Monday, June 29, 2015

How to Use Visualization Strategies for School, Sports and Creating Your Dreams

Visualization is the ability to use your imagination to picture images of what you would like to manifest. This is a powerful tool when you add to it feelings, intention, and action. Visualization can bring changes into your life sometimes immediately! And kids can use it when studying and playing sports! (Reading Strategies Using Visualization)

This great mind power has been used for centuries because of its success in altering thought processes, causing events to happen, attracting money, and changing habits to improve one’s health and life. In fact, visualization and meditation are techniques used often by elite athletes. For example, a major league baseball pitcher uses visualization exercises before a game by seeing himself on the pitchers mound throwing the ball, where it goes over the plate resulting in a perfect strike. The pitcher practices visualizing this scene in his minds eye over and over again. The day of the game, the pitcher throws a perfect pitch one after the other.

The medical community also has had great success with using visualization techniques. For instance, people who were told they would never walk have walked. Why? Because they believed! They visualized themselves walking, and after months and sometimes years of physical therapy they accomplished their vision. Cancer victims such as Lance Armstrong and Louise Hay used positive visualization during cancer treatment and have successfully become cancer free. But it wasn’t only visualization that led to them becoming cancer free. As Lance’s coach, Chris Carmichael said in a letter, “Lance beat cancer because he had great doctors, a positive attitude, and a lot of luck.” Visualization techniques combined with other healing modalities are a powerful tool. (Visualization Techniques for Athletes)

What do you do if you can’t visualize? Easy all you have to do is use your other senses–feel, touch, smell and sense. For instance, if you are looking to take a vacation to Hawaii feel yourself relaxed with sand touching your toes and the wind blowing across your face. If you still are having trouble using your other senses, there is another way to accomplish the same objective–use affirmations and create visuals!


For instance, if you’d like to purchase a vacation home in Florida, find images of scenes from Florida in magazines, newspapers, and brochures. Cut the images out and paste them onto a calendar or a goal notebook. If you don’t have the time to create your dream collage, you can also write-out affirmations that state exactly what you desire—“It is the year 2010, and I am sitting by my pool in West Palm Beach, Florida sipping on a nice cold Pina Colada.” By doing these simple exercises, within a matter of days to weeks, you will find that you are a magnet for attracting friends and even strangers who are planning a trip to Florida, have just recently visited Florida, or are living in Florida. The more positive and focused you are the closer you will be to purchasing your vacation home. The key in fulfilling your dream is to not give up! Believe that you have the ability to manifest everything and anything you want. 

You may want to check out Jack Canfield Visualize and Affirm Your Desired Outcomes: A Step-by-Step Guide too!

Like everything in life, it takes time. The more you practice the better you’ll become with creating the life you desire with fewer trials and error.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide - The Best For Dad

My kids and I are already planning a special Father's Day celebration! Breakfast in bed, then off to the park for a picnic if it's sunny. If rain is in the forecast, we'll be enjoying Bloody Mary's at his restaurant of choice. And to end the day, we'll do a fun activity like miniature golf or bowling or catch a movie.

Now for this years special Father's Day gift for my husband. Like every year, my hubby gives lots of hints to what gift we should get him. This year it's a bike computer called the Cateye. Pretty amazing little electronic gadget!
Cateye Bike Computer

My hubby has really gotten into biking over the past two years, focused on raising money to support JDRF. Our 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes 3 1/2 years ago. 

The following are other Father's Day gift ideas that I have sent my dad and considered getting my hubby!

Other Father's Day gift ideas include golf accessories, electronic gadgets such as iPhone and iPad, tailgating games like bean bag toss, new grill, Father's Day shirt, baseball hat, grilling accessories, tie, universal remote control and cologne. 

Please share how you are spending Father's Day and the special gift you are getting for your hubby or dad!