There’s an old saying that the best way to predict the future is to create it. The film The Secret talks a lot about visualization, and for great reason. Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between physical reality and your imagination. Athletes such as Tiger Woods mentally rehearse their performances, and recreate them in the actual game. People have even used visualization to recover from major health issues such as paralyzation.
In 2011, I saw a Randy Gage video where he talked about the Imaging Law of Prosperity, which is basically visualization. In the video, Randy suggested writing a movie script of your perfect day, and reading it often. As a storywriter, I loved the idea so much that I expanded it. Rather than just a “perfect day” script, I began a series of stories of the life I intend to live.
The beauty of the next 10 years, 20 years, etc., is that they haven’t happened yet. A lot can happen between now and then, whether it’s you recovering from an illness, or having an idea that turns your business around, or you overcoming that private battle you’re fighting right now. And when you put things out into the universe, they tend to manifest in the physical. So when you put your pen to paper (or hands to keyboard), there are no rules to what you can write, other than your own beliefs. And if you do this exercise often enough and have fun with it, you’ll find it difficult to see your future as anything but what you write about.
When writing your story, it is recommended that it be as detailed as possible. This will give your subconscious mind more power, as well as make it easier to picture in your conscious mind. Use your senses when describing what happens in the story. When you enter your dream car, get a whiff of that “new car smell” and watch the world zoom by through the windshield of your convertible. Feel your hair flowing in the wind as you and your dream spouse badly sing “Old MacDonald.” This level of detail is what separates storywriting from other great visualization tools such as vision boards.
You may want to make backup copies of your stories and put them in multiple places. For instance, keep one handwritten copy, another typed and saved to a flash drive, and another on a private document creator/storage website such as Evernote. You never know when your computer might crash and destroy your work.
Brian Tracy said that when writing down your goals, it’s good to include a deadline. When writing, I like to casually mention when the story takes place, or when I achieved a certain goal prior to the story events. In your story, maybe your dream lover can point out the date you became a couple. Maybe you’re the owner of a huge franchise, and while visiting the headquarters, you walk by a sign that says “Est. 2025.” It could even be as simple as your future 8-year-old child asking how old you are.
Just to show you the power of this exercise, here are a few testimonies. In one story, I reunite with an old childhood friend while we’re at the peak of our respective careers. The month after I began this story, my mother gave me her phone to speak to someone she was talking to. The woman turned out to be a relative of my old friend. We used to stay at her house often when we were very young. And by “very young,” I mean I haven’t spoken to this woman since around 1995!
In another story, my (soon-to-be) girlfriend and I go to a 90s kid convention, complete with cosplay and meeting our favorite childhood celebrities. At one point, we see a reunion of the original cast of a very popular show called All That. It was also going to be the first time the biggest stars, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, would be seen together on a major platform since around 2000.
Kenan and Kel went on to have their reunion 18 months after I created the story, playing two of their famous All That characters in a Jimmy Fallon Show sketch, which is amazing in itself. In March 2016, I regained interest in writing this story after about a year of no updates. For some reason, I really, really wanted to make the All That reunion a major part of the story. Days later, while typing something unrelated in the Facebook search bar, there was a split second where I saw the headline “All That Reunion.” It turned out to be an ad for an All That marathon in April, during which half of the cast members from my story did Q&A and commentary during commercial breaks. That particular group of stars hadn’t been seen together on TV since 2004.
If you follow the Law of Attraction, I highly recommend this exercise. It’s a very fun, inspirational, and powerful manifestation technique. I hope you have fun with it and create lots of true stories! And if you have any testimonies of how visualization has worked for you, feel free to share it in the comments.
Make a nice day!