"Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose" - Bo Bennett
Visualization has been documented and used successfully throughout our history to create and manifest a desired change, result, or set of circumstances. Quite simply, the term 'making your dreams a reality' has never been more achievable. The art of visualization centres around creating and seeing clear, vivid, and detailed images in your mind. The clearer the picture or mental movie you can create, and the more emotion attached to it, the quicker it will begin to manifest through the Law of Attraction.
My first foray into such subject matter came in the form of a book called, ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. Its message, highlighting the Law of Attraction, was apparently something drawn upon for years, decades, even centuries. To the enlightened, this was no secret!
"Visualization is the process of creating pictures in your mind of yourself enjoying what you want. When you visualize, you generate powerful thoughts and feelings of having it now. The law of attraction then returns that reality to you, just as you saw it in your mind" - Rhonda Byrne
Since that day almost 12 years ago, as if a new door had been opened, I began seeing similar messages and stories in the form of other authors, books, blogs, podcasts, successful business owners, entrepreneurs, athletes, celebrities, and many more. This was not something new! In fact, almost all success stories made reference to mental rehearsal, or a visualization routine. Many athletes before a big competition will mentally rehearse very vivid and detailed images of their performance. They will run-through their full performance with absolute clarity and precision, engaging all of their senses. World Champion Golfer, and considered one of the best golfers of all time, Jack Nicklaus has said: "I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head". Then there’s Jim Carrey the actor, who started off in Hollywood broke and out of work . He wrote himself a check for $10 million dollars and dated it for Thanksgiving 1995. He then carried that check around in his wallet for over 3 years looking at it every single day. Six months before Thanksgiving in 1995, he earned his $10 million dollars and big break in a now Hollywood comedic classic, Dumb and Dumber.
"I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualize and go eat a sandwich" - Jim Carrey
Research has revealed that mental practice is almost as effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. After learning about the art of visualization and Law of Attraction, I thought, it’s time to begin the practice of visualization and manifesting my future.
"Creative visualization works" - Oprah Winfrey
Fast forward to the present day, and I'd say it's a practice that seems to come and go based on the stage or circumstances I find myself in. However, my first and most impactful experience will forever be a reminder that no dream is too big! Here goes: In August 2005 I moved from Scotland to Lamoni, Iowa, USA to attend Graceland University on a soccer (football) scholarship. My move to America coincided with my idol David Beckham's switch to the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS). Having read 'The Secret' in early 2006, I decided to create a Vision Board that would have pictures of my goals, dreams, and ambitions, for me to see and internalize daily. I made the habit of staring at it intently each night before closing my eyes and imagining scenarios. At the time, my soccer had been going well, and my goal was to play for my nearest MLS team, the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC). I visualized myself in the kit, standing in the pre-game huddle, playing in the stadium, and receiving passes from the stars of the team. On my board was a photo of the team huddle, a player with my head as a replacement, and also a photo of David Beckham! YES, another big goal was to play against, play with, and/or meet the great Becks, and playing MLS was my ticket!!! In short, after two very successful University soccer seasons I had gained somewhat of a reputation and was given a trial opportunity which led to me signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Wizards! SAY WHAAAAT!! Wait, it gets better!!! I had to overcome a couple injuries early on before seeing regular action for the reserves. This then led to a handful of opportunities as a substitute for the First Team, yet I saw no playing time. I had been eagerly awaiting my first taste of the big time when low and behold, the LA Galaxy and the David Beckham circus came to town. Our game was switched to the Kansas City Chiefs American Football Stadium to accommodate upwards of 30,000 spectators. It was also a game in which my former University teammates, University friends, and even my own family visiting on holiday, were in attendance. This was it, it had to be! The Law of Attraction was in full effect, right? Well, at around the 60 minute mark I was given the nod to get ready. I warmed up full of nerves and excitement. Then it was time. I made my debut in the most perfect of circumstances, as if by design. We won the game 2-1. I chased my hero and idol, David Beckham, down to trade jersey's however he'd promised it to some lucky young kid...fair play Becks! The next day, as I'm still in the clouds, guess what happened. The main local newspaper had the most perfect image of me shielding the ball from Beckham as its main feature photo. Dreams do come true! And the rest was history as they say...
Here’s how to get started:
ONE Established and state very clear and specific goals and/or feelings you want to achieve.
TWO Apply the great Brian Tracy’s philosophy of; Frequency, Duration, Vividness and Intensity to your visualization practice.
FREQUENCY - The number of times you visualize a particular goal as achieved. You can do this first thing in the morning, last thing at night, when walking the dog, running, exercising, or meditating. Aim for a minimum of twice daily.
DURATION - Length of time you can hold the picture in your mind. The longer you can hold a clear picture, the better and faster it imprints in your brain.
VIVIDNESS - How clearly you can see your desired result in your mind, this is similar to the ‘Law of Attraction’. When your visualization is more vivid, the quicker it will materialize in the world around you.
INTENSITY - The amount of emotion you attach to your mental image.
THREE To support the ‘vividness’ and ‘intensity’ of your visualization, see it happening right NOW. Imagine what it would be like, think of the scene, capture as much detail as you can (who’s there, where are you, what it looks like, how it feels, what are you wearing, what does it smells like, what are you hearing, what's the weather like) making sure to use all of your senses.
FOUR Create a vision board. A vision board is a collage of the goals and feelings you desire in your life. It’s important to keep this board in a place that you will constantly see it. Use pictures and quotes to convey your message. The more you see it, the more frequent your visualizations will come about. Vision boards have the ability to create clarity and focus and a higher energy surrounding what you really want.
"An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals" - Brian Tracy
Visualization and the Law of Attraction is no secret. As children we had wild and vivid imaginations. We were dreamers, that played in mud kitchens, pretended to be firemen, dinosaurs, ballerinas, and airplanes. Yet somewhere along the line, as we got older, we were told to grow-up. To suppress such fanciful ideas, and to show a level of maturity and realism. It’s in moments like these where we must unleash our inner child and supercharge our vivid imaginations. Dream big, create the picture, see it in as much detail your brain can muster, believe in what you see. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. What is there to lose?......
What is there to gain?