The Power of Visualization

If you can see it in your mind's eye, you can build it in the world
By Donna Martelli
Donna Martelli
Donna Martelli
Formerly a professional dancer with the Harkness Ballet of New York, has written three books, course manuals, book summaries, blogs, articles, and devotionals. Donna writes out of her own varied life experiences, including those of dancer, instructor, file clerk, business owner, real estate salesperson, wife, and mother. Her goal in writing is to bless and help people reach their full potential in this life. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, is married with five children and twelve grandchildren. She is the author of “When God Says Drop It” and “Why the Dance."
September 24, 2021 Updated: September 24, 2021

Close your eyes and form a mental picture or image of what you want to achieve. Look through the lens of your imagination, and see your wish unfold within your mind’s eye. Your mind has creative power way beyond mere positive thinking. If you can imagine it, you can create it. Such a bold statement seems presumptuous until we examine the process, called “visualization,” or “imaging,” and discover that this statement is not so way-out after all.

There is a proven and direct link between your body and your mind. Even if you are doing all the right things, you could be hampering your progress if you’re not visualizing what you want to achieve or if what you’re imagining is contrary to what you desire. When you mentally see your desire as reality, your mind and body will align.

Everyone has the incredible power of visualization, but only a few have been taught to use it effectively. When you visualize your desired results daily, you accelerate their manifestation.

Athletes, actors, and performers have long known about the power of visualization. You may or not remember the famous quote of Mohammad Ali: “If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” Many bodybuilders regularly visualize how they want their bodies to look, and by doing so, they continue to obtain their desired results. You have that same ability.

Let’s say you want to lose 30 pounds. The first thing I want you to do is to find an old photo of yourself when you were 30 pounds lighter. If you don’t have one, substitute a picture of someone who looks like you want to look. Put that picture where you will see it several times a day, say on your refrigerator door. This one action will enormously assist you in achieving your goal.

Your mind is mighty indeed, and it will work to create a current reality that matches your vision. As a small example of the connection between your mind and your body, note this fascinating fact: When you concentrate on a muscle and imagine it is working, it activates and somewhat trains itself. There have been scientific studies that verify this fact. Think about that for a minute!

You can use visualization, also known as imagery, to create the results you desire in all situations, whether financial, physical, or otherwise. As you come closer to your goal, you will discover the side-effect of reduced stress. Health care professionals use visualization as a stress management tool, as do surgeons and police officers. You can see that it works for all kinds of people in many different situations.

Can You Do It?

There are several keys to unlock the power of visualization in your life. These will help you utilize this fantastic tool:

  • Imagine the situation in as many details as possible.
  • Use all your senses: see it, smell it, taste it, feel it, hear it.
  • Close your eyes if it helps you see your future self.
  • Add the emotions and bodily sensations you would feel if you had already achieved your goal.

If you find it helpful, you can add these activities:

  • Write some daily affirmations in the present tense to help your mind see the future. Begin with “I,” followed by something you wish you had already accomplished or something you want to attain in the future. For example. “I am strong and able to overcome this trial.” “I am healed, healthy, and whole in every area of my life.” You must be specific here, too: “I am a writer with 30 bestselling books.”
  • Speak your affirmations every day. A somewhat lost definition of meditation is “speaking something to yourself over and over.” It goes out of your mouth into your spirit and then out of your spirit into your mouth. When you practice this continually, it transforms your mind.
  • Create a vision board. Just get a blank piece of poster board and fill it with pictures that represent how you want your life to look in a specific amount of time. Put it in a place where you can easily see it, and it will remind you of where you want to be.

Visualizing your desired result activates your creative subconscious to generate innovative ideas to help you reach your goal. It programs your brain to recognize what you will need to achieve it. Additionally, it draws the people and resources that will help you, and it builds your motivation to do what is required to make it happen.

Use whatever methods help you. The whole concept of visualization is this: Imagine it, believe it, create it. You can practice it anywhere, and no one will know what you’re doing. Keep exploring and create the life you desire with the power of visualization.

Formerly a professional dancer with the Harkness Ballet of New York, has written three books, course manuals, book summaries, blogs, articles, and devotionals. Donna writes out of her own varied life experiences, including those of dancer, instructor, file clerk, business owner, real estate salesperson, wife, and mother. Her goal in writing is to bless and help people reach their full potential in this life. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, is married with five children and twelve grandchildren. She is the author of “When God Says Drop It” and “Why the Dance."