My journey, like most other things in my life, began with an article on my newsfeed claiming that creative visualization could change my life. It led me into the depths of a simple Google search, and once I made it out, I actually felt hopeful.
For those of you unfamiliar with creative visualization, it is a mindfulness practice! Think of it as your mind’s mood board. You actually go through the motions of not just imagining what you want, but how you would feel in that moment. The idea is that you’re putting this out into the universe, and one step closer to making it come to light.
There are different ways to go about it, but this is how it worked for me.
Get In The Mood
Like meditation, creative visualization takes a few good uninterrupted moments to get through. It works best when you’re in a positive state of mind. I do this in my home office by shutting my laptop and turning off any music. I sit for a moment quietly before starting the process.
See Your Goal
The whole point of this is to successfully visualize your goal. Once you’re relaxed and in a meditative state, start to think about your goals, one at a time. This is you preparing to receive the success that will accompany your goal. I know it’s easy for your imagination to get out of hand, but you should try to picture this moment as realistically as possible. This is the most important step. Take it in and hold onto the positive feelings throughout the day.
Make It A Habit
You really need to make creative visualization a part of your daily routine. You can’t just do it once and expect it to work like magic. Like many things, creative visualization should become a habit, and will help keep you motivated when it comes to goal setting and achieving those goals.
Actually Do The Work
Creative visualization is not the end-all, be-all. If you’re looking for an easy way out, this isn’t it. You still have to work toward your goal, but you’re doing it mindfully, which makes it seem easier. Plus, it’s like the universe has your back, so even if you don’t reach the exact goal, you’re at least getting close.
Reaping The Benefits
Practicing creative visualization has benefited in so many different ways. I’ve noticed that my outlook is more positive; when presented with a challenge, I tend to embrace it. It’s also increased my focus, which I really needed! I always try to keep the big picture in mind during the workday. I used to see a lot of menial tasks as boring busy-work, but my outlook is completely different. I see it as a task that I need to complete in order to reach one of my work goals.
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