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Did you know your brain has the ability to change?

Use the power of visualization to reach your most impossible dream!

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Do you have a dream of doing something that you think is impossible to ever reach? You need to rethink that thought, and get ready to think BIG!

Have you ever heard of visualization? Visualization is a mental technique that uses your imagination, mental images, and the power of thoughts to make your dreams and goals come true. Extraordinarily successful people have been using this technique for ages. It enables you to have a laser-focus to do what is necessary to reach that goal. In fact, we all have this power within, but most have never been taught how to use it. It actually activates your creative subconscious mind which provides you with ideas to help the journey. It is a systematic process of mentally training your brain to think it has already achieved the goal. By visualizing it in steps over and over in your mind, over time your brain believes it has already done the task. So when you actually DO the task, you do it as if you’ve done it dozens of times already.

Elite Olympic athletes use this method. A great example is 23-time Gold medalist Michael Phelps, who uses visualization. In his own words about visualization, “One of the things that has been good for me I think, besides training, has been my sort of mental preparation.”

Along with visualization comes the term neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change, to actually get re-wired. The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. Visualization causes these neural connections to change, training your brain to believe it has already performed the activity.

I’ve been using visualization throughout my entire life, long before I even knew there was a name for what I was doing. I’ve had some pretty wild goals, including one which was sparked after watching TOP GUN in 1995 for the first time. After seeing the action-packed scenes, I decided I wanted to get a flight in a fighter jet! I became a military aviation photojournalist for the next 7 years, and realized my dream when I got a flight in an F-15 fighter jet at Eglin Air Force Base, with the 33rd Fighter Wing. It was the thrill of a lifetime, one that I had visualized over and over and over in my mind hundreds of times. That was my inspiration to keep working towards that goal. Despite that it was seemingly impossible, I literally visualized my way to reach that dream!

Author getting ready for take-off in F-15 Strike Eagle at Eglin AFB — Anita Lesko
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I also had the incredible opportunity to spend time with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola. They are the world’s most elite flight demonstration squadron, along with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Author with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at NAS Pensacola — Anita Lesko

As a motivational speaker, I always tell people to never give up on their dreams. In my book, Becoming an Autism Success Story, I give my seven-step program for visualization, and how to reach your dream, no matter how impossible it may seem. I always conclude my presentation with this as my final slide:

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Best wishes on your journey to reaching your dream!

Anita Lesko

Anita Lesko

This is my latest journey, to help others get their best health ever!


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