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4 Ways to Use Visualization to Accelerate Achieving Goals

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    Visualization is simply a purposeful daydream – a way to use the imagination to rehearse a performance, practice skills, build a repertoire of best responses, see yourself at your most fascinating, picture your life at its finest or where you’d like it to be at a future date.

    Visualization has worked for others.

    Visualization has been used by:

    • successful athletes to enhance their skills and mentally train muscle performance (see Arnold Schwarzenneger’s 2 Principles for Success)

    Visualization works by:

    • challenging you to know what you want from life & how to get it
    • creating hope for the future so you see yourself & your life in a positive light
    • stimulating fresh ideas for goals that excite
    • opening you to recognizing resources & new opportunities
    • pumping up your motivation to do whatever it takes to get the desired end result

    Visualization can work for you too, and here’s proof.

    So . . . you’re telling me that changing how I see things will change how they are?

    Yes! Absolutely. But don’t believe me. Try this 3 minute exercise RIGHT NOW and see for yourself.

    Follow the instructions in the video, step by step. Don’t watch the video first! Do what Tony Robbins instructs as you listen. You will prove to yourself that visualization works.

    Four Ways to Practice Visualization

    There are 4 ways to practice visualization. Which style suits your personality to help you accelerate change so you can achieve your goals? We explain how to practice each one below.

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    Mental Rehearsal

    Mental Rehearsal of your performance internalizes skill development to master behaviors.

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    Creative Visualization

    Use your imagination to form vivid mental pictures, using all your senses to heighten your motivation to achieve your goals.

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    Self Hypnosis

    Use the scientific psychological procedures of self-hypnosis to make changes in your life.

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    Vision Board

    A vision board is a poster, logo, or collection of images that represents your goals for the future. Perfect for the creative person.

    How to practice mental rehearsal.

    Leo Babuta, author of the blog Zen Habits and book Zen Habits Handbook for Life says:

    Visualize your successful outcome in great detail.

    Close your eyes, and think about exactly how your success will look, will feel, will smell and taste and sound like. Where are you when you become successful? How do you look? What are you wearing? Form as clear a mental picture as possible.

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    Now here’s the next key: do it every day. For at least a few minutes each day. This is the only way to keep that motivation going over a long period of time.

    How to practice creative visualization.

    Try this 3 step/5 minute self-visualization technique by Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul®* and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success.

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    Canfield calls visualization “reprogramming our automatic pilot.”

    Go through the following three steps:

    STEP 1. Imagine sitting in a movie theater, the lights dim, and then the movie starts. It is a movie of you doing perfectly whatever it is that you want to do better. See as much detail as you can create, including your clothing, the expression on your face, small body movements, the environment and any other people that might be around. Add in any sounds you would be hearing — traffic, music, other people talking, cheering. And finally, recreate in your body any feelings you think you would be experiencing as you engage in this activity.

    STEP 2. Get out of your chair, walk up to the screen, open a door in the screen and enter into the movie. Now experience the whole thing again from inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes. This is called an “embodied image” rather than a “distant image.” It will deepen the impact of the experience. Again, see everything in vivid detail, hear the sounds you would hear, and feel the feelings you would feel.

    STEP 3. Finally, walk back out of the screen that is still showing the picture of you performing perfectly, return to your seat in the theater, reach out and grab the screen and shrink it down to the size of a cracker. Then, bring this miniature screen up to your mouth, chew it up and swallow it. Imagine that each tiny piece — just like a hologram — contains the full picture of you performing well. Imagine all these little screens traveling down into your stomach and out through the bloodstream into every cell of your body. Then imagine that every cell of your body is lit up with a movie of you performing perfectly. It’s like one of those appliance store windows where 50 televisions are all tuned to the same channel.

    When you have finished this process — it should take less than five minutes — you can open your eyes and go about your business. If you make this part of your daily routine, you will be amazed at how much improvement you will see in your life.

    If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: FreeSuccessStrategies.com.

    Jack Canfield’s steps to visualization are shared with permission.

    Use the science of self-hypnosis to practice visualization.

    All decisions take place in the mind and the human mind is like a computer.

    Dr. McKenna helps people reprogram their minds using the latest psychological techniques to transform the way they think about about a specific thing like food or smoking forever.

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    In the book portion of each of his sets contains practical advice to follow for the change you want. The CD contains self-hypnosis sessions to help you change your thinking.

    Dr. McKenna has book/CD combos to: 

    • lose weight
    • be more confident
    • stop smoking
    • get rich
    • mend a broken heart
    • change your destiny
    • change your life
    • control stress
    • overcome insomnia & go to sleep
    • feel happy
    • be smarter

    Give it a try with a FREE YouTube self-hypnosis session first.

