Can You See it Now?

Much has been written about the power of the mind, affirmations, positive thinking, getting what you think about, etc. and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

Can a person really think themselves into the reality that they want? I would like to think so. I mean, how much power does that then give you if you can think your own world into being? Sounds a little like a fantasy novel perhaps. The hero stumbles upon a magic lamp inhabited by a genie with the power to fulfill wishes, or discovers a secret formula or perhaps a dormant and incredibly powerful part of the brain that when awakened can do anything you want it to do. All make believe? Maybe. But then again…maybe not.

If you read about or study famous people and/or successful people there seems to be a common thread that runs through their stories. They all believed, they all had vision, they all imagined their success before it happened. They may not say it in those terms but if you really examine what they say, that is in essence what they mean.

So, is it a special talent that has enabled them to do this? Maybe – but personally, I believe that anyone has the ability to believe in themselves and in their dreams. That in a way you get what you ask for in life. You may not realize you are asking for what you get, but I think you are. You think, ‘I want a new car,’ and the next thing you know your car is totaled on the freeway. Yep, you’re definitely getting a new car. Perhaps not in the way that you thought you might get one, but the universe is there, trying to fulfill what you’ve asked for. But maybe it’s going a little screwy because you haven’t asked for it in a way that is an improvement or that leads to something better? Could be.

Maybe worry plays a part in this too. When you worry about stuff do you get more of what you worry about? I know, I do. Then I try not to worry and I still worry and perhaps even more. Note to self: don’t worry. No, that’s not right. Note to self: things will work out. Better, I think.

I’ve encountered a lot of folks who are big on visualization. They envision what they want and that’s what they think about. I have to say, that I think this might be the better way to go. If you can keep an idea of what you want in your head. You can get it.

I don’t know about you but I think I’m a visual person. Visual tools help me. If I am trying to learn something, I like to watch other people do it and learn that way. Reading about things certainly helps as well, but for me, nothing work better than actually seeing the thing in motion. Ideally, a combination of instruction and visual mechanics of the thing works best and the fastest for me. For example, when I wrote my novel, I spent time going through magazines to find pictures of the main characters (of people who looked like the characters I’d imagined), pictures of the locations, the houses or buildings they inhabited, the cars they drove, anything and everything that would give them substance – and I pasted these cut outs onto a board, which I named a story board, which I guess isn’t really a story board per se – except that it told the story in pictures for me. It was the visual cue to the story and it helped really solidfy that reality that brought about the end product of the novel.

I’ve also been trying to think into existence my own business as you all know. And though I’ve felt some panic and worry, there is an underlying thought that continues which is, ‘I know I can do this.’ I have a sense of calm because somehow, someway, I know it will happen.

Curiously, things have been arriving in my life lately. A friend sent me a dvd which really validated these thoughts and beliefs, another friend asked me to write an article for their website as a means to help her but to also help me become known as a writer, someone offered me a job that will help me learn many of the things that I need to learn, a few people have offered to help me sort out my website, another friend offered me a couple of writing jobs. All these things tell me that the more I can see this happening for me, the more likely it will happen.

So, I’ve resolved to start seeing a different future for myself. To start seeing what I want in life, what I have in life, rather than what I don’t want. I have to laugh at myself because when I think about it, people have been telling me that for a while now. And I’ve brushed it off, ignored it, thought that it might work for them but it won’t for me. Now, I’ve started to listen to those people and those clues. I have nothing to lose and perhaps everything to gain.

So, can you see it now? I hope so.

WC

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13 thoughts on “Can You See it Now?

  1. Wow. I knew you were a writer but I didn’t know you were trying to start your own business. That is awesome! Also, I am totally into thinking that your mindset can influence things for you, whether you want to describe it as visualization, positive thinking, whatever. Anyway, I can easily see you having your own business. You are already more than halfway there! πŸ™‚

    Hey Teens,
    Gee I sorta thought the previous post, copywriter for sale, might have given me away. I guess not. LOL.

    Thanks, as always, for your confidence in me – it means a lot.

