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How Visualization Helps You Reach Your Goals and Makes Your Dreams Come True.

Updated on December 11, 2009

Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Visualization is the act of recalling or forming mental images or pictures in your mind. It is one of the most powerful tools you have in turning your dreams, goals and desires in to reality. Using this technique will greatly expedite the achievement of any goal you may have. The three ways in which visualization helps us realize our dreams are

  1. It activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind.
  2. It focuses your brain by programming its reticular activating system, or RAS, so that it notices the resources that are always available to you but likely unnoticed.
  3. It magnetizes and attracts to you everything you need to achieve your goal such as resources, people and opportunities.

Now some of you may still be stuck on RAS and wondering what that is. Lets take a quick look at exactly how this works. At any given time, there are about 8 million bits of information flowing into your brain. Of course, the majority of this is just excess because you don't have the time to pay it much attention, nor do you need to. So your brain's RAS has a filtering system that only allows into your conscious awareness the bits of information that can help it survive and achieve your goals.

Your RAS knows what to filter in to help you in the achievement of the goals you have set that you consistently visualize and affirm. It also lets in anything matching your images and beliefs about yourself, others, and the world around you. Your creative subconscious doesn't think in words. It only thinks in pictures. Therefore, your brains RAS system can only work for you if you are giving it exact pictures of what you desire. So when you visualize you are giving your brain the details of what it is to manifest and it will seek out and capture all the necessary information to bring the picture you have given it into your reality. If you are consistently giving your RAS beautiful, exciting, loving pictures, it will work to achieve those things, but be careful the same goes if you are always feeding it negative, fearful, anxious images as well.

When you regularly visualize your goals as already completed, such as living in your new house on the lake or walking down the aisle with your perfect mate, you are actually creating a conflict in your subconscious mind regarding what you are visualizing and what you currently have. Through your consistency, your subconscious mind works to resolve this conflict. Since your subconscious mind is under your control, it has to obey you! It can not change the pictures you are giving it to match your reality, therefore it's only option is to change your reality to match the pictures you are giving it, aka: your visualization.

Over time, this conflict intensifies and three things actually begin to happen.

  1. As we stated earlier, your brains RAS is programmed to start letting anything that will help you achieve your goals into your conscious awareness.
  2. Your subconscious mind is activated to create solutions, answers, ideas and ways of getting the goals you want.
  3. It creates levels of motivation deep within in you that are stronger than those created by your conscious mind.

Once this process starts to occur, you will start to see things happening that are actually the process of your dreams turning in to your reality. You will start to wake in the morning with new ideas. Ideas will just start coming to you almost without any effort on your part. You'll get new ideas while your in the shower or driving to work or taking a walk. Take note of these ideas and do not let them slip by the wayside. You'll also notice that you are almost unexpectedly doing things that will help you reach your goal. You'll start volunteering for new assignments at work, you'll open up more in public, introduce yourself to people you are standing in line with, raise your hand in class, take more risks, start saving money for things you want, driving a new route or shopping at a new store. Take notice and pay attention to these things and you can literally watch the manifestation of your desire as it unfolds!

© Anglfire693, 2009


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    • Insane Mundane profile image

      Insane Mundane 6 years ago from Earth

      It was interesting to read how you think visualization helps you reach your goals and makes your dreams come true. ...And yes, imagination is a powerful thing. Nice hub; cheers!

    • peanutroaster profile image

      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Its good to have goals. I don't know about visualizing kitchen appliances under the Christmas tree though.

    • KenWu profile image

      KenWu 7 years ago from Malaysia

      This is a good written article about the subconscious and visualization tool. Thanks for that.

    • Aris Budianto profile image

      Aris Budianto 7 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

      You're right visualization is real powerful. thanks for this great hub

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub! Good job!