Over the years, I’ve read lots of success related books as well as autobiographies of successful business and sporting people. One of the most common observations coming out of all of these is how often the power of visualisation is mentioned as a key element of their success.
I’ve personally seen the benefits of visualisation in both big goals – I had a clear detailed vision of the type of house that I wanted at least three years before actually finding and buying it – and small goals – visualised the successful outcome from hundreds of meetings – so I know it works.
Interestingly, the power of visualisation works in a negative way also. Over the last few years, when things have been tough, I now realised that I was probably contributing greatly to the negative outcomes that I was getting due to my ‘expecting the worst’ attitude.
There is a saying, that whatever you think about, consistently with emotion will be delivered and I know – from both positive and less positive personal experience that this is in fact true. There’s lots of theories as to why this is the case and lots of books available to substantiate the various theories.
To some extent, although I have my own views on why visualisation is the most important aspect of delivering personal success, I’m not going to bore you with my theory. It doesn’t matter why, you just have to accept that it is in fact the case and start to take control of your thoughts.
I recently set myself a challenge to go 7 days expecting only the best and visualising successful outcomes to each activity undertaken each day. I decided on 7 days as it felt achievable, and it would be relatively easy to see/ feel the impact. I’m not saying that it was easy to do – I had the catch myself often from thinking negative thoughts. However after a while it did get easier and I ultimately extended the 7 days.
In fact it is now a part of everyday life for me – I still need to catch myself frequently but it gets easier to spot the signs much earlier into the spiral these days and I can do something about it.
Is this visualisation, attitude, self talk or some of the other success principles. I don’t know? What I do know is that it works and I feel better generally, happier with life, enjoy better relationships, feel more alive and in tune with my future self.
So I intend to carry on applying the power of visualisation each and every day.
I’d love to hear your stories of how visualisation has helped you – please share your experiences so that we can all benefit.
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