A few years ago I picked up a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This is a classic within the self-development and business arenas, and a must-read for anyone who wants to know how to deliberately create a rich life.
I had heard about it’s magical powers to transform mere mortals into money-making machines, and so I began to study it like a treasure map.
One chapter in particular was about visualization and the ability to use one’s imagination. Hill suggests that a fundamental step to attaining anything we desire is that we must first visualize it and see it in our minds.
Hmmmm…. Sounded simple enough; but it didn’t sound like a serious tactic.
So I did what most of us do when we’re presented with profound wisdom that we don’t fully understand yet: I didn’t pay much attention to it.
…that is until Kanye.
“I always had a passion for fashion. Before I had it I closed my eyes and imagined.” ~ Kanye West, Good Life
Now, say what you want about Kanye West (aka Ye, aka Yeezy, aka Yeezus), the man obviously knows how to do at least one thing extremely well that the majority of people don’t, and that is this: he knows how to use his imagination to make $(@# happen!
It’s no secret that West wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. In fact, his upbringing was pretty average by middle-American standards. But if you know anything about Weezy you know that he’s anything but average.
From his early days West and those that knew-him-when say that he always had a dream of being a big star. Well, now not only is Kanye living his dream, but he’s inspiring millions of others to dream big too.
Get down, boy. Go’n head, get down!
Then there’s Will Smith…
“I think that there’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You have to believe that something different can happen.” ~ Will Smith
…the uber successful comedian slash actor slash musician slash family man slash all around good guy.
Will has been vocal for years about how he uses focus and the power of belief and visualization to achieve any goal he sets for himself.
You’ll understand better after you watch this.
Will is an example of how belief in your ideas and a positive mental attitude can propel you to any goal you want to achieve.
Last but not least, Jim Carrey
“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.” ~ Jim Carrey on the Oprah Winfrey Show (1997)
Anyone who even remotely follows Jim Carrey outside of his films knows that he’s a deeply introspective and spiritual human being. He speaks often and openly on his beliefs of how we create our realities and how he created his.
At the age of 12 he went to work in a factory for eight hours each day after school after his father lost his job at the age of 51, and for a while the family was homeless and lived out of a van.
Jim famously credits the use of visualization for his success and has often shared the story how he wrote himself a 10 million dollar check three years before it actually happened.
While his early life was rocked with poverty and desperation, Jim Carrey proves that believing is seeing and that, irrespective of your circumstances, your wildest dreams can come true.
Action Steps For You
These three stars demonstrate the law of visualization in effect which says, “you can have all you can expect and accept.” Could it be that the reason why many of us don’t have more is because we don’t expect to?
If you’re up to it, write down something you want to see happen in the comments below and then practice visualizing that you have it already. Do your best to assume the emotion and feeling of having that thing and give yourself a believeable time-frame for achievement. Then come back here and post your results.
I don’t know about you, but I’m visualizing over 10,000 subscribers to the blog. Whippie!