There is a certain science behind visualization that we don’t often consider when we are thinking about our goals. It can be fun to write down the goals that we wish to accomplish, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming when we turn our attention to actually achieving them.
It can be far too easy to automatically visualize the outcome of our goals in a negative way. We can get caught up in ‘what if’ situations, and set ourselves up for failure from the beginning. Instead, you can turn your visualization habits around, and start focusing on what it will look like when you do achieve your goals. Visualization can help to re-program your brain. It can also trigger the law of attraction, bringing things into your life that are needed in order to achieve your desires.
It can take a little practice and a little bit of effort to use visualization correctly. But, there are some tips that you can follow to make it easier for yourself. When you can successfully picture yourself accomplishing what you have set out to do, then you know it is actually possible to do it!
So, how can you use visualization to achieve your goals?
There are two significant types of visualization. The first is ‘outcome visualization.’ This refers to creating a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goal in great detail. The goal is to use all of your senses to build up this image, so it seems as though it is actually happening. The more realistic you can make it for yourself, the easier it can be to actually turn it into reality in the long run.
If your goal is to get a promotion at work, don’t just think about everything you need to do to get there. Instead, visualize what you’ll say to your boss. Think about what you’ll be wearing for success, the expression on your employer’s face, etc. The more details that you can include into this mental image, the better. Some people find it useful to actually write down each little detail so that they can keep referring back to it. Others benefit from drawing out a picture of the scene.
The important thing, when it comes to outcome visualization, is to be able to hold onto that mental picture for as long as possible. You can even continue to add detail to it as you continuously think about it. The idea is that the more vivid this mental image is, the more motivated you will become to turn it into something real.
Process visualization is the second method that you can use to accomplish your goals. Instead of detailing the final outcome, this method focuses on thinking about the steps that will lead up to the outcome. You need to think heavily on each one of those steps that you will take, and what they might look like.
If we were to use the same example of getting a promotion at work, you should visualize what you will need to succeed. Picture yourself preparing your speech to your boss in the mirror. What reasons will you give for wanting a promotion? What projects have you accomplished to get where you need to be? Picture yourself getting to work early each day, achieving targets, helping others as needed. The more you can visualize these things, the sooner you will turn them into reality. In turn, that can help you to reach your end goal.
If you suddenly get nervous about asking for that promotion, this technique can help to assuage those fears by breaking everything down into manageable steps.
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How to Visualize Correctly
There is no ideal way to tap into visualizing different steps and outcomes. A method that works for one person may not work for another. With that in mind, it is important to find something that works best for you. For most people, true visualization requires a clear head and a quiet space. If you’re having trouble tapping into your own mind, try these simple tips to help you relax and focus:
- Find a place where there are no distractions, and sit down or lie down. If you find that tranquil music helps you to relax, you can have it playing softly in the background.
- Take slow, deep breaths. Try counting backwards from 50, focusing on relaxing every muscle in your body before you end your countdown.
- Create an individual sanctuary within your mind. It should be a safe, serene place that you can go to whenever you want to tap into these visualization techniques.
Again, whatever you need to do to relax yourself and open up your mind can be very personal. If these relaxation tips don’t work for you, you may want to try deep breathing exercises, meditation, or even exercise like yoga.
Why is Visualization Effective?
You may never have to ask for a raise at work, and getting a promotion may not be your personal goal. But, these techniques can be useful for almost any situation and any accomplishment. That goes for everything from running a marathon to starting your own successful business.
Visualization allows you to stay focused on positive imagery. The more detailed you are able to get with your visualization, the better. Not only will it give you a clear picture of what your end goal might look like, but it can help you every step of the way. If you are a naturally cautious or fearful person, being able to use visualization techniques can help to assuage that fear that may have been holding you back for far too long.
It is important to keep in mind that visualization on its own doesn’t always equal success. You need to put in the hard work and dedication in order to fully accomplish your goals. But, it is a popular technique that can help you to realize that your dreams can become reality. It is a great motivational technique that allows you to see how your goals can be accomplished, and what it might look like once you achieve them.