My Visualization Success Story

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Ever since the release of “The Secret”, there has been a lot of hype around the topic of visualization. Specifically, many people have gained an awareness about the power of visualization and how it can positively or negatively impact the results you experience in your life.

This is not a new concept by any means. Visualization has been a practice used by many cultures for many generations. Olympic athletes are now trained in the art of visualization as a means of gaining a competitive advantage in their chosen sport. Unfortunately, I think the way The Secret portrayed the idea of visualization gave people a skewed perspective of how visualization actually works. Too many people assumed that the simple act of thinking about something would automatically cause it to become reality. As any logical thinking person would agree, this is definitely not always the case.

The true power of visualization comes from the fact that we all have access to creative thoughts. We can create a new idea in our mind through the simple act of visualization. Using the power of action, we can take an idea that exists in our mind and bring it into reality. The process to do so varies depending on the idea you have conceived. The point is that all creation starts in the mind and it is up to the originator of that idea to see the result through to completion.

The more I have studied the connection between mental and physical reality, the more I have become fascinated by the topic of visualization. A simple example is, you can take a room in your home, visualize an entirely new arrangement and then go to work on bringing your vision into reality. A few hours later, there you have your visualized image into reality. OK so it’s not the most exciting example in the world but that same process can be applied to anything. And to me, that IS exciting.

I have visualized myself doing some amazing things in my lifetime. Some of these things have already come to pass while many of my larger visions still elude me. The fact that our vision of the goal creates the potential for it to really happen is something for every person to get excited about.

  • Someone visualized humans flying through the sky. People laughed. Now we have been doing it for over a century!
  • Someone visualized sending sound through the air and being able to hear the sound in a remote location. People laughed. Now we have 1000s of radio stations
  • Someone visualized two people having a conversation across the world with no wires. People laughed. I just got off a Skype call with someone over 1000 miles away.

I had my own interesting visualization experience about 2 years ago. I was at a personal development seminar and the speaker was talking about the power of visualization. He was telling all kinds of exciting stories about people who had used various visualization techniques to create some amazing results in their lives. Toward the end of his talk he walked us through a “guided visualization” exercise. In the exercise, he had us close our eyes and clearly visualize a result we would like to create. Having tried and failed at this kind of experiment in the past, I was somewhat reluctant but I decided to suspend any disbelief and just try it out.

For my visualization, I picture my hand raising in front of my face and seeing my wedding band on my ring finger. I had lost the ring 3 months earlier on a blustery winter day and had no idea where it might have fallen. The exercise forced me to hold this vision of the ring on my finger for at least 2 minutes (although I think it was even longer than that). The exercise ended and he continued on with the presentation. After that, I dropped the whole thing from my mind and went on with my day.

Later that evening, my wife answered the phone and there was a call from our sister in-law. Her neighbor had found a gold wedding ring on their lawn among a pile of melting snow. She knew I had been missing my ring so she called me right away to tell us it had been found. The ring must have fallen off in their driveway and been shot across the yard with a snowblower only to land on the neighbor’s yard. What are the chances that they discover the ring right around the same time I visualized it?

Yes it is mysterious and it also could be coincidence. I guess you just have to ask yourself what you believe in? For me, I know the power of visualization and I continue to leverage it as a success habit in my life.

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22 Responses to My Visualization Success Story

  1. Brad Gosse February 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    “suspend disbelief”

    That’s what it takes to make real changes. We have to suspend our disbelief whether it’s in order to make a purchase or to go through an exercise like you did.

    Visualizing your outcome is the easiest way to keep you on track with your goal. Dreaming won’t get you there nor will the idea of “putting it out to the universe”. You actually need to take some action.

    Great article!

  2. James Franczek February 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I agree, this a great artical. I believe that visualizing isn’t enough to create a result but the best, and only beginning to getting what you truly want.

    • ava March 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      that’s great! but i think “take action” is not necessary in all cases.it depends on your special situation.sometimes “take action” cause the things better or worse!

  3. Justin Popovic February 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Brad. Thanks for the comment! So true. Taking action is our way of proving that we believe in the image we are visualizing.

    James, thanks for stopping by to comment as well. Seems like we are all on the same page in terms of taking action. Visualization starts the creative process but it is up to the person to make the vision a reality!

