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The notion of using visualization to achieve a goal is not altogether new. Athletes and chess players have been using this technique to enhance their performance for decades. I have taught visualization as a tool to manifest a desired result, to clients and students all over the country for the past fifteen years. Wishing or hoping is the opposite of visualizing and planning. Visualization requires you to harness the power of your intention to create what you seek. Before you put energy into visualizing you have to first answer the question:

Are you more comfortable WANTING than HAVING? @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

That is really a topic for another blog but worth looking at because if you’re more comfortable wanting, you will find ways (probably unconscious) to sabotage what you are seeking to create. If, on the other hand, you want what you want, with all of your heart (as Danielle LaPorte might say) below is a quick three step exercise on how to use visualization as a tool to manifest.

Be Specific 

The more specific you are in your visualization the better. Imagine your future; you have already achieved your goal. Imagine the scene with as much detail as possible. See a mental picture of it as if it were happening to you right now. Engage as many of the five senses as you can. Who are you with? What are you feeling right now? What do you smell? What do you hear? what are you wearing? What is around you?
Speak it

We speak things into being just as we visualize them into being. Be mindful of your words. Use positive language. For example instead of, “If I get a new job,” say, “When I get my new job.” All of the ‘ifs’ are designed to protect you from disappointment, which does not actually work. So why not go for it?

Practice It

Practice going over your visualization at night or in the morning before or after sleep or your meditation, when your mind is most open. Do not linger on any thoughts that are not aligned with your desired outcome while visualizing. Add an affirmation for example, ‘I am abundant, in love, joyful, healthy.” It is most important to feel the feeling of already having what you want.

What is now proved was once only imagined. William Blake via @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

Most people need to see something before they believe it. Therefore, when they think about getting their dream job, finding their true love or having a healthy body, they simply don’t believe it can happen. Visualizing works when you allow yourself and your senses to go beyond what you know to be currently true, and dive into what you believe can be true.

If you want a life beyond your wildest dreams then give yourself the opportunity to dream wildly @KrisCarr via @Terri_Cole {CLICK TO TWEET}

We are in awe of visionaries for a reason. They see it in their minds eye way before it exists in the world. What most often holds people back from living their dream life, is an inability to see it or feel it happening. Visualization can help you get out of your own way by connecting you to your dreams and how they feel before they happen, which helps you make them a reality. I tell my clients to practice visualizing at least 5 minutes a day, every day. While this may not seem like a lot of time, when done properly this technique can help you manifest your dream into your reality.

Now I want to hear from you! In the comments below tell me, what you are going to visualize? And if you have used visualization before I’d love to hear about your experience.

Happy February Lovers and as always, take care of you.

Love Love Love




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  1. Hello!

    I just a had a question. When I visualize I tend to do it during the day while listening to music because I find I can connect feeling better to my thoughts. When I try to visualize in the morning or before I got to bed, I barely get into it before I fall asleep. Is it just as effective to visualize during any point of the day, or does it have to be before bed or first thing in the morning?

    Thank you very much!

  2. Thank you so much for this! I have been trying to tackle the “to-do lists” for accomplishments that everyone else has said I need to focus on, and guess what, that did not “feel” right. Those things felt heavy and I began to feel resentment. I was focusing on what I was told I should want. But, after reading/watching your visualization tip, I know now that I can focus on the feeling that I want to feel and the “how” will follow. I’m now starting to dream about other accomplishments in my future that resonate better in my heart! Thank you!

    1. Hi Maria, Thank you for your honest share. One thing I will say for certain when it comes to visualizing and manifesting is the importance of getting out of your own way and forgetting what it is you think you need. So often the mind becomes fixed on things needing to happen a certain way, at a certain time. I am not sure what your visualizing or prayers a like, but perhaps try shifting your mindset to seeking the best possible outcome rather than being so specific on what it is you think you need.
      It sounds like you are committed to finding love, so keep praying and asking the Universe to show you what to do and to guide you to everything you need.

