What do we mean by visualization, and why is it useful to apply this technique?
Many successful people use visualization techniques to achieve their goals more easily and quickly. Teaching of this method is frequent in case of athletes, actors, performers, corporate executives, and for all those whose success rate is measured by performing well and achieving their objectives as quickly as possible.
Using this method, you imagine an event or goal that you find desirable, as detailed, as realistic and as frequently as possible. Unfortunately, most of us haven’t learned how to apply this tool of visualization at school. But the good news is that we are all able to learn and apply it.
But how does visualization work?
It is not about a complicated method, however, the technique is really simple:
- Sit or lie down on a comfortable armchair or bed,
- Close your eyes,
- Accurately and vividly imagine the case, situation, or your specific goal you want to accomplish.
Make sure that the image in your mind is as detailed as possible. Experience the path that leads you there, each of the steps, the circumstances and finally the result. Focus on the scene, the environment, the colours, the lights, the scents, the clothing, and all the other people who might be involved. If it is about a goal, imagine the state in which you already have been accomplished it. What is happening? How do you feel? How does it help you? Why is it good for you?
Therefore, visualization is indeed a kind of ‘mental exercise’ by which you train your brain to:
- explore the opportunities that lead you to the goal;
- choose from various options and select the most optimal one;
- motivate you to achieve your goal;
- make your brain get used to the desired state, that is: the imagined situation becomes more and more familiar to you.
You can use visualization techniques whenever you prefer, however the ideal moments might be right after the morning awakening or in the evening, combined with meditation at bedtime.
Having difficulties with imagining? Try the following visualization methods:
Imagine a theatre, where the event comes live on the stage, that you watch first from the auditorium. Remember: the more detailed, the better! At the beginning of the visualization, be just a spectator, but after a few seconds, enter the show and be part of the game. The performance should cause the accomplishment of your goal, or the event ending what you have had wished. As you are heading out of the theatre building, collect some leaflets exposed at the entrance. This shows you with a smile, confident, and successful.
You can likewise come up with designing a photo or even a photo montage showing yourself when you already achieved your goal (for example, with a school degree in your hands, with a family house behind you, with a dog in the yard, traveling abroad, gaining new skills, etc).
If taking a photo is a headache for you (e.g., because you cannot find a dog for the picture), look for images on the internet and copy your own photos on that. Prepare a frame, print it out and place it either on your desk, besides your bed, onto the kitchen wall or to a spot where you often look at.
Keep in mind that our brain can process images the easiest, and it cannot distinguish real from unreal. Using this technique, you finally build up the desirable state to your mind that you want to reach.
Why not writing or drawing your goals on small cards or sheets of paper? This can be just one or two objectives, but even more. Pick one of them in the morning and put it in your bag. Take it with you and check it regularly during your day. Take a few seconds or minutes every hour to focus on it. In your mind, go through the process or event and consistently close the visualization positively.
Write it down
You may also expect an identical positive impact by jotting down the process, steps, opportunities, and ultimately the result to be achieved. It is not the length of the text that matters, but that with this technique you have to define what you really want. If you note your thoughts, they have already been established to a certain extent (since you already have written them on the sheet of paper), but at least you have taken the first steps to make them happen. Writing means a commitment that can help to plan and maintain motivation and ambition.
In conclusion, these methods can definitely support you to see what you want to achieve, and urge you to make steps. Visualization is effective because you train your subconscious for the sake of your purpose that is most critical to you. You will be more successful, more efficient and happier in the end. It is pretty much worth it.
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