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Have you ever had a sense that you’re not quite living up to your full potential? That there’s a dream to dream, and achieve, just beyond the corner of your imagination? Or maybe that you could be a much more dynamic version of yourself, if only you could bring your habits and thought processes under control?
To a certain degree, being human is all about wrestling with your potential and seeing how much you can ultimately get out of the struggle. Certain vitamins, minerals, foods and health products such as Sierasil (more about Sierasil here) may help to sharpen you up; however, one of the most powerful overall practices for enhancing your well-being and achieving your full potential is by using positive visualization.
Not convinced? Well, here are a few reasons why it can change your life.
It can literally create and strengthen pathways in the brain
Norman Doidge points out in his book The Brain That Changes Itself, that not only do the neuronal connections and structure of our brains change throughout life depending on our habits, environments, and behaviours — but that even imagining certain things vividly seems capable of changing brain structure.
In a commonly used example, people who visualize themselves exercising, but remain physically sedentary, have been shown to increase their strength, at least on some basic exercises. This is because strength is, partly, neuronal.
Think about what this means: if you’re shy, or want to be more optimistic in your thinking, positive visualization such imagining yourself acting confidently and being happy can literally begin to change the structure of your brain in order to make experiencing these realities more and more natural.
It helps you to get in touch with possibilities you’d previously written off
Words are sometimes an aid in order to help you create an effect that one can only achieve when they truly believe.
In order for you to explore and achieve the full-depth of your potential, you first have to be able to comprehend the idea of success, and conceptualize it as something that can (and will!) actually happen. If not, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be motivated, driven, insightful, confident, or optimistic enough to achieve the thing in reality.
Positive visualization helps you to — through repeated training — expand the range of what you consider possible in your life. Maybe you want to be a doctor, but could never imagine it actually happening. At first, when you force yourself to visualize it happening, you feel foolish. After doing the exercise daily however, for several months, you can construct an imaginative world where you really are a doctor and where it feels within your power to achieve.
It gives you a different perspective on things
Often in life, we adjust and tailor our expectations and goals to keep them in line with what we consider to be ‘reasonable’. In that way, we may still aspire to great accomplishments, and even eventually achieve them, but in the midst of this, we may also be narrowing our horizons unnecessarily.
Positive visualization allows you to become comfortable with more outlandish ideas related to your own achievement. This, in turn, allows you to consider different opportunities, approaches, and targets.
In short, it helps to give you a different perspective on things. How do you incorporate visualization into your everyday life? Let me know in the comments!