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Art of Visualization History

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The art of visualization has been around for thousands of years. The Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius was a stoic or negative visualizer. In this regards, he visualized what might go wrong with a plan and then formatted ways to overcome the negative obstacle he came up with.

In modern times, the practice of visualization was made popular by authors like Wallace D. Wattle. He wrote a book in 1910. The book has become a classic in the self-development field and many of the books written recently about visualization, got their start from “The Science of Getting Rich”. Wallace Wattles was ahead of his time in using the idea of creative visualization to accumulate wealth amongst other things.

Another well-known book in this area is “As a Man Thinketh”, by James Allen. James Allen used a bible passage as his title for the book, hence the word… “Thinketh”.  The idea of his book basically states “you are what you think about and what is in your heart”. His idea was, if you have bad intentions in your heart, you will not be able to attract good things into your life.

Both books are classics and still widely read today. Many people including popular musicians have stated how these books helped them create a new healthy mind and body. Since both books have been in the public domain for many years, a number of people have used the books to create not only a better life, but a thriving business as well.

Books and other items that are no longer under copyright due to the age can be used to add to-or create a “work at home business.” This business model was adopted by Matt Furey with massive success. The backbone of his business was built on using public domain books in both self-development and martial arts. While you may not be interested in creating a business from such books, they can be extremely helpful to read and then use some of the concepts to build your vision boards.


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