Visualisation is a techniques that you can use to cement your goals, to build motivation, and to tap into your unconscious mind in order to achieve what you want to do. This article tells you how visualisation works, how to do it and why you need to make it part of your daily routine.
You may have thought that visualisation is just another word for day dreaming however done right visualisation can turn your dreams into reality and that is because visualisation works on far more levels, also it has been proven again and again to be an effective tool for anyone seeking to perform at the highest level, almost every top athlete and sportsman uses visualisation as an integral part of their training to be able reach a peak performance state.
Studies have shown that thinking about doing something lights up the same pathways in the brain as actually doing the activity itself, and by visualising an event in exact detail before it happens means you can enhance your performance when you really need to do it.
3 Ways in which Visualisation can help you.
1. Visualisation helps define your goals, it gives you a clear image of what you want to achieve, it helps you fill in the gaps and it builds clarity around your purpose.
2. Visualisation helps you to tap into your unconscious mind and thereby recruit your subconscious resources to your advantage, your unconscious mind works in images and positive visualisation will give it just what it needs to have for you to get the power of your unconscious mind on your side.
3. By visualising what you want to do, your brain will also start to look at the bigger picture around your goals, this ‘bigger picture’ is a step closer to you defining your purpose, and by defining a purpose you get with it a degree of innate motivation, which drives you on far more than just the carrot or the stick.
So why does Visualisation work?
Visualisation focuses you on the steps you need to take, it helps you with planning what you have to do, and with it it rehearses each step in detail, when you do this you are activating the neural pathways which then become dominant, making it easier for them to fire when you are doing the activity for real. This process is called neuroplasticity, a good example of this in action would be for you to think back to when you learned how to ride a push bike, when doing this you consciously imprinting the neural pathways you needed into your unconscious mind with every wobble and fall, and now years after you learned to ride your bike you can probably do so without even thinking, and this allows your conscious mind to forget about the balancing and be more concerned with the traffic around you and the bumps in the road ahead.
In this way visualisation enhances your performance, visualising a successful outcome rehearses your achievement in your mind and embeds neurologically what you need to do letting your perform automatically at a peak state on the day, leaving your conscious mind concerned with just the minor adjustments you need to make. This has an additional effect in that it prevents overwhelm, because you don’t have to concentrate on everything you are ready to adjust as you need to, and thereby concentrate on the difference that makes the difference.
By not being overwhelmed you relax, you hit a flow state, your focus improves and your confidence is displayed in your body language.
Your unconscious mind is like a super computer it handles almost everything you need to do to keep you body running, it makes you take every breath, it makes you feel hungry, it keeps your physiology steady and it files away your memories, it works in the background to protect you by letting your ‘conscious’ mind know when something is right or when something is wrong. Like any computer we need to feed it with data, and because the unconscious mind works predominantly in images we can use visualisation to feed it the data that it needs.
The strange thing that happens is that the unconscious mind starts working on what you show it, it looks for patterns, it solves problems, it gets focused on what you are showing it, you start to become consciously aware of evidence in the world around you that you are moving towards your vision. The effect of this is that your mind alerts you to opportunities that you may have otherwise missed, solutions pop into your consciousness and the steps fall into place to guide you towards your vision.
How to do visualisation.
First of all make the goal you are visualising as specific as possible, for more help with goal setting for visualisation follow this link then write down the goal and read it back to yourself.
The next thing to do is to take some time to make an image of your goal in your mind, make it specific, make your image clear, make it bright, make it big, make it a moving image (if you want to), make it widescreen and make it really colourful.
Next add sound, make it loud, hear the sounds around you, hear what you are saying to yourself and what other people are saying to you when you.
Now all that remains is to add into your vision what feelings you are feeling, and try and display these feelings in your own body language and posture as if you had achieved this goal right now.
The only thing that remains to do is to do this daily.
The effect of visualisation is that you gain clarity on your goals, you become then focused on them, you become motivated to achieve what you are visualising and you will start to notice the opportunities and the steps in the world around you that will move you in the right direction.
“What the mind can conceive it can achieve.” – Napolian Hill.
The unconscious mind sees little difference between what is real or what is unreal, this means you can visualise whatever you want whenever you want to, with practice and repetition visualisation can give you the clarity, direction and the purpose you need. This is why visualisation is an essential technique to help you achieve your goals.