Using Visualization to Change Your Mind and Attitude
We’ve all experienced this negative thinking, or what I call “worst case scenario 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, entrepreneurs, and everyday peeps.
It’s called “visualization” and it can be used to help in any area of your life. All it takes is a vivid imagination and a surprisingly small amount of time and effort, but the results can be life-changing. In fact, I’d be willing to say that if you really practice this technique faithfully, you’ll be shocked by the results.
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 a job well done and 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 children on your desk and the new title as it appears on your stationary. Tell yourself about the announcement that will be made when you get the promotion and imagine the feeling of pride you’ll have when your co-workers slap your back and shake your hand. Get as granular as you can when visualizing this future where you have the promotion you want.
- Be positive in all of your thoughts about the outcome you desire. This may be difficult at first, 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. Change the channel when that bad thinking pops up. Instead, replace it with the visual images you’ve imagined. Practice this positive mindset and use it whenever you can, not just when bad thoughts crop up. When you’re in the car driving to or from work, or in the shower, use visualization and be positive.
- Now you’re ready to move your visualization in the real world. 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 in real life. When you’re about to perform any task associated with the reaching of your goal, imagine yourself succeeding utterly. When you’re about to go into a meeting or do a report, focus your positive energy toward that 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. You need to practice and hone this skill. Once you’ve done it for a while you’ll find it’s almost automatic to be positive and focused as you enter into any task. Be sure to remove distractions: if an activity at work doesn’t help you reach your goal, ask yourself why are you doing it?
- Rinse and repeat. Go over these steps again and again to sharpen your skills. You won’t get it right away, be patient. The purpose of visualization is to change YOU and your way of viewing your world. You’re going to be more positive, more confident, more efficient. And guess what? Positive, confident, efficient people succeed. They get promotions and they inspire others to follow them.
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