By Charles Alvarez , Contributor, the Price of Business Show. * Sponsored
Successful people are those who visualize the kind of success they want to enjoy, in advance. Prior to every new experience, the successful person visualizes previous success experiences that are similar to the upcoming event. A successful salesperson will visualize and remember previous successful sales presentations. A successful trial lawyer will visualize and remember his performance in court during a previous successful trial. A successful doctor or surgeon will visualize and remember his or her successful treatment of a patient in the past.
Unsuccessful people on the other hand, also use visualization, but to their detriment. Unsuccessful people, prior to a new event, recall, reflect upon and visualize their previous ““failure experiences.”” They think about the last time they failed or did poorly in this area and they imagine failing again. As a result, when they go into thenew experience, their subconscious minds have been preprogrammed for failure, rather than success.
Feed Your Mind With Exciting Images
You always perform on the outside consistent with your self- image on the inside. Your self-image is made up of the mental pictures that you feed into your mind prior to any event. And the good news is that you have complete control over your mental pictures, for good or for ill. You can choose to feed your mind with positive, exciting, success images, or you can, by default, end up allowing yourself to be preoccupied by failure images. The choice is up to you.
Almost everything that you have achieved in life, or failed to achieve, is the result of the use or misuse of visualization. If you look back, you will find that almost everything you visualized positively eventually came true for you. You visualized completing school, and you did it. You visualized getting your first car, and you got it. You visualized your first romance or relationship and you met the right person. You visualized taking a trip, getting a job, finding anapartment or purchasing certain clothes, and they all came true for you.
Take Control of Your Mental Pictures
You have been using the power of visualization continuously throughout your life. But the problem is that most people use visualization in a random and haphazard way, sometimes to help themselves and sometimes to hurt themselves.
Your goal should be to take complete control of the visualization process, and be sure that your mind and mental images are focused continually on the things that you want to have and the person that you want to be.
The Indispensable Man
George Washington, the first President of the United States, and considered by most historians to be the ““Indispensable Man’’ at the founding of the American Republic, started his life in humble circumstances. He was born in a small house and raised with few advantages. But he was ambitious and at an early age he decided thathe had to mold and shape his character and personality so that he could become the kind of person who would be accepted and successful in society.
The guiding influence of his young life became a book with 130 rules for manners and deportment. He read this book over and over again, and eventually committed it to memory. Thereafter, he practiced the very best behaviors of courtesy and manners in his every interaction with other people. By the time he became a powerful figure in the American Revolution, he was described as one of the most courtly and gentlemanly men in the American colonies.
Develop Your Own Character
Benjamin Franklin, America’s first millionaire, a founding father and a remarkable statesman, diplomat and inventor, started as a penniless boy in Philadelphia, apprenticed to a small printing company. He was outspoken and argumentative, and often made enemies who then contrived to hurt his chances and hold him back.
At a certain point in his young life, as Benjamin Franklin reveals in his Autobiography, he realized that his personality was ingreat danger of hurting his chances for long-term success in early American society. He therefore decided to develop within himself a series of key virtues, such as sincerity, humility, temperance, discipline and honesty, that he felt he would have to possess if he wanted to achieve his full potential.
For many years, week after week, both Washington and Franklin practiced visualization on themselves. They thought of a characteristic or quality that they wanted to embody. They visualized and imagined themselves as possessing that quality. In every interaction with other people, they referred to this “inner mirror” to see how they should behave, and then carried themselves in a manner consistent with that ideal inner picture. Over time, these mental images became so deeply impressed on their subconscious minds that the mannerisms and the person became one.
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