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May 13, 2009 by Steve
“When you visualize then you materialize.” – Dr. Denis Waitley
This is the first of a three part series on my creative visualization insights. The whole intention of this series is to help you de-clutter your mind of limiting beliefs and unconscious programming.
The biggest blocker to achieve your goals has to do with unconscious programming. I mean some people are pretty lazy and that’s their excuse, but I don’t buy it. I can be lazy at times but I seem to do pretty well.
Success shouldn’t so hard – at least I don’t think so. I think it has more to do with your unconscious success mechanism than anything else. If I had to guess, I’d say that 95% of success is guided and directed by your unconscious. All the more reason to study and understand how to re-program your mind, don’t you think?
The Creative Process
Thoughts are the starting point of all your results. One of the most powerful ways that I have found to rewire unconscious programming and beliefs is by visualization – if it’s done effectively.
The problem is that many people don’t know how to visualize effectively. They make these tiny mistakes that greatly influence their end results.
Decide now that you will commit to apply and practice the creative visualization insights I’m going to share with you…. and most importantly, have some fun with them too!
Here is Insight #1.
Creative Visualization Insight #1: Consistency
Get into the habit of visualizing daily. This practice will help you plant seeds of thought. These seeds will grow into massive trees and bare the fruits of opportunity.
Consider this analogy. Let’s say your deep within the Amazon, in dense jungle. As you make your way through the jungle for the first time, there is a lot of resistance from vines and plants. It can be very difficult in the beginning. The next time you walk through the same path, it gets easier to walk.
With each pass through the jungle there is less resistance than the time before. It gets easier and the path through the jungle begins to widen.
How to Create Neural Highways of Thought
The same holds true with your mind. Each time you visualize you’re creating new neural pathways of thought. At first you may only create very thin neural strands, but with time and consistency these strands will grow into pathways and then highways of thought. It’s these highways of thought that become your new unconscious way of thinking.
When you’re effectively visualizing, you’re giving your unconscious mind instructions on new ways of thinking. It’s these neural highways that channel your most dominant thought patterns and beliefs.
The more energy and consistency you give to these new ways of thinking, the stronger the neural strand becomes. Repetition is the game. If you repeat a phrase, picture or feeling to yourself enough times, you’ll start to believe it – regardless if you do now or not.
The more times you bring up these new images on the screen of your mind, the easier it gets. Be consistent and visualize for at least five minutes every day.
Does it have to be everyday?
Well, think of the jungle analogy again. If you stop walking that path in the jungle for even one day, what happens?
The vines, plants and trees start to grow back and narrow the pathway, which draws back on your previous efforts. Even with visualization, it’s important to be consistent and visualize everyday to firmly plant new instructions into your unconscious mind.
What should I visualize?
Always start with your ideal lifestyle first. This is your end point. Choose the way you want to live your life before you do anything else. I explain this in detail in this post: Why Do You Want More Money?
The mistake that most people make is that they picture themselves in a career that they think they can get, instead of what they truly desire. This almost certainly creates a mental image that lacks any feeling or power and therefore inhibits or slows your results.
Instead, start thinking creatively. I want you to think outside the box. As you build images in your mind of the life you really want, a way will be shown to you – it always does as I share here: Will Vision Help You Escape the Rat Race?
To read the rest of this article, see Creative Visualization Insight #2