  4. Jay Kitamura February 10, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    I have nothing against “The Secret” and I think there are a lot of good things to learn from it, but as a analytical, numbers type guy, I can’t accept that the results come from us “shaping the universe” or willing things to happen. There has to be a logical explanation. And from my experiences I have come up with this possible, and probable explanation.

    “The Secret” says you must focus your thoughts and visualize attaining your goal, with vision boards as a tool to keep you going. There is one attribute of rich-brainers that stands out in this scenario. It is their ability to be outspoken about their goals.

    Saying that their goal is not a top secret project or invention, most rich-brainers make it clear to everyone what their ambitions are regardless how other perceive them. Many people fear telling others what they want in life because they might sound rediculous or stupid, and might get a chuckle and the occasional “yeah right”. Some think that when people say there are going to be the best at something or make millions of dollars, they are being aloof, and think they are better than them. Well the fact is, true rich-brainers don’t care what others think, they strive for their goal.

    This ability to share to others what you want in life creates the true “law of attraction”. People in general want to help others. You may not think so, but it is human nature. How many times have you told someone about something you are doing, say your job as a construction worker, and they respond with, oh I know a guy… or hey, my cousin’s a contractor, or do you know so and so, they paint houses too. Sometimes its annoying when people start talking about their 2nd cousin’s friend and such, but you get the point.

    When you have a strong network of successful acquaintances, as most rich-brained people will build , the amount of contacts and available resources is amazing. If you let people know what you want, what your goals are and they can see that you are serious and passionate about it, don’t be surprised if opportunities start flowing in from all directions.

  5. Justin Popovic February 11, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Hey Jay,

    Thanks for your insightful comment. I agree with pretty much everything you have said. The whole idea of “putting an idea out there” and expecting it to come to reality doesn’t really add up. It is the process of taking the idea, translating it into a goal (as you stated) and striving towards the goal that really makes things happen.

  6. Walter February 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I have been trying visualization but I did not seem to get it right. I hope one day I can master it. I think I need to put more faith in my visualizations. 🙂

  7. Cherie Concannon February 15, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I think you have also hit on another important element to the visualisation strategy Justin, in your reply to Jay. If any sort of ‘expectation’ exists in your mind from the outset when trying to visualise you will ultimately end up disappointed.

    Thought is such a powerful energy and an important tool to be used intelligently when striving to achieve our goals, and your views on visualisation I couldn’t agree with more.

    I’ve only recently come across your site Justin, I must say i’m very impressed! I have my own success coaching business and my personal offerings at my site – http://cherieconcannon.co.uk. I’d hugely appreciate any advice you could offer me on moving forward with my online offerings?

    Cherie Concannon – Success Coach

  8. Justin Popovic February 15, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Hey Cherie,

    Thanks for your feedback and kind words. The key word you used in your comment was “goals”. The more specific the goal, the easier and more effective the visualization becomes.

    In terms of advice for your online efforts, I would start by signing up for my free gifts. One of the programs is an online marketing course I teach for a local college. There are lots of concepts you can pull from that course to get a better understanding of the tactics I use to help myself and my clients market themselves online!

  9. Stan Young April 25, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Hey Justin
    This whole subject is close to my heart, it’s something that I have been grappling with for some time.
    Visualisation doesn’t appear to be working for me. Trying to figure out what I am doing wrong, it could be that I am lacking the faith in getting the results or maybe I am just taking the wrong actions to get what I desire, I think when we set out to achieve our goals some of us experience monkey chatter in our heads telling us that we are not good enough. The challenge is to close this chatter out and stay focused on the prize, sometimes easier said than done. Your insight on this subject is great, rather than becoming frustrated with the seemingly lack of progress I should be excited with the expectation of knowing that if my desire is strong enough backed with the right actions any thing is possible!
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    • Justin Popovic April 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

      Totally! Just by labeling yourself as someone who claims that visualization isn’t working, you are discrediting some of the things you have achieved thus far in your life. Any adventure you have been on, any business or career success or even any family win would have started with an idea in your mind. You were able to fulfill that vision in those scenarios. Just realize that some visions take longer to bring into reality than others.

  10. Ryan August 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    That’s amazing that (out of all things) you visualized the recovery of your ring and it came to you. I don’t believe it was a coincidence but it was used to show you that visualization works.

