I have already discussed the use of The Anchor as a way to transport yourself mentally to a place of
relaxation, happiness and brain fitness, as well as in The Handling of Stress.
Analyse your own life and try to recognise the things that create tension and stress for you in your life.
I believe most people will agree that achieving success, whether as student, employer, employee, as
husband or wife, no matter where in life, creates massive stress. The more you want to succeed, the harder you work at it, but the more stress it creates. And the more stress you suffer from, the less the chances are that you will succeed. It becomes a snow ball rushing down a hill, straight to disaster.
Make it your task to control what you can, namely your stress levels not through the use of expensive medicines, but as much as possible through the use of visualisation techniques and relaxation exercises. This means that you must make visualisation part of your lifestyle. Practice it as much as possible until it becomes a virtual automatic action as well as a real part of your life.
When you work towards a goal, visualise it as real and already achieved. What do you dream of having in your life? A lovely house? A Ferrari? A big farm? A successful lawyer?
Visualise yourself how you would look in that role, how you would walk, talk, think, act, respond to other people, feel about yourself if you were to achieve your goal. Always remember that you are not going to achieve your final goal immediately. You are not going to be CEO after one month, or be able to buy your Ferrari with your first pay cheque, or improve your exam result from 40% to 90% without some sweat. Work towards your final goal through achieving smaller, in between goals.
When you achieve your interim goals, you will have a feeling of achievement and happiness. You will be well on the road to having a well balanced, happy mind and that will lead to a healthier body.
I know these techniques work and I trust you will believe in it as well and that you will achieve your dreams through the use of them.
To end this section, some fun. In the section on Mnemonics I take the forming of images further, namely where we use them to learn to remember and recall better. We will learn how to make images funny, strange, weird in order for us to remember them better. For goal setting we use more serious images, as we want to see it as a real picture, but in learning to visualise, it is a good idea to practice with forming funny images. With that in mind, let's do the following.
Why do sportsman put such a high trust in visualisation? The answer lies more in the term positive visualisation and the term 'success breeds success'.
By imagining, and seeing, your success you create a positive feeling in your brain and thus a belief that you will succeed. Your brain, and thus your muscles, also 'see' the correct way to tackle the task and the execution of your action will be much more perfect.
The next aspect where visualisation can help you is in setting and achieving goals. Please read the section on Goal Setting to familiarise yourself with the rules concerning the setting of goals.