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How Visualization Creates New Behaviors for Success

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Have you ever read a book and started to think of something completely different? For example, what you ate for dinner last night, that conversation you need to have with your significant other, or remembering that you need to finish a task for work.

You’re reading the words in the book physically with your eyes, but it’s almost like your mind goes somewhere else entirely.

If someone were to walk into the room and see you, they would see your eyes scanning across the page of the book, but your mind was elsewhere.

The words in the book were in front of you, but a picture of what you ate last night or that task you need to complete was displayed right in front of the words you were trying to read.

And because of that, you had to go back and reread the same paragraph several times. Trust me; I’ve been there.

How does this happen? It’s because we think in pictures. When humans think, we literally think in pictures. If I were to ask you to think of your kitchen – your entire kitchen would pop up on the screen of your mind as if you were actually there.

This is an amazing mental faculty, but many of us allow it to unconsciously influence us in negative ways. As we climb the ladder to success in our lives – many of us allow our minds to focus on the worst possible outcome in our businesses, health, and goals.

We catastrophize forgetting our words while preparing for a speaking engagement. As business owners, we worry about finding our next customers. As professionals, we feel the feelings of the infamous imposter syndrome – fearing our coworkers or boss will somehow find out you’re somehow a “fraud.”

If our thoughts are the gateway and path that lead us toward our destiny, we must picture positive outcomes for our goals, problems, and dreams.

As Bob Proctor would say,

“We think in pictures. Therefore, whatever you visualize, you attract.”

From a scientific perspective, we know that our thoughts directly influence our nervous system and the behaviors and actions we don’t and do take in life. This is because when we think, we install the neural pathway that the brain will use when the actual event occurs.

In other words, your brain is your supercomputer, and your thoughts or mental imagery is the program it will run.

So if you picture the worst possible outcome of your goals, your behaviors will be in alignment with what you believe about the goal.

Here’s a perfect example. Let’s say you have an upcoming speaking engagement and continue to worry or visualize yourself forgetting your words. When this happens, you unconsciously install the software to your mental framework that will make your behaviors and speaking posture less confident, making you more likely to forget your words when the actual event occurs.

We must visualize the goals and outcomes we intend to have in our experience. This is why every self