As important as visualization is, you can't just think of your mental image and be detached from it and expect it to be effective. You've got to become one with your visualized image and own it.
Let's look at what elements are needed to empower your visualization.
Element #1 - Believe
You must believe that the image you visualize can be yours, that you can have it become your reality. It's the belief in a thing that vitalizes it and makes it become a part of you. To disbelieve in your mental image, your desire, pushes it away from you.
Element #2 - Emotional Connection
Every desire that you have has an emotional connection within you. Our desires, for the most part, arise out of that emotional connection. Therefore, by allowing your emotions to feel the feelings of having your desire as you visualize your image is a very key component of empowering your visualization.
Element #3 - Own it
Whether you use a physical image to help you visualize or you mentally create your image, you must own it. To keep that image and think of it as being separate from you creates the barrier that prevents it from coming to you or materializing in your life. You must see it as being yours, being a part of you.
Element #4 - Become one with it
When you own the image you begin to feel not only that it belongs to you but that you are one with it, it is a part of you, it is who you are. It becomes embedded in your internal programming, your subconscious mind, where it begins to grow and manifest itself within you, inspiring your actions or the actions of others around you which will produce the results you are expecting.
Use the Formula for Success, R = IOT, Repetition = Imprint Over Time. Repeat these steps over and over. Practice so it can be imprinted within you and become automatic.