James Allen had a quote that I've always loved, "You will become as small as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspirations."
After finishing a speaking engagement in Los Angeles, I was having dinner at Casa Vega restaurant in Sherman Oaks with a good friend of mine, George Gallo. George is a screenwriter, producer, and director in Hollywood. Over dinner that night I asked George to what he attributed his success, because before coming to Hollywood he was driving a Pepsi truck and delivering soda in New York City.
He told me he is a great visualizer. "I visualize everything. When I was driving that Pepsi truck, I visualized a home overlooking Universal City in Los Angeles as I was writing my scripts at night after I got off my shift. I visualized working with movie stars and directing them." George Gallo went to college to study art. He is a very accomplished painter. When I visited his house in Universal City that night, he showed me the painting of a house he did when he was in school. It was a painting of what he visualized his house to be once he made it as a writer and director in Hollywood. Strange as it may seem, that painting looked unerringly similar to the house I was in that night.
George wrote more than 30 movie scripts before he finally sold "Wise Guys" for $11,000. He received his check, packed up his belongings and took a train to Hollywood. George would not (and still doesn't to this day) fly in an airplane. During a flight some years back, the plane dropped more than 5,000 feet. George said no more. And on the train, he wrote the screenplay for "Midnight Run," which is rated as one of Hollywood's top 50 movies of all time by some critics.
Why don't we visualize more? If George Gallo can effectively use visualization, then maybe it's time to get on the bandwagon and start our own visualizing. There's a bonus here, too. Visualization costs you nothing. It has no side effects, and you can do it alone or in a crowd. It's proof that intangible imagination can produce tangible realities.
Everything you want in life starts with your powerful mind. The only limitations are the ones we create, and what we create, we can change. It's entirely up to us.
The Bible says, "The wicked man's fears will all come true, and so will the good man's hopes."
Terry Lemerond writes in the "Health Counselor," "Unfortunately, much of the unconscious visualization we do is negative. We get into the self-destructive habit of visualizing ourselves bumbling through an interview, or getting into a car accident, or having a terrible fight with our spouse -- it puts our energies into the wrong directions."
Shaki Gawain, author of Creative Visualization, writes, "We often imagine difficulties and problems -- and that's what we get."
What you visualize is entirely up to you and within your power, whether it's going into a sales call with the biggest proposal you ever have presented, making a presentation to your corporate board of directors, or going on a job interview. Would positive visualization guarantee you a job? Of course not. However, if you go in with higher expectations, having already seen a receptive interview in your mind's eye, then you are far more likely to find the success for which you have been looking.
Every day, we have between 45,000 to 51,000 self-talk impressions. Self-talk and visualization go hand in hand. Just try visualizing with positive self-talk and see what happens.
Remember, it's all in your powerful mind. It's your choice to win!
Sean Luce is the Head National Instructor for the Luce Performance Group and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As seen on Radio Ink Headlines March 11th, 2013.