Sunday, 26 July 2009

Visualization: How Stella Got Her Groove Back And You Can Too

"How Stella Got Her Groove Back" is a movie starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs. Angela Bassett plays the role of Stella a very successful, highly-driven 40-year-old single parent. She's persuaded by her close friend Deliah (Whoopi Goldberg) to take a well-earned vacation to Jamaica.

While on vacation, Stella meets Winston Shakepeare, 20 years her junior, and they start a romance. Their age difference, the responsibilities of motherhood and a host of other factors make this love affair rather complicated. But none of that is the point of this post.

Stella was at first reluctant to even take a holiday to Jamaica but then she saw a TV advert promoting the beautiful Caribbean island and was instantly transported. Stella wasn't just watching the advert. She became part of the advert. She was the woman frolicking among the waves, running along the beach, and sipping cocktails with handsome male companions.

In those few moments, she relished the beauty of her surroundings. She felt the tropical heat and the coolness of the sea. She could hear the sound of the waves.

In other words, she visualized what it would be like to experience a holiday in Jamaica. And, it wasn't so much the advert but the manner in which she used her senses to experience the advert and imagine what it would be like to be on holiday in Jamaica that convinced her to throw caution to the wind and take a holiday.

Albert Einstein said:

"Imagination is everything. It's the preview of life's coming attractions."

By "imagination", Albert Einstein was referring to what we call visualization. And he was exactly right.

Visualization is very important to the process of goal achievement. The more vividly, intensely and frequently you practice visualizing your goals the faster you'll be able to manifest your goals. As John Assaraf said:

"Visualize and meditate your way to success. Vivid visualizations are fuel for your dreams."

Visualizing is like daydreaming and the chances are that, when you were young, you were very good at daydreaming. But then, as you got older it's likely, that you were often told to snap out of your reverie. You may have lost your ability to easily visualize but improving this skill will greatly enhance the chances of you achieving your goals.

Jack Canfield said that:

"Visualization may be the most underutilized success tool that you possess."

But what makes visualization so powerful? Visualization helps you to tap into and unleash the power of your sub-conscious mind.

You know how sometimes couples joke about who really wears the pants in a relationship? Well, in your life, your sub-conscious mind definitely wears the pants. You may think that you're running things but the reality is that on a day-to-day basis you're actually in control, at best, about 5% of the time. Generally, it's closer to 1%.

I know. I found that hard to believe as well at first. But you basically run on a set of programmes or habits and your sub-conscious mind is running those programmes. So, if you don't have the co-operation of your sub-conscious mind, when it comes to goal achievement, basically you're screwed.

So how do you use effectively use visualization in the goal achievement process. You simply imagine or visualize your goals as already complete. This is why you need a clear picture of your goals and why using imagery such as in a vision board or a mind movie is so effective.

However, it's not just what you see when you've completed your goals. You have to involve all your senses.

And when you practice visualization on a consistent and regular basis you will become magnetized to the people, resources, and opportunities that will help you to achieve your goals. In other words people, resources and opportunities will be attracted to you.

Visualization will also sharpen your powers of perception so that you readily recognize these resources. In many cases, they may have been staring you in the face but you just didn't recognize the resource or opportunity for what it was. Your sub-conscious mind didn't realise it was important to you and simply filtered out the information.

All you then need to do is take action.

And that, in a nutshell is how Stella got her groove back and how you can too - through visualization. So what do you really want? Close your eyes and visualize.

Jack Canfield will be opening the Virtual Abundance Expo which starts tomorrow with a presentation titled "The Power of an Abundant Vision: How to Attract What You Want When You Want It". There are more than 12 speakers including Sir Richard Branson, Bob Proctor and Marci Shimoff for this special virtual event which you can attend for the princely sum of $1. You can check out full details from the link below:

Virtual Abundance Expo

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