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The aim of this article is to teach you how to visualise effectively. Visualisation is relatively simple – but there are definitely a few key points to learn to fast-track your results. I’m going to share these techniques with you now – which I’ve put together after two years of experimentation. I’ve shared these ideas with my friends and colleagues, who have all now had successes with the unmistakable power of creative visualisation too. If you do take these ideas on board and try them out, I am convinced that you will see some remarkable improvements in your own life. Not only will you feel better in yourself, but you will move towards your goals quicker. Not bad for 20 minutes a day ay? You’ll find that my advice on how to visualise is to the point, “hands on” – and relatively detailed. This is because a lot of the information I found when I was learning to visualise was a bit... fluffy.... and didn’t really help me. I presume you’ve found the same. As such, if you do not have time to get into it now, please feel free to print this article and review it later. I find that if you really understand a topic, and know why and how it works, it is a lot easier to get strong results. As such, with no further ado, I present to you - How to Visualise.
“The future depends on what we do in the present” Mahatma Ghandi First, write your visualisation down Page 1
you can simply open your eyes. it took me well over a year to even give it a go. about to achieve every goal you had ever imagined for yourself. finances and relationships. Opening your eyes for a few seconds to check where you are doesn’t hinder you – far from it. I simply note down my goals. irrationally careering through your head at breakneck speed. When I did. feeling magnificent and suitably sublime . what time you’re getting up in the morning. my results improved significantly. re-read your notes. that miserable old sod who barged you on the train this morning and. pondering the meaning of life and our role in the great cosmic plan. what’s worse. of course. and gently ease yourself back into that very happy place. you have your visualisation written down. How to visualise best? I like to break my visualisations up into three or four different parts – such as work. I jot down a few bullet points – they don’t have to be detailed – for each. Good news. Page 2 . hello and welcome – you are likely to become distracted by random flying thoughts. And. and unless you are a Zen Monk – and if you are. and a couple of elaborations to give my imagination a little nudge in the right direction. If. For example: Career – Goal: Run my own business • • • • • See myself as the boss I am working from home I’m earning X amount per month I look forward to every sales call as I know I have the best product I’m helping others Simple! Taking a few minutes to jot down your visualisation first will really help you stay on track and keep your mind focussed.Untitled This is absolutely key. There is little more frustrating than imagining yourself in an ideal way. The whole point behind writing down what you are going to visualise is that it gives you structure – and a plan to fall back on. however.when suddenly you become sidetracked with what you had for dinner. Your brain is an incredibly powerful machine.
but they really don’t have to be that detailed to be effective . also write down the emotions you would feel if you had already achieved them... you need to know your goals before you do this – and I mean really know your goals. Setting Goals. So. This will save you a lot of time and effort later when you’re actually visualising.Untitled Of course. and noting them down too. take a minute now to jot down some key points for each area you will be focussing on – it’s up to you how much depth you go into.and we’re ready to move on. you should start to feel that little excited twitch in your belly that tells you you’re on the right path. maybe come back to this How to Visualise article later and take a look at this one first. Of course. For example: Career – Goal: Run my own business . So. before we move on. a little way to cheat the system a bit is by working these out before hand. the ones that excite you and drive you and almost propel you into action.. Now. If you haven’t got these. here’s a little gem of a secret that will absolutely improve the effectiveness of your visualisation: In addition to writing down your goals. Page 3 .. You’ll see a bit further on that generating the emotions and feelings of success is the key to how to visualise effectively.Emotions • • • • • I feel proud of myself for taking the plunge It feels amazing to be my own boss I feel supremely confident and destined for success I am wealthy with no money concerns and feel rich I am happy and feel awesome! When you think about these and write them down. the mere words will be nothing compared to the feelings you generate when you visualise – but you have all this great stuff to come.
Pay attention to the gentle rise and fall of your chest.. trippy music if you like – Cafe Del Mar works wonders for me! If you have your own way to get into a relaxed – or meditative – state.. Below is a technique I use that guarantees to chill me out. When you are comfortable. please feel free to use them instead. I often put on a comfortable tracksuit.. All that matters is that you are relaxed.. and push the breath all the way out. and have a shower if there is time. I’d guess it takes about 5 minutes or so before I’m ready to rock on with the visualisation – but take as long as you need. the better your visualisation will go. Breathe all the way in... You can visualise lying down in bed or in a comfy chair – I do both – but what’s most important is that you won’t be disturbed. “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer” William S.. Page 4 . I recommend using a meditation machine or binaural beats to fast-track this process.. slowly and deeply. Burroughs It’s important to be as relaxed as possible when you visualise..Untitled How to visualise? Relax first. if you already have an idea of how to visualise. Put on some chilled. and your brain activity has dropped a bit. you probably know how to relax yourself properly already. your heart rate is lowered.. start to focus on your breathing... Equally. Breathe slowly and deeply. The more relaxed you are before you start. but you can do it without – it just takes a little more practice.
