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The Power of Visualization: How Visualization Can Improve Your Life

Updated on December 10, 2011
Miner's Falls on my travel adventures.  Something I visualize myself doing more of.
Miner's Falls on my travel adventures. Something I visualize myself doing more of. | Source

Visualization seems to be a buzz word these days. Although I am a strong believer in visualizing what you want in order to achieve it and that there is no coincidence, I sometimes get tired of hearing so many people, especially celebrities, make these truly life changing and important issues trendy.

However, there is great power in what you think and picture for yourself. Have you ever heard someone say "I'm always sick." And they really are. Or "I never have any money." And they don't. Their thoughts and visualizations are energy that is driving negative energy toward them. Then you may look at others and wonder how they are always happy or never want for anything. The energy that you draw to yourself is created through your thoughts and images positive and negative.

Evaluating Your Life

So how do you create the life that you want to have? Thinking about your life and the things that you are unhappy with are critical to moving forward with change. For myself, I am constantly thinking about how to live my life as an example for my children and how I can be of service to others. When I went into teaching, I thought that this would be a wonderful way to help others grow and see value within their own lives and well as help children to discover the world around them and learn from that.

Although I love being a teacher, I have for the past several years seen a great decline in the morale and positiveness within my work place. Although I love being a teacher, it has changed a great deal since I started 14 years ago. With the unrealistic demands being placed on teachers, especially those of us working in urban districts, and the influences of the media and other social factors on children, teaching has become much less about teaching. Ideally it would be wonderful to move into a school district that has a much more positive working and learning environment. However with the way that school systems are set up, along with the economic decline, it is not that easy. So with that in mind, I am making my way toward being able to move into another area of work.

Easy Ways Visualize Your Best Life

So in your busy and chaotic life, how can you improve your skills in visualization in order to draw the kind of life, job, or relationship that you want for yourself?

  1. Make an image page. This is sort of a collage with pictures and words that represent the life that you envision for yourself.
  2. Spend 5 minutes each day picturing yourself in the life that you want. Make sure that you picture this down to the littlest detail. For example, don't just visualize being in a job that you love, be specific in your vision about what this looks like. Are you working from home? Are you surrounded by others or alone? Are you traveling? Be specific!
  3. Take five minutes at the end of the day to picture the positive things that are in your life and be thankful for them. Then picture adding to that tomorrow.
  4. Create an action plan for your life and post it somewhere that you can see it everyday. Next to the bathroom mirror is a great place for this!

My Story

I spend most mornings on the phone with my mom. We have great conversations about how we are doing with our goals for our life's work. During these conversations we share things we've learned, talk about what is working for us and what is not and providing each other with encouraging words. Just yesterday I was telling her about the realization that I had come to and how visualization had played a strong part in my excitement for my next endeavor.

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading Danette Watt's hub on gratitude. I try to practice gratitude on a regular basis but quite frankly it gets lost in the shuffle of my daily life. It is not ALWAYS a conscious part of my daily routine. I even tried starting a gratitude journal last year but it fell by the wayside as the weeks went on. So after reading her hub, I decided that I was going to try a few of those practices again as well as work on visualizing my goals for the future.

I started to begin each morning visualizing the type of day I was going to have, focusing on the positive. Along with this, I have been visualizing more exposure to my writing therefore generating more income in return. In this two week time period, I have had some interesting things happen. First, I had published a hub on creating a writing notebook for children. A fellow hubber, JimmieWriter, read and commented that she would be sharing it at The Notebooking Fairy in January. I was so honored that she felt that it was useful enough to share with others. I went to her profile and checked out The Notebooking Fairy. It is a great site that shares some wonderful tips on notebooking as well as printables. I could really see how I personally could find this useful for my own classroom. But even beyond that, I walked away with an aha moment. That she was graciously and selflessly promoting others' sites through her own. Now this may seem like something quite obvious to you, but for me it was transformational. I realized at that moment that I don't have to be in competition with others, that there is enough to go around for everyone. Even though I may have intellectually believed this before, I GOT it spiritually this time. So I owe thanks to JimmieWriter for being the vehicle in that life lesson for me.


Visualizing a better life for the whole family! (Christmas 2010)
Visualizing a better life for the whole family! (Christmas 2010) | Source

Other Visualizing Events in My Life

So in the past two weeks, I have had several other things that I have visualized that came to fruition. First, I have been picturing a particular sum of money in my hubpages each day. For the last week I have been within pennies of that amount. Now, I will add that I have been visualizing higher than what I had been typically making, and it has happened. On the one day that it did not (and I admit I was a bit disappointed but quickly let it go), it had been an unaudited amount and eventually changed for the greater. Back to the power of that visualization I had done.

