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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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Published on April 16, 2019

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

So how can you make that happen?

Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

Listen to Yourself

The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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What is your purpose?

Have you ever thought about this question?

Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

Seek Out Continuous Education

Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

It’s Super Practical

Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

“Knowledge is choice.”

Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

Habits Make Your Time a Priority

How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

Your Well Being Comes First

We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

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