A year old study has resurfaced on the Net again: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/visualization-you%E2%80%99re-doing-it-wrong/

There is a link within above link to the actual study.

It argues that instead of visualizing the final outcome, one should visualize the actual process as follows:

1: Write down the goal that you’re aiming for.

2: Look for several small steps which you could take towards that goal

3: Visualize yourself taking those steps.

If you add #4 as actually taking those steps...this could be my momma's philosophy:)

I don't see much value in this personally. And it's no fun:)

What do you think? Do you think Vision boards or other methods we recommend here that focus on the final outcome are better?

asked 05 Jul '12, 08:58

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Just yesterday I took a picture of myself. To have one as a starting "progress" pictures in regards to bodybuilding. I looked at that picture afterwards, and thought it was funny cuz the guy on it was not me. I absolutely believe that I'm not that guy on the picture. I guess because in my mind, I already am who I once wanted to be. Physical world seems to be lagging a bit I think. I find it funny to see myself and be like "what, who's that?". ;-) I'm not sure how I got to that point though.

(05 Jul '12, 09:05) CalonLan

@CalonLan, I know what you mean:) So, in your opinion which is better, should we visualize the final outcome or not?

(05 Jul '12, 09:18) Xoomaville

@Xoomaville, yes we should. Visualize the goal and DO the actual process. I agree with LapisLazuli here http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/52184/why-do-we-desire-more-and-more/54049 which touches the subject lightly. But yea, definitely visualize the goal. Because how will you know you're where you wanna be if you have never imagined where you wanna be in the first place. And visualization is just too powerful to not use it.

(05 Jul '12, 09:37) CalonLan
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There is no wrong way or better way... just what works for you and what doesn't.

Visualization is very powerful for some and at the same time very boring and unproductive for others. All styles are this way, however. Action works beautifully for some and is rotten for others. There is no set and stone method when it comes to creating your life, each of us are too unique.

My advice would be this. If you are stuck, unsure, confused, hurting... let go. Let go of all the control and aim to feel good. Once you have come to a better place of clarity, follow your own guidance on what to do next. You can trust yourself 100%- we are all masters at this with our own way of doing it, even if some of us don't give ourselves enough credit. :)


answered 05 Jul '12, 21:20

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I think this is an excellent answer, excellent advice.

(05 Jul '12, 22:51) Grace

Wonderful answer...I guess new methods/suggestions/techniques will keep cropping up. Thanks for you answer:)

(06 Jul '12, 00:36) Xoomaville

Thank you both, glad you liked it :)

(06 Jul '12, 10:17) LapisLazuli

Great answer

(26 Dec '12, 06:56) MoonWillow
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No one ever does it wrong! If you're alive and reading this, then you're doing it right because you're creating all of it. Look around you and realize that your current reality IS your current reality because it's what you've imagined (visualized) and now believe to be most true or most likely for you.

Once you've inquired into the true nature of reality, reality creation and how you create your own reality, you'll realize that you can't get it wrong because you are the only one who's creating absolutely all of your personal reality.

The only question is are you creating the reality of your preference or not? If you don't prefer your current reality, redefine, imagine and believe in what you do prefer. And then, through the action of your mind, only pay attention to those things that fit your preference. And show the Universe through your behavior that that is what you prefer because it's who you are.

The reason I prefer to focus on the end result is that the how, when, where, who, what are in the domain of the Universe, so those details will take care of themselves, if you allow them to do so. If you prefer to focus upon each and every detail and see each one manifest before moving on to the next, you're not wrong in your method; but that's not the fastest way to reach your desired end result.


answered 05 Jul '12, 23:05

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@Eddie, I think you nailed it with your last paragraph, thank you for that:) I guess, we are creatures of habit, we want to feel like we control every step of our life and WE DO but not in the way we ordinarily think:)

(06 Jul '12, 01:28) Xoomaville

@Eddie, Well said! Thank you :)

(28 Aug '12, 23:14) figure8shape

@Eddie - Right on!!

(26 Dec '12, 05:31) Dollar Bill
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If the Path and the Destination are one, visualizing, getting the feeling should be the same. I think the important thing to remember is the state of mind, or feeling you have about the desire.

