How To Make a Mental Picture
What Is Creative Visualisation?

Creative visualisation is a technique used by many people to make their dreams a reality.

Visualisation is the process of creating a scene on the screen of your mind through use of your creative imagination. It is defined as to form a mental picture or images to persuade the mind.

This process is used by millions of people around the globe to successfully reach their goals whether it is to win a tournament or to learn a specific skill.

Visualisation allows you to set the parameters to make your future vision a reality. In creative visualisation, you direct your brain to focus on what matters the most to you. And to engage in a process called selective attention. It is a tool recommended by so many self-help teachers and law of attraction enthusiasts.

What you focus on and take deliberate steps toward are more likely to become a reality.

That’s true in both the positive and the negative.

Visualisation is incredibly powerful. If practiced daily, it can help in all aspects of your life, from accomplishing your goals, being more productive, growing positively as a person, to reducing stress, and much more.

Here are some of my favourite quotes on visualisation to help you understand its importance and purpose and to inspire you to reach your goals. Use these quotes to tap into the power of your mind.

Visualisation Quotes

“To visualize is to see what is not there, what is not real – a dream. To visualize is, in fact, to make visual lies. Visual lies, however, have a way of coming true.”

– Peter McWilliams

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements”.

– Napoleon Hill

“Creative visualization is a great tool for losing weight. By visualizing your body as you want it to be, you induce your subconscious mind to shape your body to look as close to your mental image as possible.”

– Remez Sasson

“Visualization is a conscious exercising of the power of thought to create mental images to design and create the future.”

– Dandapani

“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

We can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions.

– Thomas Troward

“Do you want to know what you think about most of the time? Take a look at the results you’re getting. That will tell you exactly what’s going on inside.”

– Bob Proctor

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“What you have thought all the time as Fairy Tales is actually the way life is.”

– Bashar

“Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfilment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered.”

– Dr. Joseph Murphy

“Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.”

– Les Brown

“If you are not satisfied with what is coming to you, start to work and change your mental attitude and mental states, and you will see a change gradually setting in.”

– William Walker Atkinson

“You only have control over three things in your life: the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take.”

– Jack Canfield

“First, every day I would put all of my conscious attention on this intelligence within me and give it a plan, a template, a vision, with very specific orders, and then I would surrender my healing to this greater mind that has unlimited power, allowing it to do the healing for me. And second, I wouldn’t let any thought slip by my awareness that I didn’t want to experience.”

– Dr. Joe Dispenza

“Visualizing a positive outcome and repeating this visualization everyday, several times a day, will prompt your subconscious mind to seek ways to make this visualization a reality.”

– Remez Sasson

“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.”

– Tony Robbins

“See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time with every person”

– Bob Proctor

“Where focus goes, energy flows.”

– Tony Robbins

“Everything has been created twice. Once on a mental plain and once on a physical plain.”

– Bob Proctor

“Do you live in a mine field or a garden? When we live in a minefield mentality, we explode with the weeds of worry, doubt, fear, lack and limitation. Choose to cultivate your inner garden.”

– Michael Bernard Beckwith

“A mental image gives you a framework upon which to work. It is like the drawing of the architect, or the map of the explorer. Think over this for a few moments until you get the idea firmly fixed in your mind.”

 – William Walker Atkinson

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

– Buddha

“In effective personal leadership, visualization and affirmation techniques emerge naturally out of a foundation of well thought through purposes and principles that become the center of a person’s life.”

– Stephen Covey

“Create a vision and never let the environment, other people’s beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions.”

– Tony Robbins

“Learn to become still. And to take your attention away from what you don’t want, and all the emotional charge around it, and place your attention on what you wish to experience.”

– Michael Bernard Beckwith

Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm but also as experiences in the material realm.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

“Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision.”

– Bob Proctor

“Be still and quiet, tune in with the Infinite Intelligence, and continue in right thought, right feeling, and right action, and you will arrive at your goal.”

– Joseph Murphy

“Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.”

– Robert Collier

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“The Subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined.”

– Bob Proctor

Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be.”

– Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success.”

 – Genevieve Berhrend

“See the things that you want as already yours.”

– Rhonda Byrne

“What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life.”

– Catherine Ponder

“We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.”

– Shakti Gawain

“The pain pushes until the vision pulls.”

– Michael Bernard Beckwith

“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.”

– Lisa Nichols

“Visualization is the human being’s vehicle to the future – good, bad, or indifferent. It’s strictly in our control.”

– Earl Nightingale

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.”

– Napoleon Hill

“The key to effective visualization is to create the most detailed, clear and vivid a picture to focus on as possible. The more vivid the visualization, the more likely, and quickly, you are to begin attracting the things that help you achieve what you want to get done.”

– Georges St-Pierre

“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

– Zig Ziglar

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

– Pablo Picasso

“What you radiate outward in your thoughts, feelings, mental pictures and words, you attract into your life.”

– Catherine Ponder

“In order to make a visualization a reality in the world of form, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.”

– Wayne Dyer

“Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

 – Albert Einstein

“It’s not possible to see everything physically. If you need more money you need to tap into the higher vibration. You will be amazed once the manifestation starts.”

