If you have never tried using visualization to create a better you, you are in for a treat. It is a uniquely human ability where you see yourself in the future you want to build for yourself. You see yourself taking each step along the way, figuring out what is required to succeed, and finally...succeeding.
The above simple act work wonders in reality. How? Simple answer: the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality and a very detailed, clearly imagined future. If you get good at this, there is no telling where you could end up 1 year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now.
This is not a new technique. Athletes have been using it for a very long time. Jack Nicholas, golfer extraordinaire, has said he visualizes every shot. When putting, he first sees the golf ball going into the cup. The imagination is a truly remarkable ability.
So, how do you use this technique? First, you relax your body. It's much easier to visualize your future with your body as relaxed as possible. This is an exercise you can get really good at. You have to practice it again and again.
Think about relaxing every part of your body. For instance, relaxing your scalp, your forehead, your eyes, your face, your throat in front and neck in back, your chest (both internal and external), your stomach (both internal and external), the muscles in your buttocks, your thighs, your calf, and your feet.
Next step: Picking a goal you want to work on. What is the end point you are shooting for? Take your time with this. It is worth it to get a very clear vision of what you want. The clearer the vision, the better the chance for success. I'm talking about details here. That includes colors, sounds, smells, textures, etc.
For example, let's say you need a new car. What type of car? What
model? What color? What is the interior like? Any accessories you would
just love to include (heating units in the seats? Etc.) Bring in all
your senses. For instance, smell - that new car smell. Touch - the
steering wheel. Sound - Imagine driving the car and hearing how quiet it
is. Well, except for the sound system.
That is where you
start. You need a clearly defined goal. Once you have your goal in mind,
start adding some actions to your visualization. Perhaps start by
physically going to a dealership and picking up a brochure. This
brochure will be a gold mine for you as you refine your
visualizations.The pictures and descriptions impressing themselves on
Next, test drive the car. How does it feel when you first get behind the wheel? What does it smell like? While driving how does it feel to take turns. Turn on the radio and listen as your driving taking in the experience. All of this matters.
After the test drive, imagine taking loved ones on a trip. Or perhaps what it is like when you show your new car to co-workers. You get the idea.
Now decide what you will do to get the car. What will you have to sacrifice? See yourself taking action. Perhaps you will need to work overtime. Get a second job. Or make more sales which means make more calls.
And then you use repetition of your visualization to impress it upon your subconscious. Repetition matters. Do it every day.
All of a sudden things will start happening for you. You will see things (opportunities) you would have missed before. You stop thinking negative and start believing it is possible.
In fact, Les Brown, a motivational speaker, suggests every day saying
to yourself, "This goal is possible." And, if others are doing it, why
not you? They prove it really is possible.
Mental imagery done right can improve performance. And know this - this process will work for any future you are wanting to create. And the more you use it, the greater your self-confidence. Repetition is the mother of skill. Do not fail to use this tool as often as necessary.
Of course action and strategy matter. But now your subconscious sees how important this is to you and works with you and not against you. Which means when things aren't going right, and some course of action fails, you will see it as a temporary setback, a learning experience. And...you try again...and again...and again. You apply mental toughness.
Dr. Maltz was a plastic surgeon. He noticed that some of his patients who had plastic surgery still saw themselves as before. How can that be? The truth could be seen in a mirror. Yet, still, some acted as if there had not been surgery. Dr. Maltz concluded that the reason they could not see the difference had to do with their self-image. It's hard to believe, but a person's self-image can be strong enough to distort reality.
Dr. Maltz came up with a way to help these patients. And in the end came up with a process to help everyone. He used mental imagery. He had concluded that pure will power was not nearly powerful enough. And since the subconscious cannot tell the difference between reality and detailed imagery amazing results were possible.
Dr. Malz concluded that the subconscious is like a machine that the mind can control. Give your subconscious a goal and it begins working on it. You're not even aware of it. Visualization can help you decide what the subconscious will work on. This is how you can get control of your life. There will be a complete book review of this book soon. If you want to check it out on Amazon, click on the image.
It's important to practice this technique every day. Just take 15 minutes and see yourself successfully achieving a goal you want to accomplish. 15 minutes is a small price to pay for a better future and more self-confidence. Want quicker results? Spend 30 minutes a day, or longer.
With this technique, daydreaming is obviously OK. Only don't just daydream about the end result you want. You must also daydream about all the steps you will need to take to achieve your goal. How do you begin your path to success? Got that? What is the next step? And the next? You get the idea.
I know this works because I read Psycho Cybernetics back in the 1960s when it first came out. I was throwing the discus in high school. I had gotten hold of a magazine article about Al Oerter who had won the Olympics multiple times in the discus. It had 30 stop-action photographs of Al doing the spin. Besides practicing 7 days a week, I also visualized myself doing the spin every step of the way.
I was small for a discus thrower even back then. I got the spin down so well, that I got pretty much all the power and energy I could out of my body. Other discus throwers were bigger than me. But with all the work I put in and the visualization...I won the State Championship.
The method I used to get better at throwing the Discus can be used by anyone to accomplish their goal. Two basic steps. Really hard work and visualization. I hope you make the attempt to use this technique to reach whatever goal you are going for.
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