The most successful people use visualization to achieve the results they want.
Athletes, entrepreneurs, speakers, actors… they all use visualization as a tool to reach the next big level of success they want most.
Visualization is a tool where you imagine accomplishing the goal you’ve set.
It’s something that’s not taught or talked about enough, and I’m about to change that!
I want you to know how to visualize correctly to achieve the results you want most.
Here are the exact steps to this super fun science…
If you want to listen instead of read, here’s the podcast episode that goes along with this post — Visualizing Your Future Self.
1. Decide what you want
Decide exactly what result you want to create in the future.
Don’t look to your past.
Don’t look to your present circumstances.
Look to your future and decide exactly what you want to create if anything were possible.
I highly suggest writing what it is you want (essentially your goals) down. I can’t imagine not writing down my goals. There’s something in the written word that solidifies all the random thoughts going on in your mind.
Writing my goals down brings me clarity and makes it seems “more real.”
Resources for creating your future from your future:
- How To Stop Repeating Your Past And Design Your Future From Your Future (blog post)
- Design Your Dream Year From Your Future (podcast)
- How To Set Goals The Right Way (podcast)
2. Close your eyes and imagine having it
Imagine having the result you chose from the step above. Close your eyes. Go to the place where you’re living as if you have that result.
This will be awkward and clunky at first. It’s like coloring for the first time. You’ll be outside the lines and the picture won’t be very pretty. But the more you practice, the neater and clearer the picture.
What does your life look like?
What are you thinking about?
How did you get the result you want?
What feelings are you experiencing?
Where do you live?
What are your relationships like?
What is your business or career like?
What is different?
What is the same?
The most important part of visualizing is for you to feel having the results you want. It’s not enough to think about what you want. You have to practice feeling the feelings you’d feel if you already had it.
Your brain doesn’t know the difference between real or fake feelings (you feel the same fear watching a scary movie as you do thinking about quitting your job). If you can believe you have what you want (from your future), your body will experience it now. This will elevate your frequency and help you take the right action to get the result you want.
3. Practice the thoughts and feelings of having it now
As you start to do this, it will feel amazing. You’ll feel the anticipation of it (like you do when you plan a vacation).
This mentality will shift your identity. It’s a bit scary, to be honest. You’ll likely feel a sense of imposter syndrome if you do this right. This is normal. You’re creating an entirely new identity from your future, and your brain is simply going to freak out about it.
Once you get a sense of what that visualization looks like, practice the thoughts and feelings of having it now.
Do this in the present moment as if you’re already creating the results. Practicing this new thinking and feeling will give you an elevated perception of reality, and you’ll take action from the place of having the results.
This is how you actually create the results.
I did this scaling to six figures in my business. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it. Now, as I scale to seven figures, I’m excited and energized, but I’d be lying if it was super easy. There’s still the imposter syndrome and inadequacy that comes with creating something new. I’m not afraid of it. I allow it. The upside is that I get to have all the fun and enjoy the benefit of having the results before I’ve created them. I’m living as if my business makes seven figures already. It’s a trip. A really fun one, at that.
The more you identify as your future self with the results you want, the more you’ll live from that place and create the results now.
Resources for learning to have more:
- Creating Vs. Having Vs. Giving (podcast)
- How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome (blog post)
- Personal Development Free Course (free training)
4. Look for serendipitous moments
If you do this right, you’ll find evidence of it in your daily life.
You may not have the result the day after you start visualizing, but you will have little changes that will jolt you in a very surprising way.
I HIGHLY recommend reading Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza to fully understand this one. It’s a life changer and has a huge impact on my life (really, where I first learned how to visualize).
5. Schedule a time to practice visualizing every day
Don’t just wait until you find time to visualize.
Incorporate visualizing into your daily routine.
I do this every morning when I coach myself.
I do it for anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. It’s my favorite time. Super fun because it solidifies and reinforces the future I know I’m creating.
If you don’t make time for creating your future, you’ll do it based on your default thinking of the past.
A Final Note!
The result of visualizing is that your body will start to live as if you have the results you want.
Instead of creating more of the past, your brain will use your visualizations to create your future, so you can design the exact life you want.
You’ll be inspired and take the right action to completely change your life instead of doing more of the wrong action that’s getting you the results you want now.
I can’t say enough positive things about visualization because it’s helped me go from burned out lawyer to multi-six-figure life and business coach. I do this every day as a practice, and I’m so excited for my future because I know it’s completely up to me to create.
The only place the future can ever exist is in your mind. If you want a different future, practice visualizing the having of it. Then live like you have it and watch yourself create it.
Bonus Tip: Check out the podcast on How To Create An Alter Ego for a different spin on a similar concept, where you practice creating an alter ego to help you become the person who has the results you want most.