The power of visualization will help you reframe and face your future with hope. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
In my younger years, I visualized my future through the lens of accomplishments and goals. I desired to attend college, further my career, and become a social worker who leads in the field of education. There has been a lot of water under all those bridges, and many opportunities to dream and visualize. In fact, when I was in my 20s, I had to talk about my future goals in a competition, and I shared publicly that one day I hoped to obtain my doctorate so that I could ultimately teach at a university. It took me over 25 years to realize that dream and the visual I had when I spoke my dream aloud.
There are seasons in life. I don’t think I will ever stop learning or cultivating my desire to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. Yet, in this season, and after reading an article on visualization, I am more in the practice of visualizing myself at peace, in a frame of mind that trusts God, and realizes my worth in Him. Visualizing myself calm and flowing between rest and chaos with natural rhythms of grace, acceptance of self and others, and loving from a place of compassion and not expectations. The serenity prayer:
I read another quote in my “Be Brave” book from Oprah Winfrey:
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
What do you believe about yourself, others, your season in life, your community, and your place of employment? This belief creates your vision and what you become. We form habits based on our perceptions. Remember that the only person you can control in the serenity prayer is yourself. You will never have the superpower of changing others. So start visualizing yourself as a person who is capable of change. You can change your self-perceptions and behaviors. Visualize what that would look like for you. How would you talk? Who would you hang out with? Where would you go? Imagine yourself living in the values that are important to you and engaging in the behaviors that support these values.