Using Creative Visualisation for Success in Business
Your imagination is a powerful tool that you can use to help you achieve your goals. Every concept, product and technique began as a thought, imagined in the mind of its creator. One of the reasons the human race is developing so quickly is our ability to visualise new things and imagine entirely new concepts. Creative visualisation is the act of imagining the future and mentally rehearsing the steps it takes to get to that point in linear time. Using creative visualisation involves setting a goal and creating an imagined ‘pathway’ to achieve that aim.
Many of the world’s most successful people regularly use creative visualisation to set their internal compass towards their desired goals. Using the technique outlined below may help you set a new benchmark and drive effortlessly towards whatever you want to achieve.
Who Uses Creative Visualisation?
It’s well-known that sportsmen and women use creative visualisation techniques. Mentally rehearsing an event enables them to focus, feel less anxious and boost confidence. Some of the most successful competitors have described using the process, including champion heavy-weight boxer, Muhammad Ali.
Champion kayaker, Brian Nielsson, reports using creative visualisation in preparation for competition. He describes how he relaxes and imagines precisely how he will tackle the course. He imagines how each part of the run will feel and, finally, his winning of the event. Explaining how the tool helped him win a 500-metre K1 race, he says, “At the start of the race, I wasn’t even nervous. The race played out exactly as I’d seen it in my head.”
Creative visualisation is also widely used in hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). It’s reported to help people overcome problematic issues and unwanted habits.
Increasingly, this powerful mental tool is used by people in business to help them improve their performance and achieve their goals.
So, how can you use creative visualisation in business? Try this simple technique:
How to Use the Technique in Business
Firstly, it’s essential to relax. Sit quietly and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Allow your body to release muscle tension. Quiet your mind as much as possible. Don’t allow any thoughts of problems or potential obstacles distract you.
Now, create a detailed vision in your mind of what you want to achieve. Imagine how it will feel. Imagine what you will see and hear. It’s important to envision the entire process, not just the end result. Mentally rehearse each step, what you intend to say and do, and how those involved will react. If you find this part difficult, it’s sometimes helpful to imagine the ‘end product’ first and then work the scenario backwards. For example, a salesperson may first imagine the intense feelings of winning a big deal. He/she can then work back through the steps it takes to get to that point.
When you have a clear vision of the process in your mind, take a few more deep breaths and move into action.
Creative visualisation in business is all about changing your self-belief. As author Gregg Braden says, “To transform reality, we must alter the one thing that is not fixed: the programs themselves. For our universe, these are what we call ‘beliefs’. So in this way of thinking of things, belief becomes the software that programs reality.”
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