How often have you wished you could achieve your goals, but you aren’t sure where to start? One of the most important steps you can take in making your goals more possible is not your finances, position in life or waiting for the “right time” – it’s visualisation.
Our resident psychologist, Joanna Konstantopoulou talks us through the essentials of visualisation and how it can positively impact your day-to-day life.
The power of the mind in achieving your desires is well known throughout the study of human psychology.
But how do images and thoughts about our goals help us to achieve them? And how can you practise this in your daily life? Read on to find out more.
What is visualisation?
Visualisation refers to creating mental imagery regarding a dream or goal. When you’re visualising, you focus on making your dream a reality and willing it to come true by imagining that your goal is already happening and what that would look like.
Why visualisation matters
While, in reality, you may be no closer to achieving your goal, the application of visualisation allows you to feel as though your goal is more realistic and reachable. By altering your pattern of thinking, you move away from the idea that not achieving your goal so far makes achieving it at all less likely.
It’s easy to feel as though you’re moving at a slower pace than your peers and that you’re unable to conquer your goals. This feeling might lead you to give up on your dreams altogether, but visualisation allows you to overcome these negative thoughts.
How visualisation works
The power of visualisation works by allowing you to paint a vivid picture of the success you want in your mind. Let’s say you want to apply for a job at a new company. If you aren’t sure how you will fit in or what the office and company culture looks like, it could be difficult for you to successfully “put yourself in the picture”, as it were. This notion makes acting as if you have already achieved your dream that little bit harder.
With visualisation, you develop your ability to paint a vision of what the workspace will look like. You can see how your days will be in a new role, and the success this could lead to. When you visualise in vivid detail, it can make it easier for you to succeed.
This tool moves you out of stagnation and onto progress.
A daily practice
All of the above sounds great, but how do you utilise visualisation in your daily life to help you succeed?
Regularly practising visualisation is the best way to make it work for you. Many people incorporate visualisation into a guided meditation or as part of their yoga practice. This process helps the brain to get used to the process and rewrite any beliefs. Make visualisation a habit, and it will soon be second nature.
Further tips for visualisation
Another way to incorporate visualisation and make it feel more “real” is to expose yourself to elements of your goal. If you dream of travelling the world, surrounding yourself with images of the places you wish to visit. Watch videos and learn some simple phrases to allow you to imagine yourself achieving this goal more clearly.
Describe the dream to yourself in full sensory detail, as using descriptors for each element of your goal can help solidify it in your mind.
As you can see, the simple act of visualisation can go a long way towards helping you achieve your goals. When applying these methods to your own daily life, you may find that your dreams feel more conquerable. Thanks to this act of thinking positively, you may just find more success.