I’m almost at the end of my series of posts on morning rituals and this is one of my favorites!
I committed to the practice of visualization and saw big changes in the trajectory of my life. I truly believe that things happen at least twice: first in our hearts and minds, then in our realities.
Now it’s not that I believe that visualizing in and of itself creates the changes in our lives that we want to see, but when we get a taste of the feelings that we will experience when we take action on these goals, we are motivated to do the work.
It is said that action precedes motivation and not the other way around. But what does someone do if they do not yet have the capacity to act? Visualize yourself committing that act. Focus on the feeling it gives you. Chances are that it will feel so good you will want more and will then have the inspiration you need to compel you to act. This may not be instantaneous. Change often takes time.
If visualization is something that appeals to you, play around with different techniques until you find what works best for you. My usual practice is outlined below. I hope you find something in there useful and you can take it and make it your own.
I close my eyes and start with a few minutes of meditation. Once I feel calm and relaxed, I begin to picture my day or my
ultimate goal. Try to focus on all the senses and be as vivid as possible. This will help you to feel as though you are actually experiencing this success. Research shows that the brain has great difficulty differentiating between what we imagine and reality. While this may seem a little scary, I find it extremely empowering. It puts the locus of control over our lives back into our own hands. How transformational is that!
“The Mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ~John Milton Paradise Lost
For example, one of my goals is to run a full marathon in January 2016. Right now, the thought of it mostly conjures up feelings of anxiety. This is not the record I want stuck on replay. This is not how I want to experience this event. When I visualize this event, I think of the sight of the finish line and this evokes feelings of pride and amazement. The sound of the cheering crowds conjures up excitement. The more my brain adapts to this version of reality, the more I feel excitement and envision success instead of automatically defaulting to fear.
The key things to remember are to focus on the feelings you want to have and visualize the sensations and images that evoke them. This is your chance to think and feel BIG! If not, what’s the alternative?
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