3 benefits of visualisation
1. Boost your confidenceWhen we visualise ourselves succeeding at something, our body and mind reacts as if we have. It gives us an opportunity to see ourselves in a different light, how would we look if we were confident? How would we hold ourselves and interact with others? What could be possible? Once we’ve given ourselves the chance to explore this and visualise it, we can be it. By visualising a nerve-wracking scenario and seeing it go well, our brain gets familiar with it. So when the scenario happens in real life, it feels familiar and we feel more at ease. Try this: The next time you have something you’re nervous about coming up (an exam, speech or important meeting at work, for example) take some time to visualise it going well. See yourself as your most confident self and notice how the scenario goes. Feel the experience as you visualise it, note the way calm and confidence feels and bring this feeling back when the event takes place in real life.
2. Increase motivationOften, when we feel a slump in our motivation, we’ve forgotten why we're doing something. Regardless of what your personal ‘why’ is for doing what you do, reconnecting with it is a powerful way to increase motivation. Visualisation can help with this. By spending some time imagining your future self, happy, you can spot what it is that’s making you happy. Look at your environment, what you’re spending your time doing. Imagining success makes it all the more achievable to your mind and will give you that boost of motivation you need to keep going. Try this: Visualise yourself five years in the future and go through a typical day where you’re happy and have achieved what you want. What is your day made up of? What are you doing? Who are you with? Where are you? How can you take one step towards that vision, today?
3. Offers clarityIf you’re feeling unsure about something, visualisation can help you get clearer on how you feel. By imagining different outcomes, you can focus on what you really want and make decisions based off of this. Visualisation is not fortune telling, but you’ll be able to try on different scenarios and see what ‘fits’ best for you right now. Try this: When you’re feeling unclear on which direction to go in, visualise your different options and ask yourself which feels most in alignment with your goals? Once you’ve found the right option, continue visualising it and making it as clear as possible to help you move towards it.
If you find it difficult to visualise in your mind, you may find it helpful to use real-life imagery. Try creating a vision board using cut-out images to give yourself something to focus on. Look at it as often as possible and feel everything on the board.
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