So there is something you want to achieve but maybe you are not yet fully confident in yourself. Well the good news is that you don’t have to be, as the now famous quote state –
“you dont have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.”
It always is, and always will be scary to take steps in to the unknown but this is how growth is achieved and eventually how winning is done.
“The first step will always be the hardest.”
Lets talk about a great weapon to use in our life battle for success. Visualization. The simple fact is the more you think about an upcoming situation and see it in a positive light with the outcome that you want, then there is more chance that you will get the very outcome that you are after!
This is in complete contrast to what the vast majority of people do and that is to worry. Worry is obviously a natural emotion that in modern times now is a mostly destructive emotion. At the very best it tends to be useless and only serves to make us less prepared for what we are actually worrying about. It is natural to do however, so it is yet another aspect of the mind that we really can work on in order to achieve stellar positive mental health. We want to identify our worry and negative self talk straight away and nip it in the bud. We can then instantly replace that with positive visualization. The concept of visualizing can be so powerful many individuals (for example Paul McKenna) have made hugely successful careers utilizing the concepts to help others.
The concept of visualization is exactly as it sounds and it is simply the process of picturing everything going right at an event before the situation takes places, it is basically therefore the exact opposite of worrying. It is also a useful aid in meditation although in that setting a peaceful scene is generally used to relax the mind and body. It can be used to prepare for practically any situation in anyone’s life regardless of the real importance or impact of an event. Common examples are, preparing for important public speeches, approaching a crush for a date and any and all areas of sports performance, sports scientists and advisers to practically any professional sports team or individual around the world know the huge importance that positive visualization can have on sporting performance.
Visualization really does work, but of course you need to be prepared for your event also. There would be no point picturing a perfect delivery of a keynote speech with everyone roaring with laughter at those painstakingly prepared one liners if you have failed to prepare your speech properly, or come up with any decent jokes beforehand. Visualizing can not work on it’s own without preparation.
You may not get the right outcome every time and it simply may not happen as you had pre-visualized, but the point is you tried your very best and therefore there are no regrets to be had. This is not an excuse to give up and say that positive visulization doesn’t work, it is simply an opportunity to learn from experience, realise that you gave yourself the best preparation possible and that things have a much better chance of going right next time!