Success Is Imagined First

We can create whatever we imagine in our minds.  If you are experiencing lack or failure in your life it is because it was first imagined in your mind.  Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”  Imaging or visualizing what you want can have almost magical powers. French Dr. Emile Coué asserts that when the imagination and will are in conflict, the imagination always wins out.

We are constantly creating our futures through visualization, as the mind thinks in mental images. For example,  if you are thinking about, talking about and imagining financial lack (I.e. I am unlucky, or I could never have that, or I’m … and so on), then that is what your mind will produce for you. When a mental picture is repeated the mind has no choice but to accept it as true and bring it into reality.

The reality is that your imagination can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  It is how you imagine and what you focus on that affects your brain and therefore your expectations. When you learn to harness your imagination, your imagination becomes your best friend.  Then you can use your imagination instead of allowing your imagination to propel you.  It is only when you proactively focus your imagination to achieve specific outcomes that you ignite the creative process and increase your odds of success.

Take a moment and consider where and how you apply your imagination — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially.  The first step to understand and applying your imagination is to become mindful of how you imagine.

Key Points to  Imagination or Visualization

  • Visualize in detail. Include as much detail about what you want as possible.
  • Be persistent. Proactively visualize often.
  • Imagine unselfishly.  Do not ask for someone else’s blessing.  What belongs to another will not quite fit your needs.
  • Results can be immediate however the longer it takes for your images to produce results the larger the results  tend be.

Make a Notebook of Your Desires.  You may have already heard of a vision board and I think the creation and use of one can be very effective, however I prefer to use a “visualization notebook”.  I like the ease of being able to carry it around.  The notebook images will assist your powers of imagining/visualization and make it easier for you to be persistent.  Since it is portable, you can refer to it, or add to it, through out your day and no one has to know what you are doing.

  1. First get your self a small, paper, notebook.
  2. Next, use three or four pages, to create sections.  You will want to create all or a combination of sections.
  3. Label the sections: Business/Career, Family, Spiritual, Love, Social & Recreation, Health or Wealth.
  4. Under each word add a photo  or photos that represent the situations and/or experiences you want to bring into your life.
  5. Beneath every picture write one or two positive affirmations.  For example, if you put a dollar symbol ($) under the word Wealth you might write, “Money now flows into my life quickly and easily and I am now open and receptive to wealth.”
  6. Finally at the bottom of each page, write “This or something better.”

When should you use your notebook? I would recommend having planned times to refer to your notebook.  For example,  When I was really “going through” I would look at mine first thing in the morning and again before I went to sleep. Using it often helped me keep focused on my positive future and not get stuck in the temporary negative situation I was in.  You can also make use of  your notebook at unplanned times, such as when there is a lull in your day (such as when you are standing in the grocery line) browse your notebook of  desires (vs. looking at your phone).

This is not to be superficial advise on how to be rich or happy all of the time, but rather how to be creative, productive and increase the opportunities for success in your life.


Note: This is a repost of my Capital City Hues column of May 2013

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11 thoughts on “Success Is Imagined First

  1. Dear sister, I have to share my experience with imagination & visualization. Yes, it can work, but! It is eternally futile. Yes, one can get anything one imagines but at the end of it there is death! Why? Because, whether we believe it or not, the fact is, what is written comes to pass.

    I give you this powerful scripture, not in a preaching way, but! As a matter of sharing how I have experienced the following. Truly, as you can read it in the posts, I renounced my life of comfort. To this moment, I am not any longer seeking or visualizing any kind of life on these grounds. I live by the power of love from on high. All those things I tried to visualize and succeeded in obtaining? I gave them up by the power of His love.

    Now, He is giving me back better things than I could ever have visualized. It is really neat to want for nothing when one has nothing! The following scripture is a reality in my life. I live a supernatural life. One day soon we all come to grab on and believe what is written. That’s why I am sharing my experience. 🙂

    Matthew 16:25,26  For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].

    For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
    Much love, thiaBasilia. 🙂


  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I keep on telling myself to visualize more and worry less. I will keep on reminding myself and reread your post constantly.


  3. Fantastic advice. The Worlds most successful people attribute their experience of abundance to the power of visualization. I especially like that you touched on the importance of the wording in vision journaling. The present tense, “I am” format is absolutely crucial to the realization of that which you are writing down.
    Thank you for the great post.


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