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Creative visualization is about using your imagination to get what you want. Visualization is a form of self hypnosis, using the power of positive thinking. We all use visualization techniques every day, whether we are aware of it or not. Visualization ability can be increased by practicing visualization exercises.
Visualization is what makes successful people successful, but unfortunately it is also what makes the losers losers. Too many people spend their lives visualising disaster and failure, and by focusing on the negative all the time they are training their minds to generate the very failure they are trying to avoid.
An effective visualization consists of a well worded affirmation combined with a clear image of what you want. This is the basis of the Law of Attraction.
The basics of visualization are very simple.
That's all there is to it. The more you practice, and the greater your emotional connection in the process, the faster it will come true. Everyone can learn to visualize.
Focused self development combines visualization with Affirmations and Goal Setting.
Before you start your visualization exercise create and memorise an affirmation associated with what you want to achieve or the specific goals you want to reach.
For example if you wanted promotion at work, you might visualise yourself behind the boss's desk, making phone calls to important clients, looking out the of the window at your executive car, ordering coffee from your secretary and enjoying the feeling of achievement and total satisfaction. You might then, within the visualization, mentally repeat an affirmation such as "I am punctual, attentive and dedicated to achieving this company's goals". The affirmation will reinforce the visualization the visualization will reinforce the affirmation.
You can also, or instead, add one or more related goals to the visualization such as "I am voted best in my grade" or "I know every employee by name and sight" or whatever skill you think is key to the promotion.
Another use of visualization is to allow your subconscious to work out for you how you will achieve your visualised state.
Suppose you want to get promoted to your boss's job. You visualise yourself sitting behind the desk appreciating all the benefits you get from your achievement. In the visualization you add another part. You imagine yourself being in that chair and allowing your mind at that moment to think back to how you got the promotion. You allow your mind to go through each step, each stage, each milestone on the way to getting what you have now, the promotion. You ask your mind to show you what it was you did to achieve each stage, how you went about it, what the key to success was. Then you move into that situation and visualise that intensely, and do that for every stage. Eventually your visualization will turn into a kind of movie showing each step on the way and what you did to make sure you achieved that step. As you visualise in more and more detail you are ensuring that it will actually happen.
You can use visualization to rehearse situations where you feel you might need help. Suppose you have to give a presentation to the committee. Suppose further that getting it right will open doors for you and getting it wrong will cancel out weeks or months of planning and preparation. That sort of thing can easily bring too much pressure.
Visualization can ensure that it is a success. Before the presentation, find time to relax and visualise. You should visualise yourself at the stage before the actual presentation, it might be driving there or waiting in a room outside or something else. Imagine yourself there at the time. Go inside and call up times when you felt good, confident, in control. Amplify those feelings, multiply them again, ramp that feeling up until you are ready to burst. Then transfer that feeling of total power to yourself outside the committee room. Then visualise yourself pushing open the door, seeing the people there, watching them smile in welcome, see yourself stepping up to begin your talk, confident, totally in control. Then visualise each stage, what you say, what you show, see your jokes making them laugh or your points registering home, see yourself dominating the room, owning it, giving the best presentation they ever saw, confident, composed, creative. And then hear the applause, the rising sound of approval, they stand and clap, they gather round you, congratulating, approving, promising.....
Really lay it on thick... you cannot be too good... imagine it is the best presentation the world has ever seen. Then go over it again and again and each time make it even better for you, even more amazing. The result will be that when you get to the room you will have all that energy and confidence buzzing through you - you actually will blow them away.
Simple and focused visualizations are concerned with reality. Visualization can also be used indirectly to imagine some kind of fantasy, a metaphor for aspects your life that you want to change.
One common example comes from health. Some success has been reported by visualising your body repairing itself and becoming healthy. People can visualise their body's defence mechanisms rallying around the site of injury or infection and visualise their defender cells as knights with lances, or children might want to use a space ship idea, attacking the foreign cells and destroying them.
Another visualization is used in pain control. For chronic pain, the person visualises the seat of the pain as represented by a colour, red for example. Then they focus on an area of their body where there is no pain, and visualise that as a different colour, blue for example. Then the person imagines dipping a brush into the blue colour and painting over the red, or pressing both places together so that the colours blend and remove the pain.
Another use of visualization is to subconsciously alter how you percieve people or things that make you feel threatened.
Suppose you feel uncomfortable with someone at work, someone who always seems to be able to make you feel bad, or a bit frightened of them. If you change the way you think about them, you will change the way you react to them. If it's what they say that bothers you, all you have to do is to imagine the person with a giant nose like an elephant, and visualise whatever they say coming out like a trumpeting noise. Or imagine the person as they will be in thirty years time, with a sagging belly and wispy white hair, drooling and snuffling. If you are being called into the boss's office and the idea makes you feel anxious, just imagine the boss as a toddler with his pants around his ankles waddling around the desk. If you have to go into a room full of high powered people, just imagine them all sitting there naked, farting loudly. There is no limit to how inventive you can be. If you can make yourself laugh at something, you cannot be frightened of it any more.
In the same way, you can get rid of things that frighten you in other ways. Suppose there is someone you want to forget. Visualize being on a beach, write their name in the sand, and watch the waves wash away that name. Or if there is someone who has hurt you in the past, imagine drawing their outline, or their face in the sand, and then let the waves wash that away.
Another form of visualization needs a someone else to guide you. A guide, often a hypnotist, guides the client through a specially tailored metaphor. The metaphor sets a scene, leads into some situation which has parallels to your problem and then allows you to find ways to overcome obstacles, or push aside barriers. These healing metaphors can be very powerful and long lasting.