Sometimes we don’t know how we’re going to get to where we want to be.
Sometimes we don’t know whether what we really want will actually materialise.
Sometimes we simply wonder whether the right opportunities and people will present themselves.
Uncertainty, however, is a part of life.
It is why new experiences and achievement beyond expectation, contribute to a richer life; a life filled with incredible stories for you to share and where you can live as the best version of yourself.
When you let uncertainty defeat you, you are allowing fear and doubt to keep you where you are.
In fact, this is why we often ‘know’ what we should be doing, but fail to ‘apply’ ourselves in following through with what we told ourselves we were going to do.
This is where visualisation can help.
It is a tool that, when combined with positive daily rituals, can do wonders for our desire and focus on getting to where we want.
There are a number of reasons as to why visualisation can be so effective in improving everything we do.
To begin with, it helps to train our minds to be focused on the things we want.
I remember when I wanted to be able to speak to an audience of people to share my experiences, what I had been learning and to inspire them forwards in the areas of their life that were most important for them to address.
I would regularly visualise myself standing in front of audiences, presenting the workshop as my most confident self. I would immerse myself in that visualisation to the point that I could literally feel how amazing it was and feel the incredible energy running through me in the present.
In just a couple of months after the start of doing this, I was speaking in front of a room of London’s most exciting entrepreneurs.
A few weeks after that, I was speaking at the top of a Canary Wharf skyscraper to a room of individuals who wanted to make their New Year the best yet.
And to top that off, I was then invited to speak at the ExCel Centre!
These sort of opportunities were always there. We only start to notice and get attracted to them on a more regular basis, when it is in our focus so much so, that our subconscious is working with us to get there.
Secondly, it helps to prepare us in overcoming fear and doubt.
Think of this as your mental rehearsal of all the things that need to be accomplished to become the person you want to be. The more familiar you are with the journey ahead of you, the more confident you become when you begin walking that path.
There was a time when experts considered that the human body was simply not capable of running a mile in under 4 minutes. Impossible they said!
Athletes had struggled in attempting to disprove them and concluded that perhaps these so-called experts had a point, and were right.
However, on the evening of May 6th, 1954, Roger Bannister – a medical student at Oxford – made history by becoming the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
When asked how many times he had done this in practice, he replied that he had achieved this hundreds, if not thousands of times. But in his mind. He had visualised this success so relentlessly that it created a sense of certainty in both his mind and body.
Lastly, it helps us to get clear on what needs to be accomplished by intimately connecting us to our desired outcomes.
In essence, by harnessing the power of our minds, we create a situation where what we focus on, we begin to attract.
It’s great to use visualisation at the beginning of each day for example, to imagine how your day is going to pan out, how you will complete the biggest tasks of the day and how you will feel when you’re lying in bed reflecting on an impressively productive day!
So how can you start doing some visualisation of your own?
For me, the best times to visualise are late in the evening (just before sleeping), early morning (just after waking up) and in the middle of the day.
It’s best to close your eyes when doing so to shut out any potential distractions.
Next, you want to ease into a state of deep relaxation.
Let go of all the tension in your body and empty your mind.
Take an area of your life that is the most important to you right now. An area that you want to improve.
What would that look like if it was exactly the way you want it, a 10/10 scenario?
Blow that up into an IMAX-style screen in your mind so that you are immersed in that colourful, inspiring scene and experiencing it as that confident, successful you.
You will want to spend some time here.
Notice what is in your visualisation. What you’re wearing, who you’re surrounded by and where it is taking place.
Bring in your other senses. What are people saying to you? What will having achieved this now allow you to do?
As the emotions of excitement, happiness and amazement explode inside of you, let those feelings cover your whole body from head to toes.
As you slowly open your eyes, notice how much more energised you are.
Begin today, to take control of your own visualisation process.
A process in which your mind and the bright, vivid mental images created are consistently focused on being who you want to be and on what you want to have.
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