Key To Success: How To Achieve Success In Life Using The Power Of Visualization

By | March 2, 09

Key To Success: How To Achieve Success In Life Using The Power Of Visualization

One of the most potent keys to success that you can apply in every area of your life is visualization. It is the act of picturing in your mind the life that you desire to live, seeing yourself accomplishing your set goals, and living the life of happiness, success, victory, good health, and surplus money, that you desire.

By taking about twenty minutes in the morning and another twenty minutes in the night before you go to bed each day to visualize reaching your goals, you will be triggering off the creative powers of your subconscious mind.

Then you will be able to generate the ideas that you need to achieve your goals and success. Ideas will come to you easily as you take a walk, watch television, on the shower, and in your dreams.

Also, visualizing achieving your goals daily will program your Reticular Activating System, RAS, and therefore focus your brain to recognize the people, the materials, and resources you have not noticed all along, but have been there to enable you reach your goals.

Visualizing being successful at reaching your goals will cause the people, information, the ideas, and the resources, that you need to be attracted to you.

It is amazing how your success begins to work out in response to your consistent visualization.

I look back to the successes I have made in my life so far, and I see the key role visualization has played in it. I visualize a lot, even when I didn’t know just how it would enable me to achieve my goals.

Mostly in the morning, when I wake up, I close my eyes for a couple of minutes and view how I would go about the day working out my short term goals, and from there reaching the ultimate goal.

The more I do this, the more I’m drawn closer to succeeding at my goals, and living the life I want to live. I become deeply engaged in working it out, putting as much resources, energy, and time that I could get into it.

And as I visualize my success, day in, day out, it becomes difficult to be discouraged easily or to think of abandoning the project. Even when I hit a set back, my focus on success, which I could see myself reaching everyday, is too solid to allow me give up.

Visualizing yourself reaching success in whatever area of life you need it is a strong key and an incredible motivation to eventually attaining the desired success.

Since you have seen yourself several times in your visualization, achieving the goal, your whole being is impressed with the perception that you have achieved it, even though you haven’t actually achieved it yet.

And since your brain, as researchers have proved, doesn’t see any difference between achieving success while visualizing it and truly realizing it, it therefore means that your being has reached a capacity level greater than the tasks or requirements needed to achieve the goal.

It means, as you are working your way in real life to attaining the most wanted success, your brain will seem to be telling your being that you couldn’t fail, you have done it before! You have walked that path before several times, and so you can do it again!

It is much easier to achieve success on an assignment or project you have done before. The more the number of times you have done it before, the more experienced and confident you would be to do it another time.

That’s exactly what visualization does to you. It trains your brain to believe you have successfully gone through the path of achieving a goal several times before, and therefore have the experience, ability, resources, and confidence to achieve it again.

This profound key to success has been used by athletes to achieve their goals of winning laurels.

Here is a success story of how Olympic gold medallist Peter Vidmar achieved his goal of winning gold at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, culled from his successful book, Pursuit of the Gold:

To keep us focused on our Olympic goal, we began ending our workouts by visualizing our dream. We visualized ourselves actually competing in the Olympics and achieving our dream by practicing what we thought would be the ultimate gymnastics scenario.

I’d say, “Okay, Tim, let’s imagine it’s the men’s gymnastics team finals of the Olympic Games. The United States team is on its last event of the night, which just happens to be the high bar. The last two guys up for the United States are Tim Daggett and Peter Vidmar.

Our team is neck and neck with the People’s Republic of China, the reigning world champions, and we have to perform our routines perfectly to win the Olympic team gold medal.”

At that point we’d each be thinking, Yeah, right. We’re never going to be neck and neck with those guys. They were number one at the Budapest world championships, while our team didn’t even win a medal. It’s never going to happen.

But what if it did happen? How would we feel?

We’d close our eyes and, in this empty gym at the end of a long day, we’d visualize an Olympic arena with 13,000 people in the seats and another 200 million watching live on television. Then we’d practice our routines.

First, I’d be the announcer. I’d cup my hands around my mouth and say, “Next up, from the United States of America, Tim Daggett.” Then Tim would go through his routines as if it were the real thing.

Then Tim would go over to the corner of the gym, cup his hands around his mouth, and, in his best announcer voice, say, “Next up, from the United States of America, Peter Vidmar.”

Then it was my turn. In my mind, I had one chance to perfectly perform my routine in order for our team to win the gold medal. If I didn’t, we’d lose.

Tim would shout out, “Green light,” and I’d look at the superior judge, who was usually our coach Mako. I’d raise my hand, and he’d raise his right back. Then I’d turn, face the bar, grab hold, and begin my routine.

Well, a funny thing happened on July 31, 1984.

