Ill believe it when I see it

How often have you heard that? Let's replace "when" with "then" and we have 'I believe it then I see it'. This may not be what you are used to, but in the world of success, this is what it's all about. 'I believe it (visualisation), then I will see it' are the words of top sportsmen, top business men, the best actors and performers and creative, successful people using visualisation techniques to get what they want out of life. You can learn these techniques to start manifesting your life goals. Visualising and then believing means imagining something, and understanding that if you imagine it consistently enough, it becomes manifest in the material world, as well as in your mind's eye. The top competitors in sports make sure that visualising their next move is an inherent part of their practice.

Both golfers and tennis players, for example, go through the shot in their mind's eyes many, many times before they actually play it. They know that to get the result they want, they have to have practiced it over and over in their mind first. Golfer Jack Nicklaus once said, "I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.

It's like a colour movie. First I 'see' where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I 'see' the ball going there; its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. Then there's a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality". He was literally painting a picture in his mind of what he wanted to create. Many entrepreneurs and business owners also use this technique.

Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, states "Get into the habit now of visualizing your ideal day the night before. It will make a huge difference in your life". To be successful, visualising is one of the most important tools you can use. 1. Paint the picture - If you think you can't visualize, then try the following. Take a moment to think of one of your goals.

Let's say it is to own your dream house. Imagine all the rooms you want, what it will look like on the outside, how you will feel in it, whether it has a garden, swimming pool, tennis court ? whatever you want. In your mind's eye, go for a walk through the rooms. Imagine yourself having a cup of tea, sitting in a favourite spot, looking at the view outside the window. The more detail you can conjure up the better.

Notice how you feel as you wander through your dream house ? what can you see, smell, hear, taste, touch? Really bring it to life. Don't forget to specify the amount of money you want to pay ? after all, you don't want to find your dream house only to discover it is out of your budget! You might even draw a picture of it and pin it up where you will see it often. This is visualizing, and you probably do it all the time without even realising.

2. Experience visualisation - A useful thing to know at this point is that our minds all think in slightly different ways. Some people will literally be able to see themselves in their dream house, as if they were in a movie. Others will be able to sense the feel of the rooms and garden much more than seeing themselves in them.

Still others may find it really easy to hear the sound of their children playing, or the kettle boiling or whatever, but not so easy to see or feel themselves there. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT that you go with whatever comes up for you. It is all absolutely valid in visualisation, even though it is often talked about as 'seeing'. Don't be put off by this if you find you cannot 'see' things. Just go with the sensation you do have, be it feeling, smelling, hearing, touching or even tasting! What is really important is that the more you bring all your sensations alive, the more powerful your visualisation is. 3.

Practice every day - I 'attracted' a tenor saxophone to me using the above principles ? I cleared a space in the living room where it would go, and drew a picture of it to put up on the wall there. I pictured myself playing the sax every day, and affirmed that it was coming to me easily. Tenor saxes are much less popular than the smaller alto ones, and there was a part of me that was a bit sceptical that I would find one. Every time this thought raised its head, however, I just replaced it with my visualization, and affirmed it would happen.

Within a week, a notice had gone up in our local supermarket offering one for sale. It was 350, which I didn't have. I went to see it anyway, agreed to buy it (still not knowing how I was going to pay for it) ? and the next day a completely unexpected cheque arrived in the post from my great aunt for 1000. I felt great! Decide now to bring a vivid picture of one of your goals to mind. If you've never done this before, start with something small. First thing in the morning, or perhaps while you are brushing your teeth, regularly practice imagining your goal having already manifested.

Just before you go to sleep is another good time. Incorporate it into your existing schedule so that it becomes another part of your day. The more you imagine this, the better.

If you find yourself having doubts, simply notice the thoughts and let them go; then replace them with your visualization. At the end of your visualising, give thanks that it is on its way; and be prepared to continue practicing this for as long as it takes for it to manifest. Remember, believe it, and then you will be seeing it in reality! Copyright (c) 2007 WealthBeing.

Pam Kenntt is a Director of WealthBeing. Jane Rogers (nee Duncan) is a published author and trained psychotherapist. She wrote her book, Choose Your Thoughts Change your Life, after training with Louise Hay. WealthBeing helps individuals build skills in wealth creation so they can lead the life they choose. Visit for free downloads and resources or contact for more information.

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