. your stomach and then finally up to your chest. Focus your attention now on your legs..... Notice how much better it feels. and notice how calm you feel. so talk to them here too.. They are your friends and colleagues after all! Page 5 .. feel the temperature sensations and the energy inside you as you more deeply relax.. for example.. Again.but you just didn’t notice. successful person – in as much detail as possible. Really see yourself acting the way you want to be.. you will notice yourself start to relax. Then consciously let go of any tension that you can feel there.. not really – you’d talk to people in real life. How to visualise best? Simply imagine yourself acting the way you would act if your goals had already been achieved... After a few minutes. See yourself as a confident.At last! Take a quick glance at your notes and ease yourself in..and feel them relax. and feel really good. Release all the tension.... The key is to make the pictures in your mind as bright and vivid as you can. relaxed.. Look around you and take in your surroundings – where are you? Who else is there? Are they happy and in control like you? Take the time to wander over to these people and have a chat with them.Untitled As you slow your breathing. Crazy? No.. warm ... start to pay attention to particular body parts. concentrate on your feet. Spread this great feeling all around your body for a few more minutes until you feel calm.and ready to proceed! Make your visualisation VIVID! You now know enough about how to visualise to start practicing. and feel the warmth and the energy that was always there ..
or next month. Even in your head it takes bravery and courage to address these issues – but you feel a million times better for doing so. The first hurdle to overcome in learning how to visualise is facing the uncomfortable feelings of doing things that you do not yet know how to do – and the safest place to do it is inside your head. you are acting ideally. Just enjoy the feeling of watching yourself act in an ideal way for you. this will take care of itself. bright pictures in your mind. When visualising. If you continue to practice. or the day after. Again. It doesn’t really matter if your life isn’t much like this yet. What’s the weather like? What are you wearing? Take the time to notice and feel the texture of your clothes. the more life-like this is. Pay attention to every little detail of your routine. and any other small details you see when you look around. in your imagination. It’s pretty Page 6 . What are you doing differently here that is different to how you act in real life? Go further into the details and uncover every last dissimilarity.Untitled Notice what you are doing and how you are doing it.Learning how to visualise requires learning how to create vivid. Act ideally . the temperature of the room.how to visualise yourself in your imagination Please remember that today. you don’t even have to have faith that this is how you will act tomorrow. You are effectively planting new memories into your sub-conscious – so if you make this memory even more vivid and detailed than a real memory you will inevitably see strong results. the better the results you will get. Why are you acting this way now? What value does it add? Look for more details to make the picture clearer.
make a point of deliberately visiting experiences that have held you back in the past. If you are broke and desire more wealth.Untitled fun to see yourself doing this – and it helps you to realise the simple truth that if you can act this way in your head... Notice the reaction of the audience – see how apt they are in your presence – and notice how successfully you command their attention and respect. Pull out the cash and count the hundreds or thousands you are carrying on you. This gives you another perspective on the Page 7 . If you’re disassociated. Notice how this makes you feel – bloody awesome. If you have been terrified to raise a point in public. you’re seeing yourself from another perspective. the smell. I’d imagine! Then disassociate and float out of your body. Use both when you learn how to visualise for maximum results. see yourself in front of a crowd talking enthusiastically and powerfully. Notice how it feels to be so wealthy and in control of your finances. When you are learning how to visualise. if you are associated. Feel the weight of it in your hands. It's the way forward! Associate and Disassociate . you are seeing something through your own eyes. it’s likely you can act like this for real. Notice how all this cash feels in your hands.how to visualise from multiple perspectives I borrowed a technique from NLP when I learnt how to visualise – it’s called associating and disassociating. You can try watching yourself on a big screen TV or cinema screen – or by hovering above yourself – or even by seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes.. it’s a really simple idea. Experiment and find what works best for you – but do make sure you look at yourself from a 3rd party perspective. The texture. First. watch yourself pull out your wallet. Basically. Take the time to visit an ATM and check your account balance – and watch as the big number followed by all those zeros shows up on the screen.. Despite the complex name.act how you want to act when visualising. Remember . associate and see the experience through your own eyes.
