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How to Use Creative Visualization to Stand Out

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life, according to Shakti Gawain. In her book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life talks about the natural power of imagination and the energy that the universe “emits,” which we utilize unconsciously.

Overall, the book tells us that the only thing critical is our decision to run after our dreams while we set a clear picture of success! Perhaps these four tips from Shakti Gawain can help:

1. Set your goal. Be clear of what you would like to achieve in life – a career, personal relationships, prosperity, good health, etc. Then work towards creating a clear picture that you already possess. In case you are having a challenging time visualizing, why not imagine one of those goals that seem “easy.” That way you don’t have to think about dealing with conflicts along the way.

2. Create a clear idea. Set a mental picture often – say, when you wake up or before you go to bed. You may also practice during meditation or during quiet moments. In this way, it becomes a habit that eventually inspires to be a reality for you.

3. Focus. You may have goals and a clear picture of what you want but if you don’t get focused and easily get distracted by the hype that goes around it, you won’t be getting anywhere. Make it a habit to visualize – it is like performing yoga every morning. Focus on it clearly during your uninterrupted minutes so that positive energy will circulate naturally.

4. Stay positive. This is the time when you will combine steps 1 and 2. Once you have set goals and a clear picture of what you’d like to become, it’s time to harbor positivity in everything you do. Of course, there will be rocks that will be scattered on your path but staying optimistic and in high spirits really help.

It will be great if you will read the book Creative Visualization as it gives more narrative about the topic that will guide you through the visualization process in a non-preaching way. Try to “feel” your goals often and see what happens. Finally, Gawain stressed that it is also important to acknowledge the moment there has been a change in your goal or it’s already been completed. She said that “to give appreciation to yourself and a pat on the back, and be sure to thank the universe for fulfilling your requests.”


Gawain, S. (1998). Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life. New World Library. Novato, California


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