I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.’ – Jack Nicklaus
The crowd goes quiet. Open champion, Ernie Els stands over the ball. He tunes out all other distractions and focuses only on the task at hand. He knows the precise distance to the pin, the force and direction of the wind and the exact position on the green where he plans to pitch the ball. He effortlessly makes his practice swing, then with the identical rhythm, repeats and completes his shot. The ball pitches exactly where he planned and ends up five feet from the flag.
By now you must be thinking that I’ve gone mad with delusions of becoming a golf writer. Does visualisation work? The reason I have made this golfing analogy is to describe the immense power of visualisation and how it can give you the focus, confidence and belief to achieve anything. During his pre-shot routine, he visualises exactly how he would successfully execute the shot and, nine times out of ten, this is what materialises.
Developing the ability to clearly visualise your goals and objectives in your mind’s eye is a very powerful tool in your efforts to attain optimum career and personal success. The effective use of visualisation activates your focus and enhances your performance. It is an exercise that helps you to create the future in advance. You mentally create a goal that you desire to happen in reality, and you use the power of your imagination to help you achieve the situation or results that you want.
Six steps to make visualisation work for you:
1. Define your goals with total clarity
The first step in effective goal setting is clarity. Be very clear about what you want and why you want it. This clarity gives you the power to be able to more effectively visualise your goal.
2. Write it down in great detail
Be absolutely clear about your purpose. List every detail of your goal that you can imagine. Use the exact words that describe what you desire.
The Law of Belief states that whatever you consistently believe in with emotion becomes your reality. Convert your beliefs into feelings of absolute certainty.
4. Regularly visualise your desired result
Visualise your goals as reality. Repeatedly play the movie of you achieving your goal on the screen of your mind. This will develop a strong conviction in your subconscious mind that your goals are attainable and it is only a matter of time before you achieve them. These positive thoughts and images that you hold in your mind are powerful. Make an effort to increase the frequency and length of time that you spend holding these powerful pictures in your mind.
5. Visualise each and every step to successfully achieving your goal
Begin your visualisation by imagining the final result you wish to achieve. Work backwards from this goal and mentally create the sequence of steps needed to achieve your ultimate outcome. Visualise yourself taking each of these steps to ultimate success.
6. Ensure that your thoughts are always positive
All of our behaviour results from the thoughts that precede it. Be careful not to visualise negative or disempowering thoughts. We waste valuable time worrying about negative things that never happen. Remember that negative mental pictures that are fed to your subconscious mind will attract negative outcomes. Focus on the positive aspects of your goals. Positive thinking will always make you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Clear and positive visualisation is a powerful tool, used to successfully create the quality of life and career that you desire. Use this power from today and you will be amazed what happens.
‘You can bring into your life more power, more wealth, more health, more happiness, and more joy by learning to contact and release the hidden power of your subconscious mind.’ – Dr. Joseph Murphy
‘Developing the powerful art of visualisation’ is a short extract from my book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. I am offering Smart Thinking subscribers the very special price of R129 per copy (includes packaging and postage/ in SA only). You may buy more than one copy. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order your copy today. Happy reading!
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