Visualization: Envision Your Dreams, Then Tell No One

On my birthday, I mentioned I would be documenting Gorilla Mindset as I went back through it again this month.

The first bit I’d like to talk about is actually the second to last chapter.

However, I consider it to be one of the most important chapters in the book. It deals with visualization.

We are all master visualizers, we just visualize the wrong things.

You may think visualization is difficult. In truth you have already mastered visualization.”
— Mike Cernovich, Gorilla Mindset

Gorilla Mindset: Chapter 10 – Mindset is Vision – Change What You See, Change What You Get

No truer words have ever been spoken.

As Mike points out, we are all masters at visualization. Our problem is that we visualize the wrong things.

We focus on all the things we do not have, and ignore all the things we do. We focus on negativity and stress, instead of being grateful for what we do have and the opportunities that are available to us.

Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, try visualizing what you want to achieve in life, how you see yourself, and what your daily routine (or lack thereof) would look like.

Really think about it. Focus on it. Use all of your senses and visualize how it will look, feel, smell, sound, and taste(?) when you achieve your goals.

Focus on your dreams, not your problems.

Recently, I’ve been in a negative mood and have focused more on my problems than I should have. And amazingly to me, Victor puts out an article at just the right time.

With resources like these, you can’t fail as long as you stay consistent. Perseverance is what sets the winners apart from the losers.

In this chapter about visualization, Mike says you should treat your dreams as more real than your memories. So that’s what we’re going to do now.

Grab a pen or open a new text document. We’re going to figure out what your priority goals are so you can take your first steps toward achieving them today.

Top 10 Goals For The Next 365 Days

Write down your top ten goals that you would like to accomplish over the next year.

They should all be goals that are really important to you. Big goals.

Rank them in order of importance, highest priority or most desired goal is number one.

There’s a catch though, you have to write them down in the first-person and as if you have already accomplished them. This is a trick I learned from The Luck Factor.

For example, here’s my number one goal over the next year (September 2016 deadline). Notice how it is written as if I have already accomplished this goal.

I am not currently that weight. But my goal is written as if I already AM.

Why does this matter?

By placing it in the affirmative, you are helping to train your subconscious mind into believing it’s true.

So I guess you could say it’s brainwashing (or deluding) yourself. Whatever.

Either way, by stating your goals in the affirmative and as if you have already accomplished them, it activates a subconscious drive that will go to work towards achieving those goals.

Even when you’d rather take the easy way out and skip an essential task, your subconscious will make you take care of things.

Your subconscious is extremely powerful. The thoughts we tell ourselves become our reality. If you have negative self-talk, you attract negative things and situations into your life.

Make sure you use powerful, accomplished, and positive self-talk, which will help pull you towards your goals.

About a month ago, I had my blood work done and decided to have my testosterone levels checked while I was at it.

I was not pleased with the results.

After realizing I’ve experienced some of the symptoms of low testosterone, I believe my levels could be higher for my age. That leads me to another one of my goals.

Again, notice how it is written in the affirmative. It is also very specific.

Testosterone Bloodwork

At 26 years old, I am not satisfied with a total testosterone level of 669 ng/dL, and I am especially unhappy with a free testosterone level of 9.5 pg/mL. I am attempting to naturally raise these levels to 1000+ and 20+, respectively.

I know the goal, so what do I do now? Just like Victor says, work backwards.

To raise my testosterone levels, I have to make some lifestyle changes consistently over the next six months, then have my bloodwork checked again. I may decide to check it sooner (probably in 3 months) to see if I’m making any progress.

I’ll also be avoiding things that lower testosterone.

This stuff isn’t rocket science, guys.

You simply have to write down what you want, and then figure out the steps needed to reach your dreams. Break those steps down into repeatable, daily habits that are required to make progress towards those goals. Then do them EVERY DAY!

Something’s Gotta Give

There is only so much time during the day.

Everything comes at a cost, with a sacrifice.

You have to structure your life such that you will always accomplish your required daily habits, at least for your primary goal.

If that means you have to make sacrifices in other areas of your life, so be it.

Are you working hard to start a business and trying to get it off the ground?

Well guess what.

Going out to bars and clubs, has to go.

Social time with friends, has to go.

Playing video games, has to go.

Watching porn, has to go.

If you want to succeed, that means putting all non-essential bullshit and “hobbies” on hold. I’m not saying you have to be boring as hell. But I am saying that your “recreational time” needs to be kept to a minimum.

Find something that you love doing, and then you won’t feel like you need to be entertained every 15 minutes.

However, just because you love something doesn’t mean you’ll never have days where you just don’t want to do it.

One of my favorite quotes from Brian Tracy is, “Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not.” That means you need to develop an iron mindset that will force you to accomplish your daily habits even when you don’t want to.

Those are the kind of moments that make you hate bodybuilding, but diet is essential. If my calories haven’t been met for the day, I’m not going to bed.

If you can develop that type of discipline, you will be able to reach your goals too.

Play Close To Your Vest

The other essential part of accomplishing your goals, is to shut the fuck up!

There are two rules for success: 1) Never tell everything you know.”
— Roger H. Lincoln

I’m serious, though, don’t tell people your goals.

You are less likely to accomplish them if so.

And that’s not even taking into account all of the naysayers and losers that surround you. Most people are average and will never amount to anything. Either consciously or subconsciously, they will do everything in their power to see that you don’t amount to anything either. Even if they believe they’re acting with good intentions.

That’s why I’ve only told you two of mine. The rest are for me to know, and for ya’ll to see come to fruition.

Write Down Your Goals

It is essential that you physically write down your goals. The act of writing down and then looking at your goals each day, solidifies those goals into your mind. Simply thinking about them is not nearly as effective. WRITE THEM DOWN!

Wake Up By 5 AM, No Excuses

I want to leave you with a new daily habit.

In 30 Days of Discipline, waking up by 5 AM is an essential habit, and I really suggest you add it to your routine. By waking up earlier, you can get more done during the day before unexpected distractions can steal away your time.

Starting about five months ago, I began waking up at 4 AM most days of the week, to ensure that I was able to get my training session out of the way before the day started.

Now, if I wake up later than 5 AM, I feel as though I’m playing catch up all day.

Waking up earlier lets you get more done.

And you’re less likely to stay up late doing bullshit, because you’ll be ready to pass out if you’re actually working your ass off like you should be.

It’s really simple guys. Figure out what you want. And then attack it with daily habits until you get there.

Take 5 minutes each day to practice visualization. Focus on your goals, and picture in your mind how everything will be when you have accomplished them.

See it in action…

Goal 1: I am 175 lbs, and less than 9% body fat.
How to achieve this goal?

  1. Train 6+ days per week.
  2. Eat a fuckton of calories.
  3. Supplement for strength, performance, and recovery.
  4. Stretch and foam roll.
  5. Sleep.

It’s that simple!

Write down your goals, read them EVERY DAY, and follow your habits. In a year, you’ll look back and be amazed at what you’ve accomplished.

Start killing at life,

Nick Hagood
Masculinity Rising

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