    Love,
    Annie

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  2. i think that when we seriously, sincerely think about something, we begin to consider all that thought implies. Like thinking about being self employed leads to “What can i do as a business? What are my skills?” And when that is answered you think, “What do i need to do that?” And when you think of those things enough, you try to find out.

    Thinking about something gets the ball rolling, inspires action, so i see what you’re saying.

    And it is the same with negative thoughts. There was a study which concluded that in order to combat the affects of one negative comment made by parents/teachers/peers/selves, a child must hear a positive comment ten times.

    Our minds are powerful so keep seeing yourself as a success. i can see you that way quite easily. πŸ™‚

    Hey Christine,
    You’re right, one thought does lead to another, especially the positive ones. And seeing yourself there I think is key. Which has been my downfall. Whenever someone compliments me I always think, ‘gee what are they seeing that I’m not?’ And things like that. And I think I (or anyone who does that to themselves) am doing myself a disservice. Being humble is good but being in denial is something else altogether.

    All the signs that have come my way recently have been screaming, ‘believe in yourself’ and I’ve finally started to hear them. I’m trying, I really am.

    Annie

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  3. yes .. i am very visual too and i have been starting to believe in myself and my dreams and things are happening, its weird, almost like the things i want just fall into my lap and present me with the opportunity which is how i ended up booking my first wedding and it is moving forward … i am believing in me and my dreams and it feels so good to know that i am beginning to live them and i have this whole future ahead of me πŸ™‚

    our minds are incredibly powerful i think and you know we have this life, we really should be living it from our hearts πŸ™‚

    reading this today, fills me with positive energy … thank you!! xo

    Hey D!
    Wow, that is great news on the wedding. Congratulations! I’m so proud of you. I know you are doing to a wonderful job, you’re such a talented photographer. Wonderful news, honey. Really wonderful!
    Love
    Annie

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  4. I’m also extremely visual.

    The mind is an EXTREMELY powerful thing. You WILL get what you think about whether you want it or not. There is a saying in the bible something similar to: what you fear comes upon you. I’ve experienced this to the MAX. *shudder*

    There is also a saying in the bible similar to: call those that aren’t as tho they are. I am currently experiencing THIS to the max. *yippee*

    Which one do I prefer? LOL Surely you jest. (I know you didn’t ask but I thought I’d tell ya anyway – I’m helpful that way. ROFL).

    I believe in you! D

    Hey Free,
    There is another saying what you resist you get…or something like that. It is interesting the power the mind has over things. I’ve realized recently how much worry has brought things into my life, rather than kept them out. So, yeah, if you are going to think about things, think about that good which you want to come into your life. Can’t hoit. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  5. Scuse me?…who are you and what have you done with my friend?! (KIIIIIIIIIDDDIIIIIING).

    “have to say, that I think this might be the better way to go.” Grin, you had to leave the ‘might’ in there, didn’t you. πŸ˜‰

    Ok, enough of the teasing. Reading your lines I remembered myself. It took a long time for me to really, really believe that believing in (creating) a good future rather than worrying about it was the right way to go. It sounded better, it sounded more reasonable but it scared the shit out of me. As stupid as this sounds, at least with worrying, I felt in control. And while worrying I could always ‘dream’ about a better life. But if I believed in a better life, went for it and that belief got shattered, …..

    Strange really that I can remember how that felt. Almost as if in a way I still get overwhelmed with that feeling of anxiety at times. But truth is, or at least I believe so, that once you push through that ceiling that you’ve been bumping your head against for years ‘trying’ to break through, there might be the occasional looking back but the view on the other side is just too beautiful to ever return.

    Hey Spaz,
    Yeah, me and the word maybe, eh? πŸ˜‰

    I think you’re right – pushing through the ceiling does change the view considerably. This whole thing is rearranging my thinking, hopefully in a good way. I find myself resisting the change still but not as much and in a different way – less from fear and more from curiosity of like, ‘can this really work?’ kind of way.

    There must be something in the air – so many of us seem to be on this change path. πŸ™‚
    Love,
    A

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  6. well not that great I have quite the battle to fight!