    I’m sure a lot of people are aware of Cynthia Stafford, the California woman who visualized and meditated about having $112 million dollars to help all her family and all the charities she was so passionate about, she knew and believed that number would come to her and she created an energy inside of her for 4 months with that figure in her head, not knowing exactly how that will come along, but just knowing IT WILL. Flash 4 months later when the Mega Millions hit $112 million, she knew it was a sign and bought only $2 quick picks, and won. She was not at all surprised at the win because she believes she brought it to herself. Subjectively, people could say this was made up but there is no reason to believe that it’s anything other then the truth. She has not tried to capitalize on any sort of visualization techniques or books or anything of the sort, she just simply stated that is what brought it to her. Had she started to try and build some empire based on visualization, she’d be called out, but she did none of that and she has indeed used most of her winnings to help the community and the places she visualized giving to. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/01/cynthia-staffords-112-mil_n_521759.html)

    The same can be said for Jim Carrey who drove to the top of the Hollywood Hills in 1990 and visualized himself getting movie offers and everyone wanting to work with him when he was just an unknown comic from Canada trying to make it. He FIRMLY believed and say himself getting phone calls with movie offers and he drove through town visualizing himself being sought after. Later (as most also know) he wrote himself a check for $10 million dated Thanksgiving Day 1995. Sure enough right before that date, he signed a movie deal for $10 million.

    Also same with Oprah. In 1986 she was a random TV newscaster in Chicago who was absolutely obsessed with The Color Purple and she wanted to be a part of that in her heart so badly that she prayed on it and visualized being a part of the production in anyway possible (even so much as being a production assistant). One day music producer Quincy Jones (who didn’t know her at all) was in town to testify for a trial and was watching the news one day in his hotel and saw Oprah and immediately thought she would be great for the part of Sophia, and out of the blue Oprah got a call from a casting director that wanted her to come in and audition. She auditioned and months went by where she got no response. Finally, dejected but still hopeful she went to a weight loss center and was one day logging on the track praying that God release this obsession in her mind of being a part of the film, just then a woman came out to the track and told her there was a phone call…that call was from Steven Spielberg telling her to be in LA the next day and she had the part. (http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Oprah-is-So-Successful!&id=1528282)

    All three are wonderful and powerful examples. I have not (yet) realized a true visualization come to fruition, but I know that it will in time. I believe that visualization needs to be genuine, good-spirited and not based in greed or self-righteousness to have it come to life. I will keep my dreams firmly alive and I hope everyone else does as well. “You only get out of life what you put into it” — let’s make it a wonderful life.

    • Justin Popovic August 6, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Wow great comment Ryan. Those are some very interesting examples. This is one of those very personal topics where some people will be convinced it is total truth and others will say BS. I guess each person has to evaluate what they believe to be true

  11. Jobs schweiz November 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    visulize and you get what you desire…your thoughts become reality

  12. bonus March 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    very nice..thanks igniteyouressence

  13. Jack September 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I don’t know if visualisation can change our physical reality to suit what we are visualising. For me it works in a much more scientific way. When we visualise properly with emotion and intensity, our brain, or the way it thinks changes. For example, I do sales and the one thing that i prize above all else is confidence. When I visulalise I become confident, assured and charismatic on the phone. All these qualities help me to multiply my sales.

    Recently I went it alone working from my bedroom. For the first 7 months I pretty much was surviving hand to mouth. But then I started visualising a new TV, a new garden and my 2 bathrooms totally refurbished. Guess what? I got some really big contracts and managed to get all those things that I visualised.
    Visualisation works. You just have to persist with it.

  14. Doug October 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Very nice, always like to hear good stories

  15. Li-Or April 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I loved the story about the appearance of your wedding ring! Also very cool stories in the comments from Ryan 🙂 Certainly food for thought and motivational stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Mia Stewart April 16, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    It’s true that what your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. It is nuff said that all you have to do is believe you can do something. 🙂
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  17. Karen Marrow May 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Justin,

    This is a great story! I know how powerful our mind is in creating whatever we want and visualization is a tool I feel is underutilized. I use it on a regular basis and continue to manifest what I want.

    Keep up the great work!

    Karen
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