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How To Use Visualisation To Boost Your Career

How To Use Visualisation To Boost Your Career

Visualisation played a very important role in the successful swimming career of Michael Phelps and it is an activity that takes place even before he goes into the pool.

This is because Phelps had a habit of visualising every aspect of his race from start to finish.

This includes what he would do if something goes wrong and crossing the finish line in front of his competitors.

Phelps used this practice of visualisation as part of his training regime to become a very successful swimmer including winning 28 Olympic medals and going on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

In the same vein, the power of visualisation has been used by many other people to achieve their results in their careers.

This includes winning high profile clients, scaling businesses to six figures and handling complex projects with confidence.

Visualisation can be used as an effective tool to take you from where you are in your career to where you aspire to be by letting you see that future success before it happens.

A good way to describe visualisation is to think about how you start the process of putting a jigsaw puzzle together.

You will find it hard to do this if you don’t first look at the finished puzzle image at the top of the box.

Without visualising this image, you might be able to put it together up to a point but it will take longer to complete.

This same principle applies to your career. The more detailed you can see what you want it to be, the more likely it will happen that way.

However, it’s important to note that visualisation needs to come with action for you to get the best results.

In the case of Phelps, he not only visualised his races but he also actually went into the pool to perfect his craft – swimming.

So how do you get started with visualisation? First, here is what you should know about it.

A good way to describe visualisation is to think about how you start the process of putting a jigsaw puzzle together.

What is visualisation?

According to Kehoe “Visualization is simply a mental rehearsal. You create images in your mind of having or doing whatever it is that you want. You then repeat these images over and over again, … (and) use your imagination to see yourself being successful in whatever goal you may have.” 

Visualisation is a skill and you can learn it. It allows you to see and feel a future outcome, which could be getting that dream job or buying that house – before it takes place.

The process allows you to see this future outcome in as much detail as possible so it can be transformed into reality.

How does visualisation work?

When you are able to see yourself achieving a goal, you allow your brain to interpret this as reality. This then leads to the creation of new neural pathways leading to the realisation of that goal.

Visualisation is an effective way to boost performance becomes the brain works the same way during this process as it would work when you are actually doing a task whatever that may be.

The practice of visualisation actually has the effect of tricking your brain into acting as if what you are aiming for has already taken place.

So because your brain has been conditioned to think this way, you find yourself doing those things that align with your perceived reality.

You can also use visualisation to achieve physical changes. According to research, people that took part in the study visualised exercising.

As a result, they were able to increase their muscle mass by about 12% over a period of 12 weeks.

This happened despite the fact that they never physically went to a gym. Think about how much more results they would achieve if they do actually work out.

“The practice of visualisation actually has the effect of tricking your brain into acting as if what you are aiming for has already taken place.”

Visualisation exercises to do to be more successful at work

Here is how you can use visualisation in practice to achieve desired results in your career:

Start with basic visualisation

It is a good idea, to begin with, the basics especially if you are new to the world of visualisation.

Set aside quiet time for a few minutes daily where you can sit down, then with your eyes closed, have a picture in mind of what you want to achieve, who you want to be and what you want to do in your career.

You can start by visualising small goals such as seeing yourself delivering a presentation well or you can go for a big goal such as helping your company to achieve a six-figure result in business.

The important thing here is to be as specific as possible. Visualise what you want to happen in as much detail as with as much clarity as possible.

Also, allow yourself to feel all the emotions that come with it because this makes the exercise more realistic and it allows you to achieve more results.

Picture the worst case scenario

It is not uncommon to experience some challenges on your career journey. You can use visualisation to envisage what these obstacles could be and map out how you plan on overcoming them.

For example, you might be visualising how you would present an idea for a new project. Picture things that could go wrong such as having technical difficulties or your audience not accepting the idea.

The visualise how you will handle these challenges. Picture how you would navigate them so that you are prepared and have a plan of action when it happens.

Focus on specific skills or goals

As found in the research mentioned above, if you keep practising a task in your mind, it can lead to quantifiable results even if you don’t do it in real life.

So if you want to get better at public speaking, see yourself speaking to a large audience.

If you want to increase the number of customers you speak to daily, visualise yourself picking up the phone and interacting with many prospects each day.

The more you practice by visualising, the better you will get at it in reality.

Write it down

If you find it difficult to visualise things in your mind, you can write down or map out your visualisations. This can be as equally effective as imagining them in your mind. It could even be more effective.

This could be doing things such as writing a story in as much detail as possible about what you want your future to look like.

This writing exercise provides a way to use your thoughts as well as physically writing which makes the desired result more realistic.

With visualisation, if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Visualisation exercises help you to picture the career that you want and when you add actions to it, you are on course to making it a reality.

Visualisation exercises help you to picture the career that you want and when you add actions to it, you are on course to making it a reality.

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