Small Visualization Techniques Which Lead to Big Results

Nowadays, most people who are looking to improve their lives have heard of the concept of visualization. However, most of us still have doubts about whether something so simple can actually work. By just thinking about, focusing on and visualizing the things that you want, can you attain them?

And then, consider the fact that sometimes, it’s actually quite difficult to pull up the images you want in your mind. The mind doesn’t necessarily want to move in the direction that you want it to move in. You might want to focus on the car that you want to buy but your mind starts thinking about whether you’ve turned off the stove or what you’re going to say to so-and-so when you meet them or what you should wear for your date that evening.

So how do you turn your mind towards the things that you want it to focus on? Here are a few tips:

Vision Boards

One great way to focus on the things you want is by using vision boards. This technique involves taking a board and putting pictures of what you want on it using thumb tacks. Then put the board in a place where you’ll see it every day.

This way, you don’t have to force your mind to think about the things that you want. They’ll just be in front of you.

You can make a collage of several things you would like to have in your life on your vision board. Decorate it with shiny stars and ribbons. Make it something you like to look at. Visualization should never be a chore or else it won’t work.

Paintings and Photos

Another great way to visualize is by putting up paintings and photos of things that you want in your home. Try to think of a way in which the paintings fit into the décor as well as represent what you’re looking for.

  • Many people put up happy photos of themselves with their families. They may not realize it but these are visualizations of a happy family life.
  • If you’re trying to attract a relationship into your life, try putting up paintings that speak to you of romance.
  • Even something simple like a still-life of fruits can help you in your aim to eat healthy and lose weight.

Workspaces

Many of us decorate our homes to the best of our ability but we forget to do the same with our workspaces. Consider the fact that your workspace is where you spend the majority of your day. Then pick and choose the items with which you want to decorate it.

Many people only have cubicles. So their space is limited. Try to infuse this space with as much meaning as you can. Each piece that you use should speak to you of one of your aims.

If you want to make it as an artist, put up a miniature print. If you want to be a writer, keep copies of your favorite books. If you’ve published a few things, you can cut them out and frame them. Even if you’ve received some compliments along with your rejection letters, you can cut these out and put them where they’ll be visible.

The idea is to surround yourself with positive energy as much as you can.

Clothes and Accessories

Another great way to visualize is to wear clothes and accessories which remind you of your aim. Many people will tell you that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. This is one great way of constantly reminding yourself what you’re aiming for.

  • Wear suits if you want to move up the corporate ladder.
  • Dress like an artist if you want to be one.
  • To attract a relationship, wear all your great date-night clothes even if you’re just going to the mall or for a movie.

Even making just one of the above adjustments at home, at work or in your wardrobe can lead into powerful visualizations which will help you to achieve what you want.

The Proven Power of Visualization

Have you ever had an imaginary argument with a friend or colleague? Often a reflection of an actual event, our brain will replay a scenario where we say what we wish we could have said – or we visualize what we will say next time. I find sometimes these imaginary conversations can get me so worked up, and I forget how long I’ve been in the shower or how I managed to not lose a finger while chopping a vegetable. Our brains are much more powerful than we know! The fact that adrenaline can build so much over a non-existent event proves so.

What if we could take the same concept of thought process and direct it towards something healthy? The power of visualization is a proven factor in achieving any goal – in relationships, in work and in health.

My book, Trading Pain for Purpose, takes a good look at the link between the power of visualization and obtaining your goals. For an overview, we will go over some cold hard facts on the effectiveness of the power of visualization.

Mental studies have revealed that mental imagery stimulates brain processes, such as perception, muscle memory and motor control. In laymen’s terms, this means your brain reacts to thinking about a task, just as if you were actually doing it. This phenomenon pays off for many, such as:

Athletes: Michael Jordan always visualized goals before playing out the same movement thanks to muscle memory activation. Many athletic teams stress mental imagery before facing competition to “warm up” muscles and activate the brain.

Gaming Champions: The reason chess players take a long time per turn? Visualization of the next move. Their brains exhaust every possible move until finding the one that works.

Public Speakers: Visualization of delivering a speech or heading up a business meeting can actually boost confidence, while assisting with reciting at the same time.

The power of visualization is directly related to one’s success. A huge difference between currently successful people and those striving for it lies in how to dream; successful people live life based on where they want to be, not based on current poor circumstances. If your goal is to climb the corporate ladder, let the visualized confidence and affirmation become proactive today as a part-time receptionist.

So how do we proactively use visualization to achieve goals?

-Continuity: practice makes perfect. Spend a few minutes a day to visualize your goals and where you want to be, and keep holding onto that dream each day.

-Associate affirmations with your goal to establish a positive belief system. Reminding yourself that you are powerful and intelligent can help you get to where you want in your career faster.

