You might be wondering what the connection could possibly be between two such different subjects, but almost anything you set out to achieve in life requires you to form a mental image of what you’re trying to achieve as your desired outcome.
It’s no different whether this is dieting or whether it’s trying to achieve a certain outcome around your job or your finances – everything you wish to achieve in life begins as an idea, and to bring it into physical or emotional reality, it must take the form of a mental image in your brain.
Even if you don’t realize you’re doing this, I can assure you that everything you “program” to appear on the face on the face of the planet is in fact manifested through a process which involves you turning a mental idea, a thought, a blueprint if you like, into an image that your mind can use as a blueprint in a practical sense.
This is the essence of visualization; it’s also the essence of manifestation. Now, I want to take as an example of how this process works a recent case of a client of mine who decided that she wanted to lose four stone.
She was grossly overweight, her husband wasn’t finding her attractive, and she wasn’t able to enjoy sex because she couldn’t maneuvre into the positions that she and her husband had previously enjoyed.
Of course you might think that one of the issues here is why she’d actually allowed herself to “go to seed” in this way.
And in one sense I completely agree with you – certainly conventional analysis of the situation would have us looking at the historical antecedents of her fatness, for example emotional issues that had made her want to eat more, any disruption in her relationship with her husband that was causing her distress, and which might be soothed by eating, and so on and so forth.
But the reality of the situation was that she’d become fat – even obese – because she’d developed a habit of eating. In a way she was distracting herself from the reality of the fact that her life wasn’t quite what she wanted. Her sadness, in other words.
Make no bones about this! It’s a lot easier to distract yourself with comfort food, drink or drugs, perhaps, than it is to set about changing your life by getting to grips with the essence of what you want and putting in the mental energy, the time, and perhaps sometimes the money as well, to find ways of moving yourself on course towards your final goal.
When I say this, it sounds perhaps a little bit moralistic or puritanical, but the truth is we’re all individually responsible for what happens to us, and we are never going to achieve anything in life if we sit back and wait for others to bring things to us. Life ain’t like that!
If you are a leader in your own life, you’re going to be a person who manifests the reality that you want – and when I say manifest, I literally mean to bring into being.
With a process of visualization and clear expectation, by putting into place definite expectations around what you’re going to achieve, you can program your brain to get it for you.
Of course, you need to form a plan, then take action in the world; by doing so, you’re going to be able to manifest whatever you want with a high expectation of success.
After all these are the techniques and programs that have been used for generations, from as far back as the time of Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.
Napoleon Hill set out many useful and extremely helpful ways of visualizing objectives, including the use of a mastermind group, the internal use of mental counselors and advisors, and the formation of a fixed mental image which is your goal or desired outcome.
These principles are as valid today as they were when he set them out in his book.
Now: back to my client, the woman who wanted to lose four stone! She had gained this weight by eating crisps and chips, chocolates and sweets, and other things that manifestly were not good for her.
She did this to soothe herself and forget the fact that her life was not running perfectly.
The first thing, therefore, about which we talked was the essence of establishing a reason why she wanted to change her life.
A motivating force, an emotional reason that had a lot of energy behind it…. one which allowed her to say with truth and honesty: “This is the reason I want to change my life.”
For her it was this: “I don’t want to die early. My children wouldn’t ever see me again.”
And having found something as powerful as this, with the energy of motivation behind it, she had a very good reason to change her life in a very positive (and quick) way!
The next stage was to get an image in her mind of what she wanted to achieve: and that too was easy, she wanted to manifest of reduction in weight of four stone.
She wanted to get into the clothes that she had previously been able to wear and now couldn’t. She wanted to move her life forward by going back to fitness classes.
Don’t forget all this was propelled by the motivation of not wanting to cause her children the distress of her dying early from being overweight.
We worked together on sessions of visualization where she pictured vividly in her mind and imagined the manifestation of her new-found fitness, her new shape, and her attractiveness to her husband – who needless to say, joined enthusiastically into this program (since he realized the likelihood of her losing weight would be that not only was she more attractive, but she would be fitter, and more desirous of engaging in sexual intercourse).
By repeatedly visualizing her timescale – losing 4 pounds every week – it was indeed only a matter of months before she’d reached her desired weight.
Whether or not you choose to use the word “manifestation” about this, the truth is that the law of attraction is based on exactly these principles.
And the law of attraction is something by which you can manifest whatever you want, easily and quickly, regardless of the limitations you might put on yourself.
Indeed, the law of attraction is the essence of visualisation and manifestation in all its forms.
If you’d like to know more about it, the truth of the matter is that you can be literally happy well and rich if you click here!