How To Visualise Better

Visualising goals is one of the most common tips alongside ‘living your dreams’ but is it real and something you can use?  The questions we want to ask are: what is visualisation and how to visualise better? Is it good or bad, can it really help and make a difference in your life?

Definition from How To Visualise Better


 * the act or an instance of visualising

 * a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal

How to Visualise

You create pictures in your head to reach a specific goal. That sounds easy doesn’t it? It is and it isn’t. Sounds daft I know. It depends on how focused you can be.

Can anyone do it?

I think so. Though many will say they can’t do it at all. If someone says draw a tree and there are none nearby, you draw from imagination. If you can imagine something then you can and are visualising.

Some can see pictures with great detail others not so much. As with everything though, practice can improve that skill a lot.

Does it work?

Research says visualisation can actually reduce your likelihood of success in some instances. The reason for this is that when we visualise a goal, it can actually be demotivating.
Sometimes this makes us feel as if we’ve already accomplished whatever it’s we’re beginning to materialise and it allows us to relax, no longer feeling the need to make an effort. I imagine this does depend upon the individual person.
Like all research though, it depends who you ask.
At the same time, visualising can often be too abstract, too vague and too flaky to be of any real use. People who daydream about doing what they need to do, often don’t actually make those goals a reality.
But that’s not to say that visualisation is useless. It’s just a matter of understanding how to use it as a tool and how to not allow it to take over.

Is it daydreaming?

No. Sometimes people mix up the two. They begin visualising then drift off into a daydream. Daydreaming tends to be more vague and wishful thinking, wanting something you don’t have.

When you visualise, it’s important to put in the details of what you INTEND to have. Note it’s Intend not WANT. Why? Because want says you don’t have it. Intent states you are working towards it.Dont daydream visualise

The why and how is left up to the universe. Trying to make it appear a certain way or by a particular method or by a set time, does not usually work. In other words give the How and When, some leeway. Flesh out what you want with details but add that’s what you want or something better.

Add Emotion!

This is what so many leave out. You can visualise all day and every day endlessly, without success, if you don’t add in the emotion of how it will make you feel.

You might say “I don’t know how I will feel”. That’s possible but you can imagine. Trust me, your subconscious does not know the difference between real and imagined.

Think about how it would feel to actually have what you are imagining/visualising.  Happy, excited, ecstatic, grateful, thankful etc.

Doubting Yourself

Visualisation does work. We are all capable of attracting an abundance of good things into our lives. The universe is full of abundance, there is more than enough for everyone and all of us are worthy of that abundance.
However, many of us do not grow up with that mindset.

So many people are damaged in childhood, sometimes intentionally but mostly not. Times do change and in the past adults around us did not understand the far reaching consequences of the things they said and did.

So many people have beliefs that limit them due to careless words.

An angry adult might have said: ‘You won’t amount to anything/you won’t get anywhere in life with that attitude. You are thick, useless, stupid etc.’

Any of those ring bells? There are of course many many more in a similar vein. The point is they go into our subconscious and hold us back from living our best life because we ‘Believe we aren’t enough.’

Limiting Beliefs

Another thing we hear a lot about nowadays but it is relevant to this topic. How many times have you tried the Law of Attraction methods, Affirmations, visualisations and other methods out there?

A lot, I bet. Probably spent a fortune too, with different courses, books and workshops. Then of course you give up believing it’s a load of rubbish. Or you continue on because something deep down tells you there is more.Remove Limiting Beliefs

What can you do?

With a bit of work you can remove limiting beliefs and move forwards. There are faster methods and slower methods. Marisa Peer, a world renowned Therapist says ‘I am not enough’ is the biggest thing holding people back and causing problems in their lives. SEE HERE

Not every method works for every person of course but you can reprogramme your subconscious. This will allow you to move forwards easily and become the person you know you can be, to live that better life.

