There are things we want in life that we can envision ourselves having using positive thoughts.
It sounds like a lot of hype, right? Most people think so: there are only a few scientific studies on the subject and many don’t put much stock in it.
But, what if I told you that visualization is one of the top three things you should do every day?
It can be as simple as focusing on your breath or your first happy memory.
But how do we visualize using the law of attraction?
Here are a few ways to visualize using the law of attraction.
1) Visualize what you want
This may seem obvious, but it’s the most important step.
You can’t visualize what you want if you don’t know what you want or how imagery works.
If you don’t know what you want, it’s a lot easier to ignore your state of being and see something different.
It’s like looking at your reflection with your own eyes.
If you’re not paying attention, you’ll find yourself getting distracted by what someone else is wearing or how they’re standing.
Think of happy memories, something that makes you feel good when you think about it (whether it happened or not).
There’s no trick to visualizing using the law of attraction.
Just think about something that would make you feel great right now — and if you can’t think of anything, go ahead and visualize that irresistible feeling in your body!
For example, if I saw myself in a beautiful mansion with all the luxuries a person could ask for, but I had no concept of what that meant or how to have it, I would have no idea how to make the visualization real.
Start by making a list of everything that you want in your life. Does it include a swimming pool?
How about a yacht?
The more specific you can be, the better.
This is really where meditation comes in handy. Document them as they come to mind and meditate on them at the end of each day.
Don’t censor yourself; if it’s what you want, write it down.
Make the list as long as possible; the more things on your list, the better!
This will help greatly.
2) Be specific
Think about what you’re visualizing in detail.
If you’re trying to imagine a crystal clear future, think of every color, shape, size, and dimension as accurately as possible.
The more details you can include, the better!
Now that you have your list, envision yourself having or obtaining one of the items on your list.
What does it feel like? How is your posture? What are you saying to yourself?
What do you hear? What do you see? Can you touch it or taste it?
What does the thing you want look like?
What does it smell like? How does it feel? What does it taste like?
When you’re done, close your eyes and imagine yourself using the law of attraction with seeing something with your eyes closed.
This is called a guided visualization.
Does it make you feel happy now when you think about achieving this item on the list?
If not, revise it until it feels positive to visualize.
Instead of letting your mind wander while you’re reading this article, be mindful and visualize what I’m describing as you read.
Go through the steps in your mind as if they were happening.
That way, when you’re done reading, you’ll have an image in your head of what it looks like to use the law of attraction.
You have to do this, or you’ll find yourself seeing what’s going on around you rather than what you want in life when your eyes are closed.
3) Visualize as often as possible
The more you ask for what you want, the quicker you’ll see results.
Visualize as often as you can. There are many benefits to visualizing using the law of attraction.
The more you focus on what you want, the faster it will manifest itself in your life. I don’t mean that you should go around thinking about it 24/7.
Why? Because that’s exhausting, not to mention a complete waste of time.
Imagine what it’s like for someone who drinks two cups of coffee every morning instead of their 3 a.m. cup, and think about how they’d look at themselves in a year if they still did it in the same way!
Or how about someone who keeps running after something even though they’ve gotten so far away.
Visualization doesn’t take place in your mind; it happens in the physical world because we create the world we’re living in.
If you see things that you want, then you’ll attract them into your life. You can visualize them coming whether they will or not.
This is effective because, when someone visualizes something, their subconscious mind works harder and faster at creating those things in their mind for them.
If you start to feel like some of the things on your list are out of reach, start adding extra things to it.
For example, if I wanted a mansion with a spiral staircase, I might add that I want a private infinity pool on the third floor and an indoor racquetball court – just in case.
The more you visualize, the faster your visualization will become a reality.
This is important; if you allow yourself to get distracted, it will be harder for you to see exactly what it is that you’re visualizing using the law of attraction.
4) See it as if it’s already happened
When you visualize, try to think of it as if it happened in the past.
For example, if I were to visualize that my life was perfect at this very moment, I would see myself in a beautiful place right now.
I would smell the fresh air and hear the birds singing.
I would feel comfortable under a warm sun with the cool breeze rushing through my hair or an umbrella on a rainy day.
I would see all of these things; nothing is left out!
If you can focus on it as if it already happened, then you’ve successfully used visualizing using the law of attraction.
When you visualize using the law of attraction, see things happening as if they have already happened.
