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Utilising visualisation techniques

29 May

This blog I want to share with you a technique that you can use to help you overcome challenging situations which come up in all our lives. I’ve used it for quite some time and what it involves is if you’re going into a situation that is going to be challenging, then what you do is spend some time beforehand visualising in your mind exactly what you want to accomplish. See yourself succeeding, see yourself saying the right words, performing the right actions. It doesn’t just have to be one time either. In fact it’s more powerful when you repeat the positive images over and over so that it gets ingrained in your sub conscious mind. You can use this technique, for athletic and sports performance and in business and personal life.  

I’ve always used this technique before basketball games, where I visualise who I’m going up against, their individual & team tendencies so that as the game unfolds, I’ve already seen it in my mind’s eye. It enables me to react quicker to situations on the court and at some points anticipate what is going to happen. But enough about me and my basketball 🙂  

How can you use this visualisation technique to solve your individual challenges? Well if you’re a person that is easily influenced for example and you’re going to a social function where there’ll be a whole lot of dressed up sugar, salt, flour, pasteurized dairy (the 4 white devils) alcohol, and chemical food so common at these events, you can visualise yourself beforehand saying “no” to the temptations that’ll be there. Visualise yourself in your mind’s eye, exactly what you’re going to say, how you anticipate your peers will respond and whether or not that will affect you and your discipline. You’re also going to have to have replacement healthy food in your stomach because if you’re going there hungry and you’ve got no healthy options then it’s going to be harder to say “no.”

You could also use visualisation when you’re going food shopping. If you always tempted by the fancy packaging, the artificial colourings, the marketing and false claims on the labels and buy foods that are counter productive to your results, visualise yourself before you go, not buying the science lab food rubbish and visualise what you’re going to buy instead.

Another situation where visualisation could be useful is going to the gym before or after work, especially in the winter. After you finish work, sometimes people just want to go home and sit on the couch in front of the TV (TV was introduced into Australia in 1956. What did we do before then is an interesting question to ponder) If this is you, then the night before, spend some time visualising yourself at the end or beginning of your work day making the decision to go to the gym. Pack your gym gear and take it to work with you. This puts you in a place mentally ready to succeed. You’re also going to need to visualise and prepare the food you’re going to have to before you workout. Organic of course!   

Visualisation ties in with what I talked about last post, where I talked about positive self talk. The skill of creating positive pictures in your mind’s eye to go along with the positive self talk. How important is this? Well everyone sees the world differently. Two people could be looking at exactly the same situation and interpret it completely different depending on what mind “software” or beliefs they are running in that particular moment.

According to the teachings of neuro linguistic programming we are exposed to approximately 2.3 million bits of information per second and through our brains natural process of deleting, distorting and generalizing we can only focus on 126 bits of it. So constantly positive, negative and irrelevant bits of information are coming at us. The key to living a happy, positive, healthy life is to focus on the correct 126 bits every second, because ultimately whether you are happy or sad, or motivated or not motivated or any other emotion depends on what is going on in between your ears and what you are choosing to focus on. What are you saying to yourself and what pictures are running in your mind’s eye? Positive or negative. Controlling that is the ultimately the key to controlling your behaviour. Controlling your behaviour is what’s going to get you your results.

Some quotes to finish,

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

your thoughts become your words,

your words become your actions,

your actions become your habits,

your habits become your values,

your values become your destiny”

Mahatma Gandhi

Another great quotes is,

“Whether you succeed or fail, is determined by a person’s perception of what success or failure is.” Michael Jordan

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