If you watch television, you have probably seen Steve Harvey at least once. He is the host of multiple television shows and has also written numerous self-help books. His life is a true testament to the power of visualization. In his book, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” he tells the story of a class assignment he had as a child. The assignment was simple enough, the students were asked to write about what they wanted to be when they grew up. Steve, who had a stutter at the time, excitedly wrote that he was going to be on TV when he grew up. His teacher, believing that he was being a wise-guy, embarrassed him in front of the class and called his parents. If he rewrote the paper with a more “reasonable” career choice for himself, she would reconsider his grade.
When he got home, his mother was upset by the teacher’s call and asked his father to talk to him about the paper. To Steve’s surprise, rather than punishing him, his father gave him an inspiring piece of advice. He told Steve first to rewrite the paper and give the teacher what she wanted. Then he said: “Steve, take out that first paper you wrote, put it in your top drawer, and every morning before you go to school and every night before you go to sleep, you read that paper and you believe that one day you will be on TV.”
Steve Harvey held a vision of himself on TV, reminded himself of it daily, and took action to get there. I absolutely love this story and have shared it many times. Recently, I saw him retelling this story (yes...on TV). He said that he sends that same teacher a brand new television every year so that she can be sure to catch him on TV each and every day.
How can you use visualization in your own life?
It is not necessary to know exactly how you will get to your goal at first. You just need to be willing to picture amazing outcomes and take action.
Here are three steps to help you activate your vision:
1. Decide what you want
What do you want to bring into your life?
2. Picture it vividly
Give your subconscious the clearest possible picture so it can show you all of the opportunities, people, books, etc. surrounding you right now. Use mental rehearsal; If you want to be the recipient of a promotion at work or award in your field, mentally rehearse how you would respond to this event. You will be ready for the opportunity when it arises and will be able to react with confidence using this amazingly powerful tool.
3. Take action
Keep taking daily action toward your goal. Remember, this is not just wishful thinking. If you want a new home (even if you can’t afford the dream home right now), start going to open houses and looking through home magazines while you picture your dream home. If you want a higher level of health, start reading books or attending talks on health and well- being. If you want a new car, go out this weekend to start looking at vehicles and test-drive a few.
By taking action, you allow opportunities, helpful people, and new information that match your vision to find their way to you.