    Sorry to hear that. But I know you are strong and can win the battle. One day at time.
    WC

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  7. Funny I just read an article on this a couple of days ago. Maybe it is in the air!I believe the mind is powerful and I too am very visual. I have also brought a lot of ‘things I feared’ into my life. Sometimes I think I live too much in my mind.LOL!

    I know you will be a success at whatever your hand finds to do. You are bright, creative and resoureful. You know how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. I will be among your many fans in cheering you on to whatever it is that you were purposed to do.

    Wish I knew how to make something cutesy here for you, but I am very challenged in that department. Shucks, I should not have said that. LOL!

    I have a lot of catch up to do with my blogging buddies, I sort of been out of commission but on the way back.

    Lots of love and hugs
    Angie

    Hey Ange!
    You know, I think most writers live in their minds. I don’t know that it’s a bad thing – just sort of natural progression of people who can easily conceptualize. Know what I mean?

    I believe that you will succeed for the very same reasons you have confidence in me. Isn’t it funny how easily we see the skill and talent in others but not ourselves? And I’m one of your cheerleaders too. I really see you as a budding reporter for the ‘new media’ and think you’re on the right path.

    I think we’ve all been a little bit out of commission, lately, maybe it’s because Spring is poised and our cabin fever is getting the better of us – or sometimes you just need a break, darn it. πŸ˜‰

    xo,
    Annie

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  8. No surprise that visualization and affirmation have helped many people.
    I’m definitely not one of them.
    Maybe it has something to do with my last name, I don’t know.
    Check out tut.com sometime.
    I’ve been receiving a weekly email from these guys for a while.
    The emails read much like this post.
    It’s all about positive vision and the brighter side of things.

    ~m

    Hey Mikey,
    You’re definitely not one of them? Are you sure? Personally, I would disagree with that point of view about you. And do you know why? Because you have an incredible energy that draws people to you – you are incredibly gifted with words and they are words that truly speak to people. You are blessed with a wonderful family, friends, talent, intelligence and deep perception and I don’t think those things happen by accident. All of those things came from your energy. Truth.

    Yes, I’ve recently come across that website. Good one.

    Hugs,
    Annie

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  9. I’m with you on this. I’ve been doing the same myself. Esp. the writer part. It’s difficult sometimes because of my inner cynic, but maybe we can all encourage one another. Great post. kim

    Hey Kim,
    What do you think of the idea that we hold onto certain mannerisms and attitudes as writers because we believe (as we’ve been taught) that in order to have value as writers we must know pessimism, cynicism, pain and heartache? I’m starting to believe that it is an evil plot to keep (especially) writers back. The truth is (to me) that no matter who or what you are, these things are naturally experienced by everyone and that we don’t have to own them in order to perpetuate anything – certainly not creativity – we know them, we can draw from them when we need to but we don’t have to work at keeping them in place.

    Wow, I am really waxing philosophic lately, eh?

    You know, my dad used to say, ‘expect the worst and if that doesn’t happen then you won’t be disappointed,’ and as much as I loved and admired him, I think he had it wrong. Expecting the worst opens that door just as expecting the best does – personally I’d rather expect the best, if I do, I think I have a better chance of it happening. And even if the worst does happen, it still doesn’t mean that the best isn’t around the next corner, does it?

    Love,
    Annie

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  10. “I don’t know about you but I think I’m a visual person. Visual tools help me.”

    Interesting. I know that I am certainly very visually oriented. When people leave comments on my poetry, it’s usually about the imagery, so I guess that makes sense.

    I honestly believe that, up to a point, we create our reality. If you go through life genuinely believing that good things will happen to you, they generally do. Of course, the overall situation has to be accounted for. I strongly suspect that if you live in a place like Darfur, this philosophy probably doesn’t hold up as well.

    But as we are fortunate enough to live in a peaceful and prosperous country, I really do believe our outlook on life does effect the way things happen to us.

    -smith

    Hey Smith,
    Yes, we do live in a prosperous and relatively free country and places like Darfur are far afield of our reality. But you know, I have to say…that some of the happiest people I’ve ever met don’t have anything. Yet they beam with positive energy. I mean, it’s true you can’t control the world around you and what others may do, but I think you can control your response to the world, or at least have a pretty good chance of doing so – so why not?
    WC

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