„Everything you can imagine is real.“ one of the most famous modern painters, Pablo Picasso, said once. And he was right. That also doesn’t just apply to the “creative professionals” among us. Every one can use their power of imagination, because everyone is creative in his or her own way.

In this article I’ll show you a way to use the power of imagination to reach your goals.

Visualisation – the brain is your movie factory

Your head, or rather your brain, is a master in drawing up things, good ones and bad ones. Reading is a good example for your imagination in action. If you’re a book lover, you know the feeling of immersing yourself in a book. The setting and the characters become real in your mind.

The same thing happens when dreaming. Sometimes dreams can be so intense, that feelings or tastes from the dream linger on after you’ve woken up. Unfortunately the same is true for nightmares or you’re worried about something.

5 steps to use the power of imagination

Time to point your inner movie factory in a positive direction to get you closer to your goals. All you need is a little bit of time and a quiet, comfortable space.

  1. Get comfortable, take a deep breath and close your eyes.
  2. Imagine you’ve already reached your desired goal. What does it look like. How does it feel? What do you see? Get really into detail. There are no limits to your imagination.
  3. Now imagine the necessary steps to reach your goal. The more details, the better.
  4. Remain a bit longer with your vision, the feelings, smells and sounds.
  5. Open your eyes and get to work.

Like all new exercises visualisation takes time to get a hang of it. It won’t happen overnight, but with practice the images in your head will get clearer. Don’t be discouraged if it won’t work right away. The obstacle of motivating yourself to get to work becomes smaller once you’re visualising your goal. Of course visualisation isn’t a guarantee for success. Hard work and focus are part of it, too. But with greater clarity of your goal and the necessary steps, you’re more optimistic in the face of obstacles and setbacks.

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