“If you can imagine it and visualise it, you can create it.”
Picture perfect! Yes, all the information in our memory is stored in the form of images. Our brain associates every incident of our life to an image. If you think of or try to recollect a past event or incident, you immediately start seeing all the pictures associated with that event in your mind. Other information like voice, taste, smell etc., gets associated with the image (or series of images in the flashback you see). It is a human characteristic that we store all our memory in the form of images, in our mind.
What actually is visualisation? It is the process of creating the images, sounds and expected environment, even before the event has happened. It’s one of the most powerful tools available to humans.
Visualisation is the process of creating the future, through your imagination. Science has proved that, this is the most effective way of planning your future. Visualisation, hence, is a great way to manifest your future the way you want it to be. There are two types of visualisation “Perceptual Visualisation” and “Creative Visualisation”.
Perceptual Visualisation is the process of visualising the future, using past experiences. Through this faculty, one rearranges old concepts and ideas and plans a new combination, to create a future vision. It merely works from past experiences, observations and education.
Creative Visualisation is purely the process of imagination, where any past experience does not influence the person imagining. Sometimes these are as wild as it can get. In this technique, your hunches, intuitions and boldness are stretched by your imagination.
Creating the future from the unknown (creative visualisation) is a more potent form of visualisation than the ‘comparing to the past’ experience. In the course of this article, the focus will be more on Creative Visualization.
Let me begin with an example of Jim Carrey. Jim Carrey practices visualisation, and he could manifest it in his life. He carried a cheque for $10 million with a date and kept in his pocket well before he was an actor. Very close to that date, Jim signed up for the movie “Dumb and Dumber”. He also had a practice of visualising the complete experience of being the superstar, his car, award ceremony etc. He is living the life he visualised.
Scientists are the greatest believers in visualisation; else we could not have had all the comforts we are experiencing now. Conveniences like mobiles, cars, computers, are a few of the examples of the outcomes of visualisation of some great thinkers.
Techniques of visualisations:
- Morning Wonder: Every morning spend four to five mins to visualise the day, visualise how you want the day to unfold. This will help do the right things to achieve what you have envisioned. Does this mean all that you envision will come true? That is left to your conviction.
- Visual rehearsal: Before any significant event, could be a presentation or a performance. While you are getting ready, visualise that you are performing in front of the audience that you are expecting. This process will help ease your nerves and make sure you have a seamless performance. For example, if you have an important presentation with your client or to the top management. While preparing yourself, visualise yourself in such a way, where you see yourself making that presentation in front of them. Make it interactive while you are envisioning it. This method will help in first understanding or studying the audience and also getting ready for the kind of questions you may face.
- Life goals: When it comes to short and long term goals, there are two techniques which work.
- 1. Vision board: Create a vision board of your goals. Be as creative and put as many pictures as you can to express your goals. For example, if you want to build that dream house, draw a picture of it or download the picture of a similar home, from the internet. Now make a vision board with some inspirational statements around the image. Print the vision board and place it on your desk at the office, on your wardrobe, and places where it catches your attention. Vision board is a very effective tool in motivation.
- Goal statement: As Napoleon Hill mentioned in his book, “Think and grow rich”, write down your goal in the form of a clear statement and the service you intend to render in achieving the goal. Read it aloud if possible every day before you go to bed and first thing in the morning. Reading with conviction will help manifest your goals faster. This practice has helped millions achieve their goals worldwide.
Adding the statement at the bottom of the vision board will be a great way and more effective as a technique.
To get satisfactory results, you must follow ALL the techniques, in a spirit of FAITH. From the greatest scientists Newton, Einstein etc, to Jobs, Elon Musk etc, they are all great visionaries, and they believe in Visualisation. Go ahead visualise your future, don’t have limits, be creative and think out of the box.
Very well expressed and written. I’m so glad I read this. The only thing to fear is fear itself.
You’re very welcome, Pavan. 🙂
This post is spot on! Thank you for this! I needed to read it!
Very nice Pavan