Even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly “visual” person, human beings have an amazing ability to think about a challenge, imagine an ideal resolution, and then manifest that outcome (or something close to it) in reality. If your cynic alarm is starting to sound, don’t despair, there’s really nothing terribly mystical about this process. It’s simply the idea that form follows thought. Obviously, the idea of the airplane existed before the Wright brothers actually built the first successful one. Edison imagined the light bulb and, after multiple failures, made it a reality. It’s no different for you. By harnessing the power of your imagination, you can “see” a positive outcome for events such as landing a new job or becoming physically fit before that outcome actually exists. By giving your brain a mental dress rehearsal, you not only release anxiety but also put yourself on the pathway to success. If you’ve experienced this phenomenon of “energy following idea,” you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, I want you to add this valuable skill to your risk repertoire. Here’s a good way to get started.
Get in a comfortable position sitting or lying on the floor (or even at your desk). Close your eyes and begin taking slow, deep breaths. Feel the air go all the way down to the abdomen so you’re not taking shallow chest breaths. As you exhale, imagine yourself breathing out any negative feelings. Concentrate on a word like anger, fear, or exhaustion that sums up how you’re feeling. Now, consciously breathe that word out of your system with each exhalation. Continue this for 3-5 minutes, allowing tension to drain away into the floor as your thoughts begin to slow down.
Now imagine a scene that you’ll picture in your mind, as though watching a mental movie. It could be something that you’ll actually be facing that day, such as asking the boss for a leadership role on a project. Or it could be a longer term goal, such as seeing yourself in a vibrantly healthy toned body.
Take yourself through the scene, letting it play out as positively as you can imagine. It could be the slim new you going clothes shopping or running on the beach. Maybe it’s the ultra-confident you pitching a client or closing a deal. Let the conversation or scenario unfold.
Practice this as often as you can today, and tomorrow we’ll add another ingredient to help you prepare as much as possible for the great possibilities. Remember, in reality luck isn’t lucky. It’s an equation. Opportunity + Preparation = Luck
If you are definitely ready for a few lucky turns in 2011, and you’re willing to do the work to get unstuck, register for my next class at http://libbygill.com/coaching-courses.
Increase your chances for change by inviting a friend or accountability partner for only fifty bucks more! (Now that’s a gift worth unwrapping!)To the new you in 2011 and your amazing life, Libby Gill, Branding Expert, Bestselling Author, and Executive Coach http://libbygill.com/coaching-courses