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How Visualizing Helps You Get What You Want

Updated on August 12, 2012

What is Visualizing?

In many of the self-help programs out there geared toward improving your life in any direction; one of the first things they suggest is to visualize your life the way you want it, or visualize what you want so that it will be drawn or attracted into your life. But what is visualizing anyway?

At it's most basic: visualizing is imagining something in your mind's eye.

You close your eyes and form a picture in your mind of something. It could be as simple as a circle or as complex as you standing in front of a crowd of a hundred people where you can describe every detail of every person you are looking at.

The visualization process takes focus, time, practice, and feeling. The feeling part is what some people forget to tell you about, yet is actually the key ingredient to exercises of this manner.

Why is Visualizing Important?

When you imagine what you want to the extent that you actually feel that you already have what it is you desire, you raise the frequency at which your core energy vibrates.

Vibration is key to drawing like energy into your life, thus drawing your desires into your life.

Visualizing is also important because it helps you identify exactly what you are looking for.

Let's say your goal is "I want to be rich". Well, what does that look like to you? Being "rich" doesn't look the same to everyone. It doesn't even have the same dollar figure attached. It is a very broad, general statement. By visualizing what it is you really want you will gain a better picture and understanding of what exactly it means to you.

Maybe "rich" for you means being able to pay all of your bills with enough left over to go out for pizza a couple of times a month. Maybe it means you want a mansion, a fancy car, and a big boat. Then again, a mansion to you may not be the same as a mansion to someone else. Are you starting to see how this works?

How is my "Vibration" going to bring me what I want?

Here's where it gets "tricky". This is the part that many of the motivational gurus dance around. They will give you vague meanings or interpretations, never really giving you a solid answer. Sometimes you might even catch yourself thinking they are talking circles like a politician, or that they are just trying to market their products to make more money for themselves.

There are many ways to alter your vibration:

  • Meditation
  • What you consume
  • Chakra alignment
  • Essential Oils
  • The music you listen to
  • The colors you surround yourself with
  • The people you spend time around
  • The quality of air you breathe (indoor, outdoor, countryside, city...)
  • Visualization

The list goes on (and on, and on...) However, we are focusing on visualization for the time being. So how does your vibration bring you what you want?

When you are a generally happy person who looks for happy, upbeat, or positive things; you tend to find what you're looking for. It is precisely because you are looking for it that you see it. The same goes for being negative. When you have a bad day it seems like one thing after another keeps going wrong. That's because that is where your focus is.

Your vibration can be identified by your mood. When you have a higher vibration you are experiencing better, happier, more positive feelings. You feel in touch with yourself, in touch with your higher power, and altogether better. You have more confidence. Little bumps or hiccups in the day won't slow you down or get in your way.

When you are operating at this level on a consistent basis you are more attractive! It's true! Just think about this. You walk into a restaurant which is full. There is a waiting list, which the hostess assures you will take no more than ten minutes before a table will be ready for your party. You agree to wait.

As you are standing there you watch the 2 waitresses on duty. One is cranky, short tempered, and rude. The other is smiling, using her manners, and has a spring to her step despite how busy she clearly is. Which one are you hoping will be your waitress when you get seated? The happy one! Right! She is more attractive and inviting because she is positive.

Because she is being positive her customers are going to appreciate her work, they are going to be understanding of the wait, and most likely give her a bigger tip. Some of her customers might even take it upon themselves to help her out by stacking their dirty dishes in a neat pile on the corner of the table to make clean up easier for her.

That is how your vibration is going to help you get what you want. It will make you more attractive and attracted to better opportunities.

Why Visualize if I Can Just Act Happy?

Come on now... I'm sure you've already answered this in your own mind. Acting happy is just that, acting. Have you ever thought to yourself that someone is being "fake"? Of course you have, we all have.

Visualizing helps you actually feel the feelings for real, thereby allowing you to be happy, not just act like it.

If you were standing in line at the DMV waiting for your turn to get new tabs and the line was ridiculously long... I mean you're number isn't going to be called for like 45 minutes to an hour long. You would probably feel frustrated, impatient, and negative.