Don’t worry about time; it’s not real.
Here are more examples.
If you imagine yourself as a millionaire, don’t worry about when you’ll get that money.
You can visualize this happening immediately (if you want it to happen) or several years down the line (if you want it to happen later).
This is good practice because people often live in the past and can’t function fully in the present unless they let go of their past problems.
The more we let go of the past and live in the present moment, the more we can create reality by visualization.
5) Imagine seeing yourself doing it in as much detail as possible
This is critical because you need to see yourself as if you are already doing it at the very moment you are visualizing it.
But how will you do this?
To help you visualize using the law of attraction, begin by finding a quiet place where you have time to relax and visualize.
Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
Then, think about the things that are on your list using this visualization method.
Immerse yourself in it as if you were doing it at this very moment: smell the air, hear what’s going on, feel everything around you!
Imagine seeing all of these things in great detail.
Then, after you’ve been focusing on it for a while, open your eyes and tell yourself you’re done.
So, if I was visualizing a mansion with a spiral staircase, I would see myself going up the stairs and into the house.
I’d see myself in the living room, walking into another room, etc.
Because we create our reality in the present moment, we need to imagine everything happening as if it is happening right now.
Imagine how you feel inside when you’re doing these things; that’s how it’ll happen for you as well.
You might want to imagine being satisfied with the result of what you’ve just visualized using the law of attraction because this will give you more confidence as you continue to visualize.
6) Imagine how that feels, and all the emotions that come with it
Imagine yourself experiencing whatever it is you’re visualizing as if you were doing it.
It will change your mind and body and it’ll be easier for you to get the results that you want because your mind is going to work towards making it so.
This method is so powerful because we create our reality in the present moment.
If we can imagine something happening in the present moment, then we can make it happen by doing different things that’ll help us achieve our goals.
Eliminate all distractions and remember that whatever you feel in your mind, you will become.
If I wanted to see a mansion as my house, I’d imagine myself in the living room.
I’d imagine myself having a drink and enjoying the view while listening to some music (I love music, by the way).
When I was finished imagining everything that would need to happen at that moment, I’d close my eyes and see myself in that very moment.
The more detail you can add to your visualization, the easier it’ll be for you to see exactly what it is you’re visualizing.
7) Repeat your visualizations
The more often you do visualization, the easier it will get for you to see your goal in your mind.
But how often should you do it?
Just as much as possible.
As you’re visualizing your goal, see yourself seeing the outcome of it.
See yourself seeing the process of that goal happening; this will help you to achieve it faster and easier because seeing it will make it happen.
Try to see yourself doing this visualization method at least once or twice a day.
After I’m done visualizing for the day, I’ll start over as if I was just visualizing something in my mind.
I’ll take that image and post it on Facebook and Instagram where I can visualize friends seeing my house.
This is one of the most powerful steps because the more people see what you’re seeing, the quicker they will start to associate it with something they want.
This gives a huge boost in visualizing something that isn’t even there yet by having other people visualize it as well.
8) Take action!
The more action you take, the quicker your goal will become reality.
So, don’t just sit there and see what happens.
Action will help you achieve your goals sooner than you could ever imagine.
If you want to achieve something in one day, then visualize that goal as if it’s already happened before taking any actions.
The same way you see things happening in your mind, you need to make things happen.
For example, after I’d seen my friend’s mansion in my mind, I’d move forward with getting the money for it and buying it.
I wouldn’t get discouraged if this didn’t happen instantly because I knew that my visualization had already started the process of making it happen.
Then, if I had enough money saved up to buy a mansion, I’d go ahead and buy it when the time was right.
You can do this by taking action through visualization.
To take action, find out what’s in your way of creating what you see.
In my example above, I’d have had to look at my debt and figure out how much money I would need to get rid of it so that I could afford a house.
That’s because you have to live life with the end in mind; that way you can get rid of any obstacles in your way of getting what you want.
9) Feel gratitude for having the thing you want and being who you are, now that this has happened to you
It’s very easy to forget that everything we have in life is a blessing; it’s not something to take lightly.
Think of all of the people on this planet who don’t even have the things they want, let alone their dream house.
You’re very lucky to be where you are right now, and you really should be grateful for it.
The more you take action, the faster the law of attraction will start to bring you what you want.
It’s not a one-way street; it’ll take both sides working together.
You need to be grateful because that gratitude will pick up the energy that’s needed to get you what you want.
