As a financial advisor, I often tell my clients that the most important investment they can ever make is that of their energy and attention in their future, as I’ve seen first-hand what happens when people learn to consciously direct their thoughts toward the future they want to create. The human mind is like a bio-computer that is continually processing input and output, and so, whatever we put in is understandably what we’ll get out. Put in junk and we will get junk – put in good programs, and we will get good results.

In a way, our subconscious mind is a like a navigation system. It’s constantly giving us directions, but if we haven’t plugged in the right address with our conscious mind, then we’re going to be going in circles. The good news is that visualizing and learning to redirect our future is not as difficult as some people might think.

The first step is to create a two-minute movie in your head of you in the future, being the person that you always wanted to be, and imagining that money is not an obstacle in any way. The second step then requires five minutes a night, before you go to bed. Spend a minute or two in meditation and/or doing some type of relaxation technique—anything that will best help you to focus. Then, once you feel centered and grounded, play your movie in your head.

There’s an old saying, “act as if.” Or, as we often say, “fake it till you make it.” Your movie has to be a snapshot of a day in the life of you, playing bigger in the world: where and what you do at work, the relationships you have, the house you live in, the car you drive, etc. What does that vision look like three to five years out in a perfect day in the life of you? And then give it up to the Universe because in all likelihood that vision, while it may come true, will find reasons to change and grow as you make it bigger and better. We need to give our energy a direction to move in. It’s critical that we do that. Otherwise, we flounder.

Then play your movie every night for thirty days, because this is how long many people believe it takes for a new habit to form in the subconscious mind. For example, if you smoke once, it probably won’t become a habit, but if you smoke for thirty days you’re most likely hooked.

If we don’t believe that our thoughts are creating the life we’re living and that we’re the principal author of our own destinies, writing our own stories every day, we will remain helpless audience members watching our lives go by. This visualization process gives us something far more useful to focus on than the old counter-productive messages of our mind. Over time, we will be amazed how quickly our outer world will begin to change once we’ve learned how to rewrite our scripts.

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Adapted from Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity.
© 2009 Jeffrey L. Gitterman – All rights reserved – Published by AMACOM Books. – A Division of the American Management Association.




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