Do research. Look on YouTube, there are some amazing people on there. Google it and check out what comes up. Try meditation. Go with what resonates with you.

Round Up!

Make those pictures in your head clear and detailed, feel the emotion and attach it to those pictures. Don’t insist on a specific timeline or how it’s delivered. You can always add or something better.

Don’t attach results to other people having to do certain things to reach your goal, they are an unknown variable. You may not get what you want if it hinges on another person.

Don’t allow yourself to think it won’t happen.  Then let it go to the universe and wait. It might be a week, month, a year or longer before everything is aligned to produce what you want.

Live your life, practice gratitude and kindness, becoming the person in that life you want.

In reality, we are all like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She had the power all along, just as you have the power within you to do and become whatever you want.


10 thoughts on “How To Visualise Better”

  1. Thanks for this informative post.

    I personally do not agree that it demotivates.  I think the opposite is true, in that if we take the time to visualise the event fully then it gives us motivation to do it.  But we are not talking about a fleeting thought.  This is a tools down, full concentration exercise.  This will enable you to step out the event accurately, so you know the detail of exactly what you intend to embark on.

    Keep coming up with these great posts.

    • I agree with you Geoff. I added that in because it was a piece I came across and thought it was interesting if not accurate as far as I am concerned. I think that connecting within and mapping it out as you point out is exceent. 

      The detail is very important, otherwise, it is just a hope and dream.

      Thank you for your comments Geoff.

  2. Thank you for this great article that reminded me of one of my past experiences that was literally a manifestation of my visualization. When I was a student, I did various jobs. In one period, I did a course for a masseuse, and when I went to the student work office, I visualized reading the need for a masseuse’s workforce among the ads. And my visualization related even better than I saw it, as I got a job as a masseuse at the spa closest to my home.
    It was such a concrete experience from that time, but I must add that I meditated regularly during that period and was very much connected to the higher self. Therefore, the realization of the visualization was easier and immediate.
    Today, as I live at a fast pace between all obligations to family and work, I am not as strongly connected to the higher self as I would like, and this article encouraged me to make some changes in this area.
    Thanks for this great article on better visualization with all the suggestions, I am very happy to have read it.
    Friendly greeting,

    • That is wonderful Nina and a very good example of visualising and manifesting. So many put it down to coincidence when something like that happens. 

      Once you have made the connection though it is easier to stay connected without meditating a lot just by slowing the brain and visualising the connection in quiet moments.

      Living a fast-paced life with many obligations to juggle doesn’t give you much time for yourself but life ebbs and flows, you will find that connection again.

      Thank you for your comments.

  3. Very interesting article. Recently I started my own business and planning is one of most challenging aspects of it. I cant imagine working without visualization of goals. Its not only building self confidence, but also give possibility to really ‘feel’ where we are going. Its on of easiest and at the same time most effective ways to move forward. Thank you for great post!

    • Thank you, glad you liked and enjoyed the article. That is very true and the clear visuaisation tells your subconscious this is what you want which means it then steers you to notice more of what helps you reach those goals.

      The mind and what it can do is amazing, I have been studying it for years, the learning never ends, it is fascinating.

      Thank you for your comments.

  4. Before coming across your post I had been asking myself what Limiting Beliefs are. And also exploring which were my Limiting Beliefs.

    Limiting beliefs are thoughts and opinions that one believes to be the absolute truth. They tend to have a harmful impact on one’s life by preventing us from moving forward and growing on a personal and professional level. I’m still trying to label which are my Limiting Beliefs.

    • Limiting beliefs can hold you back Ann. They are often discovered when you avoid doing something. It is common for people to give up on a business when it is at the point of becoming very successful because of an inbuilt belief that they cannot reach success. Which is usually connected to ‘not being good enough’, a very common limiting belief.

      Visualising can help to uncover them by noting resistance in certain areas when you do your visualisations. It is another reason why visualisation is such a good tool.

      Thank you for your comments.


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