Visualization Exercises Improve Performance & Get Results - continued
In the first example the waitress is painting a vivid picture in the customer’s mind. This picture activates the customer’s salivary glands to produce a strong desire for the dessert. Did you salivate as you read the first waitress’s description of the dessert?
Athletes apply this principle when imagining having won a competition prior to the actual event. Olympic swimmers, like Michael Phelps, imagine themselves swimming with webbed hands and feet to improve their performance in the water.
Just as visualizing a desired result can make your mouth water and produce results for athletes it is a proven tool for success to build, boost and improve your self esteem.
Remember: Visualization is not about seeing yourself trying to succeed at some point in the future. It is about picturing and experiencing, with the full resources of your imagination, your desired results accomplished in the present moment.
Sit comfortably and follow the instructions on the Audio Player:
When visualizing, it is crucial to view the action from the first person point of view. Experience yourself having achieved your goal through your own eyes, rather than watching yourself from the outside.
Adding kinesthetic (what you feel with your goal accomplished) and auditory (what you hear with your goal accomplished) dimensions enhances the process.
Write a description of your visualization – a scene that reflects your result accomplished. This allows you to be specific in describing your result. Seeing the words on paper can make more of an impact on your mind and emotions then just imagining the scene in your mind.
Include in your visualization:
• What you see, hear and feel with your goal accomplished.
• What you are saying to yourself about accomplishing your goal.
• Most people find it easier to visualize with eyes closed to eliminate distractions and focus their attention inward on their desired result.
• Focus on one specific result at a time.
• Your visualization can be long or short. There are no time rules, although the more senses activated while you visualize the more potent the impression on the brain. (According to Esther & Jerry Hicks you only need to visualize for 17 second – and we can all make time for that!)
• Once you have created a visualization focus your attention on it – experiencing and then allowing it to come to form, making sure your thoughts, words and actions are all reflecting and supporting your goal accomplished.
• See yourself on a big screen, in High Definition your goal completely, easily, effortlessly and satisfyingly accomplished. Step into the picture and experience your goal fully accomplished.