Creative visualization is the practice of seeking to affect your environment just by thinking about it. It is the basic method used to reinforce positive thinking, and is often used by optimists to help them realize their goals. Believers of creative visualization suggest that when you use your imagination or thoughts to visualize your desired result or outcome, and then doing it over and over again, it would eventually lead to the outcome that you’ve always wanted to happen. This sounds like a purely mental exercise, though many argue that this also manifests physically. The best example of this is when athletes incorporate creative visualization while training or during practice to achieve tangible results (e.g. a boxer may visualize the “perfect” footwork or punching form over and over again to complement actual muscle memory training).
While athletes provide the easiest example, anyone can exercise creative visualization – even you! Do you have an ambition or goal that appears to be unreachable? Do you believe in the power of the mind, and how it can aid you in the physical world? Here are some ways to help you develop your creative visualization techniques:
- Goal-setting. The first step is for you to set a specific and reachable goal. Avoid unreasonable, irrational and extreme goals, which are really not possible, given physical and environmental conditions (e.g. “I will lose 50 pounds in one week” or “I will become a millionaire by November, and I will do this by getting promoted every month for the next six months.”). Make it more realistic and specific like “I aim to get promoted this year so that I could earn more.”
- Look for a quiet place. Find the most tranquil, most serene area in your house. For most, quiet areas are the best place to visualize and meditate. If you don’t have a place like this in your house, and if you can’t concentrate in a noisy environment, go somewhere else.
- Get comfy. Look for a specific area where you can lie down or sit comfortably, then think of your goal and focus on it for about ten to twenty minutes. If you think closing your eyes can help, feel free to do it.
- Make it a routine. Go to the same spot every day to do your meditation. Set your schedule so that you could do your routine around the same time daily.
- Add stimuli. If you want, you can even add different stimuli like background music or scented candles, as these would trigger significant mental images that you’ve thought of in the past sessions.
- Document. For best results, you can write down everything that you saw after every session. Be as descriptive as you possibly can, as each document might help you recall some important images and thoughts.
- Think about your goal regularly. Every once in a while, think about the thing that you want to achieve.
All of these steps should eventually help you enhance your visualization skills. With enough practice through time, you may end up actually achieving your goal.