Visualisation Techniques – To Relax and Achieve.

Many people believe that meditation or creative visualization techniques are complicated but in reality, they are not complicated at all and the benefits far out-weigh any difficulties. By visualizing regularly, it has the power to make us feel better about ourselves and also increases the potential for us to achieve our aims and goals. It’s a powerful tool to have in our arsenal.

Distraction is the enemy of visualisation and in the early stages of practice, it is an element which has to be overcome. One way of doing so is to write everything down first. Let the thoughts and all those nagging problems flow freely and this gives some clarity to the mind. It also aids focus and affords structure, eradicating those annoying little problems that would lead you away from the main goal.

A wandering mind can be a problem with any focus-based project and it happens to most of us at some point. We sit there, our minds fully focused on future goals and aims, conjuring up strong images for success and then suddenly, as if without warning, we are thinking about our lunch or even how annoying a certain television program is. When this happens, just gently bring the focus back to the task at hand, educating the mind to be still. By writing down any issues first and then, even writing down the bare bones of the visualisation, we commit it to memory, strengthening the approach, bypassing the potential for the mind to be distracted.

One great method is to segment your visualisation – and you can create distinct sections by noting down career in one section and relationships, or the future in another. This enables you to focus just on the chosen area and increases the potency of such.

This is a useful and very simple method the really works and is almost guaranteed to keep you on track.

Another tip I would like to add is something that I read quite recently and I think that it improves visualisation techniques very effectively. It was suggested that writing down the emotions that you believe would be felt at any given point en-route to your ultimate goals i.e. satisfaction, happiness etc. This enables you to almost feel and connect with the emotion and to believe in the sensation of success. You feel it, focus on it, live it. By suggesting these feelings before you have achieved your goals, it absorbs into your sub-consciousness and starts to feel real, leading nicely onto the path of accomplishment.

For this to work correctly, you must focus on the emotion, connecting with it and believing in the sensation as if you have already achieved it. In a way, I see visualisation techniques as more of a form of meditation because there are some similarities. For instance, it is always better to be able to relax and not be disturbed – settling into the moment and like meditation, visualisation requires concentration and for the body to be relaxed.

The main difference of course is that with visualisation you are looking to the future and trying to emotionally connect with whatever it is you desire. If it is a successful business, then you will be visualising how you feel when you have achieved that and what it will be like to be in a position with more security and inner confidence. If it is relationship-based visualisation, then you will be imagining yourself in a happy environment with your partner and understanding what it feels like to be able to share and support each other. Of course, meditation is far more about relaxing the body and easing the stresses from the mind and so this is where the two methods differ.

Just remember that visualisation is a great tool and it becomes very powerful if used regularly because it defines your goals and aims and facilitates the changes that are required for you to journey on the right pathway to success. It also has the benefit of relaxing you and de-stressing in the same way that meditation will.

I encourage you to try it.

Andy Beveridge

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