Athletes use visualization to imagine winning a race or counting a goal. You can also use visualization to achieve your goals – your financial security, for example.
While it is important to set smart goals to feel happy, healthy and financially secure, it does not mean it will be easy to achieve. It is necessary to define precise objectives, to establish a plan of action and to remain motivated permanently … No wonder then that we are very numerous to faint at one time or another!
However, if motivation is your biggest obstacle to pursuing your dreams – and especially, your long-term aspirations like saving for retirement – visualization could help you.
“The information available indicates that our mind plays an important role in the way we create our experiences,” says Karolina Pasko, psychotherapist. Visualization conditions our mind to be in an emotional state where we see only opportunities and doors that open.
How does visualization work?
Visualization can trigger powerful emotions – sensations that you know if you’ve ever felt energized after having a waking or uncomfortable dream recalling an embarrassing experience. “In the brain, there is no difference between a situation and imagine the real life,” says M me Pasko. Some scientific work confirms this. In a study, researchers from New York, London Business School, Stanford, and the state of Ohio found that just showing people computer-generated images of their projected life in the next 20 or 30 years was enough to increase their willingness to save for retirement.
“This is use visualization or mental imagery to wrap positive experiences and emotions and push negative ones“, says M me Pasko. Visualizing these powerful results can help your body and mind become receptive and conditioned on these results.
What are the benefits of visualization?
Visualization can help you:
- Stay committed to achieving your goals. The use of visualization to live the outcome of your efforts (the euphoria you will experience crossing the finish line at the end of the race, the spirit of adventure that will animate you during your family vacation, the feeling of security that you will feel in securing the financial future of your family) will help you maintain the determination to pursue your goals relentlessly.
- Advance after failures or difficult times. By pushing negative memories behind you until your brain can barely see them, you may feel refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges.
- Solidify your confidence by basing yourself on your successes. Recollecting positive memories helps you relive the feelings of success and happiness associated with them.
- Soothe and calm your mind to chase away anxiety. Visualizing peaceful and pleasant experiences (hiking in the mountains, relaxing on the beach, final relaxation [savasana] in your favorite yoga class) can calm your anxieties and fears and help you stay productive.
4 Tips to take advantage of visualization
What is the highest quality of visualization? Everyone can practice it. “It is impossible to be no visualization,” says M me Pasko. We indulge in it unconsciously every time we dream awake, imagine a result in advance, or worry about the future.
That said, visualization may require a little exercise, and the more you practice, the more effective it will be. Follow the 4 tips below for the best results.
- Put the 5 senses to contribution. The more immersive and realistic your visualization is, the more effective it will be. If you’re looking at a peaceful mountain hike, for example, look to capture the little details – the weight of your backpack on your shoulders, the subtle scent of the earth, the distant singing of the birds – and not just the details. more obvious.
- Get in the habit. Visualization becomes more efficient with practice. M me Pasko recommends to integrate it into our routine of morning and evening.
- Involve the family. Visualization can be a great group exercise, especially when setting financial goals for the whole family. For example, brainstorming with children to plan vacations will make it easier to see feelings of excitement and joy later.
- Consider consulting a specialist. If you really have trouble visualizing, consider talking to a psychotherapist who can develop custom strategies for you. In addition, a financial advisor or financial management coach can help you determine the best financial goals for you. You can then use visualization to help you reach them.
Whether you’re working to keep your young family financially secure, take early retirement, or achieve a different goal – coaching for your first 5-kilometer ride or respecting your exercise resolutions, perhaps? – Visualization can help you find the emotional motivation you need to achieve your dreams.
How to develop your faculties of mental visualization?
Some of you are experiencing some difficulties in practicing mental visualization. It should be known that this “problem” is more and more widespread. The cause is our mode of cultivation which privileges too much the use of the left hemisphere of our brain. Many people find that they dream in color, while there are others who dream in black and white. The same goes for mental visualization.
The good news is that one can find and multiply his faculties of visualization.
The tradition of yoga (yoga Nidra in particular) teaches us that the masters of the inner search that are the yogis, reveal us that this faculty is essential.
The more you have to visualize, the more you can control your mental potential. For this, you need to do some simple little exercises. Their effects are undeniable. I invite you to practice finding a powerful mental visualization ability.
Visualization is a “powerful tool” that you can use every day to improve your life. I hope these exercises will be useful for you and I encourage you to practice them as often as possible.
If you still have difficulty viewing the things presented in the following exercises, be patient with yourself. All of these mental functions in your brain take time, and while some people do it quickly, it will take more time for others to put it into practice.
Just remember, the more visualization exercises you do, the more you will achieve your goals.
What you can imagine, you can also realize it.
Before we go into the details, you might wonder why we should even bother to improve our visualization skills. The answer is simple. What you can fully imagine, you can introduce into reality; your reality.
By imagining every detail of your goals for example what you want to achieve in your life, you can easily create the most favorable conditions for the implementation of its realization.
In addition, more and more scientific research is being done on the close relationship between mind and body.
The findings demonstrate every day, with supporting evidence, that you can manifest change in your body by visualizing this change first in your mind.
Imagine how your life can be improved by working on this invaluable skill! MENTAL VISUALIZATION.
Visualization Exercise 1: Mental visualization exercise with a fruit.
Take a fruit that you lay in front of you. Think of a perfectly ripe peach. Try to note the texture. The color, shape, size … Take your time to properly integrate these elements… Watch this fishing in every detail.
- Which color is it?
- What is his scent?
- What does she taste? Is she juicy? Taste it and enjoy its flavor.
Then, close your eyes and relax! Remember the fruit, starting with the thought. Do not force! Try to remember!
Now try to remember (do not try to create an image right now, remember) this fishing with every detail.
Remember it’s color. Reminisce its perfume. Remember its “touch” on its skin, its texture. Mentally bring the fruit to your mouth and bite into it. Feel his taste. Is she juicy? Imagine this fishing in the perfect detail.
Open your eyes now!
Visualization Exercise 2: Mental visualization exercises by remembering a past event
This faculty is natural. But sometimes forgotten, because little used. I advise you not to “force” the process. Do not put will in the visualization. At least when learning.
Here is the effective way to visualize mentally:
Try to remember an event that has marked you. The more emotional there is, the more the image will come into your mind. Then try to relive this event as if it were in the present. From time to time, slow down the image as it moves. If you can stop it, do it!
On the contrary, sometimes increase the speed of movement. Speed up the process Then, look in detail at the people, objects, a scenery of the scene. Do not invent anything! Relive the event as it was. “Snippets of images” may appear. Do not offend it! The process will be unlocked gradually.
One last tip, practice this exercise only in a state of relaxation (at least initially). Relaxation promotes reverie and the appearance of images.
Visualization Exercise 3: Mental visualization exercises with the help visual memory
Here is a technique that I particularly appreciate and that is very effective. It uses the concept of visual memory. Indeed, it has been observed that by performing a mental visualization test, the subjects have more facilities to remember an image than to create it. So, try as soon as possible to remember your last meal. Revive the taste sensations, the colors of the dishes on your plate.
Another approaching technique.
Turn on your television on a favorite channel. By simple reminder, you try to remember the characters to their voices. A presenter you usually follow, for example. Close your eyes and try to appear memory her face, her figure, her gestures (smiles, gestures, etc.).