I remember visualizing for the first time in my early twenties. When it comes to reaching your goals, numerous techniques are proposed to help and visualizing is a recurring one. You will find numerous books and articles touting its efficacy. What is visualization exactly? According to the dictionary, “to visualize is to form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract.”


To visualize you are required to simply close your eyes, reach a deep state of relaxation and imagine as vividly as you possibly can, using all of your senses, something you would like to achieve in your life. For example you could imagine yourself fit and strong, getting over a heartbreak, finding a new job or cured from a certain illness. An important component in this process is to see yourself successfully achieving what you desire. If we go back to our four examples that would require seeing yourself looking amazing in a bathing suit, happy and dating again, receiving a phone call that you have been hired for a new job or totally vibrant and healthy.


But let me ask you:  how’s that has been working for you? Now I am not saying that it doesn’t work. I am asking you: has this technique worked for you? The purpose of my book is for people to question things. For them to stop taking things at face value. We all come in different shapes and sizes. So, why should we all be going down the same path? What works for me, might not work for you. Not everything should come in a one size fits all format. So I will ask that question again: how has visualizing the end result worked for you? If you haven’t reaped any benefits, why not question this technique? Well, that’s what I chose to do… I questioned this and set out to see if something else could work for me. For this reason, I questioned myself to whether it was enough to simply see myself at final destination… I paused and wondered. Maybe, I am just saying maybe, a little more action needs to be involved to the equation for it to really work. As the saying goes: « You must climb before you can enjoy the view. » What this means is that it’s going to require some work, some action on your behalf. The way I see it: You can’t simply visualize, sit back and expect wonderful things to happen to you. That equation just doesn’t sound right or even fair. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” W.J. Bryant

To conclude…

If classic visualization works for you, no need to change anything. However, if something seems to be missing or if you have tried it in the past and don’t seem to be getting results, it’s time to contest what you have read, to think things through and try things differently, while creating your own path. I was raised to believe that I live in a land of opportunity where anyone can succeed if they work for it. However, it has always been clear to me to never expect anything to be given to me on a silver platter. Sure, once in a while, it happens: life sends you a present, you find a 10$ bill, you win playing at game but most of the time, success comes from hard work. And when you receive the reward, you feel so much prouder after all the work you have put into it because YOU earned it! So, let me ask you: Why not try something new, why not apply the same principle to visualization? Check out my book, CHANGE, for more details and let me know what you think. (On sale now, on Amazon)

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