Two years ago, I was promoted to a managerial position at my company, after two weeks I was asked to give an important presentation to a board of upper management.
I stayed up those two weeks preparing and rehearsing well. Two weeks of fear, anxiety, and sleeplessness but I had prepared myself for that day. And when the presentation day came, something unexpected happened.
As I entered the room I found twenty people from the upper management staring at me. As soon as I opened my mouth to start the presentation, I found myself forgetting most of what I had prepared. I wasn’t suffering from stage fright, I used to speak publicly to numerous people in the training classes that I used to give.
I was confused, what was wrong?! Many scenarios came into my mind, was it fear of being around the upper managers? Was it that I did not prepare well? But, as I dug deeper… I realized what the problem was. I was paralyzed by fear of failure and was convinced that they would not like my presentation. I started to see my dream for the next promotion collapses before me, I did not want to disappoint my manager who had high hopes for me and believed I would give an amazing presentation. I felt the room was getting smaller and was unable to breathe.
Suddenly, I excused myself to the bathroom, I tried to calm myself down and pull myself together. While I was washing my face, one of the colleagues entered the bathroom and noticed my bad shape, I began to tell her the whole story. She listened attentively to me then told me three words that changed my life completely.
She said, “power of visualization”.
I opened mouth with a perplexed look on my face “I don’t understand” I responded.
Then, she began to explain:
The power of visualization is a technique that uses your power of imagination, to make your dream or goal come alive.
I thought to myself “power of visualization…meh!” I was really skeptic of these kinds of things. But I told myself “how about trying something new for a change…” given the fact that I got nothing to lose.
She asked me to close my eyes for a couple of minutes and to start imaging myself in the middle of the room giving a rocking presentation, hearing their hands clapping for me and seeing their happy faces.
After the break, I returned to the meeting room filled with energy and to my surprise I was more self-assured and confident.
I was able to answer all their questions even the difficult ones. I was amazed by the result.
When I returned home I wanted to learn more about “the Power of visualization” I searched and read a lot to discover all the secrets that came to my rescue. My life has taken a turn for the better, I became more confident, got another promotion in less than one year, and had many successes in my personal life too. I wanted to share this technique that will improve your life and attract more opportunities to you when used correctly.
The idea is to visualize an image, dream or target in your head; by regular visualization and hard work, your dream will be attracted to you.
The key is to picture yourself successful, able to win and achieve any target.
The power of visualization doesn’t mean that you imagine yourself succeeding without doing any effort. It means keeping your goals vividly in front of you and do your best to reach them.
Many successful people admit that picturing themselves succeeding and regularly keeping an eye on the target was their gateway to achieving their dreams.
The boxing legend Muhammad Ali used to emphasize the importance of visualization, he used to see himself victorious before the match. At the beginning of any fight, he used to rehearse many times and imagine the crowd chanting his name while declared winner.
“Visualization is the ability to program our minds for success.”
Practice visualization every day and especially when you are going through challenging situations.
The technique of visualization and focusing on your goals and desires helps in:
- Activating the person’s creativity and ability to overcome obstacles
- Harness the subconscious with positive thoughts throwing away all the negativity.
- Increase the ability to get over anxiety and fear.
- Motivates the person to work harder to achieve their dream.
- Visualization boosts your problem-solving abilities.
- Help you keep your eye on the goal and increase the chances of achieving it
Visualization needs to be a regular rehearsing routine. The key is to picture yourself vividly achieving that difficult thing you want. Focusing on that will attract positive energy that will push you into overcoming any obstacle you may face. With this regular practice, your subconscious will believe that you can do the impossible.
Here are tips to help you practice this healthy tactic:
• Focus on a goal or outcome that you want to achieve
• Visualize achieving it with every detail of the scene, put your senses in the dream. See, hear, smell and feel everything related to the dream.
• Have a concrete belief in your success and work hard toward reaching it.
• Make it a routine to rehearse these steps.
After vividly seeing your dream put the intention and sincere effort into practically changing the dream into reality.
Let’s take a few examples of famous and successful people who believed and used visualization techniques.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Actor and Politician)
“I had this fixed idea of growing a body like Reg Park’s. The model was there in my mind; I only had to grow enough to fill it,” he explained. “The more I focused in on this image and worked and grew, the more I saw it was real and possible for me to be like him.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
He believed in the power of visualization and admitted how much it helped him in his career.
Jim carry explained how this power helped him stay focused and be motivated no matter the obstacles he faced.
“You really can change your reality based on the way you think.”- Oprah Winfrey
Oprah talked about the power of visualization and its effects.
Will Smith talked in many interviews about the law of attraction and its power.
“Positively and negatively, you attract what you feel, you attract who you are, you attract what you attract”-Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington in one of his interviews talking about the law of attraction and visualization
Since that presentation day, I made a promise to keep a daily routine of practicing visualization for a few minutes.