How to Bring Your Travel Dreams to Reality. 5 Steps to Get in the Game (4 of 5)
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Visualization is perhaps the single most important ingredient for success on any level.
There’s an old saying that goes “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.”
That is to say that without a clear picture of where you want to go, then every road will lead to indecisiveness and ultimately failure.
Failure to take appropriate action. Failure to take proactive steps. Failure to create a specific game plan. Failure to execute effectively towards your goals. Failure to bring your travel dreams to fruition.
Inevitably, you will end up going nowhere, but that cubicle you report to each and every dreadful day…
By visualizing your goals, you tap into the power of the mind by feeding it mental images. Changing your mental pictures and thoughts with your specific dream travels, you will change your reality.
Believe it to be so and you will empower your psychee to overcome any obstacles in your way.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, man can achieve.”
You must visualize your dreams with intention. Intention to really and truly execute your travel goals.
Visualization is different than daydreaming. If daydreaming were a cars headlights on a road at night, visualizing would be a laser beam that can pinpoint it’s exact target a mile away.
Visualize your goals as if you were a laser beam with dead-on specificity and accuracy. Doing so will produce daily movement towards your goals. The more you visualize, the more you tap into the law of attraction.
Just like being specific with your travel plans, the same should be done with your visualization exersizes.
Set aside a specific amount of time aside each day and visualize yourself exactly how you’ve imagined you would be on your travels.
Visualize yourself taking a picture in front of a castle in Ireland, visualize yourself having a café con leche in a café chatting with a local of that city, visualize yourself zonked out on a beach on the Mediterranean, visualize yourself hopping off a Eurail train in Hamburg, visualize yourself romancing the love of your life, etc…
Really see yourself in your minds eye with a backpack on and living the dream exactly how you envision it. Imagine yourself running with the bulls in Pamplona, imagine yourself writing in your journal trying to describe the Mona Lisa as you are standing in front of it at the Louvre Museum in Paris, visualize yourself sitting in lounge at the world famous Bulldog Hostel in Amsterdam sharing good times with fellow travelers.
Repitition is key. Repeat the visuals everyday, all day long (minus whatever your boss has you working on!) The more specific you are, the better.
Also, when you’re actually visualizing your travel adventures, believe it or not, it will help to actually speak to yourself as you’re doing so.
Example: If you’re visualizing yourself on a beach on the Amalfi coast of Italy, then you may want to say things like “Yep. That’s me on the beach, baby!” or “I did it. I am finally on a beach in Italy!” Make up stuff, but be as realistic as possible.
This may sound corny, but the reason this is important to include with your visualization exercizes is because you will simultaneously tap into your auditory faculties. The brain will be tricked into believing that you are actually there. As I’ve mentioned it before, your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is not and it is more powerful than you can ever imagine and every book on the subject will verify that.
So, giving your subconscious mind the double whammy of visual and auditory, you will strengthen your will power to stay on the right track to success in realizing your travel goals. Stay on course. Let nothing distract you from your ultimate goal- your launch date. All of the little things you do on a daily basis will compound and ultimately help you or work against you.
Visualizing with intention everyday will keep you centered, keep your goals fresh, and keep you from straying in another direction.
How has visualizing helped you?