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Visualize the Life You Want to Live

"Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible." ~ Cherie Carter-Scott

"Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin." ~ Robert Collier

We have all been in a place where we want to achieve more in life: get to that next step in our career, make more money, buy that dream home, be in a loving relationship, or start a beautiful family. Most of us have been told all our lives to work hard, never give up, and believe that it will happen, and that advice is sound and true.

However, I have done those things the majority of my life; especially in my younger days, and I still was met with resistance, blocks, and unfulfilled dreams. And I know I’m not the only one.

So, why is it that some people can achieve greatness easier than others? Have all that they desire while others struggle and take slow steps to get ahead? I have asked those questions to myself many times.

I think the answer is complicated. I think there is a lot more to why we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes, it’s not the path we were meant to take or it isn’t the right time in our lives to experience it, or maybe it’s simply us following our fear and ego mindset, instead of our hearts and intuition.

Whatever the case may be, I do know that we have the power to manifest a better life for ourselves and it starts with today. We have the power to change our tomorrows and create far superior lives for ourselves, simply, with the way we think.

Our thoughts are extremely powerful; and once we are aware of this superhero strength we all have within us, we each have the ability to manifest, attract, and live our best lives. And it takes work, action, perseverance, and faith to achieve our heart’s desires, but most importantly, it starts with visualization.

Visualization is powerful tool and technique that the greatest of athletes have used like Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and Lindsey Vonn, as well as, entrepreneurs and millionaires like Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. It is no secret and not a new idea.

The key to visualization is to really see, feel, and be in the vision you are creating for yourself, whatever that vision may be for you.

I know for me, writing, vision boarding and seeing images or a movie scene in my mind is how I visualize what I want. It usually starts with intentional daydreaming, and then feelings get attached to it, and I feel happy, excited about what I’m conjuring up in my mind, and before you know it, I’m so lost in the movie reel that I forget for a few moments that it’s just in my head!

That is the first step in manifesting that vision to show up for you in the real world. However, at that point, many people quickly dismiss that vision as too good to be true, or it will never happen or it’s just a silly daydream. Therein lies the faulty thought process and the block to the law of attraction.

Fear, doubt and disbelief in the impossible. And right then and there that dream dies. But, it doesn’t have to die. It can be reborn over and over again if you keep visualizing and keep believing.

The second step is feeling as if you've achieved whatever it is you are seeking. Our feelings and emotions are energy attached to that desire. So you need to surround the vision with positive energy in order to manifest it in reality.

And finally, you need to release the dream vision like a balloon in the air. If we cling too tightly to our dreams or visions, we suffocate it, and we can kill it that way too.

It’s a delicate balance of creating and believing, and then releasing and becoming detached from the outcome of what you want. That’s the key. Once we release the vision we have, we are then in a place of surrendering what we want to the Universe. And we stay in faith and gratitude. Faith in ourselves and gratitude in our vision.

I have created vision boards in the past and then I would put them away somewhere and forget about it. At some later date, I would go back and look at it, and I would be amazed at what had come true!

I remember in 2006 doing a vision board that said “ideal teaching job” and “poet”, “writer” and pictures of the ocean and all of those things came true. I got my ideal first teaching job at a middle school a year later. All of the other things have materialized as well.

I also wrote in my journal describing the area I would be living in California the year before I moved, and that “I would get a high school teaching job in Newport Beach” which is where I ended up living, and teaching at a nearby high school. A few years after I moved to CA, I had stumbled upon my note, and had totally forgotten that I had written that!

I could go on and on about the things I have either written or vision boarded which have come true. And I know many of my friends who have done the same and have similar experiences to share.

It first starts with the thought- the blue print in your mind, feeling it, seeing it, really believing you already have it, and then solidifying that mental picture into a more permanent place by putting in on paper or creating a vision board on poster paper or even using Pinterest.

Here’s a little food for thought:

“Visualize your life as you want it to be. Go to a quiet, private environment for 15 minutes every day where you can close your eyes and imagine your body, environment, relationships, and life in ways that please you.

What has been has nothing to do with what will be, and what others experience has nothing to do with your experience…but you must find a way to separate yourself from all of the past and from the others in order to be what you want to be.” ~ Abraham Hicks (Law of Attraction Card Deck)

The past has nothing to do with your future. You have the ability to put everything else aside and focus on what you want for yourself going forward.

We can get caught up in our past experiences as being an indicator of what our future holds, but that’s not true. We have to switch our mindset, so that we can visualize what we want and actually believe in the impossible happening.

I truly believe that if we use our thoughts in a positive way and focus on the things that we already have by being grateful and appreciative, we will be able to attract that vision of a better life we are seeking.

It all starts with your thought. Visualize a better version of you. Visualize a better tomorrow, a better life. Feel it. Believe in it. And be prepared to receive it!

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