When I was a kid, my Dad shared with me the power of visualization and positive thinking. He told me if I wanted to accomplish something, I could. All I had to do was set my goal, write down the individual steps to go from start to finish, and give it a go.
And though he never mentioned Napoleon Hill and the quote, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve," that message was still embedded in my childhood teachings. Rarely can we conceive something without first visualizing it in some way – perhaps as words or as feelings (yes you can ‘visualize’ feelings, even if that feels a bit abstract) – most often as images.
My father also said, "If there’s anything you can’t do, I’ll see what I can do to help you clear that roadblock."
Sometimes those roadblocks were physical obstacles (like I needed to earn more money than I had time to earn, so he loaned me some), and sometimes they were mental obstacles (like when I wanted to quit martial arts because I couldn’t learn ‘Star Form’). Either way, what followed was a life of great success for me. I accomplished more before I was of voting age than many people accomplish in entire lifetimes. A big part of that is the hidden wisdom within my Dad’s approach.
You see, it wasn’t just about positive thinking, visualization, or goal-setting. Whether he was consciously aware of this or not, I was receiving a message that said "If you truly set your heart on something, and you take action, there is a really really good chance it’s going to happen. And if you can’t do it alone, the Universe will send you help."
In my life, help comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s an actual person lending a helping hand, sometimes it’s a message within a story from a brand new friend, and sometimes it’s in the form of an unexpected email that, for some strange reason, I accidentally opened and found a nugget of timely wisdom in.
Whatever it is, help is always around us if we’re open to it.
I actively draw upon many resources to maximize the opportunities for help in my life. I realize that my mind has been "programmed" since birth. In some cases it was positive programming (like "VISUALIZATION WORKS" or "you can achieve your goals") and sometimes it was negative programming (like "There isn’t ‘enough’ in the world"). Whatever it was, I recognize that I’ve been programmed.
And unless I’m able to live totally 100% in the present moment, I’m continuing to both add new "programs" and re-play old ones (regardless of whether or not I want to, or even whether or not they’re helpful to me).
Because of that awareness, whenever a new helpful technology comes around that gives me an opportunity to at least choose the new programs I want to embed within me… I pay attention. Not because I am expecting some sort of rapid transformation and having all my goals be instantly achieved, but rather, because of something deeper… something more meaningful.
For me it’s this sense that every little piece of the puzzle is contributing to my overall unfoldment. It’s not that any single activity is a single answer. It’s that when I integrate many different tools, techniques, meditations, passions, fun, and spiritual practices together, what I find is that each piece contributes a little more towards the life I truly want to live.
So when you’re receiving lots of hints, clues, and feedback pointing to the same thing, just pause for a moment and ask yourself, "Is this something that might be a piece of MY personal transformation puzzle?" If so, then check it out.
… and not because I or anybody else recommends it, but rather, because there’s a part of you that is curious about what opportunities you have to live the life of your dreams. After all…
You never know in what ways the Universe is sending you help. 🙂
If you want to learn a bit more about the science behind why visualization literally rewires the programs in your brain, then click the link below and watch this new interview with John Assaraf (from "The Secret"):
I found it quite interesting to get a peek behind the mind of somebody who has studied visualization and quantum physics for over a decade, and who lives and teaches this stuff to bring his dreams directly into reality. One thing he said I found particularly interesting was:
"It’s not your eyes that see. It’s your brain that sees."
The implications of that are HUGE! John also shares an amazing story that makes one thing ABUNDANTLY clear:
We’re never alone…
Okay, I think that might have came across a little bit creepier than I intended… so just watch the video and you’ll understand what I mean! 🙂