Now imagine that you close your eyes while standing in line and allow the DMV to melt away. You imagine yourself somewhere beautiful like a tropical paradise beach. You feel the warm rays of sun washing over you as you listen to the soothing sound of the waves lapping over the soft sandy beach. As you do this you can feel your mood instantly improve.

When you open your eyes again you feel better. You aren't acting like you feel better, you really feel better. This could cause you to even strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Before you know it your number is being called and it's your turn!

Let's get a little crazy here and give an example of how this exact situation could be one of those that brings you what you want:

So, you've been visualizing that you want a better job. We'll just go with: you want to be an activities director on a cruise ship. Now as you're talking to the person in line next to you the topic gets shifted to hopes and dreams, goals, or something similar to where you mention that being an activities director of a cruise ship is something you really want to do and think you would be great at. Well, it just so happens that the guy behind the person you are talking to has a cousin who is in charge of hiring staff for the cruise line he works for and at the family reunion last week he was just talking about how they need a new activities director.

So this guy steps into the conversation and tells you that he could get your information to his cousin and BAM, just like that you have brought what you want into your life through visualization and positive vibration.

If you were just "acting" happy you most likely wouldn't have spoken with the person next to you, therefore you never would have had that opportunity land in your lap like that.

It Doesn't Really Work Like That, Does It?

Yes and no. I'm not saying it will always happen exactly like that. It was just a fictional example of how it could happen.

Visualizing what you want helps you gain a better understanding of what you want right down to how much it is going to cost to get there (if it is a material object or income goal). This helps you gain a better understanding of what it is going to take in "the real world".

Visualizing to the point of feeling like it is already yours is going to raise up your vibration, thereby raising your mood. This will make you more attractive and attracted to people, places, and situation which will ultimately help you reach your visualized goal.

Here's another example:

Say Sue is visualizing falling in love and getting married. She pictures her honeymoon on a beautiful beach in Hawaii. As she's walking down the street she sees a picture in a travel agency window of Hawaii. She stops to admire it and indulge her dream goal by drinking in the details of the picture. It is then that she realizes she needs to use the bathroom. Sue goes inside to see if she can use the restroom.

When she comes out of the bathroom she notices that the lady behind the desk is struggling to get the copy machine to work properly. Sue offers her assistance. By doing so she ends up making friends with the lady. They decide to go out for coffee and get to know one another better. Sitting in the coffee shop happens to be nearly the exact replica of the man Sue has been visualizing as her "Mr. Right".

Had Sue not visualized her dream goals she would have never been drawn to the picture in the window, she never would have made a new friend, nor would she have been in the coffee shop at that exact time in order to run into that exact man.

Point being: Visualizing does work. It does help you gain clarity on what you are really looking for and what you really want. It does help you raise your vibration to a better mood.

There is no time limit on how fast or slow what you want will come to you. Visualizing is just one of the many tools to help you get there faster and help you know what it is you're looking for ~ so when you get there, you actually know you got there!

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    • Mom Kat profile imageAUTHOR

      Mom Kat 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you all for the nice comments. I'm happy to see that my hub was so well received. I wish you all the best!

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      Nancy Yager 

      5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Loved your hub. It took me years and how many Gurus to figure this out.

    • greeneryday profile image


      5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Thank you for writing this hub, it really opened up my eyes, I got to learn something new today, and will start practice to visualize soon...

    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear mom kat

      Thank you for a well written article. I quite agree with you - visualisation is a very powerful tool in all manner of circumstances. I use it in everything from improving my performance in clay shooting to stop losing my mind when I was seriously ill some while ago and fighting all the mind bending drugs the hospital used.

      This is a very important article which will help many people.

      Voted up.

      Kind regards Peter

    • Joy56 profile image


      5 years ago

      I enjoyed that hub. Thanks for explaining what visualisation is. Good illustration with the waitress........ Interesting point you made about being rich. I never thought before that being rich means different things to different people. Of course it does........ well written.


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