Visualization isn’t Actualization.

The vision never turns into the truth.

One of the secrets of success is to visualize your next step. 

What do I mean by visualizing?

Sit and think of all the potential successes and problems that come along.

If I start a blog, I have to find hosting and things to write (problem), but then people will have a place to find out about me and my thoughts on a subject (success).

Visualization gives someone confidence because there is power in feeling “ready.” That confidence can propel one into the world as a maker.

There is a lot of power in building a map.

It is important to know that the visualization is your imagination, it isn’t real.The things you visualized happening won’t happen the way you planned it, and things you didn’t even think about happen.

I started the blog, but now I have security issues (problem you didn’t see), no one is coming to my blog (problem you didn’t see), but since its active someone offered me consulting work, even though I don’t know how to do it (success you didn’t see).

If you try to force the visualization into reality by thinking things have to match what you envisioned, you miss the things that come from “the doing” because you are putting on blinders. You aren’t looking at what’s there, just at the things you want to see.

Blinders may make you run a race faster, but you won’t see the context, or even if it’s the right race to run.

Always remember: The map is not the territory

 

 

The Discipline of Meditation

It isn’t as hard as we make it.

I think one of the largest barriers to entry to meditation is the visualization people have for it.

They think of the monk in front of the river, crossing his legs, chanting some Buddhist scripture. He is devout. His concentration is keen. Nothing effects him.

That level of discipline scares people, especially me.

But what I’ve come to learn is that isn’t the only form of meditation at all.

Mediation is a nice walk in the park, sitting in a room, or even working out. Meditation comes in a lot of forms.

All it requires is enough mindfulness to concentrate on your breathing.

Once you do that, you’ll notice thoughts.

Once you begin to notice, don’t act, just watch.

Breathe. Let Go. Watch those thoughts go away, more will come. Just Breathe. Let Go.

Read that sentence slowly, and you could accidentally start meditating.

No river, nature, or chant required.