,For example, if your goal is to be more confident:
2. Think about success as if it has ALREADY happened. Your subconscious mind cannot take an instruction for the future. It can only work in the present. This is the most important thing to remember when creating your visualisation movie. It must be in the present tense, as if it has already happened. Not in the future, or that is where it will stay.
3. The second most important thing to remember is that you want to think about how you will FEEL doing these things. Really feel the excitement, confidence and happiness.
(There is a brilliant audio on the HappiMe app called Confident Me which will take you through the process of relaxing and visualising yourself feeling confident.)
4. Don’t try too hard or over-complicate things. As I said, not everyone can visualise full-blown, 30-minute, HD colour movies. Brief, vague images or feelings are totally fine – your subconscious mind will still get the picture.
5. Another thing to remember is that your mind doesn’t have to be completely clear for you to relax and visualise. In fact, when you first start, you will probably find loads of random thoughts popping into your head. That’s OK. Just let them come and go, don’t focus on them; just focus on your breathing. Again, the more you practise, the easier it will get.
6. Remember that you are already great at visualising. Only now you are probably visualising negative things happening to you. That’s what you are doing when you are worried about something. You imagine all the terrible things that could go wrong. That’s visualising.
7. Understand that when you repeatedly imagine performing a task, you also condition your neural pathways so that the action feels familiar when you go to perform it; it’s as if you’re carving a groove in your brain, like the groove on a record.
Just in case you didn't get the message ...
Imagining success has already happened with the same emotions you will feel when you achieve success are the two most important things you can do. Simply seeing the pictures in your mind is not enough – you must show your brain which feelings it must look out for.
Envelop yourself in these wonderful positive emotions. Experience exactly what you would experience if your dreams had come true. You will no doubt feel joy, pride, success, happiness, wealth, and confidence.
8. Practise your visualisation as often as you can: while you are waiting for the kettle to boil; while you are cleaning your teeth; before you go off to sleep; as soon as you wake up in the morning; whenever you are bored! The more you do it, the quicker you’ll re-programme your mind and the easier it will be when you come to do it.
Good luck with your visualisation. I promise you are going to be energised, excited and intoxicated with the unbeatable feeling of achievement!
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