Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Making Visualization a Reality

When I was in college, I needed a car.  I remember my Dad taking me to a used car dealership.  I'm sure it was filled with Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs, etc.  Tediously searching row by row, I saw reliable college cars, but nothing sparked my eye like that old, yet shiny red, 1987 Audi 4000s.  She was a beauty and I just knew she would be mine.

My dad strongly suggested other cars, but my mind was made up before we left the lot "to think about it".  I had to have THAT car.  Everything about her made me feel happy.  I knew a little sweet talking and number crunching was in order with my dad that night.  He didn't disappoint.  He never does.

After landing a sweet deal even my frugal father couldn't pass up, he helped me drive it off the lot the next day.  I never felt so happy to drive a car as I did this Audi.  Black leather seats, HEATED (perfect for Minnesota winters, where I attended college) and best of all, a sunroof!  I felt like a queen in this car!

I drove her for four memorable years and then we reluctantly parted ways in 1997 when I moved to Texas.  Since then, I've ALWAYS had the dream to drive another German car.  Maybe it is the German in my blood, but something about the way these cars are made and aesthetically look make me feel joy, comfort and happiness.

I'd settled for a Volkswagen...twice. That was economically the right choice for me at the time.  First a Jetta, then a Passat.  Good cars, but they didn't make me feel the way the Audi did.   So I started dreaming.  If that 1987 Audi made me feel like that, what would a BMW would feel like? GULP!

Remember last week when I talked about how to clearly visualize your future? You didn't think I'd stop with visualizing now did you? That's just beginning. The tough part is action. The fun part is making your vision a reality.

For the last 15 years, I cannot tell you how many times I visualized in my head how great it would be to own a Black BMW.  That same Audi feeling came over me every time I would see one.  I had several moments like the one below.  My conscious mind was visualizing that car and it kept showing up, teasing me, suggesting that I needed to get to work.  I needed to put my visualization into action.

This was a particular fun moment I couldn't resist capturing!
So I made a dream board (or vision board) about a year ago and decided to really put the thought of owning a Black BMW into my conscious mind!  I didn't know how I'd do it.  But I knew, that I would do it.  I didn't just dream anymore.  I got busy.

Every day...relentless.  Some days its a grind.  But if I want the things I have visualized for my future, I must put forth great effort.  I must align my values with my dreams and I must have genuine intentions for the things that I want to achieve. 

So when I got the call from the VW Dealership on Friday that the repairs on my current Passat would cost more than the car is worth, I got a little nervous.  You see, the deadline I had given for myself to achieve my BMW goal was June 2012.  Was I ready to make the plunge this soon?  Should I be achieving my goals early? Should I just be safe and get that Ford, Chevy or Pontiac or should I get what I have visualized for myself and what I have worked so hard for over the past year.

What do you think?  I'm ready for the car that parallels my life right now.  I'm not ready to purchase a Brand New Black BMW.  I never made that distinction.  But I am ready for a Used Black BMW.

So do you think that because of the vision I created, that it surprised me that the first two cars that became available on my internet search were Used Black BMWs?  Do you think I'm surprised when I test drove the car, I experienced that same exact feeling my old Audi had given back in college.  Do you think I'm surprised that the price was just right for where I am in my life today?

Visualize.  Work.  Achieve.

The keys to my 2007 Black BMW 328i

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Visualizing 2012

It's been some time since I've posted here.  This Mama has been incredibly Motivated in other areas of my life.  However, with the start of a new year and a fresh perspective, I felt it necessary to script out my year at a glance.

I recently sat down and wrote a letter to myself, entitled, My 2012 Visualization.  You can call it an action plan, a road map, a strategy if you will.  For me, it's a conscious call to action. 

There is something very empowering and incredibly therapeutic about visualizing my future.  With this concept in mind, it's hard not to strive to reach these goals.  It's almost as if this signals a trigger of response in my brain, calls in a production team to figure out the plan, and then implements that plan in detailed and organized fashion.

A lot of people avoid goal-setting because of the fear of failure.  What if I don't achieve this and what if this doesn't happen exactly as I planned?  This is not my prophecy, this is my positive visualization.  I choose to set myself up for success rather than be fearful of unknown failures.

I've often heard that many athletes use this visualization technique before a big game or before a major race.  It is something that translates quite well for me as a marathon runner.  I never line up at the start line and tell myself, "I sure hope I finish today."  Rather, I see myself doing something crazy like this at the finish, and that motivates me to have a successful race.

Visualization allows me to dig deep into my soul and create the life that I want.  Rather than strumming through life and waiting for events to happen, I've chosen to design the life that my family and I deserve.

Have you ever said, "When I finish paying this off, then I'll be able to save more money."  Or "When my life settles down, then I can start to exercise."  Or my favorite, "Once I have more time, I'll be able to prepare better meals so that I can be healthier."

Why not try this visualization exercise?  It took me less than an hour to design 2012 in a positive and fulfilling perspective.  Some things left a giant ball in my stomach.  I scared myself a little.  Should I really dream this big?  The answer is inevitably, "YES!"

It's easy to avoid setting goals because when your life doesn't change, you have, in your mind, not failed.  But which if, you just changed your thought process a little and rather than being fearful of failure, being prepared for success?

February 1st is just around the corner and I'm looking for five people to step up to my exercise and nutrition challenge!  Do you visualize a healthier you in 2012?  This is how you get started.  Ask me how today!

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