woohoo! If not. I presume that you do . You will no doubt feel joy. Then disassociate again and give it another go! Learning to review multiple perspectives is key when learning how to visualise practice and have fun with it.-) Here is the key: To succeed with visualisation. float back into your body – associate – and change whatever you need to. happiness. Envelop yourself in these wonderful positive emotions.Untitled way you are acting – and often throws up some interesting feedback. charisma and success? If yes. imagine being one of your role models who has already achieved your goals. confidence and more. undeniably most important secret on how to visualise successfully? Well. if you’ve read this far. Experience exactly what you would experience if your dreams had come true. success. excited and intoxicated with the unbeatable feeling of achievement. Are you ready to know the absolutely. wealth. How does he feel? What does she experience on the inside? How does it feel to be them? Page 8 . you must generate the same feelings and emotions that you would have if you had already accomplished your goals. pride. You are going to be energised. Now you can see why I told you that learning how to visualise is fun! If you’re having difficulties. positively. Seeing the pictures in your mind is not enough – you have to show your brain which feelings it has to look out for. How do you feel when you are disassociated and see yourself acting like that? How are other people reacting to you? How do you come across? Do you give off an aura of confidence. Feelings and Emotions – your visualisation success depends on this! You’ve now learned most of the basics.
Untitled If all else fails. Again. That's it! You know how to Visualise! Wow. Then. you now know how to visualise! Pretty detailed ay? I guess you can see why so many people fail with the “just shut your eyes and imagine yourself successful” advice that is banded about everywhere on the net.and they will come to you naturally. Ask – “why am I feeling this way?” Go even deeper into the feeling. Go deeper into it. The pictures are there to show you what to look out for on your road to success – and the emotions and feelings are for the benefit of your brain. That’s it for the basics. the stronger the feelings you generate – the more emotion you experience – the better and faster your visualisation results will be. Take every point on your list one at a time. Allow it to take over every cell of your body. Dive deep in and let the positive emotions consume you! Do whatever you can to make the feelings of success become more intense. Really imagine yourself having succeeded – know how much it means to you to have finally won and become all you ever wanted to be . That’s why jotting down the emotions before you start is so important – if you’re struggling a little. slow down.. read your list of emotions again. Practice generating strong. See the emotion as a cloak and drape it over you. really start feeling them – and dive back in. Page 9 .go deeper into a feeling. You can always – always . Practice this – it feels awesome. make them even stronger.. Ask yourself – “how would I feel if I worked for myself?” or “What emotions would I have if I just nailed a speech in public?” You might start to feel a little glimpse of satisfaction. open your eyes. try to see your emotions as the language that communicates your goals to your sub-conscious.. As you learn how to visualise.. intense feelings and emotions.
it takes about 20 – 30 minutes on average. All in all. within a month you will experience some really significant changes and begin to feel much better about yourself. good luck. And I really hope it helps you – please feel free to share your feedback and results! You are now ready to begin your visualisation practice. My advice is for the first 5 or 6 attempts. If you continue to practice. but you can do it for longer if you are enjoying it. you’ll begin to see small improvements within a week or so. This is not much of a sacrifice for the results you are likely to get! When you have a mental movie that you are happy with. and the imagined you does as it’s told and doesn’t digress from the script.. This makes it clear to your brain that your visualisation is a command that is to be followed! If you have learnt how to visualise well. your self-image will indeed change and you will move quicker towards your goals than you ever imagined possible.. Shoot Me Down You can visualise as often as you’d like – just do what feels right for you. I’d recommend between 3-5 sessions a week.! And here is a gem to leave you in no doubt about the Page 10 .” Lil Wayne. try and do it every night.. when you are trying to coax your character to behave exactly as you desire. Finally.. If you carry on visualising beyond that. The fun is about to begin. “Repetition is the father of learning.Untitled I hope you can also see now why it took me over 2 years to work out a really compelling process for how to visualise effectively.
Untitled potential of your results when you have learnt to visualise properly: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. imagination points to all we might yet discover and create" Albert Einstein Page 11 . For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand.
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