Use Visualization to Become Happier and More Successful

Use Visualization to Become Happier and More Successful

VisualizationHow many of us have wanted something really badly but instead of seeing ourselves achieving it we imagine how terrible it would be if we didn’t get it?

We’ve all experienced this negative thinking, or what I call “Drama Llama” living. Who wants to live their lives filled with fear, worry, and anxiety? Not me, I’ll tell you that.

There’s a better way, and it’s a technique used by many successful athletes, leaders, salespeople and entrepreneurs. It’s called “visualization” and it can be used to help you become more successful in any area of your life. All it takes some imagination and a surprisingly small amount of time and effort, but the results will be life-changing.

In fact, I’d be willing to say that if you really practice visualization faithfully, you’ll be shocked by the results.

To get an idea of what visualization is, let’s think back to our childhood days. Do you remember when you used to play pretend? You’d build a fort and pretend you were a cowboy. You’d put on a dress and a tiara and walk around the house acting like a princess. You’d use a cardboard box as a spaceship and then shoot off into imaginary space.

Playing pretend is essentially visualization at its fi nest. You’re letting go of all barriers – all ideas of “this can’t happen in real life” – and just living in the vision of your goal or dream. All children are born with the ability to visualize. Sadly, as we get older and are told to grow up, we tend to lose this side of ourselves. We stop using our imaginations and we start to live in the “real world.”

Little did we know, visualization will play a huge role in us achieving our “real world” dreams. Let’s suppose you want a promotion at work. You’ve been working hard and you contribute a lot to the success of the company, but you haven’t advanced to where you want to be. Here’s how visualization works:

  • Imagine yourself in a new office with a desk and a comfortable chair. Go ahead give yourself a window with a view and imagine your name on the door. Imagine the feel of your chair and the smell of the oak desk. Picture your colleagues coming into the office to congratulate you on your promotion. Imagine your boss meeting with you in your office and consulting you on important issues. Get as detailed as you can: imagine the photos of your friends and family on your desk and the new title as it appears on your stationary. Get as granular as you can when visualizing.
  • Be positive in your thoughts about the outcome you desire. This may be difficult at first and you may have some of that negative thinking creep in, like “Linda will probably get the promotion; she always gets what she wants in the office.” Brush it aside like a bug in front of your face. Another way of thinking about it is to “change the channel” when negative thoughts arise and replace them with the positive visual images you’ve imagined.
  • Practice this positive visualization and use it often, not just when dark thoughts come to mind. When you’re in the car driving to or from work, in the shower, grocery shopping, anytime or anywhere – focus and visualize the things that you want. After spending some time practicing and crafting your vivid and imaginative visualization (give yourself several days or maybe even weeks or months depending on how focused you can be), start using the technique as often as possible. When you’re about to perform any task associated with the reaching of your goal, imagine yourself completely and utterly succeeding. When you’re about to go into a meeting or step on stage to do some public speaking, focus your positive energy toward the task and align it with how it will help you reach your visualized outcome. But take it easy on yourself, this may take several attempts. Practice and hone your visualization skills.

According to experts, visualization strengthens our brain’s ability to complete an action. It creates a learned behavior in the brain. As you visualize yourself doing an action the brain interprets it as a real life happening. It tells your neurons how to perform the movement and it creates a neural pathway for that action in your brain.

Once you’ve practiced visualization for a while you’ll find it’s almost automatic to be positive and focused as you enter into any task.

By practicing visualization you’re going to be more positive, confident, and happier. And guess what? Positive, confident, happy people succeed. They get promotions, they achieve their goals, and they inspire others to follow their lead.

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