Creative visualization is an amazing and highly powerful mental technique which involves use of imagination to achieve a desired outcome. Basically, you imagine yourself doing things you want to do, or being what you want to be, successfully achieving it. Although it would seem as daydreaming, visualization is a more conscious action, with structure and intention involvement. In my previous article, I focused on the explanation of creative visualization principles. In this post, I would like to look into some more practical aspects of it- steps for effective creative visualization or so called “how to” guide.
5 steps for effective creative visualization
1. Relax and get in a right mindset
Relax, relax, relax! This is the first and very important step. Use any preferred relaxation method or meditation to achieve relaxed body and mind. The relaxed state is crucial for allowing yourself getting into right mindset and opening for possibilities. Let yourself believe that everything is achievable and possible.
2. Have a clear understanding of your destination, choose a clear goal
You should visualize the end goal and not the way to get there. The beauty of it is that you don’t need to know how you going to achieve what you want, but to know what exactly you want to achieve, see your aim. Have a clear end goal and not a means goal. Means goal would be “to win a lottery” when your true end goal is really to buy a house (and you want this lottery money to pay for it).
3. Imagine it and feel it. Tune into your body
Imagine achieving your goal now by visualizing it as already accomplished. Use all the senses: feel, see, smell, touch, hear and taste it, add all the possible details to fully feel the moment. The more details you add the better. The stronger the feelings, or the sensation of your visualization – the stronger your belief.
4. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Be positive! Think positive thoughts, feel positive feelings and speak using positive words. Focus on having your goal achieved. Every time you catch yourself being negative, replace it immediately with positive thoughts. Use positive affirmation.
5. Repeat, repeat and once again repeat to get used to your new image
Repeat the process of your visualization often. Every time you do it add extra detail, extra layer, go deeper and feel it deeper. You are preparing a great building base for your goal to realize.
This process of creative visualization can be used by every day person, you don’t need to be a monk spending days on meditation. You probably used it many times before, not even realizing. Many athletes and celebrities admitted using creative visualization and they claimed that it helped them to succeed. People like Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, Bill Gates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan and many more attribute their accomplishments to creative visualization.
Our brain cannot distinguish between the thought of an action and a real action. Observing a brain activity of a person who imagines doing something and a person actually doing it, scientists noticed that some specific neural pathways are stimulated and the same area of the brain shows increased activity.
Get creative then! Think about your goals and imagine achieving them now!
Have you tried (consciously) the process of creative visualization? How did you go? Any tips? Please share your experience by leaving a message below.
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