And the desire can change.

I have always liked working on cars. I had to work on my first cars because I did not have the money to pay a mechanic. Recently the air-conditioning in one of my cars quit working. I bought the equipment to fix it. I spent four hours trying to get it to work properly. At the end of that time, I was hot and frustrated. I had not fixed the problem.

Anne was planting her garden while I was doing AC work. I asked her if she was having fun? She was. She said she loved gardening and wanted to do it the rest of her life. She asked me if what I was doing was fun? Was it something I wanted to do the rest of my life? I had to rethink. No, I did not have fun. I wanted an air-conditioned car, but I did not enjoy the way I was trying to manifest it.

I stopped the AC work. Had a cool drink and relaxed. That felt good. As I was relaxing a thought came to me, a mobile mechanic had been recommended to me. I made a phone call. Tomorrow he is fixing the air-conditioning.

My point is that I feel we must examine ourselves every so often and ask if we are having fun? Is what we are doing something we want to spend the rest of our life doing? Are we expecting a difficult journey will lead to a joyful accomplishment? It won't. It can't.

The desire for a manifestation completes the manifestation in some Universe. That manifestation can be fun or not. So I think we must examine the Journey while we let the Universe decide how to manifest it.

I will stay with the idea of visualizing the desire, but I will examine the feelings I have, on the Journey, and if these feelings are not giving me joy in the Now, I will change my visualization.

I like driving an air-conditioned car. I like working in the garden with Anne. I have more fun in the garden than working on the car. Someone else likes working on my car. I am letting him have his fun by fixing my AC.


answered 06 Jul '12, 05:30

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@Dollar Bill, thank you for your answer. I think, the answers which use examples from their own lives appeal to me as I am sure they do to lots of others. Fixing AC example is great. In my life, it was not until I read Wayne Dyer that I realized that I am trying to fit my life into a profession which I thought it should be when I was 15-16. We must re-asses, step back and ask ourselves from time-to-time if we're having fun, if we're feeling good! Difficult journey doesn't mean accomplishment:)

(06 Jul '12, 09:14) Xoomaville

I was just thinking the other day what a wonderful world if everybody did what they loved.

(06 Jul '12, 10:00) Fairy Princess

One day @Fairy Princess, one day it will be just that wonderful World:)

(06 Jul '12, 10:21) Xoomaville
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According to Joseph Murphy and other New Thought Teachers, we are supposed to envision the final outcome with as much feeling as we can muster, while being in a relaxed state to impress your subconscious mind.

I have never been one for vision boards and such, or journaling, it is too much stuff to remember to do and my life is already busier than I like it to be. I don't think we came to this earth to make it more complicated. I like Stingray's explanation of feeling as good or as happy as you possibly can and the rest will take care of itself.


answered 05 Jul '12, 09:26

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@PurpleRose, As I have mentioned many times on IQ, even I am convinced that 'feeling good all the time' is my own strategy. The above question came up as there is a furious debate going on on Facebook when someone attributed the following quote to Einstein: 'Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is physics'- It's actually by Darryl Anka (Oh the Internet!:)...

(05 Jul '12, 10:04) Xoomaville

...lot of LOA bashing and such. So, I thought let me get some opinions here. As you mentioned, I personally am not big on vision board, I focus on feeling good. Thanks for the answer:)

(05 Jul '12, 10:08) Xoomaville

That feeling, @Xoomaville, when you have visualized something so fully that you're at the point where @CalonLan is at right now, then you find yourself watching it materialize? Oh, what a feeling. Intoxicating.

I always seem to get mildly confused at that precise moment, slightly off balance, as if the world just tilted a bit... a glitch in the matrix. Then when I settle back down and realize what's happening, its so satisfying to see the differences and similarities to your vision. To recognize that you are seeing even more than what you wanted because it's actually more of what you wanted even than you had pictured - you're seeing the true essence of the desire. Ahhhhh. :) love it. I don't think that can feel the same with no vision.

