How to leverage the power of visualization. In episode 21, on building a health & wellness regimen I discussed the power of Visualization. In today’s post, I uncover some different ways to make use of this powerful technique to help us manifest different results in our lives.
The Power Of Visualization
I offered you the example of super busy Amanda, an ICU nurse who works long days and night shifts at the hospital.
In order for Amanda to apply a visualization technique successfully, here’s what she would need to do:
The night before, plan for your upcoming “long” day. Amanda might prepare her lunch, and her family’s lunches too, because she’s used to thinking ahead for that.
She knows she has a student from the university so she’s expecting to work with that student throughout the day, which means it’ll be more demanding cognitively.
Next, she takes action and extends that expectation to visualizing taking care of herself.
She visualizes feeling good in the morning, waking-up at 5:20 before everyone else. She starts off the day with a lemon drink.
After visualizing that, she prepares for the morning, by placing the lemon & mug on the counter as the cue.
Busy Amanda also visualizes herself doing yoga, and sees her yoga mat open in the living room, again being all by herself. After she gets her lemon ready, she stretches out her yoga mat.
05:15-06:30 – rise n shine and she begins her morning routine just as she visualized the neight before. She created her day in advance through visualization.
By doing this easy 2-minute thinking-process in your mind, the night before, you end-up waking-up with a solid intention for the entire day. You likely do this already for your work.
Why Bother Using Visualization?
What does Visualization have to do with Productivity?
>> You don’t waste your time doing things that are habit and routine.
>> You also don’t waste your time on old habits and emotions.
>> You take responsibility, in advance, for the one part of your life that matters most – you! Don’t you want to reach your full potential?
No matter how challenging your life might seem at times, by doing this simple and efficient practice of visualization, you can change the moments ahead of you, intentionally, – at least the moments that you can control.
You can’t control traffic. You can’t control other people’s reactions. But you can accept the present moment and envision for yourself how you will feel when you wake-up in the morning.
You can choose for how you want to feel in life – healthy, wealthy, well-rested, grateful, joyful, compassionate, effective, and productive.
Most of us are dealing with a lot of information and many different kinds of people on a consistent basis. If you’re not being mindful, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important.
I also feel like it’s become so easy to become engulfed in the chaos of our postmodern world. By using Visualization, you are inevitably controlling your body’s reactions to it and preparing yourself for success up ahead.
You can also use a Guided Meditation, like the one I recorded here for you to help you relax and shift into a making pro-active decisions in your wellness routine.
How Do I Apply This To My Life?
Change and a new practice requires consistency. I’ll suggest 2 strategies that have been the most effective for getting people results. These are also for 2 different types of learners:
Strategy #1 – The Phone Reminder: if it’s not scheduled, you will forget. And have the reminder go off at the time, you are applying an audio-visual strategy. If scheduled properly, you can realistically get this exercise done in a few minutes to even a few seconds.
Be it 9:45pm when you’re just about ready to shut things down for the evening or 5:30am when you visualize and plan for a meeting.
Strategy #2 – Sticky Notes: this way everyone is on-board. Sticky notes at the bed saying “wake up happy…remember you visualized this!!”
In our prior episodes, 24, 25, and 26, we discussed how fear can hold us back from making positive changes in our life. Fear is an ineviable emotion that most of us will come to know, consciously or unconsciously. Please check out those episodes if you’ve been struggling with some blocks that have held you back from achieving improved health & wellness, or better daily habits in your life.
And use the power of my voice, here, to breath and bring in the light.