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“Your life is right now! It’s not later! It’s not in that time of retirement. Not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. Not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now. You might as well decide to start enjoying your life right now because it’s not ever going to get better than right now – until it gets better right now!” – Esther Hicks
We all want to make positive changes in our lives, and visualisations can be a powerful and effective way to achieve your goals. Visualisation is an effective and useful practice for everyone. What’s more, it is very easy to start. However, after a while, you may want to achieve better results and quicker changes, which is where advanced visualisation strategies are used.
Visualisations For Beginners
If you are new to visualisation as a practice, then read this step-by-step guide. In my Power Of Visualisations post, I talk about a visualisation technique of playing a mental picture or film. By playing this film in your head every day, it can help to train your subconscious brain and make visualisations work for you.
I use this mental film technique with many clients with notable success. However, after a while, and once the visualisation bug hits, my clients ask me for different visualisation techniques. This is so they can continue their visualisation practice and take it to the next level.
Advanced visualisation is ideal for those who have already seen success with beginner visualisation techniques. Advanced visualisation strategies can help you to;
- Make your visualisations more vivid, emotive and powerful
- Improve your results which a change of perspective
- Fast-track your visualisation results.
Despite the name, advanced visualisation isn’t complex. They are still simple steps, but they work better with the foundations of visualisations already in place. Here are just some of the simple building blocks that you can add to your visualisation practice to make it more effective.
Three Steps To Advanced Visualisation
Have a running dialogue
When you begin to play your visualisation in your mind, bring it to life with talking yourself through it. Many people find their mind wanders when they visualise. Distractions can then dilute the effectiveness. By having a dialogue guiding you through the vision, it focuses your ideas and makes the visualisation much clearer. Creating a story for your visualisation and saying it out loud can really help to focus your visualisation and bring it to life.
Take your visualisation further by adding conversations with people to your visualisation. So often in visualisation, we will picture someone being negative or shooting down our idea, or perhaps flatly refusing our request. It is an important, but difficult step to visualise these negative conversations and to see alternatives. Instead of a negative response, imagine a positive reaction. Instead of a negative response ending your visualisation, think about ways you can move forward. By anticipating and rehearsing adverse responses, you can better visualise how you can move forward to achieve your desired outcome with any potential roadblocks that may be in the way.
Changing the perspective in a visualisation requires practice. With clients, I discuss how these conversations in visualisations can help you to change the feedback loop and what you expect to happen. Instead of thinking that one person’s reaction is the end of the vision, look to how you can move forward when you anticipate a range of different responses from them. You can then ask where the visualisation will go from there and how you can change the feedback loop through your own response so you can still achieve your desired outcome.
When the feedback loop is changed, you can begin to discover whether the visualisation is what you really want. You can also refine it to better achieve your desired outcome.
While visualisations can help you to focus on achieving your ideal life, it is important to be thankful to the life you have now. The quote by Esther Hicks at the top is a testament to this. At the end of your visualisation, finish the practice by running through the achievements you already have and to the aspects in your life that you are grateful for.
This helps you to give grounding that you already have many wonderful things in your life that will deliver instant positivity after every visualisation.
It is important to start adding gratitude within your visualisation. This helps you to see how thankful you are throughout your desired outcome. For example, if you visualise a project at work and you are given the green light to go ahead, consider this as an early win. Visualise yourself celebrating this achievement, whether on your own or with your colleagues.
The advanced visualisation will allow you to not only visualise what you want but also feel the excitement, happiness and gratitude throughout your vision. At the end of the visualisation, it is important to take a moment to enjoy and experience the appreciation and other emotions you will achieve if your visualisation was real.
Let go of expectation
While visualisations are incredibly effective, it is important not to put all of your hope into an outcome of a visualisation. Visualisations should be approached without emotion and without ego. Visualisations should be feeling your desired outcome without needing or wanting it to happen.
This can be a challenging concept to master during visualisations. If you find you are struggling, my awareness over expectation article may help to give you the tools you need to let go of expectation while practising visualisations.
It is important not to put too much hope in only one outcome. This is why it is crucial to have a variety of visualisation for outcomes you’d like to achieve. For example, you can have visualisations at different scales. If you are using visualisations to help with a problem with a partner, try visualising different time frames. You can have different visualisations for next week, next year or several years later.
By having more than one visualisation with more than one outcome, you can let go of an expectation that there is only one way for you to achieve your desired outcome.
How To Turn Your Vision Into Action
While visualisations are incredibly effective and can have a dramatic effect on your wellbeing and outlook, it is important to balance your visions with action. As an experienced NLP coach, I can help you to remove the objects in the way that stop your visions becoming actions.
With coaching and advanced visualisation practice, we can take control of any fears getting in the way, ensure your visions are what you really want and strip away any roadblocks so that you can be The Real You.
With a blend of approaches, I can help you to achieve your goals and help you make the most of visualisation practices to make a real difference to your life.
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