What is it?
Visualisation is the practice of affecting the outside world by changing your thoughts and using your imagination to experience new behaviours or events.
Think: positive thinking, law of attraction and manifestation – they’re very similar things.
All of them rely on us taking control of our situations and actively searching out the things that will lead to our success. Not just passively wait for them to come to us.
I’ll be honest, at first, I thought that visualisation was sort of ridiculous and I just didn’t understand how it could possibly work. I had similar thoughts about manifestation and the power of positive thinking.
I would get up in the morning and visualise my day, but not actually believe in the power of what I was doing 😬
But recently I was listening to a talk by Adrienne Herbert, who completely changed my outlook on this power of positive thinking.
She talked about when there are two groups: one group reads a passage of text and then has to answer questions, and the other group is able to look at the questions first, then read the passage and then answer them, the second group will be better at answering the questions.
Because they knew the questions before hand, they were actively looking for the answers in the text, which the other group couldn’t do.
What relevance is this?
When you visualise/manifest/ speak things into existence, you put yourself in the second group. Therefore in a state of actively searching for the ‘answers’ within your life.
❗️When you are aware of your goals and how you want your day to go it puts you on high alert for anything that can help you get closer to that goal❗️
Successful People Who Use Visualisation
One of my favourite visualisation/manifestation success stories is that of Jim Carrey. In 1985, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million, dated 10 years in the future for ‘acting services rendered’ and he carried the check with him. In 1995, 10 years later, he landed a role in ‘Dumb and Dumber’ for $10 million. How crazy is that?
How to use Visualisation
- Visualise your day
- I’ve started doing the ‘Miracle Morning’ and within this routine is time for visualisation, and so at the start of each day I visualise my entire day ahead of me, from when I stop visualising to when I go to bed, the entire day.
- Visualise success
- I also visualise key moments in my future that, for me, represent success. For example, I visualise my graduation, them calling my name, me walking across the stage, being handed my certificate, and then looking into the crowd at my parents.
- Sitting with your eyes closed, actually visualising the scenes in your mind’s eye.
- Sitting and describing the scene out loud.
- Writing out the scene in lots of detail in a journal.
- When imagining a scene, try to imagine sensations through each of your five senses, this will really help bring the scene to life. So don’t just think about what you can see, think about what you can hear, what can you smell, what can you feel, and what can you taste.
- When imagining scenes in your head, it can be hard not not wonder off thinking about random things, so maybe try describing the scene out loud, to keep you focused.
- If you want a physical reminder of your goals, make a vision board!
- 7 Visualisation Techniques That Really Work – by John Aspden | Blog | The Coaching Academy (the-coaching-academy.com)
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