Let’s try a little experiment. Shall we begin? “Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are. Let go of any part that doesn’t believe it.”–C. Assaad Have you got a clear picture yet? Hopefully, it will not take you long to visualize the best that you can be. Now, if you are ready, open your eyes. Can you see it yet? Do you feel any different now from a few scant moments ago? “You’ve got to be kidding”, you must be thinking to yourself. Okay, it’s highly unlikely that you are going to experience a mighty change in the blink of an eye. You surely know that already. However, do not discount the dream you dream! A simple, daily visit inside your mind with the “best version of you” can be a powerful catalyst. One day this visualization may lead you to take action. A giant first step you’ve feared that you could never take may be realized in the near future if you but see yourself walking to meet your better self. Professional athletes tap into the amazing tool of visualization and so must you.
But, of course, the most important step must involve recognition of who you really are. The momentary shutting off your eyelids can truly bring into a view something and someone much greater than the still photo of your current existence. If when you close your eyes you see a stranger in a foreign land, do not be frightened. Do not be discouraged if you’ve lost sight of your true identity, purpose, and potential. Look beyond what you see now. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”–Yoda Don’t give up hope if you feel you’ll never get a break or you’ve traveled down every road to discovery only to discover yet another dead end. The disappointments of your life which flash before you as you meditate in the darkness are nothing more than an old video collection whose days are long past and whose service is no longer required. Learn from the past but put it to rest. Bury those images which make you feel unworthy or incapable of seeing the best of you. “Inside every human being, there are treasures to unlock.”–Mike Huckabee My friend, do not worry if you have figuratively or literally thrown away the key. There are countless ways of accessing the treasure within you. The light in your eyes may have dimmed over time. As you squint with all your might, the future may seem nothing more than an indistinguishable blur. You may be certain that your “best self” died years ago and there is nothing left inside or out. There is hope because there is a Light and a Life of the world; yea, a Light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a Life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
“Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.”— Thomas S. Monson See yourself as God sees you and you will have the courage, and motivation to move forward. “He knows everything about you. He sees you clearly. He knows you as you really are. And He loves you today and always.”–Dieter F. Uchtdorf You are His child. He has never lost sight of you. You have an everlasting light within you. See it when you close your eyes. Feel it when you open them. You can and will be glorious if you but choose to believe. “There are times when you might feel aimless. You can’t see the places where you belong. But you will find that there is a purpose. It’s been there within you all along. And when you’re near it, you can almost hear it. It’s like a symphony. Just keep listening and pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part. Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies. Each one of us is glorious. You will know how to let it ring out as you discover who you are. Those around you will start to wake up to the sounds that are in the hearts. It’s so amazing what we’re all creating. As you feel the notes peel higher, it’s like a symphony. Just keep listening and pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part. Each one of us is glorious.”–Stephanie Mabey
So, keep experimenting. The vision of your glorious self can be made manifest in your life. Remember always that you have help close at hand. By placing trust in that assistance, you can experience an increase in opportunities that previously seemed non-existent. By exercising your faith, you can enjoy an expansion of your vision and the future will surely appear brighter. By reaching upward for the hand that is always extended in love, you will be strengthened in ways you never before could imagine.