As you may all well know, I’m a big believer in the power of visualization. I was wary of the idea at first, but my initial skepticism led to a discovery that completely changed my life.
How My Journey Began
It happened when I was a homeless man in Phuket. One afternoon while sitting on the beach, I was hungry and desperately trying to figure out how I could get food. Then, an idea flashed into my mind, reminding me of an old friend in Sweden whom I had not talked to since I’d left. I called him and asked him to help me so I could afford to get a cheap room somewhere. He listened to me, and when I finished my story, he told me that he could not help me with money, but would email me a book that he thought could help me.
I hung up, feeling angry and upset that his only offer of help was to send me a book. However, I realized after a few hours that a book would help me pass the time in the evenings with nothing else to do sitting on the beach. I thought that maybe this book would focus my mind on something other than dwelling on how life was being cruel to me. I printed it out at the local internet shop and started reading it that very same night.
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Those of you who’ve read “The Secret: The Law of Attraction” or at least heard about it, might expect that I had an epiphany right there on the beach, that the book would have been the key to turning my life around, but it wasn’t. My first reaction to reading the book was “Unrealistic garbage.”
The Turning Point
Disappointed and angry, I vented my frustration on the book and set out to prove its theories wrong. “Visualize, and you’ll receive,” the instructions said, so I followed them. I sat on my towel, closed my eyes, and pictured a cup of coffee, confident that the theory wouldn’t work. I felt stupid, but with little else to do on the beach, I kept trying. Two days later, one of the beach boys came up to me and offered me a cup of coffee. I couldn’t believe it! Not only had I manifested what I saw in my mind, but it was the best cup of coffee I’d had in a long time. Still skeptical but more curious, I visualized a delicious meal and a colleague from a hotel I had briefly worked for bought me lunch. A couple of tries later, it became clear to me how powerful visualization was, and I haven’t stopped visualizing my all wants and goals since.
A lot of people who read my book “Homeless to Billionaire” are taken aback by this particular principle and wonder how they can practice visualization to maximize their success. Here’s how:
1. Set Goals
The first step in visualization is knowing precisely what you want. Who do you want to be, or what do you want in the near future? Where do you see yourself ten years from now? Your answers to these questions are often your goals. They are a powerful statement of your dreams and inner desires. They are testimonials to your understanding of your own potential. Once you have your goals figured out, you’re ready to visualize them.
2. Picture the Details, No Matter How Small
Shaping your reality requires visualizing your goals in full-color detail. When thinking about a specific goal, ask yourself these three questions: How will that item or experience look or feel when I attain it? How long shall I give myself until I reach it? How will I feel and act when I achieve it?
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3. Believe that You Can Achieve What You Set Your Mind to
Seeing vivid mental pictures is essential to creating opportunity in your life. You don’t need to understand how you’re going to reach your goals just yet. Just be clear on exactly what you want and how you will feel when you reach them.
When you’re visualizing achieving your goals and becoming who you want to be, it’s crucial to believe that you’re capable of accomplishing what you’re envisioning. You need to believe that your goal is worthwhile and that you have precisely what it takes to achieve it. Once you’re able to do this, visualization will be like a walk in the park.
There is a connection between what we visualize and what we bring into reality with our actions. Through visualization, we can alter our brainwaves to help us connect what we desire with our ability to achieve it. I call this the Anatomy of Wealth Attraction.
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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