The Power of Money Visualization


I’ve never been too into a lot of the self-improvement talk out there, where the subject is positive self-talk, neurolinguistic programming, etc. But I’m a firm believer in visualization.

Self-Defense and Budgeting

Last Saturday I was at an all-day self-defense course (this is me trying new things in 2013) and the instructor said something that made me think of you guys, and budgeting. (This happens to me a lot…all roads lead to Rome, and all conversations lead to budgeting, in my head.)

The instructor’s budgeting-focused comment was:

The brain can’t go where it hasn’t already been.

The instructor was teaching us about hitting the right target (in this case, I think it was the back of the neck), and how we should practice slowly, so our brains would register the picture of the target (back of the neck), we could focus on that target, and then slowly go through the motion of striking that target.

Everything was done very slowly. So we’d have a partner we were working with, and the partner would get down on their hands and knees, and you’d see the back of the neck (our target). I’ve seen backs of necks everywhere, all day long, but in this instance, the instructor insisted that we focus on that single target, and make sure we see it as a whole. Man on ground (already injured if this were a scenario), back of neck exposed, there’s my target, engage.

That type of thing. Crazy, isn’t it?

But the point seems sound. He wanted to make sure that, heaven forbid, we ever find ourselves in a situation where we need to attack our attacker (a distinction they continually made was that you don’t defend yourself, you attack your attacker), we would recognize the target, because we would have seen it before.

And there’s the assumption that I will practice what I learned, so my brain has seen it enough times that if the situation ever does arise, training will kick in.

I was also reminded of the movie Jumper, one I can’t recommend (though it had potential), where these “jumpers” can teleport themselves at will, but only to locations they’ve already been.

Your Money Visualized for the Month

In budgeting, your money can’t go where your brain hasn’t already been.

So come February 1st, when you’re sitting down to do your budget, your brain will travel a bit ahead in time. You’ll visualize the empty refrigerator (we need more groceries), the needle precariously low on the gas gauge (why does my spouse always leave me with an empty tank?), the birthday for the soon-to-be-five-year old girl (pink cake, pink streamers, princess plates and cups, and pink hats), etc.

As you visualize what your money will do in the following month, you’ll be surprised how often your money will end up doing just that.

Bonus: On Visualization

The olympic snatch is arguably the fastest and most technical movement in all of sports. I’m learning it, so I’ve been watching a lot of videos. One, in particular is from when Pyrros Dimas set a new world record. This was from 1995. He ended up with a career personal best snatch of 180.5kg in 1999. For all of us not on the metric system, that’s 397 pounds, when he weighed 187 pounds!

Skip to 5:14 to see him set the new world record, and notice his visualization techniques.