Have you ever wondered how some people always seem to get what they want? How is it that they always make the sale, get the date, or get a new job? One tried and proven method is that of Positive Visualization. Positive visualization is a technique of affecting real world situations by using the power of positive thinking!
The secret is to visualize the situation before you ever come to it. Think of how you want to things to go, what outcome is desirable for you. Once you’ve done that, now think about the specifics, and try to use all your senses! For example, maybe you are going out on a first date and you like the person and want it to go well. Visualize the scene. Are you at a movie, a restaurant? Is your date wearing perfume or cologne, and if so then what kind? What does your seat feel like, is it cushioned? Is there music playing in the background? The more details you imagine, the better your results will be.
Now this may sound too good to be true, but studies have shown that this technique works. Prior to the 1980 Olympic Games, a panel of Soviet scientists decided to test the theory by comparing physical training versus mental training (positive visualization). They grouped the athletes as such:
Group 1: 100% Physical
Group 2: 75% Physical / 25% Mental
Group 3: 50% Physical / 50% Mental
Group 4: 25% Physical / 75% Mental
Well, guess what, that’s right, group 4 showed the largest gains in performance! Actually, this technique is not some kind of newfangled thing, but has been used for centuries by practitioners of karate and Indian Yogi.
Unfortunately, not all of us are gifted with such active imaginations. This is where the use of visualization aids comes in handy. Follow these aids in order to maximize your power of visualization!
Meditation – You can meditate on your own, or find an audio tape to help you.
Vision Boards – A vision board is a home-made poster with images and phrases to help remind you of the positive behavioral changes you seek. You will want to place the vision board in an area where you will see it often, make multiple boards if necessary. If you find any of the images are triggering negative thoughts then replace them.
Mind Movies – These are similar in concept to a vision board, but are movies for you to watch. There are plenty of movies available on Youtube. Here is an example:
Hypnosis – A trained hypnotist can guide you through a positive visualization session. There are also audio tapes available for self-hypnosis.
Guided Audio Programs – There are guided audio programs available which help you to reach success in positive visualization. For example, you can try out and experience this free guided money meditation.
Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degrees, and what it takes to succeed as a student taking online undergraduate degree programs remotely from home. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.