Saturday 1 July 2017

The Power of Visualization (Part One): Break The Inertia

I See Me At The Finish Line


Ever wondered why it is easier for one who has tasted success to succeed again and again? Such a person has built momentum. Such has been able to break past the speed (success) barrier. Such a person can, more easily, draw and keep the picture of success in his or her mind. There is a mental connection to it. There is a reference point. Success has been felt, smelled, and tasted. 

Hence, it is easier to replicate in the individual's subconscious mind (the silent miracle worker in each of us). The power of inertia keeps the train moving. Donna Levine puts it this way, 
"Imagine yourself as you would like to be, doing what you want to do, and each day, take one step towards your dream. And though at times it may seem too difficult to continue, hold down to your dream. One morning you will awake to find that you are the person you dreamed of doing what you want to do."
It's War:

When we focus on the picture of success repeatedly, with intent and the right emotions, it kills our Automatic Negative Self-Talks, that is, our doubts. As it were, we kill the enemy within. Remember the African proverb, “When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” The picture we focus on then sips into our subconscious mind, creating neurological pathways supporting our endeavor. 

This creates a sense of certainty, state, and disposition for success. The truth is “everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success.” (Genevieve Behrend, 1881-1960) That is if you harness it intentionally. Note the opposite is just as true. "Visualization is the great secret of failure." That is, if you allow it to run riot on you. 

Just as success begets success, so does failure beget failure, for as long as you don't shake it off. If the individual cannot get past the failure and get back to the old winning way, they might just be doomed to a tunnel vision of failure. The power of inertia works just the same. It knows no difference between that which is positive or negative. It is like the wind. 

It will blow us in the direction of our sail, irrespective of what that direction might be. We set the sail, the wind does the blowing. It is our responsibility to set our sail in the direction of our predetermined goals, vision and target. The wind will no do that for us. We have to make a conscious effort to set our sail in the direction we desire. There is no room for passivity. 

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." (Zig Ziglar) Nature pities no one. Actually, left to nature, everything is in the downstream direction. We have to row our boat if we want to go upstream.

The Choice is Ours:

If you are going to make it in this life, you have to take charge of your mental pictures - the stories you tell yourself. You have to take charge of drawing the mental picture of the success you seek. This, as it were, is a type of conscious daydreaming with a purpose. It is popularly known as “Visualization.” Others call it having a “Positive Mental Attitude” or "Auto-suggestion."  

It is taking charge of your conscious mind in a bid to take charge of your unconscious (subconscious) mind. At the end of the day, we are all (merciless) prisoners of the things programmed in our subconscious minds. We suppose ourselves to be rational beings, but unknown to us, we only play out that which has been prerecorded in our subconscious being (mind).

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