The idea that you can visualize your way to success has regained popularity thanks to self-improvement books like “The Secret” and other mainstream propaganda. The notion is simple: you are your thoughts, and therefore, you can achieve almost anything you think of. Sounds nice and feels like a brain candy for the masses, but for better or worse, this is just another new age deception.
I read a long time ago that Arnold Schwarzenegger used to imagine that his biceps were as big as mountains. Similar stories make for a nice article in a popular magazine relying on muscular men on steroids to deceive the teens, but it is not good enough for me.
You can visualize that your biceps are as big as the planet if you want. You are still not getting bigger arms without answering the requirements of this Matrix world.
As people, we are trapped in the flesh and live under natural laws immune to human intervention. You can try to fight gravity, aging and death as much you want, but the outcome will always obey the laws of the universe. Your actions have reactions dictated by the same unchangeable principles.
Sickness does not care whether its home is a celebrity, a doctor, a serial killer or a small child. The natural laws of this universe have no feelings. We live in a computer free of compassion, anger or envy. It just does what it does. The outcome depends solely on the code you put in. No exceptions, tears or smiles.
The only way to get what you want is to serve the natural law. Our desires have to be real and in tune with the Matrix in order to become a reality.
On the ground of this fact, visualization fails. Who will be bigger? The person who trains and takes steroids or the one who trains and visualizes a lot? Obviously, the steroid junky will have more mass even if he cannot visualize anything.
The professional bodybuilders who say that you are your thoughts will trade theirs for a quality stack of synthetic hormones because this is the requirement of this world to get big “professional” muscles. Deep down inside those people believe that visualization is for losers.
People tend to confuse confidence with visualization. Real confidence, however, is always based on your abilities, results and inner strength. When you have done the work and reached some form of success, you feel more confident. This has nothing to do with imagination or visualization. Successful actions always produce confidence whereas visualizing is a form of wishful thinking.
Visualization has its place in creative work, daydreaming and relaxation, but people have been misled into interpreting the principles too literally. In a way, visualization has become the McDonald’s of self-improvement. It tastes nice for a while, but once you are out of the restaurant, you start to feel sick. But it’s too late. You already paid.