Thought, action, reality and the power of visualisation.
Remember Aladdin, and the genie granting his three wishes? Imagine that you had the power to get an infinite amount of wishes granted. Imagine that you had the ability to start changing your life and achieving your career & health goals from today. Imagine a life of abundance, happiness and health.
The ability lies in the power of thought, the power of visualisation; a technique that can be used by anyone at anytime to achieve any desired goal.
What is visualisation?
Visualisation is the act of creating an image in your mind with a desired outcome. Just like a tape or a rehearsal before a play, the image is replayed over and over again in the mind’s eye, and rehearsed as if the desired outcome has already been accomplished.
The image/scene is replayed repeatedly in the minds eye involving:
- Sight: What do you see?
- Sound: What do you hear?
- Touch: How does it feel?
- Smell: What does it smell like?
The idea is to make the scenario as vivid as possible, almost like you are actually there experiencing it. In doing so, you tap into your subconscious mind to make an imprint of the outcome. This imprint results in the necessary thoughts/actions in your conscious mind to allow for the desired conclusion.
Subconscious vs. Conscious
Think of your subconscious mind as a library of information, an infinite database of information and life experiences. Just like the operating system on a computer, it runs in the background while you are surfing the net, playing games, on Facebook or writing a document. The subconscious is active whether you are awake or asleep.
The transition between the subconscious and conscious mind can be related to driving a car. When you first learn how to drive a car, your conscious mind is focussed on your driving environment. You are aware of the sounds the engine makes when you step on the accelerator, when to change the gears, whether you are driving too close to the car ahead of you, you are extremely cautious of your environment.
As you gain more experience in driving, your subconscious mind takes over your driving ability. Your conscious mind is now focussed on where you need to go, which is the best route to take to avoid peak hour traffic and what radio station you enjoy listening to.
The subconscious mind governs the way we think, the way we act and the way we perceive the world. It is a force that we should learn to tap into on a regular basis.
Examples of subconscious visualisation
In basketball, a player will run through in his mind the perfect shot. The feel of the ball in his hand as he flicks his wrist and makes a three point shot from the half court mark. In his mind, he hears the sound of the half time buzzer going off and the roar of the home crowd. The shot goes in the basket with a huge ‘swoosh’. The scene is replayed over and over again in his mind to train muscle memory, increase his confidence and accuracy in each of his shots.
In a study done on visualization in sports, a group of soviet athletes were split into four focus groups. Group 1 focussed 100% on physical training. Group 2 focussed 75% on physical training and 25% mental training. Group 3 focussed 50% physical training and 50% mental training. Group 4 focussed 25% on physical training and 75% on mental training. The group that focussed most on mental training came out on top.
The subconscious and visualisation in your daily life
Imagine that you are going for a job interview tomorrow, for a job that you really want. In your mind’s eye, you visualise walking into a brightly lit office looking your best, the interviewer greets you with a warm smile. You imagine the smell of the cups of coffee on the table as you perform your best sales pitch ever. The interview goes well with you feeling confident that you have gotten the job. The interviewer offers you a firm hand shake saying ‘welcome to the company’. You run through this scene over and over in your mind visualising the desired outcome. When the interview finally happens, you are confident and articulate during the whole process as if it was second nature to you.
Alternatively, on a cold and wintery night you visualise yourself at the beach. The sound of the waves, the feel of the soft sand on your feet. How perfect that white bikini fits you without you having a muffin top. The envious looks of other women around you thinking ‘wow I wish I looked like that!’ as you walk to the shoreline. It is this image that you play constantly in your mind as you contemplate whether you should go to the gym at 6:30am the following morning.
The more vivid and the more creative you can be with each visualisation, the better. The more you think or visualise about something, the more likely you are going to get it. Start thinking about what you really want and imagine yourself getting it, feeling a sense of accomplishment once you have attained it. In your mind, start each day in your mind visualising exactly how you would like it to be and guess what, it will unfold just the way it was meant to.
ASP Coach / Inner Strength Coach
Australian Strength Performance