Conjuring a clear path to positivity

Joleene DesRosiers

To visualize a positive outcome for a particular experience that’s up and coming in your life is to accept that the power of the mind is more profound that you ever could have imagined. That means you are the architect for any given experience in your life and you get to create the outcome any way you like.

Scientists have been investigating Mental Imagery Research for decades; publishing profound studies showing that the brain doesn’t know the difference between real action and imagined action. Here’s a visual exercise for you to do right now to show you what I mean:

Imagine you’re in the kitchen preparing a cold glass of iced tea. You want lemon to go with the tea. You head to the refrigerator and pull out a nice, fat, juicy lemon. You set it on the cutting board and slice that plump, aromatic lemon right in half. Then you pick up one half, lift it to your mouth and take a giant bite out of it.

What just happened? Did your mouth water a bit at the very thought of the extreme tartness of the lemon? Did the sides of your jaw tense up as you visualize it? That’s because the brain can’t distinguish between the real you taking a bite from the lemon and the visualized you biting it.

Now drop the lemon in the garbage and use this visualization for something you really want.

I used the power of visualization to prepare myself for the very first time I ever stood in front of an audience to present a motivational speech. I had presented a hundred times in my living room with my black lab staring at me like I was a nut-job.

It was at night that I really used the technique of visualization. I would close my eyes and let my two very fat cats curl up around me as I imagined my presentation. I was confident, inspiring and funny and looked smashing because I was having a really good hair day. When I was finished, the audience applauded wildly. I did this visualization exercise every night for weeks and weeks.

So, when the big day finally came and I walked out on stage in front of 422 women, my brain couldn’t really tell the difference between my visualized presentation and what I was about to deliver. My kneecaps and my eyes sure could, but I rolled through my presentation and I was confident, inspiring and funny and I looked smashing because I was having a really good hair day – just as I had imagined.

It’s very possible to program our mind and body to act in ways that produce positive results. So give it a shot. It can bring you things that you only ever imagined. Literally.

Word of advice: skip the lemon.

Joleene DesRosiers is a freelance writer and motivational speaker who lives in Pulaski. Visit her at to learn more.