Visujalisation Can Lead to Success

This is a Guest Post from Ali Jan Qadir

Note from Brendan: I’m a massive fan of visualization. I think it’s one of the most effective things you can do to prepare yourself for success and actualize your goals. Ali provides some interesting insights into the science of visualization. In fact, I recently watched a documentary on the power of visualization with real, live examples of people visualizing their way to success (eg never having played darts but visualizing getting the bullseye… and when it came to their first few throws? Bullseyes!) and was amazed at how effective it can be. Visualization is a key component we’re incorporating in the upcoming Launch Your Life Academy. If you haven’t yet joined the Insiders list, you can do so here.

Take it away Ali…


What is Success?

The answer to this question is varied… does it depend on what success looks like to you? One thing is for certain and that is that every one seeks it… but not everyone succeeds in their quest in finding it.

Why is success so elusive? That is the golden question. Many people point to luck, hard work, systematic nepotism (the economic structure values some occupations more than others) etc. etc.

So how do you create a formulaic path for success?

Well, you can look to the very many success stories that exist out in the world. Believe me, there is no shortage of these; people from different backgrounds, to different destinations, have used different approaches to succeed.

The common denominator has been identified by many to be positive thinking and visualizing one’s goals. Visualizing and thinking about what you want so incessantly and passionately can create sheer belief that leads you to your destination.

Visujalisation Can Lead to Success


Examples of Successful Visualisation

From Bill Gates to Jim Carrey to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lou Ferrigno… all of these successful individuals have revealed visualization and positive thinking to be their primary resource in their pursuit of success.

Jim Carrey once wrote a check to himself for $10 million in 1987 for ‘acting services rendered’ and dated it ‘thanksgiving 1995’ and put it in his pocket. In 1994 he received $10 million for acting in the movie ‘Dumb and Dumber’.

In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building days, he would visualize that his muscles and body were in ideal shape while exercising and he went on to win Mr. Olympia for seven consecutive years. It all comes down to belief. Visualisation can create that belief.

How is it that Arnold started from nothing as a little boy in a small Austrian village and became a body-building champion, Hollywood superstar and then Governor of California? He puts it down to visualisation.

“What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Science and Visualisation

Not only is the assertion of visualizing and thinking positively to achieve success backed by the experience of champions, it is also backed by science.

Epigenetics is the recent scientific discovery which actually asserts the power of thoughts over genetic make-up. Epi means ‘above’ in Greek and the term epigenetics means above genes that is to say that we have control over our genes. Our genes contain DNA which in turn contains RNA which is made up of proteins. DNA strands and their arrangements matter in how relevant information is transmitted when required in our body and which traits to be dominant and which recessive; which obviously then determine how a person can adapt to a situation and be successful.

These arrangements are affected by our thoughts. This means that positive thoughts will essentially make us genetically equipped to get the success or reach the goals that we desire. The body and mind communicate through epigenetics and by making this communication smooth we can create efficiency and harmony within our cellular community i.e. performance increases, whatever we try to do we can do more efficiently. The brain can develop new links and signals to communicate with cells but for such new developments our perceptions and thoughts have to be organized and positive.


The Power of Thoughts

So what exactly are thoughts and how can we focus them on the objective at hand?

Thoughts are composed of:

Imagination: This is the sub conscious mind responding to external stimuli. It has been found that our brain is unable to differentiate between imagined memories and memories of true events (both of which, it stores) unless we also remember the context of it which then helps us link the real memory to events and consequences of it.

However, if we believe completely in our dreams and imaginations (like Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger) our mind focuses on it and it creates truth, a belief and helps us achieve our goals.

“I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe. I’m just trying to create a good one for myself.”—Jim Carrey

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Visualization: These are the more conscious responses to external stimuli as one would be concentrating on a specific image. By focusing on this image, you would prompt the internal system to respond in line with visualization. Again this sort of gives our minds a benchmark and something to move towards and enables us to actualize what we have creatively visualized.

“The more I focused in on this image and worked and grew, the more I saw it was real and possible for me to be like him.”—Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Positive thoughts are fundamental to success.


Action: Do the following:

1) Surround yourself with positive people.

Surrounding yourself with positive people is contagious and can help you become successful. It helps you to believe in yourself.

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”― Michael Jordan

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2) Entertain your dreams and believe in them.

Create a dream for yourself and then belief in that dream. This is the starting point of success.

“To be a champion you must act like one, act like a champion.”—Lou Ferrigno

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3) Persevere

Don’t let a couple of failures or worries get you in a negative mindset. Stumbling along the way doesn’t mean that the way isn’t there.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

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4) Learn from past success and failures.

Your successes and failures will help you identify winning ways and motivate you. If someone has done something before you then at the very least it has proven to you that it can be done… so why not by you?

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”—Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Ali Jan Qadir is a freelance writer who writes about a variety of topics ranging from mental health to technology with the common thread that his writing is always well researched and helpful to the reader. He likes to answer questions like What’s the best mattress for back pain relief.

