Posted by: Jennifer Sage | April 16, 2008

Visualizations and Affirmations, Part 1

I have been planning on writing a post about visualizations and affirmations and how to do it most effectively, as a compilation of personal experience and all my reading of John Assaraf, Jack Canfield, Esther Hicks and many, many others. I believe doing them faithfully every single day is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your own personal success and to Reach Your Peak. Daily affirming your goals and desires, and visualizing them, allows you to write the screenplay of your own life. 

I received Jack Canfield’s newsletter today and in it he has written quite simply the best article on affirmations I’ve ever seen, so why try to improve on the best? I’ll simply quote him here (and post it in two parts as it is a long article). You should go sign up for Jack Canfield’s Success Strategies newsletter (go to the site and click on Free Success Resources).  Everyone will get a lot out of it – I just think everyone should receive the wisdom that Jack imparts. Just like I believe everyone should get the happy-go-lucky Notes from the Universe . I’m still grinning over the birthday message I got over 2 weeks ago from the Universe about what a cool, hip person I am and how there is no one on earth like me! 😉

Here is part 1 of Jack’s article:

Visualize and Affirm Your Desired Outcomes:
A Step-by-Step Guide, by Jack Canfield

You have an awesome power within you that most of us have never been taught to use. Elite athletes use it. The super rich use it. And peak performers in all fields are now starting to use it. That power is called visualization.

The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams. Visualization of your goals and desires accomplishes four very important things.

1. It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.

2. It programs your brain to more readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.

3. It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.

4. It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.

Visualization is really quite simple. You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and imagine — in as vivid detail as you can — what you would be looking at if the dream you have were already realized. Imagine being inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes at the ideal result.

Mental Rehearsal

Athletes call this visualization process “mental rehearsal,” and they have been using it since the 1960s when we learned about it from the Russians. All you have to do is set aside a few minutes a day. The best times are when you first wake up, after meditation or prayer, and right before you go to bed. These are the times you are most relaxed. Go through the following three steps:

1. Imagine sitting in a movie theater, the lights dim, and then the movie starts. It is a movie of you doing perfectly whatever it is that you want to do better. See as much detail as you can create, including your clothing, the expression on your face, small body movements, the environment and any other people that might be around. Add in any sounds you would be hearing — traffic, music, other people talking, cheering. And finally, recreate in your body any feelings you think you would be experiencing as you engage in this activity.

2. Get out of your chair, walk up to the screen, open a door in the screen and enter into the movie. Now experience the whole thing again from inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes. This is called an “embodied image” rather than a “distant image.” It will deepen the impact of the experience. Again, see everything in vivid detail, hear the sounds you would hear, and feel the feelings you would feel.

3. Finally, walk back out of the screen that is still showing the picture of you performing perfectly, return to your seat in the theater, reach out and grab the screen and shrink it down to the size of a cracker. Then, bring this miniature screen up to your mouth, chew it up and swallow it. Imagine that each tiny piece — just like a hologram — contains the full picture of you performing well. Imagine all these little screens traveling down into your stomach and out through the bloodstream into every cell of your body. Then imagine that every cell of your body is lit up with a movie of you performing perfectly. It’s like one of those appliance store windows where 50 televisions are all tuned to the same channel.

When you have finished this process — it should take less than five minutes — you can open your eyes and go about your business. If you make this part of your daily routine, you will be amazed at how much improvement you will see in your life. 


Part 2 coming this weekend…

And next week, an article on using these principles to laugh in the face of the “recession”!  What recession??!!

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  1. Ok, I just finished Jack’s book, “The Success Prinicples”. I am a experienced student of the LOA. But now I’m kinda confused.
    Now, do I visualize myself getting clients as if I’m watching TV(I use to do it that wasy). Or, do I visualize me right in the picture doing it. Not like I’m watching myself in a movie, but visualizing me doing it.

  2. Hi Sharron,
    thanks for your comment! This is a great question, and I was on a conference call recently with John Assaraf where he answered this very same question. Actually, both ways work! John explained that not everyone can even see pictures in their minds like that. For them, they would just experience the feelings they feel when thinking about their affirmation. For those who are visual, you can either watch your visualization like a TV program (and amplify it with your emotion), or visualize it as if from your own eyes, experiencing everyone’s joy as they interact with you.

    I didn’t even realize it, but I guess I do it both ways. Sometimes I picture it from my own eyes, and other times I see me in the picture.

    Hope that helps!


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