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“The key to effective visualization is to create the most detailed, clear and vivid a picture to focus on as possible. The more vivid the visualization, the more likely, and quickly, you are to begin attracting the things that help you achieve what you want to get done.” – George St-Pierre

Play with your visual image in your head.

There’s many different submodalities part of your visual representational system.

They could be:

  • Size
  • Color
  • Black/White
  • Brightness
  • Distance
  • Still/Moving
  • Background/Foreground
  • 2D/3D

Visualizing is about how your brain is processing what you see in the external world and the images you create in your internal world.   

Start to play with it.  Notice what works and doesn’t work.  Adjust it accordingly to the result you are after. 

If you want to make something bigger, stronger and more intense making it brighter, closer, bigger, moving and more colorful usually does the trick.  

“Visualization – it’s been huge for me. Your mind doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality. You can’t always practice perfectly – my fingers will play a little bit out of tune, or my dance moves might not be as sharp – but in my mind, I can practice perfectly.” – Lindsey Stirling

If you want to lessen the intensity you might want to make it darker, smaller, still, black/white and further away.  

There’s many different ways you can play with it.  

Experiment with what happens if you change any of the submodalities.  Do one at a time so you can test it and learn how to use each one that is best for you.  

The more you practice the better you’ll get and you’ll become a master of your internal imagery.  

“My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.” – Nikola Tesla

Top performers use visualization to create what hasn’t yet been created. Athletes, inventors, business icons, artists and presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt use visualization.

Most people don’t intentionally practice visualization because they think it doesn’t work or they aren’t good at it. Both are untrue.

So how do you visualize?

Start by noticing the images you are creating in your mind.

You are always visualizing whether you are aware of it or not. Most of the time we are not because the pictures are subconscious and they happen so fast!

“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”- Jim Carrey

Ask yourself, “What am I seeing in my mind right now?”

You will slowly become more aware of the images you are making.

What colors do you see?

Is the image moving or still?

Is the picture dim or bright?

Is it close or far away?

As you build up this practice you will slowly chip away at the images you hold in your mind. Stay tuned for the second part of this series next week!

“I study pitchers. I visualize pitches. That gives me a better chance every time I step into the box. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get a hit every game, but that’s one of the reasons I’ve come a long way as a hitter.” – Mark McGwire

Becoming great at anything requires you to notice what’s missing. If you want to get your body in better shape, you’ll notice the extra fat you have on your stomach even if you already have a six pack. One of the challenges achievers face is they constantly notice what’s not working and spend little time appreciating their successes. The downside with that is that you tend to beat yourself up and wear yourself down with stress.

A big part of becoming successful at anything is positive reinforcement and building upon what’s working. By training your mind to notice what you’re doing great at even if it may seem small at the time you will make yourself more resilient when the inevitable big challenges come your way.

Celebrating small wins also stacks over time in your favor just like compounded interest when you invest your money. If your goal is to get in the best shape of your life give yourself praise when you tie your shoes to go to the gym. Most people constantly associate pain to the micro goals needed to achieve their big goals. Reverse that and start to consciously be grateful for the micro achievements you make along your way to the big success you have your eyes set on.

How do you do that? Simple. At the end of each day ask yourself and write down three small wins from the day. A few examples could be:

Drank a large glass of water first thing in the morning.

Called mom and said hello.

Got out of bed on first alarm.

Skipped eating a brownie.

Smiled at a stranger.

The small wins stack up over time and they become the big wins. You’ll start noticing all the great things you have and are creating. It will begin a self perpetuating cycle that works in your favor in the different areas of your life.

Years ago, before transatlantic flight was common, a man wanted to travel to the United States from Europe. The man worked hard, saved every extra penny he could, and finally had just enough money to purchase a ticket aboard a cruise ship. The trip at that time required about two or three weeks to cross the ocean. He went out and bought a suitcase and filled it full of cheese and crackers. That’s all he could afford. Once on board, all the other passengers went to the large, ornate dining room to eat their gourmet meals. Meanwhile, the poor man would go over in the corner and eat his cheese and crackers. This went on day after day. He could smell the delicious food being served in the dining room. He heard the other passengers speak of it in glowing terms as they rubbed their bellies and complained about how full they were, and how they would have to go on a diet after this trip. The poor traveler wanted to join the other guests in the dining room, but he had no extra money. Sometimes he’d lie awake at night, dreaming of the sumptuous meals the other guests described. Toward the end of the trip, another man came up to him and said, “Sir, I can’t help but notice that you are always over there eating those cheese and crackers at mealtimes. Why don’t you come into the banquet hall and eat with us?” The traveler’s face flushed with embarrassment. “Well, to tell you the truth, I had only enough money to buy the ticket. I don’t have any extra money to purchase fancy meals.” The other passenger raised his eyebrows in surprise. He shook his head and said, “Sir, don’t you realize the meals are included in the price of the ticket? Your meals have already been paid for!” – Anonymous