This is what’s going to separate you from everybody else. This is what’s going to help you to obtain the success that you want for yourself, the happiness that you crave, and the life that you wish to live. Let me explain.
If you are somebody who expects to achieve your goals, to reach your potential, and to have your dreams come true, then there’s no question about it, you need to train your brain to achieve the results that you wish to seek. How do you do so? By conquering the art of visualization.
In case you are somebody who isn’t into mindfulness and meditation, don’t worry, this isn’t going to talk about either of those things. While they may help you along the way, this is so much more than mindfulness and meditation.
The Science Behind Visualization
Visualization is an extraordinary skill to develop. The great Henry Ford once said that “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” Well, Henry Ford was right. The thoughts that consume your mind will eventually create your reality. The reason for this is because of the reticular activating system.
By definition, the reticular activating system (RAS) is “a network of neurons located in the brain stem that project anteriorly to the hypothalamus to mediate behavior, as well as both posteriorly to the thalamus and directly to the cortex for activation of awake, desynchronized cortical EEG patterns.”
In order words, the RAS is a filter system that allows your brain to consume certain information while blocking out other information. It chooses to consume information based on your past experiences. You and those from your past are responsible for the information that you brain processes on a daily basis.
If you constantly feel like you are incapable of success, then your reticular activating system is going to go through the day and point out every flaw of yours and every struggle that you experience. Your reticular activating system is like your own Sherlock Holmes. While you go throughout your day, your RAS is going to be looking for evidence to confirm the very thoughts that you think.
Now, the reticular activating system isn’t your enemy. In many cases, it’s actually there to help you. On average, humans have 50,000 different thoughts that come to mind on a daily basis. Can you imagine how exhausted your brain would be if it processed all of these thoughts? Your head would literally explode.
The reticular activating system is there to help filter which thoughts are important to you based on the repetitive thoughts that you think of, and it blocks out those thoughts that hold less of an importance.
How To Train Your Brain To Achieve Results
You may be asking yourself what you can do to train your brain and to reshape your thinking. If so, there is no better way to start than to visualize the thoughts that you want to most align with. The more you repeat this process and shift your thinking to more positive thoughts, the more your own Sherlock Holmes (aka. your RAS) starts to spot evidence of new thoughts.
So, here is how you are going to train your brain to achieve results.
Look at the goals that you have for yourself. Whatever your goals are, no matter how big or small they might seem, write them down on a piece of paper so that you can look at them. Research also shows that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing them down, but that is a different topic for another day.
Go to each one of the goals that you have written down and visualize them. Don’t just visualize them without any intentions though. Visualize what your life looks like when you have achieved your goals, how your goals are going to improve your life compared to the one that you are living now, and how you feel about your life.
I know that for some people, you might think that there is no chance this is going to work. Had you asked me to do this exercise two years ago, I wouldn’t have believed that it was going to work either. The difference is, two years ago, I was living a life of anger, sadness, and depression. Today, I am living a life of happiness, joy, and am far more successful than I used to be.
As you start to imagine how you want your life to look, your subconscious mind is going to take over and start acting on those beliefs without you even recognizing it. If your goal is to be a leader at work and you visualize that goal every morning before you go into work, you will subconsciously start to become a leader. You will start to speak up more, you will start to work harder, and you will start to develop the attributes of a leader.
Let’s say that your goal is to become more grateful and spiritual. If you take the time to visualize what that reality looks like to you, you will start to attract the beliefs that align with your goals, and as a result, you will subconsciously start to work towards those goals and beliefs.
The more you focus on the things that you want, the more you are training your brain to have a different filter and to look for evidence within your daily life that will help to turn your thoughts into your reality.
Your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and the thoughts you think. This means that while you may experience a negative reality, if you can still manage to focus on the positive and reinforce positive behaviors, your brain is going to prioritize those thoughts and will block the negative thoughts from entering your mind.
The idea is that you want to start focusing on the results that you want to see so that you can train your brain to start automatically looking for ways to turn those results into your reality. Regardless of how big or small, the more you prioritize positive thoughts and envision your life having achieved your goals, the more your RNS starts working to make those goals a reality.
Visualization sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. We just look for ways to make life more difficult on ourselves instead of accepting what science and research have shown.
Examples of Your Brain At Work
How many times have you woken up in the morning and immediately thought that today was going to be a bad day? What happened throughout that day? Did you end up having a good day? Well, maybe, but odds are that it was probably a struggle. That’s because your RNS looked for evidence all around you to align with your thoughts.
Now, how many times have you woken up in the morning and told yourself that today was going to be a good day? What happened when you did so? I’m going to guess that you felt happier and had a pretty good day. And that’s because your RNS was focused on finding evidence to make your reality reflect your thoughts.
Surely there are exceptions and things that you can’t control, but the point is, the more you focus on positive thoughts and the goals that you want to achieve, the more your RNS searches for evidence and ways to create a reality that aligns with your focus.
The Best Thing You Can Do To Train Your Brain To Achieve Results
The best thing that you can do for your brain and for your life is to take the time out of your day to visualize your goals. Seriously, we all have 30 seconds to spare. Turn the TV off. Quit scrolling through Facebook. Instead, do something that is going to help you to achieve the results you wish to see. Take some time to visualize your goals, and visualize yourself achieving your goals.
The human brain is truly remarkable. Once you train your brain to focus on the results you wish to see, you begin to feel more confident in yourself, you began to take action towards achieving your goals, and you start to live the life that you deserve to live.
You will only get in life what you are willing to work for. Take time out of your day, do yourself a favor, and train your brain to achieve results. Your reality will follow the very thoughts that you think.