Can You See It?
There’s a certain kind of ‘seminar’ talk, or business ‘pep talk’ that feature these words, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.” See it first, and then make it happen. “Put it out there.” For some, it may be tied into a religious sermon. “Pray and it will happen.” It’s all about visualization.
For many people, that kind of talk works out well, and helps them feel better, whether what they are ‘seeing’ happens or not. For others, those slogans are a bunch of bunk.Where’s the reality in that language? Is that hope meaningful or meaningless?
Here’s a simple experiment to grasp the way that ‘seeing can be believing.’ Try this for fun. Close your eyes. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Now picture an orange. See yourself peeling the orange. Take a slice and put it in your mouth. Did you start to salivate? An orange has such a strong, visual image. It’s hard not to feel your mouth begin to water. That’s the power of visualization.
There may be a miracle waiting to happen, or not. However, there could be a surprise just around the corner. Most successful people, whether it was in the arts or in business or with a family situation, say that they could ‘see’ what they wanted before it happened. They may not have had a clear picture that could be put into words, but they knew what they wanted and could be clear on what they ‘saw’.
Visualizing your future
If you are trying to make a change in your life, visualizing what you want is the first step to getting there. Say, for example, you always wanted to open your own store or start your own business. It could be anything from a t-shirt printing business to a massage therapy spa. Of course you need to do some financial projections and have a good reality check on your current state. However, even years before that dream, you could start by checking out other similar businesses and doing your research. For anyone who has actually taken that step, you will find out that the person actually ‘saw’ their name above the shop, pictured the facility, thought about the music in the background and pictured people coming into the shop.
Personally, I could never ‘see’ myself standing before 300 bank executives delivering a keynote speech for an hour on Positive Risk and Change. I was shy and knew nothing about banking. I did, however, always remember the thrill of winning a speaking contest in grade 8 about Laura Secord and her cow. It was a long process from that to the corporate world, but I still had the image of having something to say, getting people to laugh and shifting perspectives. Somehow it came together over the years, from one picture in my mind. I also watched other speakers and went to conferences, did the research and began the planning toward my vision.
I suggest trying to visualize what it is you want. The picture can be clear or a bit fuzzy, but one thing is certain—there has to be some visualizing of what you’d like before any change will happen.
Easy Visualization exercises
- Recall an incident in your life that made you feel good about yourself and what you were doing. Keep that picture in your mind.
- Do as much research as you can that is in line with your goal. Even if your ‘wish’ is for a more harmonious time with your partner, ‘see’ the two of you laughing on the beach. Visualize what you want.
- Be positive and move toward your picture.
- Be open to other possibilities. Perhaps starting a clothing design business needs to begin with your getting a small retail job in a store on weekends.
- Picture what you want just before you go to sleep and just as you wake up. Keep that visualization in your mind’s eye. Don’t expect things to change overnight, but be open to new pathways appearing before you, then take the step.
Reva Nelson wrote, ‘Risk It!’ in 1992. She continues to offer coaching sessions to individual clients to assist them in making positive changes.