Developing the powerful art of visualisation

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.

3. Believe

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 karen@brandstorm.co.za to order your copy today. Happy reading!

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.     

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Your One Sentence Persuasion Course – 27 Words to make the world do your bidding

Is it possible to capture and communicate anything of value about persuasion in a single sentence?  It is and I’m about to prove it.

I recently discovered a gem of a theory by a gentleman called Blair Warren. I discovered this while doing research for a sales workshop. Warren created this masterful, yet simple idea that brilliantly encapsulated the masterful art of persuasion.

He found that the best way to do this was to encapsulate them into a single sentence. Not a sentence that one delivers, but a sentence that one remembers. A sentence that can help guide your efforts from beginning to end in virtually every situation imaginable.

Let’s look at this sentence – this “one-sentence persuasion course” – and see how it works. Here it is:

People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions and help them throw rocks at their enemies.

Read that again:

People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions and help them throw rocks at their enemies.

That single 27-word sentence contains five of the most important insights I’ve seen in studying persuasion.

1.  Encourage their dreams.

2.  Justify their failures.

3.  Allay their fears.

4.  Confirm their suspicions.

5.  Help them throw rocks at their enemies.

The fundamentals behind persuasion require an essential understanding of human nature. These are tools for anyone who must connect with others, build strong trust and rapport, and more importantly, make these connections pay off.

Put these 5 insights to use. I want you to think how you can incorporate some or all of the 5 insights in your marketing, sales and communication. How can you encourage your prospect’s dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions and help them throw rocks at their enemies?

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.     

Visit John at www.brandstorm.co.za and subscribe to his free newsletter.

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