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1 Simple Technique to Visualize Better

1 Simple Technique to Visualize Better

One of my favorite things about buying a lottery ticket is the dream that comes with it.  It doesn’t matter what my odds of winning are. I buy the ticket and almost immediately my imagination goes wild on what I’ll do with the money.  Buy a house, travel the world, etc.

Now a lot of skeptical people will wonder why I even bother thinking about it since the odds of winning are so low.  But I’m a believer in Law of Attraction. I understand the importance of visualizing or using my imagination.

The Science Behind The Power of Visualization

For those who don’t know what visualization is, it’s the deliberate creation of images in one’s mind.  It’s a very effective way to achieve your desires, if done correctly. Without going into too much detail, achieving this state includes being in a relaxed state, holding a clear idea of your desires in mind and most importantly ensuring that you have the feelings associated with manifesting that desire.

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Now some people may think that visualization is new age garbage, but rest assured its benefits are real, and science is backing this up. A 30-day visualization study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto in 1996 showed how effective it could be.  Three groups of random people were selected to highlight their skills at free throws.

The first group was the control group.  They shot free throws on Day 1 and Day 30 of the experiment and nothing else.  Their success was tracked. The second group shot free throws every day for 30 minutes, and their success was tracked on day 30 compared to day 1. The third group also only shot free throws on day 1 and day 30 of the experiment, but with one significant difference from the control group.  They spent days 2 through 29 of the experiment visualizing shooting free throws for half an hour.  Their success was tracked on day 30 as well.

The results were amazing. The control group, of course, showed no improvement in their free throws. The second group that practiced daily showed a marked improvement as a result of their practice. The amazing part comes with group three.  They improved almost exactly as much as group 2, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between physically doing something and imagining it in your mind.

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Many people have expanded on this idea, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between forms of physical manifestation and your imagination. For example, there is no difference between imagining yourself rich and actually being rich, as long as the feelings associated with being rich go along with your imagination. This has profound impacts in terms of achieving your desires, with the idea being that you have first to imagine or visualize something before it physically manifests in your reality.

How to Visualize Better

Now for those of you who have tried to visualize something before, you’ll understand when I say that it’s very difficult to effectively visualize something if you’re currently not experiencing it. Using the example of money again, it’s very difficult to feel rich if you’re deep in debt. I mean you’re essentially being asked to replace your current reality with a made up one in your mind. It takes a strong mind to do it effectively.

What can we do to improve our ability to visualize and to actually feel the feelings associated with visualizing?  Well, there are many suggested techniques out there, but there is one in particular that can really have an impact.  That technique is taking action.

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Here’s what I mean.  Do you think it’s easier to visualize winning the lottery if you buy 20 tickets, versus buying no tickets at all?  The answer’s pretty obvious. Again, it doesn’t matter what your odds are. The very act of buying the tickets is enough to trigger a strong form of visualization, feelings and all. That’s what I’m suggesting you do with anything you desire in life.

Now let me qualify by saying that it doesn’t matter if that action is successful or not. What matters is that you take it, because what you’re doing is psychologically taking a step in the right direction. Let me suggest some more examples to make it very clear.

Visualizing yourself as an entrepreneur will be much easier if you do something about your business than nothing at all. It will be easier if you take such steps as creating a logo, securing a domain name, looking for a loan or putting together a business plan. These actions will suddenly make your desire much more real and therefore much easier to visualize.

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Visualizing yourself in a relationship is much easier if you put a profile on an online dating website. So will placing yourself in situations where you’ll meet people, or sprucing up your wardrobe, or going on blind dates.  In the same vein, it suddenly feels real.

One final example, visualizing yourself as healthy is easier if you start exercising more. Even light exercise will make a difference. Same thing with modifying your diet, walking more or learning about how to be healthy. By taking the action you’re sending a suggestion to your subconscious mind that you’re moving in the direction of your desire. Suddenly achieving that desire doesn’t seem so farfetched. It’s like buying that lottery ticket.

So the next time you want to achieve something, first take a step in the direction of where you want to go and then begin visualising your life with that desired fulfilled.

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The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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