Success doesn’t come without a goal. But be it a small or large one, achieving one’s goal takes a lot of determination, effort and perseverance. And let’s face it: many of us tend to falter just coming off the starting blocks.
However, there is a set of techniques used by many successful people around the worlds. Visualisation techniques – the process involves picturing goals, ideas, and concepts in your mind as mental images. Visualisation runs on the premise that before we can truly believe in a goal, we have to “see” it.
Here are some visualisation techniques that you can try:
- Treasure Map Technique
This technique incorporates both mental and physical elements! First, think of a goal in your mind, such as attaining a perfect score on an upcoming test. Then begin drawing detailed physical aspects of the factors involved: perhaps a library, the books needed to study, or your school. The drawing process isn’t the critical element here, but rather what you are picturing as you draw. Because as you do so, you mind visualises and paves the way to success. This technique requires much patience, but is one of the best ways to plan for a tough road ahead.
- Receptive Visualisation
Ever heard of lucid dreaming, where you have control over what you do in your dreams? In receptive visualisation, the only difference is that you’re fully conscious. Lie back with your eyes closed and picture the environment that comes with the achievement of your goal. Slowly add people, noises and other pieces to your scene, until you have a more complete picture, and feel more involved in it.
- Altered Memory Visualisation
This technique is centred on altering past experiences and memories, especially resentful and negative ones, for a more positive outcome. Replay those scenes in your mind, but replace the negative, undesired responses with more calm and controlled ones. While it takes time to adjust, your brain will eventually remember the scenes as you have re-created them. Your uncomfortable experiences will ultimately fade away, leaving a fresh slate while setting a more favourable behavioural precedent for future scenarios of a similar nature.
Every day, try to set aside time for meditation. Meditating on a regular basis allows you to access your inner self. When you meditate, the idea is to completely empty your mind and to let it flow freely, letting it do whatever and go wherever it wants. Focus on your breathing, and don’t focus on any particular thoughts or images. By letting go of the reins, you’ll be surprised at just how much more vivid your visualisations become. Instead of being constructed manually, they’re now allowed to form in a more natural setting.
Practising visualisation comes with a lot of benefits:
- Greater internal motivation
- More creative inclinations
- Programs our brain for better goal-targeting
- Better planning and clarity of thought
While visualisation requires hard work and practice, it remains a powerful way to attain positive, lasting and behavioural changes in your lifestyle! If you haven’t tried it, consider employing some of these tips. The results might surprise you!
4 Powerful Visualization Techniques. (2012). Retrieved from http://operationmeditation.com/discover/visualization-techniques/