It was the Olympic Games, men’s gymnastics team finals in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The 13,000 seats were all filled, and a television audience in excess of 200million around the world tuned in.

The United States team was on its last event of the night, the high bar. The last two guys up for the United States just happened to be Tim Daggett and Peter Vidmar.

And just as we visualized, our team was neck and neck with the People’s Republic of China. We had to perform our high bar routines perfectly to win the gold medal.

I looked at Coach Mako, my coach for the past 12 years. As focused as ever, he simply said, “Okay, Peter, let’s go. You know what to do. You’ve done it a thousand times, just like every day back in the gym. Let’s just do it one more time, and let’s go home. You’re prepared.”

He was right. I had planned for this moment and visualized it hundreds of times. I was prepared to perform my routine. Rather than seeing myself actually standing in the Olympic arena with 13,000 people in the stands and 200 million watching on television, in my mind I pictured myself back in the UCLA gym at the end of the day with two people left in the gym.

When the announcer said, “From the United States of America, Peter Vidmar,” I imagined it was my buddy Tim Daggett saying it. When the green light came on, indicating it was time for the routine, I imagined that it wasn’t really a green light but that it was Tim shouting, “Green light!”

And when I raised my hand toward the superior judge from East Germany, in my mind I was signaling my coach, just like I had signaled him every day at the end of hundreds of workouts. In the gym, I always visualized I was at the Olympic finals. At the Olympic finals, I visualized I was back in the gym.

I turned, faced the bar, jumped up, and grabbed on. I began the same routine I had visualized and practiced day after day in the gym. I was in memory mode, going yet again where I’d already gone hundreds of times.

I quickly made it past the risky double-release move that had harpooned my chances at the world championships. I moved smoothly through the rest of my routine and landed a solid dismount, where I anxiously waited for my score from the judges.

With a deep voice the announcement came through the speaker, “The score for Peter Vidmar is 9.95.”

“Yes!” I shouted. “I did it!” The crowd cheered loudly as my teammates and I celebrated our victory.

Thirty minutes later, we were standing on the Olympic medal platform in the Olympic arena with 13,000 people in the stands and over 200 million watching on television, while the gold medals were officially draped around our necks.

Tim, me, and our teammates stood proudly wearing our gold medals as the national anthem played and the American flag was raised to the top of the arena. It was a moment we visualized and practiced hundreds of times in the gym. Only this time, it was for real.

This key to success does not only work for athletes in winning medal, it works for everyone in any area of life where success is desired – to pass an exam, set up a business, cut down on expenses, write a book, cut down on weight, establish sound relationship with family and friends, and to develop oneself in whatever field they are interested in – whatever success you desire, just visualize it consistently for a couple of minutes each day, and you will find yourself walking into it with the passing of the day!

Visualization Resources

If you want to learn more about Visualization as a key to achieving success, here are some useful resources I found, which you can use:


  • Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life
    by Shakti Gawain

    This book is about learning to use your natural creative imagination in a more and more conscious way, as a technique to create what you truly want – love, fulfillment, enjoyment, satisfying relationships, rewarding work, self-expression, health, beauty, prosperity, inner peace, and harmony…whatever your heart desires. The use of creative visualization gives us a key to tap into the natural goodness and bounty of life.

    From Library Journal
    Gawain’s self-help title has sold more than three million copies in English and another three million in the more than 30 languages into which it has been translated. According to the publisher, this revised anniversary edition contains additional “meditations, exercises, and techniques that can become part of your everyday routine.” The author asserts that people can achieve an ideal existence simply through mental visualization.
    Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.  

  • The Creative Visualization Workbook: Second Edition (Gawain, Shakti) 
    by Shakti Gawain

    Newly updated, revised, and redesigned, this popular workbook companion to Gawain’s phenomenally successful guide to personal growth and fulfillment offers readers hands-on methods for designing and implementing a completely individualized blueprint for positive change.

  • The Art of Conscious Creation: How You Can Transform the World
    by Jackie Lapin

    Are you ready to learn how to manage your personal energy frequency for the purpose of personal and global transformation? The Art of Conscious Creation gives you the simple yet extraordinary techniques to “Consciously Create” the life you yearn for and desire!

    This compelling book reveals the 25 Universal Guiding Principals that lead to a happier, more fulfilling, prosperous, and struggle-free life. You will then discover how to apply these remarkably powerful skills on behalf of the planet, helping to manifest a world that is free of hate, war, rage, hunger and environmental destruction…a world instead filled with peace, prosperity, unlimited opportunity and joy for all. 

    Contained within this book are keys to mastering visualization on a personal and global level, to harnessing the energy that can change your life, impact the Universe and transform the world. Learn how joining with others can magnify the power of your thoughts exponentially to create a bountiful future.


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