Sometimes you look with your eyes, and at other times you look with your
Visualization is looking with your mind.
We know that what we look at expands into our lives. If we are smart, we
advertise our dreams to ourselves by displaying their pictures where we can
constantly see them. The more we look at them, the stronger the dreams
become, and the more influence they have on our destiny.
Sometimes, it's impossible to create and display a picture of your dreams
because an image doesn't exist. That's where visualization comes in. It
lets you see things in your mind's eye that you can't see with your physical
eyes. Looking with your mind's eye - visualization - has nearly the same
power as looking at an actual photograph. For all practical purposes, your
brain doesn't distinguish between an image that you see with your eyes from
one that you visualize in your mind.
I put a picture of Bora Bora on my wall more than ten years before I
actually arrived there on my yacht. But if I didn't have a picture, I could
have achieved the same result by visualizing Bora Bora in my mind. It
didn't matter whether I saw the image on my wall or visualized it in my
mind; the net results were the same. I had Bora Bora on my mind, and I was
willing to move heaven and earth to get there.
Visualization has great power for both good and evil. Unfortunately, not
everyone uses it to visualize good. They visualize bad health, poverty, and
depression, and like night follows day, problems expand into their life.
Each day when I wake up, I visualize my future. In my mind, I see myself
doing dozens of things that move me in the direction of my dreams. I
visualize the path to my dreams so that when I walk down that path, it will
be a trip through familiar territory.
When you visualize your future, don't forget that God has a dream for your
life that is better than anything you can imagine. If you get in agreement
with God and visualize his master plan, your life will become an awesome