The Importance of Visualizing Your Own Success


Why it is important to visualize your own success? In this well-written article, Veronica will give you the proper answer. Besides, some practical tips and tricks on how you can practice visualization, she will explain to you what you should visualize and how patience and faith take place in your personal improvement towards your success.

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Every day, we try to motivate ourselves to work toward our goals and be productive. We push ourselves to get up earlier, get more done, and be better than the day before. Sometimes, though, things just don’t go the way we thought they would, and it can be a bit discouraging. When this happens, you may start to ask yourself, what am I doing wrong?

To really get to the bottom of this question, you first have to consider whether or not you can actually picture your own success. You may be going through the motions of taking the required steps to achieve your goals, but if you cannot actually imagine yourself succeeding, then you could be holding yourself back mentally.

Your own mindset is your most important asset when you are pursuing a better life for yourself, whether that be in general self-improvement, your job, your love life, or anything else you are working toward. The impact you can make in your own life just by adding ten minutes of visualization a day could be the difference between spending years going after a single goal or gaining what you want quickly and completely.

Why Visualization?

Ever heard the phrase that you “have to see it to believe it”? Actually seeing something, even if it is only in your own head, will trick your brain into believing it is true. For instance, try thinking of a purple monkey. Even though you know it is not real, just for a second you picture it in your mind, and therefore your brain has to briefly consider the possibility of its existence.

Plus, if you can’t picture your own success, no one else will be able to, either. When you actually take the time to visualize something, you are forcing your brain to create a clear and precise vision of what that would be like. This will help clarify exactly what you are going for, and make you feel more self-assured in the future. Other people will notice that change in you as well.

On the other hand, nothing will halt the pursuit of a goal quicker than uncertainty. Visualization is the ultimate tool to create a clear-cut plan ahead of you. You will also find that as the wheels are spinning inside your head that you start to unconsciously picture things you didn’t even know you wanted.

Of course, nothing can replace physical hard work, and putting in the time and effort when it comes to real-world problem solving and innovation. You can’t rely on your visualizations to do the work for you. At the same time, if you are only focusing on doing whatever tasks are at hand without any sort of mindset switch, you will not be making any real changes in your life.

Nothing can be more effective when it comes to initially creating that change in your life than visualizing your own success. It is quick, easy, and it can be done anywhere at any time. There is no real trick or magic to it, it is simply an important exercise that you can utilize to create a much more productive and positive path toward achieving your goals.

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Tips and Tricks for Visualization

  1. Find a time when you will not be disturbed: For most people, the best time to practice their visualization is either in the morning right after waking up, or at night right before falling asleep. This way you can ensure that you will have peace and quiet, and you also allow your brain a few minutes to process afterward.
  2. Be consistent: Nothing is more important in visualization than consistency. The more times you picture something, the more it becomes ingrained in the subconscious, and the more you start to actually believe it. If you are picturing your own success every single day, or even multiple times a day, you will find yourself truly feeling that it is possible for you.
  3. Use all your senses: When you are imagining what it will feel like to accomplish your goals, totally immerse yourself in that experience. Ask yourself not just what it will look like or feel like, but also what you might hear, smell, or experience physically in any other way. The more detailed, the better.
  4. Be as accurate as possible: As well as being more detailed, you also want to be specific. Visualize exactly what you want to achieve, when you want to get it done, and how you want it to happen. Imagine the setting, and who would be there with you. This will make it more believable for you as well as helping you plan it out in your mind.
  5. The more time, the better: If you only have five extra minutes a day to visualize, that is a hundred times better than doing nothing at all. However, the more time you commit, the more of an effect it will have. Next time you find your brain dozing off, you could experiment with refocusing it by spending just a minute or two closing your eyes and picturing your ideal future.

What Should I Visualize?

Most of the time, when you read about visualization, it leans toward picturing the biggest, most important things you want to achieve in life. While it is important to focus on those things, it can also be extremely helpful in daily visualization exercises to imagine yourself simply having the perfect day.

Each individual day of positivity and productivity is feeding into your long-term success. When you spend those extra few minutes each morning simply visualizing your day going exactly the way you want it to, getting everything done efficiently, and feeling good about it, you are setting those individual days up to create an overall improvement in the quality of your life.

That being said, imagining what a day would be like after you have achieved your ideal life can also be a productive exercise. Instead of just picturing the exact moment when you have finally gained your desire, focus on why it is that you think your life will be better after you do.

Lastly, there is absolutely a lot of confidence to be gained from doing a more typical exercise of simply picturing the moment when you complete your long-term goal. It fills you with excitement, motivation, and it helps clear up your plans to get there. If you are having trouble picturing the little things, try to just focus on that big feeling of accomplishment instead.

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The book is about visualizing the path to success in a way that is understandable as a layman, relatable, interesting, and with a logical and realistic approach.

Have Patience and Faith

No matter how much we crave instant gratification, anything that is truly good takes time and hard work. Impatience will only dampen the effectiveness of your efforts by adding those negative thoughts and emotions to the mix and riddling you with self-doubt. Again, visualization is a helpful tool, but it is not a magic wand to grant you whatever it is you are picturing.

If you follow the tips and tricks listed above, you can help quicken your pace down the path to your goals. Still, everything must happen on a realistic timeline. Try to always be on the lookout for when something occurs in your life that coincides with your visualizations, and this will be a little reminder that what you are doing is working.

The most important part of any visualizations is to have true faith that on some level they are making a difference in both your mentality and in the world around you. When you start to wonder about whether or not you are truly creating that ideal life, you introduce that second-guessing, which can so easily be replaced with self-confidence when you are regularly visualizing success.

Want It, See It, Get It!: Visualize Your Way to Success


Success comes from hard work, time, and effort. Yet, when you meet someone you consider very successful, isn’t there always something else about them that seems to come from inside? You can call it confidence, intelligence, or determination, but no matter what it is, it certainly seems to radiate to everyone they meet.

That quality is not something you are born with or something you suddenly acquire after you achieve your goals. You can build that feeling every day inside of yourself simply by choosing to picture yourself in that way. See yourself being the person you want to be, and slowly you will find that not only can you be that person, but you were that person all along.

You are not a machine, built to work and work until you have accomplished your task, and then move onto another one. You are a person with a complex web of emotions, complicated relationships with other people, and a deep pit of memories that only you hold. When you visualize what your life is like after you have achieved your highest goals, you personalize those achievements to yourself, and in that way, you make them truly real.

If you have never done them before, visualizations may feel a bit silly. Over time, though, as you see them start to have those positive effects on your life, you will begin to realize just how truly powerful they are. Even if it takes a while to build up that faith, do not give up on it.

Always remember that there is no better way to improve your life than to improve your mindset. Every day, be grateful for what you already have and gracious in asking the Universe for more. Smile even when you’re sad, and say thank you whenever you can. Finally, no matter what you choose to visualize, make sure it’s something that will bring you true, lasting happiness.

What about you? How do you visualize your own success? Share with me in the comments below!

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Veronica O'Brien

Veronica is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer and a recent college graduate with a B.A. in English. She specializes in wellness, mindset, and health.

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Veronica is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer and a recent college graduate with a B.A. in English. She specializes in wellness, mindset, and health.

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