining some nice thing (house, money, relationship), they leave out the part about going years and years without. Years and years of drudgery and working and beating their head against the wall. Maybe they just persevered (a good trait to have) or happened to run into the right people at the right time. maybe they did have the picture of the big house on a piece of poster board and then, lo and behold, finally move into that house.
My guess is that for every one story like that there are hundreds of more from people who really tried to work the program and nothing happened.