  3. Thank you for this post! Visualization is something I struggle with because I cannot create images in my mind. I am very left brained, URG! I have a really hard time picturing anything in my mind, unless I am looking at it or looking at a photo. I often joke with my husband that I married him because he is the artist that paints my desires and creates my world. He can take my words and create them right in front of me and often times what he creates is better than I could have ever described. I long for this ability or even a fraction of it. I meditate (thanks to your 21 day challenge) and I use mantras, but visualization is the missing link and I don’t know how to create that for myself. Maybe I am more comfortable WANTING than HAVING? Any suggestions?
    Thank you! Cristen

    1. Hi Cristen, Thanks for you comment and question. Visualization, while it has the word visualize in it, is about your feelings more than anything. Perhaps shifting your focus from ‘seeing’ to feeling would help. When you find yourself in a moment where you are experiencing joy, love, connection, calm or any other feeling that feels good to you, pay attention to the sensations in your body.
      Then when you visualize, try to connect to those feelings rather than focusing on what you need to ‘see’ in order to feel a certain way.
      Also practice, practice, practice. While visualization is somewhat simple, it is not always easy. Keep with your meditation practice (btw I am so psyched you joined the 21 Day Integration) and stay dedicated to what you want.
      It seems like your husband has been incredibly supportive throughout your journey, perhaps doing this work together would be beneficial to you both. xo

  4. Terri,
    thank you for this piece of advice on visualization. I would love to read more on these manifestations techniques more and more. I have been practicing visualization, affirmations and vision board technique to make my dreams come true since 2 months and I must admit I am just loving it. All my negative thoughts are vanishing miraculously , I am out of the depressed state now and totally in love with myself. I feel so comfortable about me as a person. Just want to ask you that is this affirmation ” I am releasing all the mental blocks and manifesting rapidly everything that I desire now”fine or should I make some changes to it. Currently I am practicing these techniques to reunite with my love and get married to him. And I am very happy to let you know that very soon I am going to share this wonderful experience of manifesting my deepest desire with you.

    1. Reena, thank you for sharing your powerful experience with visualization. It sounds like this technique is really helping you make some major shifts, and I say if it’s working, keep working it.
      When manifesting it’s important to keep in mind a sense of surrender. We don’t always know what may be best for us. So while you visualize keep your heart and mind open to the many ways in which the Universe can bring you to your desires. Things may not always happen in the way we think they should, when we want them to. Though, if you can have faith and trust, you will get what you need. 🙂

  5. Thank you, when you said to feel the feeling you want, it was clear to me that I wanted to feel complete. It was in that moment that I realized the “I am COMPLETE” just the way I am. No more wanting or trying to fix my sad feelings. Changing my thought to something real, opened the door for me to see more possibilities. My energy shifted in that very moment and I feel Completely uplifted. Thank you, Gloria

  6. Terri,
    I am a Women on Fire member and recently co-authored with my husband his memoir (AKA, Debbie’s brother). We are not writers by profession but we had a dream and visualized our success. It took us three years; one year to write a solid draft, the second year to edit, and third to publish. We had to really visualize the publishing piece because we knew the challenges of connecting with a national publisher. One great thing about visualizing is that when visualize, and truly believe, you can actually see your success! Our manuscript was miraculously picked up by a national publisher last summer and released just before Christmas! Another piece of visualization that we learned is “patience.” I believe good things happen when they’re supposed to; not always when we think they should 🙂

    Thank you, Terri, for sharing your wisdom and passions. I am inspired by your work.

    Dianne Phillips

  7. I Love visualization. It’s taken me out of difficult moments in my life. It keeps moving forward even when things look impossible by visualizing it and really getting into it I feel as if I get a preview of what can come soon enough. Helps a lot with my anxiety!! But it’s not always easy to do. Thank you Terri. I almost feel like I know I’ve learned so much from you, your posts, meditations. I don’t know what I’d do without your guided meditations !!!

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