The final event that happened this week was that I had a birthday. My birthday this year was unusual because we had a lot of extenuating family things happening that created a much busier time than normal so my birthday, although celebrated, came and went without much thought. So by the end of the week I thought to myself, boy it would be nice to have a delicious soup and salad lunch brought in for me for my birthday. Well wouldn't you know that one of my student's Mom saw me that morning and said, "Mrs. Ardelean, I didn't realize I missed your birthday on Monday. I'm buying you lunch today. How about soup and salad from Panera?" I had to pick my jaw up off of the office floor to thank her. Exactly what I had visualized on my way to work that morning. The power of visualization.

When I think back to less busy times, I visualized my future a whole lot more. The most significant life event for me involving visualization was the conception of my beautiful daughter Grace. Through two years of fertility challenges, the power of visualization aided in her arrival. If you want to read more about that life changing moment, I have written about it in A Journey into Motherhood.

This hub is as much of a lesson or reminder for me as it is for others. There is power in visualization a better life for yourself. Create the life you want to live through your thoughts and pictures that play in your mind. Keep at it, you will see amazing things happen as a result.


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I couldn't have said it better myself 4fathers. We have more power within our own lives than many of us realize. Sometimes it's hard to remember but it is important to always revisit and remind ourselves of it. Thanks for your visit.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the reread Mom! :)

    • 4fathers profile image


      7 years ago from The tiniest state in the union.

      LOL Don't you just love it when a plan comes together. Visualization is very cool. We just have to realize the power we have. Great Hub.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      It's been awhile since I've read this one. In fact, I'd forgotten you wrote something about this powerful tool. Great job. Good morning-how are you? We are heading out for the day, G & I and I'm just 'checking' in. :) Enjoy your day.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      So glad to hear it RetroBrothers. Visualization is an important part of working toward the things that you want to achieve in life. I have had some great success with it and wish you the same!

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      Martin Allan 

      7 years ago from Sunny Scotland

      What an interesting hub. Visualisation is something that has fascinated me for a while now and I decided to do some proper research into the subject.

      This article was very informative and I feel it has put me on the road to visualisation.

      Great stuff.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you found it a helpful reminder Doc Sonic. Sometimes when we get wrapped up in our busy lives we forget to stay focused and centered. I can say that I have been practicing this more this "new year" than ever before and I'm really seeing some amazing things happen for me. I wish you the best and thanks for the comments.

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      Glen Nunes 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Nice hub, cardelean. I read Shakti Gawain's book back in the 80s (way before it was trendy), and I've seen the power of visualization in my own life and in others, but I confess I'm not as consistent in practicing it as I should be, so this is a good reminder for me.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Yes it is definitely a buzz word these days Stephanie however I do believe in its power. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Happy New Year to you!

      It is so hard to keep the negative thoughts out when you are visualizing Mare-Renee. I always have a difficult time meditating and visualization is similar to that. You really do have to believe in it and be focused on it. The more you practice it, the better you become. Keep at it and thanks for your comments.

    • Marie-Renee profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks Cara for reminding me about the power of visualization. I learned about this from a good friend of mine and tried it for awhile but never really got the hung of it so I stopped. She said it was because I never really believed and after giving it much thought I realized that she was right...I was clearly simply mouthing it since it became a buzzword but never totally believed even when I saw how it was helping her realize some of her goals. Since then I believed in it, used it, but every now and then forget its power in my every day life. Great hub and voted up!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      cardelean, I have been hearing more and more people talk about visualization. So you are right that this is a buzz word recently. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and success. Lovely family!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      I know what you mean Aunt Danette. This one was a great one for me to write as a reminder for myself. Keep at it, even when it gets hard. That's what I'll keep telling myself.

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for mentioning my gratitude hub, Cara. When I practice visualization, it works. When I haven't practiced it for a while, I can really tell b/c my life just seems to get really off track. That's the way I've been feeling lately so I guess it's time to get back on track, write down my goals and get back to meditating and visualizing.

      And the image pages and journaling also are great tools in helping to manifest the life you want.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      I understand what you mean Bella Nina! The end of the year is always a time that people reflect on their lives and make some changes. I hope that you get some wonderful results by making visualization a part of your life. Thanks for your comments.

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      Bella Nina 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wonderful hub. Thanks for writing it. I think it is timely for me to have read this hub now. I'm wanting some changes to occur in my life, and this is really wonderful food for thought. Thx again.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mark, so glad that you stopped by to read and comment. The mind is EXTREMELY powerful and it's all the more reason for us to be in control of our thoughts. Being sober is definitely an important part of being aware of your life. So glad that you have accomplished as much as you have in the last two years and I'm visualizing that new job for you!

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      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Cara, what a wonderful hub and so well written too. You are right on it! Positive attitudes are few and far between in the world we live today. Visualization is a huge part of having a great life. I have come to learn this myself over the last two years being sober. As you and Mom know my life has changed so much over that time and if I were not positive and visualized my new life none of this would of happen. This hub will certainly help many people realize that the mind is a Powerful tool that all of us have, but some just don't choose to use it. Thanks for sharing Cara!!

      Voted Up across the board (except) funny


    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      LOL, any moment that you can take advantage of visualizing is a great one phillippeengel! And yes, the law of attraction, that is exactly what visualization is. What you visualize is what is attracted to you so make it positive! Thanks so much for your addition to this hub.

