I was thinking of a phrase by Anthony Robbins, “Your past does not equal your future”, and that reminded me of a couple of visualisation techniques that are fun to do and really can change your day. And if you can do that for many days to come, then you are changing your future!
The first simple idea is to visualise how you want your day to go – so start thinking about it as soon as you can after you wake up, and while you’re in the shower, having breakfast, and travelling to work. I still need to keep nudging myself to do this, but I certainly enjoy the day more when I have pre-visualised it.
When I say the word “visualise” (‘visualize’ for those who don’t use the Queen’s English!), it’s really shorthand for “imagine in great detail with all your senses and emotions”. For most people, the brain is dominated by image processing, and so that’s why the use of pictures is important. One of my favourite methods whilst walking to work is actually more about sound – I imagine laughter bouncing off the walls of the rooms at work, and then I start to see pictures of colleagues and clients smiling as I work with them. I have to say, it’s a great way of reducing inner tension before an important meeting with new clients. And when you feel more relaxed, your confidence improves, and other people tend to respond positively to your state of mind.
So, try and involve as many senses as possible – imagine the friendly handshake; and maybe imagine some great tastes and smells if you’re going to an important lunch meeting (or dinner date!).
The other technique is really a variation on this, but just shifts your viewpoint a bit. Joe Vitale calls it “Nevillizing your goals”, after a friend and mentor of his who introduced him to it (Neville Goddard). It’s a great one for people who like writing regularly – like keeping a diary or journal.
The idea is rather than visualise your day as how you would like to see it in the future, you look back on the day as being completed and your goals accomplished. The best way to do this is probably the evening before; you write out (or just mentally imagine) how you are feeling at the end of the next day, with all your appointments and goals completed as you would like.
It’s quite a subtle shift of viewpoint in some ways, but think about this difference: instead of imagining a cheerful welcome and greeting of new clients, think of the end of the meeting – about how everybody is so happy about the way it went, exchanging contact details, and setting up further deals and meetings. Or, instead of “I’d like a free cup of coffee” you want to be thinking “that was a lovely free cup of coffee” – and you’re imagining the taste and aroma, and also feeling the joy of the gift too.
These ideas obviously apply to longer time-frames; if you’ve got a project lasting a week or two, then imagine the best outcome for it and visualise it as much as possible. Writing it down will help impress it on your brain even more strongly.
I’m not going to say how or why this stuff works, but I have experienced far too many positive outcomes to situations where I have applied this for it to be just coincidence.