According to the definition in my book Mach II, a vision is not a vision unless you have some belief that it is inevitable. Otherwise, it is nothing more than a wish or, at best, a goal. Neither a wish nor a goal compare in power to a vision.

Once we write down an affirmation or storyboard a vision, the big challenge comes in being with it. If we don’t believe our vision, every time we visualize it we feel like a fraud. Since we know it is not true, reading it every day may become a chore and soon we lose interest. So how do we learn to believe?

Adopting Beliefs

Here are two commonly accepted ways people learn to believe:

First, if you experience something first-hand, you automatically believe it;  you hold an actual experience as true.

Second, if an authority figure says it is true, whether your parents, teachers, bosses or the media,  you tend to believe it is true.

Imagine how easy it would be to expect success if you had already been successful at the same venture before. Imagine how naturally you would make things happen if everyone important in your life—your parents, your clergy, your spouse, all your friends—insisted that you had the magic touch. It is easy to believe under either of these two conditions. But we don’t have these conditions going for us every time we choose to tackle a new venture.

Fortunately, there is a third path to belief, a nearly lost art of believing that anyone can use, which is to learn to believe in anything. To understand how this works, you need to distinguish between the two parts of you that make things happen.

1. Your Small Mind

Your conscious mind creates distinctions such as right and wrong, hot and cold, danger and safety, pleasure and pain. It draws on an infinite storehouse of experiences to match up what it is sensing now with what it has sensed before. Out of this it draws conclusions in the form of opinions (“facts” if they are your own opinions or just “opinions” if they are others’). We also call this judgment, knowledge or experience.

In comparison to the other parts of you, the conscious mind is small and weak. It may have as many limiting judgments and opinions as it has empowering ones. It usually keeps you playing small and safe. It competes with others; it makes others less than you. It is the part of you that sits in a movie and “knows” that what you are viewing is all contrived. It knows that the movie is not real and that nothing really has happened to any of these people you’re watching, regardless of what the film script dictates.

2. Your Extraordinary Mind

The other part of you that makes things happen is comprised of your subconscious mind, your emotions and your spiritual self. It is the power within you that makes huge things happen and attracts good fortune to you. Most people leave these parts idle throughout their lives, barely utilizing them for anything they truly desire.

In combination, these various parts of your extraordainary mind create your intuition, your enthusiasm, your courage, your persistence and even ex-traordinary physical power, if needed. Anything extraordinary that has ever been created or accomplished in human his-tory has been accomplished by these powers being brought into play.

These are also the parts of you that do not—in fact cannot—distinguish fact from fiction in a movie. They are not influenced by the facts; they are only influenced by the story, and they respond accordingly. That is why, regardless of the facts, we cry in sad movies and we fear for the life of an actor in danger.

Our power to move mountains lies in our emotions—our sadness, our fear, our joy and our anger. We can do anything and attract anything to us when we are moved to do so.

Become Your Vision

Herein lies the opportunity to believe in your visions. When you visualize something you want, visualize it not as something you want, but as something you already have. That will trigger two things:

1) It will stop the chatter of your conscious mind, which may have lots of opinions about your vision—some empowering, others not so empowering.

2) The other, often less obvious thing that happens is that your spiritual self experiences the visualization of this “movie” as though it were actually happening. To your spiritual self, it is a real experience; it is true. When you watch it once, you get what we call an imprint. Watch it twice, you get two imprints; fifty times, fifty imprints. Each imprint is to your spiritual self as though it has happened to you in real life. It starts to become part of your truth about you. You are now learning to believe.

This is the subtle, behind-the-scenes way we believe. Given the chance, it will sneak up on you and start to influence your actions and attractions, and as you learn to believe in your visualizations, they become textbook visions. And the result is always the motivation to act and attract them into fruition.

To master the art of self-motivation, you need to understand and accept that you can—and will—learn to believe this way and then to act on it. You can trust in this process; it does work. It is working for you right now … whether or not you chose the outcomes.

RICHARD BROOKE is currently the CEO of a
network marketing company, a faculty member of
Networking Univerity and has been a leader in the
network marketing profession for decades, on both the
distributor and corporate-executive sides of the fence.