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All About Visualisations And How They Can Help You

All About Visualisations And How They Can Help You

Before we get into the description of visualisations, I just wanted to overcome one of your possible limiting beliefs. 

Just accept this as a fact; it wasn’t just Einstein that was a genius – we ALL have brilliant minds.  This has nothing to do with your IQ or whether you have a masters degree, this is about the MIND not just the brain.

We seem to be able to accept that the human mind is powerful, even though we only know a small portion of what it actually capable of.  But most of the time, we totally underestimate the power of our own minds.  We’re happy to believe that ‘The mind is powerful’ but are you willing to accept that YOUR mind is powerful?

If not, why not?

You may want to do some work on that thought if you are telling yourself ‘no’.

Check out the posts on limiting beliefs and slowly work through each one that comes up for you.

So back to Visualisations….

What are visualisations?

and isn’t it just ‘daydreaming’?     Yes!  Visualisations are daydreaming, as children we are still very in touch with the creative side of our brains until our elders tell us to ‘concentrate’ or ‘stop daydreaming’ and we start to think of visualising our dreams as a bad thing.   

In terms of using visualisations as a technique to help you achieve your goals; Visualisations are the pictures that we paint in our minds eye, by using our imagination to show us in our lives AFTER we have achieved a goal, however big or small. 

When our mind ‘sees’ a vision, especially more than once, we can trick it into thinking that the vision is a reality or a memory.  This part of the brain cannot differentiate between past, present and future, so we can fool our own mind into thinking that the lifestyle that we want is firstly a possibility (very important to have BELIEF when we are trying to achieve a goal) and then, after a period of time, a reality.   

Once we know that our goal is actually achievable, we feel much more confident about achieving it.  Let’s be honest here, if a goal seems impossible – how many of us would actually take action and try to achieve it?   But sometimes, even the smallest goals can start to seem ‘impossible’ because we have so many deeply engrained limiting beliefs (I can’t do it, I am not good enough, I always fail).  You may not say these things out loud, but if you are thinking them, they are holding you back.

Visualisations are a way of overcoming those limiting beliefs.

When we have overcome the ‘it’s an impossible goal’ belief, we can then start to really hone in on the visualisation to make our minds believe that what we are seeing is a REALITY.

Getting the feel good factor from doing this will give you the motivation that you need to carry on the path to achieving your goal, it will make you WANT to go towards the goal and not away from it. 

This again, is a key factor in achieving ANY goal, however big or small, because it is often the easier path to do nothing. But feeling those positive emotions that a visualisation will trigger, will really spur you on because we all want to feel good and when we train ourselves to know this vision makes us feel GREAT, we are motivated to do what we need to do to achieve it.

How do you ‘visualise’?

Start by closing your eyes and imagining yourself AFTER you have achieved a certain goal, even if the ‘goal’ is only a small goal such as ‘having the perfect day at work’ or ‘reaching my weekly weight loss target’.

If you cannot picture yourself in the first person, you could try watching yourself on a large TV or cinema, but if you do it this way, you need to make it really powerful, so turn up the sounds and the colour and make it really vivid.

I usually start my visualisations by asking myself some simple questions;

Picture how you feel in this vision (do you look happy or animated?)
Try to feel the emotions that you are feeling in your vision (do you feel loved, are you content, are you excited etc?).

Notice your surroundings, are they familiar or new? Where are you?  Who is with you and what are they doing?

Just keep going with the questions until you start to FEEL the vision become a reality in your emotional energy.  When you feel that you are happy in the vision or when you feel that you are excited, this is when you have hit the right spot.

 

Next time… Some beginners tips for using visualisations.

Please feel free to leave a comment (below).  Have you had a life experience that didn’t seem very positive at first, but turned out fantastic in the end?  I would love to hear your thoughts, tips or questions about this topic – but no spam please!  Please use your real name.

  

7 Reasons why visualisations are key to success

How to use visualisations

7 Reasons why visualisations are key to success

Once you get into the habit of using visualisations, it is one of the most fun and easy ways to help you to focus on and achieve your goals.

Who would have thought that daydreaming could be so productive? 

 

 

Here are my 7 reasons why visualisations are key to success…

 

 

1)      If you can’t even imagine what it is you are trying to achieve and have a clear picture of your goal, how can you be expected to achieve it?  Visualisations help us to FOCUS and with laser precision.

 

2)      If it’s good enough for the world’s top athlete’s and coaches, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Athletes now take visualisations so seriously that it is part of their daily work out plan, as important to them as doing the physical training.   Have you ever seen an amazingly talented and fit professional athlete but you just know that they are not going to have the success that they desire because their mind is not in the right place?  This is why visualisations are key – they help the mind to SEE and FEEL the success that we are aiming for.  Athletes talk about ‘when I stepped up, I had already seen myself take the shot/do the dive/hit the ball’ and they absolutely know that what they are aiming to achieve is possible, because they’ve already seen themselves doing it and winning.

 

3)      Visualisations help you to begin with the end in mind, and when we are working towards a goal this is crucial.  We then know what we are aiming for and once we know what we are aiming for we can break it down into a) what do I need to do next and b) how will doing this thing help me to get closer to my end goal?  We can’t achieve a huge goal overnight, in fact, a huge goal can be so overwhelming that we get stalled and don’t take any action at all, so doing this process of steps will help us to achieve our end goal quicker and easier than we ever thought possible.

 

4)      By using visualisations you can actually see the goal that you thought you wanted and sometimes, we DON’T want what we think we want!  So once you have lived out your goal in your minds eye, you can change it slightly to fit in with what you actually DO want.  For example, you may think that you want to be a famous musician but then when you see yourself having achieved your goal being pursued by the paparazzi and being hounded by crazed fans, you may not be so keen, so you can change your goal to reflect this.  You could aim to be a music writer, writing all of the songs for the rock stars.  You still get to be involved in the music business and you get the royalties (caching!) but you wont have to deal with the downsides of mega stardom.   On the other hand, your goal could have been to be a writer, but then by seeing your goal you realise that it is the success and recognition that you want, so again, you can tweak your end goal to reflect this.

 

5)      Using visualisations will help you to align your conscious thoughts to your subconscious mind.  This is vital to success in any area of your life but it is so difficult to do because we cannot hear our subconscious mind.  The minds eye will help you to train your mind with positive thought patterns (seeing yourself after you’ve achieved a specific goal for example) rather than the old negative thoughts or beliefs that you are harbouring in your subconscious mind, most of which are not even your beliefs they are planted their in our childhood from the adults that are around us at that time.  Only by letting go of these old beliefs or obstacles will we ever achieve true success, so visualisations are vital part of this.

 

6)      Following on from step 5 (retraining your brain) you can use visualisations as an anchoring technique, in fact this is why it works so well.  When you see or feel how great it is to achieve your goal, it anchors the good feelings and this in itself can be terrific motivation for achieiving the goal.  We naturally want to move towards happiness and success and away from unhappy feelings or failure, so if we show our brain that Success is this way >>>>  we will be guided to follow through will our goals (ie get off our butts to do something about them!).

 

7)      You may have heard about the law of attraction?  If so, you will know that like attracts like and if you are therefore thinking positively about your goal in a specific way and actually seeing yourself after you have achieved the goal – you are much more likely to attract great results than if you are thinking negatively; it’s too hard, I can’t do this, I’m not sure if I’m good enough.  This will only ‘attract’ failure. 

 

 

Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts on this and your best visualisation stories or tips if you have one.