Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

I can personally attest to the power of visualization many times over, but the experience that especially stands out for me was while I was preparing for the 2005 Vineman Ironman triathlon.  It had been 15 years since I completed an Ironman, but I knew in my heart that I wanted to do another one with my son watching, and have him run the last 100 yards across the finish line with me.  So what did I do…?  While training and preparing for this race months in advance, I kept playing the scene over and over in my head of my son and I crossing the finish line together.  It was very powerful for me.  Some times I would become almost emotional while thinking about it.  And let me tell you that emotion is perfectly fine while visualizing.  It means that you are right there with what it is that you want to accomplish.  You are totally feeling it in your heart and soul.  When I would visualize having my son be in the race with me, it was like I knew in advance how special that emotion would feel to have him cross the finish line with me.  I knew how special it was for me to have completed an Ironman.  I had that passion and emotion from my two previous experiences.  I wanted my son to have that experience as well. 

Come race day I had my usual bout of jitters and nervousness, but I also had a great sense of calm.  My then 11 year old son was with me, and I felt like I had a special mission that day.  This race wasn’t just about me; it was for both of us.  My son didn’t know of my plan to grab him and have him cross the finish line with me. 

I had a long day ahead of me, but I was certainly motivated and had a dream to fulfill!  Everything went perfectly.  Although my finish time wasn’t where I wanted it to be, my body held up, my son got to see me “in action”, and I was able to fulfill my dream of having him cross the finish line with me!  It happened just the way I had visualized it all those months before.  It was a very special experience to say the least; even more special because I was able to create it just like I wanted to!  Visualization is such a powerful tool.  I encourage you and urge you to make it a part of your daily routine while working toward making your goals and dreams come true!

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website -

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2 thoughts on “Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!”

  1. Visualization is so important. It’s why I chose the title for my book. “A cure for Emma” …Build it and they will come, right?
    Thanks for your blog Brian 🙂
    Many Blessings,
    Julie xx

  2. Brian,
    Thank you so much for this timely blog post. I finished having my family which includes a 3 year old and 1 year old twins. I am now embarking on the biggest health and fitness goal I have ever tried to achieve.
    My 2 year HS reunion is in August, 5 months from now. I was shy and a little disconnected during HS. Now, I have found myself and am really excited to see all of my old classmates. I envision myself walking in 30 lbs lighter and beautiful – like a movie star. I have a long way to go, but I believe that if I visualize greeting everyone I won’t fall back into the shy person I once was around these people. I just love visualizing. It feels so great to actually live it now – even if it is only in my mind. I have yet to experience any strong emotions yet, but I am sure this is coming. What has happened is that I reinvent or tailor “the look” I am going to go for. It is like ‘take 1’, ‘take 2’ etc! Thanks for the timely confirmation.

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