The Winter Olympics had many of us riveted as we watched the finest athletes in the world pursue their life-long ambitions. I enjoyed watching their laser focus as they visualized their next move. This technique of manifesting success is used by athletes everywhere of every age, from grade-school kids at the basketball court to the football players at last month’s Super Bowl.
They mentally and visually anticipate where they need to be to achieve their goals. Studies have shown that cognitive practices are almost as effective as physical ones and putting both to work is even more effective than doing either alone. Training the brain for performance with visualization enhances motivation, self-esteem and motor skills. This could help one become a better golfer, public speaker, parent or partner at home or at work.
The power of manifestation is a tool that anyone can use to create more happiness in life. Implement these habits to activate this in your life:
>> Do what you love. Focus on the things that are in your life that you love and prioritize them, creating a stronger sense of fulfillment and achievement. By doing so, you will attract even more abundance into your life. If you are in a job that doesn’t inspire you, focus on areas and aspects that you like about it versus lamenting about what you hate about it.
>> Do write it down. List out areas where you want more joy and while doing so, envision the positive feelings you would have while achieving success in that area. For example, really feel that feeling of waking up in your first morning of retirement. Think about the emotions you would have if you went on that adventure or trip that’s on your bucket list.
To bring anything into your life, you must first be able to envision it and believe that it can come to you effortlessly and easily. Doing so literally changes the neurological pathways in your brain that open you up to seeing new opportunities.
>> Affirm your desires and be grateful. When you consciously validate your desires with feelings, you create an emotional experience in your mind. When you add gratitude to the mix it makes it even more powerful. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing in your life, as well as every undesirable challenge. All things contribute to your growth so it’s wise to include everything, not just the “good” things.
>> Make it happen. There is a powerful connection between our mind, body and behavior. Studies show you can increase your health by simply thinking about it. To make something happen in your life, set your goal and visualize it happening.
Alice Inoue is the founder of Happiness U. Visit yourhappinessu.com.