Does Visualization Work? The Uncensored Truth About The Law Of Attraction
Books like The Secret claim that visualization is the secret to success and happiness. The idea is that your thoughts have power, and if you picture yourself getting the things you want, those things will be attracted to you like a magnet.
However, the notion that you can “manifest” a Ferrari into your garage, simply by thinking about owning one – sounds ridiculous to most scientists.
Yet, many highly successful people – dating as far back as– claim that visualization can transform your life for the better. Some scientists couldn’t help but wonder if there might be something to the mythical idea that you can visualize your way to success and happiness.
A Scientific Study Answers the Question, “Does Visualization Work?”
A team of researchers split job-seeking adults into two groups. One group was given standard interview training, the other was taught to visualize themselves getting a job.
The goal of the experiment was simple: to discover whether job seekers were more likely to find a job when they used visualization techniques. The results were shocking.
The study participants were tracked for 6 months after they are receiving their training. Only 21% of the people who were given standard interview training found jobs. In comparison, a staggering 66% of the people who were taught visualization techniques found jobs.
How could this be? How could visualizing yourself getting a job triple your chances of getting one? Is it really a spiritual law of the universe in action?
Unlikely. Creative visualization has often been associated with spirituality and new-age thinking, but it doesn’t have to be. The power of visualization can be explained by psychology (without the need for anything woo-woo).
The Psychological Mechanism Behind the Power of Visualization
Have you ever been so bored at work that you started fantasizing about what you might eat for lunch? I know I have. Some days I would pass the time imagining myself devouring a pint of Cherry Garcia.
And you know what I did the second I got my lunch break on those days? I bought a $7 pint of ice-cream and ate it in one sitting.
The human mind evolved over the course of hundreds of thousands of years – nothing it does is random or purposeless. Visualization serves a very specific function, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to do it.
When we visualize something, we’re priming ourselves to take action. We’re telling our subconscious mind to figure out how to get the thing we’re visualizing. As a result, we feel a pull to obtain the object of our desire.
On a treasure map, X marks the spot. When you visualize something you want, say to make a 6-figure income, you’re marking an X that you want to reach in the future.
Once you’ve defined the destination you want to reach, the power of your subconscious mind will help you do whatever it takes to get there.
When we don’t take the time to repeatedly think about what we want in our lives, we run in circles. One day we want a promotion, the next we want to quit smoking, the next we want to be a musician, and the next day we want to watch every Marvel movie in one sitting (which to be fair, would be impressive).
Without visualization, we’re essentially trying to find treasure using a map with 30 different red X’s. It’s not clear which direction we should head towards, so we don’t get very far. We might take steps towards losing weight one week, but the next week we change our minds and focus on learning a language.
When you visualize the things you really want in your life – every single day – you’re telling your mind that those specific things are important to you and worth pursuing in the long-term.
Visualization triggers motivation. It mobilizes the unconscious mind to help you accomplish your goals, and it clarifies the direction you want to head in.
Does Visualization Work? Famous Case Studies
It shouldn’t be too surprising that a long list of incredibly successful people claim visualization played a major role in their success.
Before he was a successful movie star, Jim Carrey lived in poverty in Los Angeles. As a ritual, he would stop his car by the side of the road every night and visualize himself becoming a big-time actor.
He took it a step further by writing a check for $10,000,000 that said, “For acting services rendered.” He wrote that check in 1988. The check was dated for 1994 – the year he got a $10,000,000 check for Dumb and Dumber.
Long before he went on to become the first two-division UFC champion and earned over one-hundred million dollars for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Connor McGregor was a plumber.
No one saw much potential in McGregor, his destiny was to make ends meet doing something he had no passion for. Yet, McGregor read the book, The Secret, and believed that if he visualized the future he wanted to create, he would get it.
So, Connor McGregor imagined himself holding the UFC championship belt. He imagined himself driving a Mercedes Benz and owning a mansion. He imagined himself dominating his opponents in the Octagon.
And in the course of only a few years, all those things happened. Connor McGregor went from poverty to one of the highest paid athletes of all time.
The list of highly successful people who claim visualization has played a role in their success is long. It includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oprah, Michael Phelps, Will Smith, Logic, Tiger Woods, and many others.
The evidence that visualization is a powerful tool for personal strength is strong. So, how do you use it to transform your own life?
How To Get The Benefits of Visualization In Your Life
Visualization is best done as a dedicated practice, like meditation. The basic gist of visualization is to imagine yourself in the future achieving your goals and getting the things you want in life.
Beyond that, there isn’t one right way to visualize, you can try different things and see what resonates with you. I’ll share some of the things that I do to give you some ideas:
(PS: To get the most benefit from visualization, you’ll want to make it a regular habit, I recommend you sit down and visualize for 5-10 minutes 2-4 days per week to start. If you want to learn more about how to make this a habit, check out this video.)
When I sit down to visualize, there are several goals I imagine myself achieving. I see myself in the future having a book on the New York Time’s Bestseller list, I see myself looking in the mirror and seeing the body I’ve always wanted, and I see myself being interviewed by people I admire (Robert Greene, Jason Silva, Tom Bilyeu, among others).
Each time I practice visualization I make a point to come back to the three images above because those are the long-term goals that are most important to me – and that I want to work towards consistently.
When I visualize, I also like to imagine myself going through the process of reaching my goals. I see myself typing away at the computer for hours on end, sending emails to potential business partners, and going to the gym and dieting.
I do this because achieving goals is hard work, and I don’t want to fixate on the end result without also acknowledging that getting there is a process.
How to Know Your Visualization Impacted Your Subconscious Mind
If your visualization influences how you feel, you can be confident that it’s breaking through to your subconscious mind. If at the end of your session, you feel energized, motivated, and positive, you’re definitely on the right track.
Wrapping Up Does Visualization Work?
Not only has scientific evidence shown that visualization is a powerful tool for self-improvement, but some of the greatest performers in the world claim it was the key to their success.
Visualization is powerful because it’s a high-leverage practice. In only 5-10 minutes per day it can radically improve your life.
All of humanity’s greatest achievements started as an image in someone’s mind. Airplanes, computers, cars – were all the product of visualization. Give your mind the right instructions, and there are few things it can’t do.
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