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Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker is Australia's leading personal development blogger and and helps people build and grow online businesses based on their passions. He has created the Launch Your Life Academy and Your First 1000 Subscribers. Connect with Brendan: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

Brendan Baker is Australia's leading personal development blogger and and helps people build and grow online businesses based on their passions. He has created the Launch Your Life Academy and Your First 1000 Subscribers. Connect with Brendan: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

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  1. Aqilah @ PrettyAwesomeFitness says:

    It’s true how visualising where you want to be can lead to success. That with perseverance and learning from past failures can bring us to greater heights in our careers. Love the post. Thanks!

  2. Ali Jan Qadir says:

    as far as visualizing is concerned, well Arnie proved a point, he always visualized the end product while he worked his way towards building those big guns, this was what i was trying to ..while you are working towards your goal, you should visualize, once you start visualizing the end result you would be self motivated, backed by your self belief and positive thoughts, your chi would help you on your way.

    If you just visualize and not execute …well everyone knows what would happen!!!

      1. Bozhidar Batev says:

        Visualization is a powerful tool … but … there is one huge BUT. Many people spend much more time on visualizing than doing.

        We should never allow visualization to replace action. Feeling better and more enthusiastic about the future is no substitute for doing better.

        And second, whatever we visualize must be the truth.

        If we visualize how effective and efficient we are, be that effective and efficient person.

        If you visualize how you run half an hr. each day and how you burn your extra fat, get your stuff and set your foot on the treadmill.

        Visualization is a great tool, but action is the bottom line you should pay your full attention.

  3. Janine @ BreathOfOptimism says:

    Visualizing what you want, even when you can’t actually see it is most important for me. In order to block the negative thoughts out, I try my best to visualize the best possible thing that could happen and eventually the negativity leaves!

    1. That’s awesome to hear, Janine!

      I love hearing how others use these techniques to live a better life… this is such a powerful tool.

  4. Amit Amin says:

    “Not only is the assertion of visualizing and thinking positively to achieve success backed by the experience of champions, it is also backed by science.”


    I completely agree that visualization can have positive effects, but the key caveat is this – in certain environments applied in certain ways. Visualization as practice is effective. Visualization as goal fantasizing is often not (e.g. because the brain is tricked into believe it has already achieved success, and doesn’t need to mobilize motivational resources).

    I’m also not sure why you bring up epigenetics. It’s true that our thoughts can effect gene expression, but the relationship is extremely complex. Suggesting that visualization positively effects gene expression is extraordinarily speculative.

    I like start of happiness, which is why I’m offering this feedback…

    1. Interesting, Amit… great point and I think I agree with you.

      When you say “Visualization as practice is effective. Visualization as goal fantasizing is often not”, I believe you mean visualizing just the ‘outcome’ of the goal is not effective?

      I agree that visualizing just an outcome, such as a big house, by the beach etc is not as effective as actually visualizing the method of ‘how’ you will attain that goal (eg building your business, performing well at work etc).

      It would be interesting to hear from Ali.

    2. Ali Jan Qadir says:

      Your question about why did i talk about epigenetics is well simple. let me explain first what epigenetics really is, to make it simple in the study of genetics, it was usually considered that 90% of you DNA was junk DNA and the rest was there just the DNA used for cell division, RNA production and protien synthesis. they then realized that the junk Dna showed activity and that activity was controlled by the thought pattern of that particular individual.
      For instance if a person is thinking about depressing thoughts over and over again, that would cause certain genes to become active ( i wont go into the details) and start methylation of certain hormones which help relieve tension etc. causing that individual to be depressed most of the times.

      Now i said positive thoughts help attain positive results, when you start thinking positively, visualize the end product, have no doubts no fear, than you entire genetic material (the junk bit) would activiate those bits which would help you on your way. for instance if you are trying to run a business, your genes would activate the production of certain hormones and chemicals which would increase the activity of the creative part of your brain, allowing you to have more ideas and more of those eureka moments.

      Hope i answered your question.

  5. Andrea H. says:

    I definitely agree, and almost every athlete can testify that visualization works. The problem is when someone is not that good at visualizing things. It’s an ability that can be learned and as always practice makes perfection but great results can also be achieved by imagining the outcomes or if possible remembering something similar.

    If you can’t visualize being totally relaxed then remeber a time when you were relaxed, it works. 🙂

    I’ve seen that the space to write the website on comments has disappeared, is it a glitch?

    1. I like to call it the ‘memory bank’ 🙂 Whenever you have a new experience, you can add it to your memory bank and call upon that experience for future reference. For example, you give your first presentation and you add that to your memory bank. For when you do it again, you can call upon your memory bank to help you succeed.

      I’m not sure what you mean by the space to write comments? It seems you wrote one fine? 🙂

      1. Andrea H. says:

        Hi Brendan, thanks for the reply. I meant that there isn’t anymore the space to add our website when leaving a comment. For the backlink I mean. Just curious. 🙂

        Happy holidays!

        Even if this year too I missed the 100 Personal Development Blogs goal. 😀

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