-Lastly, recognize the steps needed to get to where you want to be. Remaining stagnant never helps anyone, you need to create movement.

For a better perspective on the proven power of visualization and achieving goals, take a look at my book titled Trading Pain for Purpose. Before you know it, the power of visualization will become prominent in your life and will direct you to a life of success – all starting with your mind.

Sleep Benefits for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Decades ago, people got more sleep and had fewer health problems. The sleep problem in America has been described as an epidemic by some experts, and it is hard to disagree. In 1900, the average adult slept about nine hours per day, this is mostly because light after dark was scarce and TV was nonexistent. Now fast forward, to when light and electricity are ubiquitous and we have over 1,000 channels with 24 hour-a-day programming. More than 70 percent of Americans are not meeting the average recommended 8 hours of sleep they need. The average American gets about seven hours of sleep per night, much less than the recommended eight hours, which can lead to all sorts of health and psychological problems. Let’s look at the effects on the mind, body and soul.

 

Sleep Deprivation Effects on the Mind

Lack of sleep and different sleep disorders can cause depression and make depression worse. According to a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were clinically diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours a night. Sleepiness also makes you forgetful and affects the ability to learn new things, and remember things you have already learned or saw.

 

Sleep Deprivation Effects on the Body

Chronic sleep loss can lead to many physical problems and diseases. Some of these are cosmetic, some are health related, and none of them are good:

  • Obesity/weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Loose, saggy skin

In addition, at night, Melatonin hormones are produced. They are believed to fight off cancer. It may seem like some research is anecdotal, and there could be other factors that lead to higher cancer rates for people who get less sleep – but consider this: blind women get more sleep than women with sight, and blind women have HALF as many cases of breast cancer. That is pretty telling in itself, and should make you want to take steps to get exposed to less light at night, and to go to bed earlier.

 

Sleep Deprivation Effects on the Soul

Anyone who has went a few days on limited sleep (or even one night) can tell you they are not feeling 100% and are feeling run down. Now imagine that you are not getting enough sleep, every night, for months or years. You will not notice as big of a difference as you would, say notice with getting a lot less sleep one night. This difference would be almost in-perceivable, and this sluggishness may just become a “normal” for you. It can be really draining for the spirit and soul to be mentally and physically tired all the time, even if it is just a little bit.

So, take some time for yourself. If you are getting less than eight hours of sleep a night, go to bed an hour earlier every day for a week; you will feel better and be doing yourself a world of good, for your mind, body and soul.

To your health!

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Spiritual New Years Resolutions

Mental HealthAs the new year approaches, many of think about the year ahead and the new possibilities for the future. We also think about new resolutions that we will make as a way to improve our future. You have probably made a few to yourself over the years, such as only dating good men, perhaps getting in better shape or spending more wisely.

But what many of us seem to forget about is making new year’s resolutions that are spiritual. The spiritual side of things is really the most important. Are there any worldly resolutions that could lead to your eternal life? Before you answer that, I want you to know that I am not talking about making sure that you attend church every Wednesday and Sunday without missing a day. No, I am talking about resolutions that are on a deeper level.

The first thing you should do is wipe the slate clean of all of the other old resolutions, and you should stop beating yourself up for not achieving all of your goals from the year before or at any time in the past. If goals were super easy they would not be goals. Forgive yourself, Jesus died on the cross and God has forgiven you of all of your sins you will ever commit in your entire life. And I hardly think that not meeting any goal is a sin. So you need to forgive yourself for any failures or temporary setbacks before you do anything else.

Now that that is out of the way, the next thing that I want to share with you is something that I think we all should resolve to do more of: prayer. Have you ever heard the saying “You only get what you ask for?” I think it holds very true for prayer. The more that God knows the desires of your heart, the more that he can hear about them and the more that he can answer them. Some people do not pray that much because they do not want to ‘bother’ God. I assure you, you are not bothering God and he loves to hear from you! The more you ask for the more you get, as simple as that. Pray at least once per day, over time more and more blessings will come your way. If you miss a day don’t give up on praying more frequently, God won’t be mad at you and neither should you. The only thing that can come from praying is more and more good things, the sky is the limit and so is this new year with the power of prayer.

Lastly, vow to give more praise this year to God. If you still have air in your lungs and are alive, you have something to be thankful for. Live is beautiful and every day can bring at least a little joy. If you are still breathing, there is still a purpose for you here on earth.

This upcoming year is going to be a great year for us!

I hope you found this information helpful.

Purpose of Life

 

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I have been on a journey over the years which has lead me to experience life. Each of us does this yes, but what I have come to see is so many people are missing out on ALL the experiences of your own life. Good and bad.