How to develop visualisation techniques
Visualisation is a technique whereby you create an image in your mind of a real or unreal situation. It helps you to bring your dreams and goals alive.
The aim of visualisation is to bring to mind an image of a powerful performance. It allows you to imagine all aspects of the process that leads to a successful outcome. Effective visualisation includes what is seen, heard and felt (by touch and emotion), smelt and tasted.
Although it requires some practice to perfect the technique, it is a valuable way to rehearse a more positive and successful event or feeling. It boosts self-confidence, motivation and energy and may even lead to more successful outcomes.
Here is a visualisation technique for you to practise.
|1||Sit comfortably and let yourself relax. If you are tense your muscles get contradictory messages.|
|2||Have a specific goal. Decide in advance what you want to achieve and choose a time when you had a positive outcome.|
Bring to mind or visualise what your senses were experiencing or alternatively create an ideal situation.
|3||Use all your senses. Remember that visualisation is not just seeing with the mind’s eye, but also touching, tasting, smelling and recalling how it feels emotionally to perform this way.|
|4||Have a realistic goal for a future event.|
|5||Visualise as if you are achieving your goal, reliving what the senses are experiencing.|
Visualise at normal speed, except when you want to focus on a specific element.
|6||Practice regularly. Five minutes a day, once a day for 10 days or two weeks as a good start.|
|7||Enjoy it. This is important!|
Learn more about visualisation in my best-selling book, ‘How to Prevent Burnout’.