Anyway, I'm not sure I could write and not visualize. Interesting thought. Can you?


answered 05 Jul '12, 23:10

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@Grace, although I am in a field where visuals are paramount, I find that everything (for me) starts with written word. That's just me. I am more able to break down the visual by descriptively writing about it (more controlled, exactly the way I want) but yes, there has to be an over-all vision

(06 Jul '12, 01:43) Xoomaville

Interesting thing is, when I read what you write, I see pictures. :) That's why you crack me up so much - that visual of you jogging and trying to figure out how to control traffic, right down to the specific coordinance is giving me the giggles again right now. :)

(06 Jul '12, 02:14) Grace

I think my answer was too simplified. Words also fuel my imagination, I guess that should have been obvious to me, but I had one particular desire in my head when I wrote it, and I can see it so very clearly sometimes its more real to me than my tangible reality.

(06 Jul '12, 02:15) Grace

What it boils down to for me, I think, is that the two paths are not mutually exclusive, much more that they compliment and build upon eachother. Words paint pictures for me but not only visual pictures; pictures of feelings, memories, abstracts and intangibles that I couldn't paint, but that I understand. Like music. That's another way of describing how a manifestation is better than the vision, also better than the words.

It's late where I am... I hope that made some kind of sense. :)

(06 Jul '12, 02:16) Grace

@Grace :) I personally find reliving words more rewarding as I can keep adding to them (in my head). Here's another tip that works for me, maybe you'll find it useful: By writing them, I find that I can launch the desire, state-it (with as much specifics dates etc.) and let go- all in one stroke! Done. I never-ever go back and re-read them...

(06 Jul '12, 02:24) Xoomaville

...Sometimes I'll append them in my head but 99% of the time I don't and its gone and I have this amazing fearlessness knowing I have done my part even though I may not even remember what exactly I asked for. Very liberating:)

(06 Jul '12, 02:25) Xoomaville

@Grace, it's always best to combine the best from all the worlds. People who say this is "right" the opposite is "wrong" or try to find any higher value in one over another, are desperately searching for "security". Something stable and safe ...from which they don't need to deviate. This is act of fear. When the fear is gone, you allow all the worlds and take the best from them.

(06 Jul '12, 02:35) CalonLan

LOL I'll take that as a very diplomatic "No" ;)

Thank you, and I understand and agree with you on that liberating feeling - I want out of the responsibility.

This is making me realize that I do both, write and visualise. Wonder if I'm jambing up my manifestations and I should just pick one or the other? So the words you wrote don't stay in your head as a picture too? I guess that goes right back to the old question of how to let go. Maybe I should go back and study some vintage Stingray!

(06 Jul '12, 02:47) Grace

@Grace...yes, I visit vintage Stingray often. But it boils down to changing our long held beliefs. I used to think 'Complexity is better', 'Responsibility means adult', 'achievement is getting things the hard way'etc. I have found such a better, effective and simple way now:) No way is the wrong way:) Believe it and it becomes yours:)

(06 Jul '12, 03:27) Xoomaville

@CalonLan, thank you, I just saw your comment. It seems to come down to whatever I want to believe is what will be, and no fear. Of anything.

(06 Jul '12, 09:13) Grace

Thanks, @Xoomaville. Talking abt this helped me straighten it out a bit in my head.

(06 Jul '12, 09:34) Grace

I am curious how you all would answer this question http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/50475/when-you-visualize-do-you-see-clear-pictures-and-colors-like-in-a-photograph as you are touching on it here. Thanks

(06 Jul '12, 10:14) Fairy Princess

Thanks, @Fairy Princess, I followed your link and posted something of an answer. I didn't realize we all have so many different ways in which we approach this.

(07 Jul '12, 01:22) Grace
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This question is very similar to my question here. http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/45057/we-cant-hack-the-grid-of-reality-with-the-law-of-attraction-can-we

It is about jumping in one big step or taking smaller steps with the Law Of Attraction.


answered 06 Jul '12, 18:49

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@Wade Casaldi, I followed the link, yes didn't realize the question seems to be on the same lines. Hope you are feeling mucho better now my friend:)

(07 Jul '12, 07:59) Xoomaville

I think this is perfectly reasonable, if there actually are small steps you can take; and you know what they are. This is seldom the case.


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