“See” Yourself Succeed
By Jeff Davidson
Visualization, also called imaging, is a simple process that involves conjuring a mental image of something that conveys happiness, warmth, or peaceful feelings for you. For example, you might remember a meadow or farm from your childhood, a waterfall, a picnic site, a scene from a movie, a favorite cousin, or a lover. By focusing on the image for even a minute, you can lower your pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure. If you only have a few minutes alone, visualization could be your cup of tea.
You are Already a Master
You already engage in visualization all the time. A primary benefit of visualization is the minimal time investment required for a good return. Visualizing aspects of your life helps better your disposition and increases your probability of successfully solving problems.
Some people suggest closing your eyes and placing your hand on your chest, cheek, or forehead while visualizing a pleasant scene in order to connect your body with the image that you have conjured. Regardless, visualization works well because your brain can recall anything that it has ever experienced.
The examples and suggestions below are designed steer your focus on positive, pleasant, stress reducing scenes:
Visualizing a Desired Outcome – Visualization can help you sail more easily through things that have not yet happened. For example, basketball players attempting to improve their free throw percentage find that by visualizing themselves stepping up to the line and draining the shot, over and over, their actual foul shot percentage can increase in game situations.
Visualize as a Substitute for Practice – Many Olympic performers visualize themselves going through their routines, be it speed skating, gymnastics, or throwing the javelin, and actually improve their performance once they step into the competitive arena.
Visualize Success at Something You Dread – If you fear making presentations or confronting your boss, visualizing yourself successfully handling the situation increases your probability of success. You can even write a short statement about your visualization, or a whole article about what you did and how it worked. In this respect, you “live into your visualization.”
Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC, aka “The Work-life Balance Expert”® offers keynote presentations and workshops on a creating work-life balance, managing the pace with grace, and thriving in a hyper-accelerated world. He has spoken to Fortune 50 companies such as Lockheed and IBM, and to American Express, Westinghouse, America Online, and Wells Fargo. Jeff is also the author of Simpler Living, Breathing Space, and Dial it Down, Live it Up. His books have been published in 19 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Turkish, and Russian. For more information visit www.BreathingSpace.com