3 Easy Tools for Visualizing More Money – Sherry Parks
See Money Before it Arrives
“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” — Zig Ziglar
I’m going to be honest here and tell you that whenever someone suggests to me that I should visualize, I literally have an immediate resistance. In fact, I’ve said on more than one occasion that I am a horrible visualizer.
Here is an example for you. Not long ago, I was taking part in a class where the instructor asked if anyone considered themselves bad at visualizing. I was happy to see I wasn’t the only one! He led a group of us self-proclaimed “bad visualizers” through a guided visualization. He asked us to see ourselves sitting in our car. We were to look over and see our glove box, open it and notice a “surprise” inside.
Well, literal-minded me had no problems seeing myself in my car, seeing my glove box and opening it. After all, I’m in my car daily. So totally something I could see. The struggle came when I looked for a surprise. Like, I was thinking, a surprise in my glove box, what the heck could it be? I couldn’t see anything surprising or unexpected. All I could see what was actually in there the last time I opened the box.
When I complained to the teacher, he said. Wait. You just said you could see yourself in the car, you could see the glove box and you could even see what was in there.
Oh yeah. I did that!
His response was “Now all you have to do is make something up”. Duh, big red truck! For those of you who don’t know that reference it comes from a blonde joke I heard many years ago. I don’t really remember it, but it had something to do with a firetruck and the blonde’s response was “Duh, big red truck”. That is all I can remember of the joke.
Let me get back to the subject. There are lots of ways you can use visualization to reach your goals, and even your goals around money. Here are a few examples for you:
🧐Create a vision board of your dream bank balance
🤓Create an online vision board focused on what that money would bring
🧐Use a vision board/flash card type software with custom pics of your money goal
🤓Think about how much money you want and see yourself with it
🧐Use a guided visualization where someone guides your through the steps of seeing the money you want
There are so many ways to visualize. And it is a super powerful tool in creating the money story and life that you want. Here are three of my favorite ways to make visualization work for me, even when I feel like I’m bad at it.
Use your imagination and make something up.
If you’re like me and have a literal brain that wants to be in control, I have to physically give myself permission to use my imagination. I remember when I was a kid, I had a great imagination. I’d imagine myself on my bicycle chasing bad guys with Ponch and John from Chips (that old TV show of motor cycle cops). Or I’d imagine my Barbie doll had the most fabulous, exotic and privileged life ever.
So when I give myself permission to use Imagination, it’s like Hello Eunice (Eunice would be me in this instance), you have a great imagination! USE THAT! Literally, imagination opens up so much more space to SEE what we want.
Use Visualization to look at “what if” the BEST happens.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking about what you would do if the worst happened? For example, have you thought about what you would do if you or your spouse lost a job? Have you found yourself envisioning what you would do if it happens?
It is super easy to get stuck in this cycle of creating a plan for when the bad stuff happens. It seems like a good thing to be prepared for the worst right? But the thing is, the more vivid it becomes, the more stuck we get.
Wouldn’t you rather spend that mental energy on creating the exact, vivid, beautiful money story you desire? I know I would! And the thing about using visualization…..it will empower us to grow and change. If things are going to change, let’s change them to what we want, not what we don’t want!
Get and keep that CLEAR vision in front of you.
“Action is not driven by the past, but pulled by the future.” — Dr. Martin Seligman
I love this quote so much. It reminds us that our actions are driven by what we envision.
Having a clear vision of what we want our future money situation to look like, is like we are being magnetically pulled toward it. There is no escaping the pull of that vision.
That is why it is so important to focus on the right vision. Seeing the good and not the bad. If we have a clear vision in front of us, it is like the strongest magnetic force all around us pulling us toward what we want. Nothing is going to stop you, your mind, or the universe from creating the vision.
When it comes to money I often see with my clients and others I talk to, that there is a block around visualizing money. Maybe they don’t feel worthy of money, or they think that money is inherently evil, or possibly they believe that only certain types of people have money. No matter what the block is, it can keep us from bringing money to the forefront of our dreams and visualization. That’s where I come in, I help them uncover those blocks and begin to create the money story and situation they want. You can have that too. Start with these three easy steps and if you find yourself still feeling stuck, reach out for some help. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Let’s change the world’s view of money together!
Sherry Parks is a Money Mindset Coach who helps women escape feeling stuck and trapped by their finances, so that they find more joy and wealth for their lives. Check out her 5 Steps to a Better Money Story workbook here. Here’s what people are saying about the workbook. “I am amazed how much insight I got after completing the workbook, I [became] aware of so much!” — Nicole E. “Your workbook is great, I already feel calmer and more in control of my relationship with money!” — Nancy R.
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