Remember, gratitude is also a feeling; try thinking of things that happen to you in a positive light and how grateful you are for having them happen.
That will put the law of attraction in motion by creating those feelings in your mind.
10) Feel satisfied and joyful
This will be the most important part of visualizing because this will lock in everything you’ve manifested so far.
If you see the result of your goal and you’re not satisfied, then you won’t feel the success that comes from it.
It’s really important to imagine yourself being happy with all of the things that have happened in your life.
This is how you’ll develop that feeling of being satisfied and then it’ll get locked into your mind so that you can open up new opportunities to get what it is that you want.
Remember, you’re creating reality in the present moment by living in that moment, thinking forward, and then acting on it.
This is where we want to keep our eyes on what we want and not lose sight of it.
By feeling grateful for what you get, we’re showing the universe how grateful (happy) we are for having what we wanted.
This will make the law of attraction work harder than it already has, and everything you’ve visualized will come to pass.
Repeat this, and be persistent!
The only way you’ll see results with the law of attraction is if you do it consistently.
11) And finally, let go and let your subconscious mind work
As you keep visualizing what you want, your subconscious mind starts catching on to this.
This may set off a chain reaction, causing you to believe things will happen faster than they normally would.
You’ll start to see a lot of things come together and everything that was missing in your life will be complete.
You’ll feel the excitement that comes with knowing what’s going to happen next.
By repeating these steps, you’ll start to see your goals manifesting in your physical reality.
The more you do this and the more practice you get at this, the faster you’ll see results.
You need to feel comfortable with being yourself and knowing that everything is going to happen for you; this will help set the mood for everything else.
So, let go of anything that’s holding you back from being happy about what’s about to happen.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen right away.
Remember, it has already started so just give it some time to manifest itself in physical reality.
Visualization doesn’t always work immediately
Unlike many other types of affirmations and positive mindset techniques, visualization doesn’t always work instantly.
For example, you can use visualization to see yourself being a millionaire by the time you’re 30 years old.
If you’re not prepared mentally to see yourself having all of that money, it will take a lot longer than 3 years to manifest in your reality.
Just keep visualizing.
To wrap everything up:
Visualization is a powerful tool that you can use to help manifest your goals faster.
If you’re consistently doing visualization, your subconscious mind will start to get the job done for you by making it happen in real life.
If you’re in a good mood, the universe will be drawn to you like a magnet.
Visualizing your dreams with positive thoughts looks like the way to go.
But wait- there’s more! There is something more important.
What do you think it is?
Let me ask you a question.
What would you say if I asked you what your purpose is?
It’s a hard question!
And there are far too many people trying to tell you it will just “come to you” and to focus on “raising your vibrations” or finding some vague kind of inner peace.
Self-help gurus are out there preying on people’s insecurities to make money and selling them techniques that don’t work for achieving your dreams.
Sage burning ceremonies with some vaguely indigenous chanting music in the background.
The truth is that visualization and positive vibes won’t bring you closer to your dreams, and they can drag you back into wasting your life on fantasy.
But it’s hard to continue thinking positively to attract what you visualize especially when you’re being hit with so many different claims.
You can end up trying so hard and not finding the answers you need that your life and dreams begin to feel hopeless.
You want solutions, but all you’re being told is to create a perfect utopia inside your mind. It doesn’t work.
So let’s go back to basics:
Before you can experience a real change, you need to know your purpose.
I learned about the power of finding your purpose from watching Ideapod co-founder Justin Brown’s video on the hidden trap of improving yourself.
Justin used to be addicted to the self-help industry and New Age gurus just like me. They sold him on ineffective visualization and positive thinking techniques.
Four years ago, he traveled to Brazil to meet the renowned shaman Rudá Iandê, for a different perspective.
Rudá taught him a life-changing new way to find your purpose and use it to transform your life.
After watching the video, I also discovered and understood my purpose in life and it’s no exaggeration to say it was a turning point in my life.
I can honestly say that this new way of finding success by finding your purpose helped me to visualize the things I want in life using the law of attraction.
But the thing is that there are hundreds of different purposes out there. How will you know which ones work?
The secret that Justin discovered was to get a crystal clear vision with complete specificity. You need to know what you want to achieve with your life, period.
And this is where visualization comes into play. You need to be clear on what you’re visualizing, so it’s not just a random mumble of words.