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