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      Deng Xiang 

      7 years ago

      That is an encouraging hub! Sometimes I have a low boredom threshold, and this is when I would visualize what I would be in the future. I visualize not only in reverie, but also in my dreams, in the train, in the bus, in the chair and anywhere. Visualization is indeed boundless, and somehow it does testify the existence of this thing called ''the law of attraction''.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      I agree that it is all within our power but I'm not sure that daydreaming and visualization are quite the same thing. To me daydreaming is random and with little or no intent while visualization is specific and purposeful. However, whatever you choose to call it is fine as long as it's working in your life! Thanks so much for your comments charfaris.

    • charfaris profile image


      7 years ago

      We all have the ability to visualize a better life, in my day they called it daydreaming. It works for me.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Ahyat, I appreciate your comments and encouragement!

      It's hard sometimes to be mindful that we can only control our thoughts and actions. We used to own a dance studio so I can relate to your comments. Thanks for your comments Flora.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      If only this worked with other people's actions. Visualizations are great for own's own behaviour, but try as I might, my visualization of telemarketers never phoning me ever again doesn't work...

      Seriously, though, I have had my fill of a stage mother of dancers in a dance group who worked with my choir this Christmas season. Sadly, I don't think she will let her children drop this studio anytime soon, and when I when we do work with dancers it is from this one studio. I would prefer never to see this woman ever again.

    • Ahyat profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Love it, keep it up and keep visualizing. Great hub!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome Simone. It's still a work in progress for me but I'm getting there. Glad you stopped by to read and comment.

      I understand thumbi7, it's hard for me sometimes too. Just keep at it and it will make a difference. If you forget, just try again. Thanks for your comments.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Brakel2, I understand what you mean about it being hard to break the negative thoughts. As much as I try to focus on the positive, the negative creeps in at times. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

      You're welcome Mom and I enjoy those chats too! Glad you had a chance to read it.

      Thanks Frank, glad you liked it!

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      JR Krishna 

      7 years ago from India

      Very beautiful hub on visualisation. I try to practice it but it gets lost most often. I will take it up as a new resolution to improve my days. Thanks for the beautiful tips.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      As cheesy and trendy as it sometimes comes across, I, too, am a HUGE believer in the power of visualization- especially sine (like you) it has worked out so well for me! Thanks for the delightful Hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      What a great HUB!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Cara, It turned out wonderful despite the late night hours! Great tips and examples. I was touched that you linked the birthday poem here. :)

      Rated up and across. What a delightful surprise to see Docmo here.

      I enjoy our early morning and afternoon chats.

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      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Love the hub on visualization. I am a visual person, so it fit me very well. I especially like the plan to visualize goals in the morning and plan the day accordingly. The emphasis on the positive also has a very important part in planning. Sometimes it is difficult for me to forget the negative, but I work on this aspect on a regular basis. Your article is very well organized and easy to read. It is full of fresh ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you Gail, I appreciate your encouraging words. My experiences the last couple of weeks have encouraged me to work even harder at it. I believe as well that teaching will be a part of it, just not in that platform that I am using right now.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow!! Truly awesome and inspiring hub. I loved your personal examples of the way you've been using the power of visualization in your life and of the recent results you've been getting.

      Hope your career visualizations for the future manifest soon. I believe that no matter what your official job is in the future, teaching others will be part of it.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Wow Docmo, great to hear from you! It's been a while. In fact Mom and I were just talking about you a couple of weeks ago, hope all is well with you.

      I'm glad this reminder came at a good time for you, it did for me as well. Wishing you all the best and I'm glad you stopped by to read and comment.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      This is once more a brilliant hub on the power of visualisation and positivity. I realise as I was reading it as I how always visualise a positive outcome in everything I do. I have been a bit slack in my positive visualisation lately and this was a timely reminder for me. Thanks. voted up and awesome.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      I'm so glad katrinasui. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub. I leaned a lot from this hub.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to slow down and give time to the things will help us most in our lives. Thank you for your kind comments K9 and hub hugs back to you!

      That's fantastic instantlyfamily! I'm sure that you enjoy a much more positive life because of your practices. Thanks so much for your comment.

      So true pilipuae! There can be a fine line between visualizing and daydreaming. To visualize you must have a plan of action behind those thoughts, not just a random wish or dream. Thanks for adding that great comment.

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      7 years ago from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

      Excellent Hub, There are two kinds of people in the world, people who dreams and people who do things. Need to visualize things you can accomplish and not to become daydreaming.

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      7 years ago

      Another excelent Hub! I am voting up. I also practice manafestation by visualization.

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      What an outstanding article regarding visualization. I adore that you took this into account when approaching motherhood, your family is simply beautiful. Spectacular story, vivid advice, and a truly excellent exercise in the quest for an improved quality of life. I garnered a big satchel full of knowledge by reading this. Thanks for motivating me to revitalize my power of visualization.

      Up and awesome Cara!




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