Written by Dr. Eric Amidi.

It’s easy to think of life as just something that we go through every day. We wake up, go through our morning routine, go to work, come home and go to bed. If we’re lucky we might get the occasional bit of free time for ourselves but it can seem like that’s over before it’s started. You can begin to think of life as nothing more than a rote series of tasks that you perform day after day — more like a machine than a human.

In order to start living a life of abundance, it’s important for you to break free from this pattern. Instead of feeling like life is something that is happening around you, it’s critical that you feel like you are actively controlling your life. After all, you actually do have the power to control the joyful things that happen in your life by using visualization to create positive energy that will be picked up by the Universe and translated into positive life results.

So how can you stop feeling like you are a “bit player” in your life and take a leading role? Here are three ways that you can break the cycle of helplessness and have more control over your own destiny:

Create a List of What Is Important to You: You can feel like you are adrift in life if you don’t have a sense of your priorities. When it comes to the Law of Attraction, it will be impossible for you to concentrate your thoughts on specific outcomes if you aren’t confident in what you are wishing to happen. The Universe responds to positive vibrations brought about by getting what you want. If you don’t know what you want, how can you expect to be rewarding for visualizing these things?

Stay Vigilant About Your Visualization: It’s important to be consistent and focused when you are attempting to visualize the things in life that you want. If you only do it sometimes or let other thoughts get into your head while you are attempting to do it, you won’t get the results that you desire. This will make you feel like the process isn’t work and that you aren’t in control of your destiny. Develop a system that allows you to have complete focus on your visualization and plan on doing it regularly.

Remember That Life is Spontaneous: Although it’s important to create a routine for your visualization, it’s also important to remember that life is always evolving. If you feel like you are in a rut, change things up by going to the park to visualize instead of doing it at home. Or decide to go the movies on the spur of the moment. Even minor changes in our routine can remind us that we have total control over all aspects of our lives.

Dr. Eric Amidi used Artificial Neural Networks as part of the team that discovered the Top Quark. Eric Amidi uses his knowledge of these networks to uncover how the human brain functions.