Tuesday 4 July 2017

The Power of Visualization (Part Two): We Take Charge

Framing My Future Self

The Mind is the Battlefield :

So, if we want to take over the reins of life and stir it where we choose. The battle of life is not with another human being. It is with our own self. Our doubts, negative history, and preprogramming. "Our choices decide our direction and carve a path for our personal lives and our careers." (Michael Thomas Sunnarborg) The battle is in our own mind. The question is, "what is programmed in our subconscious mind?" For, our subconscious mind is the silent worker, shaping and molding our lives according to its programming.

The beauty, however, is, "It can be reprogrammed." That is the underlining principle behind "brainwashing, advertisement, etc." This is a well-studied principle and continues to fascinate powers that be as each seeks to gain dominance. Visualization is the act of using the same principle to our own advantage. "Your ability to visualize your success is tied to your ability to actually achieve success." (Dr. Magdalena Battles)

The Picture is the Message:

The more we place a picture before us, believing in its possibility, the more it begins to sink into our subconscious mind gearing it up to action. The subconscious mind goes to work generating ideas, means, and ways of bringing that which we seek to pass. It begins to make us more comfortable with the actions along our desired path. This works regardless of the picture we put in front of us. It can either make us or mar us. That is why true living is taking charge of this to the end we desire.

"No one chooses his parent or childhood, but you can choose your own direction. Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome." (Anonymous) The key thing is taking charge. That is telling ourselves the stories that enable us - stories of success; stories of a better tomorrow. We have to create the right mental models for our future. We create the life we want. We create the future we want. We create the outcome we want. We call on the entire latent potential resident on the inside of us to rise to the occasion of life.
Killing the Enemy Within:

We give the charge to our subconscious mind to rise. We condition it to be our ally, not our foe on the journey of life. "You can do anything in life you set your mind to, provided it is powered by your heart." (Doug Firebaugh) Remember, if you can see the invisible, you can have the impossible. Visualization is the way by which you consciously look into that which is yet invisible, in a bid to bring it into the visible realm. It is a way to close the gap between where you presently are and where you want to be.
It is a way of creating in one's self the state, disposition, and feelings required to be that which you seek. 

It is the way of telling yourself it is possible. You are possible. Arundhati Roy says, "The only dream worth having, I told her, is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead." The power of visualization helps us kill every doubt and negative notion standing in our way to success. We begin to see ourselves, as we will be if and when we overcome our fear, or whatever else we might want to overcome in life. 

Positive Self Direction:

How do we want to look? What will we want to do? How will we want to feel? How will we want others to perceive and relate with us? What kind of interaction will we want to be taking place in us? How will we want to feel about ourselves when our dream comes to pass? We can envisage all these and more. Then place the picture before our eyes and allow it to motivate us. That is called "Positive Self Direction." "Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals." (Denis Waitley)

We keep the "locus of control" in our own being, and not elsewhere. We take responsibility for the results we desire. We take responsibility for the harvest by planting the appropriate seeds today.

© 2016 Akin Akinbodunse

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