    The prices for the book & CD combo are reasonable, but why not try self-hypnosis first for free to see if it works for you? YouTube has one of the self-hypnosis sessions for free on most of the topics, so give it a try and if you like it, if you feel it’s working, then purchase the book with the CD.

    Here is an overview of how it works:

    Ready to give it a try? See all of Paul McKenna‘s book sets on Amazon.

    Do you have a trauma in your past that could be blocking your ability to hope for the future? Try “Havening”.

    Havening means “means to put into a safe place”. It is a scientific technique used by the army for PTSD, and for rape victims. It is a self-hypnosis technique that increases the Delta waves in your brain to change how you feel. Havening.org says,”To Western eyes, to watch pain instantly disappear, long standing problems resolve and disturbing memories fade into the irretrievable past is nothing short of astonishing.”.

    Try Havening yourself at home with this video by Dr. McKenna.

    How to create a vision board.

    The purpose of a vision board is to write it down and remind yourself daily of your goals for tomorrow, this year and the future. If you keep your desires before you, it gives you a laser focus on what you really want, the roadmap to where you want to go.

    Lifestyle coach Laura Baron says, “A vision board is the physical representation of the vision for your life. It’s something tangible to keep you motivated.”

    Many, many successful people have created vision boards for their lives at every stage (such as Oprah Winfrey who has for decades.) But Steve Harvey is one of the most vocal about the importance of writing down your vision for your life.

    He creates a vision board for his own future and then takes a photo of it. Then the vision board is the wallpaper on his computer, laptop, tablets and phone. He wants to see it several times a day to remind himself of his goals.

    He makes a list of all the things he envisions, and reads that list every morning when he wakes up and every night when he goes to bed.

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    Zonda Hughes of Six Brown Chicks with Chicago Now was in the Coca-Cola Booth with Steve Harvey at the ESSENCE Festival 2015® in New Orleans and reports on the “Things You Must Do to Activate Your Vision Board”.

    HAVE A VISION BOARD: “Everything you want must be written on your vision board, in a well-thought out manner, with plain, blocked letters.” Steve says.

    DO THE HUSTLE: If you want to be successful, you must hustle harder than your competition. “The dream is absolutely free, the hustle is sold separately.” Don’t spend all your time at the bar or watching TV and expect to get somewhere in life.

    IMAGINE THE REALITY YOU WANT: If I can imagine it, I will start to work towards it, and I don’t work towards nothing else.

    DON’T GIVE UP: You may have to make tough choices now in jobs and relationships to help change your future.

    Baron says, “After you have a vision board, you have to change the structure of your life and the people in your life, and really embrace this vision of your life. Drive an emotion into this life. It’s not just pictures on the board, it’s something real. Act like it’s going to happen. That’s the law of attraction.”

    How to make a vision board.

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    Most vision boards are created by cutting pictures and headlines out of magazines and pasting them on bristol board. Fewer households get paper magazines now, and it is important for there to be emotion behind the photos you choose. You don’t want to be limited by photos you can find in the few magazines you may have.

    The best way to create a vision board with meaningful quotes, titles and images that evoke emotion for you is to make it digitally on Canva. (If you don’t know how to use Canva, see 10 steps to create a vision board on Canva at Develop Good Habits.)

    Use Google images to find photos that make you feel the way you want to feel when you make the changes you are yearning to see. Click on the image to enlarge it, right-click with your cursor on the image, when the menu comes up choose “copy image”. Then paste it in Canva. Plan sections that represent the different changes you want to see.

    If you’re not creative and prefer a list, here are some FREE vision board printables for you.

    Have a vision board party!

    Here at Playtime & Party, we love to turn things in a party.

    The reasons to turn making your vision board into a party are:

    • to get the help from your closest family and friends to help you see what your talents are to build upon
    • encourage you to dream big
    • hold you accountable for working towards your dreams
    • if it’s a party, we’re going to have fun but also finally get the vision board done

    For a party, it’s probably more fun to make a vision board from magazines, so find as many as you can, no matter the topic or the age. Then get some markers, glitter glue sticks, whatever decorations you think your group would enjoy using.

    Otherwise, you can each bring a laptop and do a Canva vision board, but it’s more difficult to see what everyone is doing.

    Keep it simple with a few beverages and appetizers or a dessert.

    Want more? See all of our motivation & inspiration ideas.

    Have you used visualization techniques before? Did you find success with them, or not?

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