The Art of Visioning

We all already have a vision for how our lives are to unfold. Some people are more visionary than others, having an ever-expansive imagination. But, it can be learned to be more visual, with a little help from prompts and being more open-minded. We manifest consistently with our visions and expectations.

If what shows up around you in your life is not to your liking, it would serve you better to replace your current vision with a new and inspiring vision that motivates you. To change what you bring into your existence, you can deliberately create a compelling vision that inspires you to take the necessary actions to create the reality.

The mind cannot chemically distinguish reality from an event or image that is vividly imagined. Have you heard of sports athletes visually-training in their mind before the actual event? Michael Jordan once said, “I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.” Jordan started to practice the mindset of visualization, imagining himself making the game-winning shot well before he stepped on the basketball court. His imagination fueled his confidence, drive and belief in himself.

All too often, we expect our future to reflect our past experiences. If these experiences tell us that we are limited in what we can accomplish, we then limit ourselves from being the person we would need to be to achieve a different and better outcome. When what we want conflicts with the mountain of negative evidence, we self-sabotage. This is just another piece of evidence that shows up and reinforces our doubts in our mind that we have the ability to produce a different result from our past experiences.

The change starts with you…

By creating a compelling vision that honors your values and inspires you to expect great things to happen in your life, you will be motivated to perform those actions that are consistent with the accomplishment of your vision….if you see that vision as inevitable. Through daily repetition, you can train your mind to vividly picture the visions you have the courage to dream and then step into.

I call these “Affirmation Visions”…

When we read our crafted affirmation visions at least twice daily, upon rising and before bedtime, we literally condition our minds to see a future that becomes believable and inspiring. Your affirmation visions must encompass the following four elements:

  • Being

What values will be most honored in your vision for your bright and inspirational future?
How will you see yourself in detail (in this vision); what will you look and feel like?
What will you see, hear and feel as you accomplish this vision?
What qualities will you be known for; what will others say about you?

  • Doing

What actions are most important to realizing this vision fully?
Describe each area of your life in as much detail as possible, as you are living your vision.
What passions will you pursue?
If you can picture yourself grown up and working, what type of work will you do?

  • Having

What physical possessions will surround your life?
What type of friends will be in your life?
Will pets be a part of your life?
What important elements will make up your daily experiences?
Will sports or hobbies play a significant role in your life?
How will you have fun and what type of recreation will you enjoy?

  • Contribution

Who will you contribute to?
Which family, friends, special causes or passions are most important to you?
What people will be an important part of your life?

What’s your Magic Genie’s name?

Children have the greatest imagination – – don’t lose sight of this great quality! If you can fine-tune this magical trait, it will reward you immensely.  This genie has agreed to grant you the life of your dreams. All you need to do is describe what your perfect life will look, feel, sound, smell and taste like….use all of your senses.

In the greatest detail as possible….tell your Genie who you are!

This will give your aspirations and dreams velocity! Which you know what that means – – they will come into your reality faster, with lightening speed, than if you are very blasé and not expressing them with conviction.

Think of this written affirmation vision as a movie clip that is being shown upon the screen in the theater of your life. Your job is to describe in vivid detail as many aspects as possible so that there will remain NO doubt about what your future will look like. This is your time to shine…it is, in fact, your life’s movie!  Be creative and as imaginative as possible, foregoing any self-imposed limitations you might have at the present moment.

Write out your affirmation vision in first person present tense, as if it is already transpiring. Write “I am enjoying…”, not “I will enjoy…”, for example. Powerful visions are not based on hope. If you are writing “I hope that this happens”, you will be conditioned to hope for things that you are lacking in your life. Expecting that the vision has materialized (without a shadow of a doubt) is key to its realization.

When the vision is a reflection of your passions, honors your most important values, and inspires you to see the possibilities it offers with enthusiasm and excitement, it will support you to inspire and motivate you to expect its realization. Then, the magic happens, and you will feel inspired to create action steps that align with your visions.

[Important note here: your visions cannot materialize just by visualizing them – you do have to take inspired action to create this ideal life you so deserve.]

But….just as important, is to only take action when you feel inspired. Check yourself – if you are feeling down, or angry, or sad (for any reason), this is not the time that you will manifest your dreams. Take a break, take a nap, read a book, walk in nature….until you are feeling at a higher vibration – in a better mood.  If you are only going through the motions, reciting your affirmation visions because you are thinking this is what you need to, or should, do….to get what you want, I hate to break it to you….it’s not going to happen, or at the very least……. v-e-r-y   s-l-o-w-l-y.

And, this is not what you want……right?!

So, back to my most important message…in order to manifest your perfect life, it’s in your very best interest, to do this work when you are in a really good mood.  Read your affirmation visions out loud, with conviction, and REALLY mean it! When that excitement sets in, and you are feeling at the top of your game, then (and only then) will you feel inspired to take the necessary action steps to bring it into your reality. And, don’t worry about not knowing what to do….when you are feeling so good about what you want to manifest, the necessary action steps will just automatically come to you.

Because visions are forever changing, it would serve you to set a date in your calendar on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to revisit and redraft your visions that will reflect changes in your values and areas of importance. Visions are meant to be dynamic and in constant state of change and growth. Their purpose is to always inspire and motivate, never to restrict and limit.

Have fun with it, and take your Genie on a magic carpet ride!  It is YOUR life…make it count!

Published by: EmpowerMe 24/7

I have struggled most of my childhood with low self-esteem. About 80% of people have experienced lack of self-esteem in one or more areas of their life. I feel very strongly that this needs to be addressed in the school system, and just as important as teaching children academics in school, is to learn effective tools to help build and increase social skills and self-esteem. In 2013 my youngest son, Adam, passed away from an accidental heroin overdose at the young age of 22. Adam suffered from low self-esteem, even as I always lovingly tried to build him up. This heartbreak and devastation in my life pushed me into the calling to reach as many kids as I can, to help guide them into building their self-esteem, to realize their value and empower them to reach their full potential!

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