Decades before The Secret became
popular, psychiatrists and a wide range
of other researchers discovered the
power of visualizing success.
Follow these five tips to visualize
First, rid yourself of those little
devils who sit on your shoulder and
whisper such messages as, “Who do you
think you are? You’ll never be a great
speaker. You are too fat, thin, tall, short
(fill in the blank) to be successful.”
Don’t empower those devils by listening
to them. Ignore them and give yourself
permission to be fabulous—someone
has to be! It might as well be you.
Second, visualize what you want,
not what you think is possible, or what
you should want. The late Art Berg,
CSP, CPAE, reminded speakers that the
“impossible just takes a little longer.”
Third, when you visualize what you
want, do so in vivid detail: feel it, see
it, smell it. Imagine what it will feel like
when you are there in the midst of your
success. What will people say and do?
What will you say and do?
Fourth, write it down. In The
Eleventh Element, Bob Scheinfeld suggests that everyone should have an
inner CEO to whom we should write
a letter asking specifically for what we
want. Whether you write to an inner
CEO, to God, to yourself, or to an
accountability partner, the process of
writing it down is critical.
Fifth, make the request visible. Post
a reminder of your desires either as
words or pictures, but do place it where
you can see it frequently.
Visualize Your Success