Using visualisation to prepare your future

Why should I try it?

Take the next few moments to think about having the best holidays of your life or what you want in the future.

What just happened is that you created images of what you are going to do.  We constantly programme our minds in this way.

The cool thing is that our minds do not readily make a distinction between what we see in front of us and what we imagine in our minds.

The more we imagine and create in our minds, the greater the possibility that our lives will turn out as we’ve envisioned.

Try visualising positive thoughts or successful outcomes. Make a daily practise of it, and see your life change for the better. Try it a few times, and see how much you improve.

Visualization can be used in your personal or business life. Sports psychologists often use visualization to help improve athletic performance.

Conor McGregor is one of the best, and he truly believes in visualization, going so far as to claim achievements before they happen.

“What did I say before the fight? (…)  I wasn’t lying. Everything went to plan. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve got a vision in my head, and it’s all happening exactly how I see it happening.”

Like any habit, the more you use your imagination and visualisation to achieve what you desire, the better the results will be. Be sure to see yourself succeeding rather than failing.

How do I visualise?

Start the day by creating a very vivid and colourful picture in your mind. Whatever you seek to achieve, make sure that you rehearse it thoroughly.

Body posture is another important influence. For example, most people probably find it very difficult to be creative with their head down and their shoulders hunched forward. When people are visualizing, they tend to have erect posture. This posture will facilitate the access to mind images.

Visualization is a step-by-step mental map of what you will do in your journey to the destination you want. Remember to visualize celebrating your achievements. See yourself in multiple perspectives, and understand them.

Imagination may be used to find solutions, create dreams, and visualize outcomes. See the long-term effects of those dreams and outcomes in your life.

“Energy flows where attention goes.”  What we focus on and imagine allows us to recognize and mobilize the resources that are necessary for turning imagination into reality.

This on-going experience is also sensorial; it involves the receiving of information from the external environment through our senses and organs and enables us to relate them internally. Visualization can promote the increased development of both physical and mental skills.

Mental rehearsal gives us the ability to practice a process or activity in our minds.

Place yourself in situations and improve them before they happen. This involves creating internal representations, in the form of images, sounds, and feelings, of some behaviour or performance that you want to rehearse and improve upon. Check your feelings of confidence about the imagined behaviour. If you have any doubts, return to the verbal description and either add to it or refine it.

These principles can apply to everything you do. Discipline makes it a good habit.  See it in your mind.  Replay it time and again, and it will be more likely to happen.

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.”

Zig Ziglar

 

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