Have you ever stopped and noticed what happens before you make any decision such as choosing what to wear, what to eat, or even where to go? In order for you to make such decisions, your mind has to actually imagine these decisions being acted out, and it does so by envisioning you wearing different outfits, tasting different food options, or traveling and being in various different places.
This ability to imagine different possible future outcomes allows us to simulate experiences prior to deciding to engage in them. But what is it that actually helps us make the final choice? Our emotions. As we play out the different scenarios in our mind, we will get feelings that will drive towards a “yes” or “no,” and you choose based on what you feel is right.
The reason that our emotions are even able to be evoked while we imagine things is because will respond the same to things whether they are real and imagined. For example, if you were to imagine a scenario in which a loved one got hurt, it would disturb you just as much as if you actually saw them getting hurt. The mind sees and reacts to the imagined scenario because it is still actually seeing something, even though it I never actually happened. But the thought of it possibly happening is enough to make it feel real. The same goes with good things too: If you imagined your favorite food while you were hungry even though it wasn’t around, you would start watering at the mouth as if it was. Grandma’s cookies anyone?
What you focus your attention on determines where your state of mind you will be in, regardless of where you physically are. You can be staring at your desk and suddenly remember a childhood memory which forces you to burst laughing. Even though you were physically at your desk staring at it, your mind was focused on a memory, and for a moment, that’s where you actually were. The feelings of joy and the laughter that came with that memory emerged in the now because you were immersed deeply in it.
So what does this have to do with anything? It has everything to do with everything. Your brain is an organic super-computer that uses visualization as one of its primary methods of making decision: Images and movies are created to help you decide every decision of every day; evoking emotions, creating new ideas, interpreting experiences, replaying memories, and analyzing the “risk vs reward” possible future outcomes, along with just about everything you can possibly think of, literally. You are your own director, producer, and actor in this magical studio that you have in your mind, and if you could learn how to direct your focus to create effective strategies to make you win at anything in life, then you will becomes a true master of yourself.
The most important way to master the art of visualization is to use your imagination to help create a strategy to achieve a desired goal. Since visualization is the primary system that we use in order to do everything in life, how could we possibly set and complete any goals without visualizing a winning strategy first, then envisioning ourselves completing different stages until we reach the final one? We can’t.
Most people may vaguely see their goals in mind but they never actually create a timeline nor a plan-out a strategy to achieve them; let alone experiencing them as if they were completed. You see, not only do you have to set a goal, and plan out a strategy, you have to also imagine as if you already completed the goal. Without doing so no emotions can be evoked, and without those emotions there would be not positive feelings motivating you to go and achieve it!
Let’s test this:
I want you to imagine completing one of your most important goals or getting something you really want life. I want to you go into the future and imagine having exactly that, in the ways you’ve always wanted to. Step into the experience and notice how your life is different; notice how you feel because you have it; see what you would be seeing, and allow the experience to come to life now. Notice you are happier, notice you feel complete, and allow these feelings to flow through your body now.
Isn’t it great that you have the ability to feel like you’ve completed or gotten what you’ve always wanted without even actually doing anything but imagining that you did? That is why it is crucial for you to always imagine what it would be like to actually have what you want so your emotions will compel you to move forward and motivate you to take action so those goals and desires of yours can become a reality.
Without emotions driving us forward, there will be no action. For example, how is someone going to lose weight unless they have visualized themselves having a healthier, more attractive body than they have now? If they didn’t see what they could be like and feel that they must have that body, then they would have no incentive to get up off the couch, follow a healthy diet, and lose the weight.
Even though this may seem strange to some of you, realize that this is precisely how your mind has been operating your entire life. I have only brought it all to your attention so you now have the ability to go use the power of strategic visualization to be aware of the decision-making process so you can make better decision and focus more on your goals.
Everything in your life comes from what you imagine and visualize. The mind is an infinitely powerful super-computer that is at your command; use it wisely and you can achieve anything.