Our thoughts are constantly trying to express themselves in our lives.
What we think ,we attract. Or become attracted to. Simples. You know this. I know this. Oprah knows this. But sometimes we forget it. We forget to be crystal clear about our intentions. We get sloppy, or maybe scared. But probaby just sloppy.
Fact is: we can use mental imagery to direct our actions and our life towards getting more of what we want and less of what we don't want. No biggy.
So, do you have a visualization practise?
Jim Carrey does. In the early 1990’s as a struggling actor he wrote himself a check for $10 million for “acting services rendered”, dated for 1994. Then Dumb and Dumber happened and Jim got paid exactly $10 million for playing Lloyed Christmas. Today he continually credits his success to constant visulaization -- using mental imagery to create clear visions of what you want in your life.
Jim's not the only not-so-dumb daydreamer. Everyone and their uncle are doing it. Say what you may about Oprah Whinfree, but while the rest of us were getting our preparation plans ready Oprah pulled herself up from poverty and became one of the wealthiest women in the world. She knows for sure that we should:
“ Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
I mean. Amen, right? But who here is actually doing this on the regular?
We've heard it since forever. We know that our thoughts are powerful creative forces. We know that we gravitate towards the shit we think about the most. We get it. But do we use it?
We do train our cardio vascular system to be stronger and last longer. We work out and stretch so that our bodies will keep working for us. We have savings accounts and pensions and wills; we window shop for houses and procrastinate like PROS . Honestly, “One day” is going to be the longest, weirdest day ever.
How can we communicate even better with our minds? How can we lift the ceiling of what we subconsciously tell ourselves is possible? How do we get the most out of all this wishing and waiting white noise?
With images. Clear, vivid, visuals.
There's always a picture pulling your actions in a very specific direction. You may as well think ahead and make it an image you actively, deliberately designed. And colored and signed.
The power of visualisation is real. By imagining yourself already having achieved your goals, you allow your thoughts and actions to follow suit, effortlessly. It's like magic but not.
Mental imagery and affirmations are used by athletes, celebrities, leaders and everyday dudes like us to focus in and mentally rehearse. Thoughts stimulate the nervous system in the same way that actual events do. Makes sense. The coaches of Olympic Athletes can tell you why. In the meantime, ...
Here's some help with a lil 10 minute visualisation exercise:
Get a pen and paper or have someone que you on the following questions and write down what you come up with. Take your time. Get super comfy and shift your attention from the outside buzz to the chill within. (granted, now might not be the best time to do this, in which case check in again later. I'll be here. Peace)
- Rest your attention on nothing but your breathing for a few deep inhales and loooong exhales. Now, pull up an imaginary picture of yourself. Any image. JUST IMAGINE YOU. If you need to put some time to it, picture yourself in like 2 years time. Avoid any and all limits here --financial, physical, mental, historical, geographical. This is really a World and Oyster situation. Don't cramp your style. Take the time. Get a nice ideal, romantisized image of yourself, anywhere.
Then elaborate. Start describing it:
· what can you see all around you? List everything you see. What does it feel like to be you in that image? If you're content, how come? Why are you so chill?
· What kind of people are in your life? What do they look like? Confident, comfortable, peaceful? Or how? What are they doing? What do they value ? How do they make you feel? What do they do to support you? What do you do to support you?
· What are your hobbies? What gets you to jump out of bed with excitement? How do you care for others? How do you take care of yourself? By doing what?
· In this ideal vision of you, how do others see you? Your friends and family and the wider community - how are you viewed by others? What do people appreciate or admire about you? When people introduce you professionally what do they say? What’s your bio? Write it. Write out your DREAM BIO.
· What do you do for 'work'? What do your days look like? Draw out the plan of your IDEAL 'work' day. From dusk till dawn, draw it out. Pin it, see it, save it. Keep it. Like Jim Carrey's check. And check it regularly.
Clarifying your intentions. Be detailed and deliberate about where you're heading.
You will get what you wish for. Tony Robbins says it:
“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.”
Namastè genies. Go create your highest vision.
And wear sunscreen for goodness sake.