– Hina Hashmi

“I can sit and view the scene with detachment because I know that delays are part of the game. It is what it is – but many people haven’t discovered that yet.”

– Joe Vitale

“When you visualize for the joy of visualizing rather than with the intention of correcting some deficiency, your thoughts are more pure and, therefore, more powerful.”

– Abraham Hicks

“I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.”

– Harvey Mackay

“I’ve discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen.”

– Charles Garfield

“The idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form, and eventually manifests it on the physical plane.”

– Shakti Gawain

“My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination,  and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.”

– Nikola Tesla

Feeling Is The Secret

Let’s start with the words of Neville Goddard:

“You do not visualize yourself at a distance in point of space and at a distance in point of time being congratulated on your good fortune.

“Instead, you make elsewhere here and the future now.”

“The difference between feeling yourself in action, here and now , and visualizing yourself in action, as though you were on a motion-picture screen, is the difference between success and failure.”

“The difference will be appreciated if you will now visualize yourself climbing a ladder. Then, with eyelids closed imagine that a ladder is right in front of you and feel yourself actually climbing it.”

– Neville Goddard


Feeling yourself in the action involves seeing through your own eyes, because you are using your imaginal eyes exactly as you do your physical eyes. Now feel it real with your vision.

1. Take a piece of that moment and imagine the future state you want. Try to get to that same feeling of excitement and emotional intensity.

2. Despite the name, visualisation is not just about mental imagery. In fact, you will experience the best results from the practice if you use all your senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. 

Imagine where you are and what you are doing.

– Who’s around you?

– How do you feel?

– What smells are in the air, and what tastes are on your tongue?

– What are your thoughts at that moment?

Using all your senses and noticing as many details about the scene that you are picturing as possible can help give you a much more vivid experience.

3. Try not to overthink things when visualising. Put little or no mental effort into the process. The more you can simply let any images, experiences, or feelings come to you, rather than trying to seek them out, the more beneficial the exercise will be for you.

4. It is important to feel relaxed when you practice visualisation. When you’re in a relaxed and open state, the imagery and feelings you’re trying to cultivate within your practice will come more naturally and you will have a better experience. If find your mind wandering off during the practice of your visualisation techniques, do not to judge yourself, but simply bring your awareness back to your visualisation practice.

5. Each time you visualise just let whatever feelings and emotions arise come naturally to you. Don’t force anything. Don’t judge anything. Just let the feelings and emotions come, and when they do, relax, enjoy them, and allow them to grow and expand within you.

6. Every night when you go to sleep, spend about two minutes picturing the images of your future success. If you made a vision board, look at it right before bed and again first thing in the morning. The last minutes before you fall asleep at night stay in your subconscious mind for up to four hours while you’re sleeping, making this a great time to do your visualisation.

When you imagine your future success, your subconscious mind will draw in people and opportunities to make that future success a reality.

Visualisation Exercises
Exercise 1

Take a small object, such as a glass, a spoon or a fruit, and look at it for a few moments.

Now, close your eyes, and try to visualise the object as clearly as you can, without opening your eyes, for as long as you can, even if it is only for a few seconds at first.

When the image gets blurred, or you forget it, open your eyes, look at the object for a few seconds, and then close your eyes and continue to see it in your mind.

Endeavor to arrive at one minute of clear visualisation. One minute without forgetfulness and being distracted is quite an achievement.

Exercise 2

Take a photograph of natural scenery, but not with too many details.

Put the photograph in front of you, and look at it for a few moments, trying to see and remember all the details.

When ready, close your eyes and visualise the scenery in the photograph.

As in the previous exercise, when the image gets blurred, or you forget it, open your eyes, look at the photograph for a few seconds, and then close your eyes and continue visualising it.

Try focus on the mental image, for at least one complete minute.

After you get the skill to visualise for one minute, gradually, lengthen the time to five minutes.

Exercise 3

Take a moment and close your eyes. Imagine that when you open them a candle has appeared in front of you.

– What size is the candle? Is it a tea candle, long-stem candle, three-wick candle?

– How heavy is it?

– How much of the candle has burned away? Has it burned down to the base or do you see it still newly lit?

– How far away is the candle from you? Within arm’s reach? Across the room?

Exercise 4

This visualisation technique can help with stress relief and general mood improvement.

Get comfortable, close your eyes and relax by breathing slowly and deeply.

To start, think of something you want to bring into yourself. This could be a specific emotion or just positive vibes.

Now, assign this feeling a colour; consider choosing a colour you like or find soothing.

Visualise the colour you’ve chosen.

Continue breathing while holding that colour in your thoughts, thinking about what it represents for you.

With each inhale, imagine the desired colour slowly washing over your body from head to toe. Continue breathing as you visualise the colour filling your entire body, including your fingertips and toes.

Imagine any unwanted emotions draining out of your body with each exhale, and replace them with your chosen colour with each inhale.

Continue the visualisation as long as you like. You might feel lightened and more peaceful after just a minute or two.


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Giancarlo works as a Hypnotherapist, Past Life & Regression Therapist and a Reiki Master Teacher in London, and via Zoom, Skype or telephone.