Vision. “Without it, people parish”, says the bible. It is what makes us grow and strive to become more. It is seeing things not as they are, but what they can be.
Understanding the human psyche has become a little obsession of mine, so that I could not only benefit my own life, but to also help those around me. One of the ways to do this is to understand the power of vision, so that we can use it consciously, rather than unconsciously, to shape our lives into the masterpieces they were meant to be.
The premise is this, if you can see it with clarity, feel as if it is real and has already happened, then you’re mind will be drawn to everything required to make it a reality, because it believes the result to be not only attainable, but attained.
Viktor Frankl, author of the book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, experienced exactly that. Surviving the atrocities of the holocaust, his saving grace was his vision of seeing himself telling his story so that something like that would never be forgotten or happen again. As a result, he was one of the lucky survivors to make it out alive.
How then do we go about creating this vision and making it feel real? To start, you must first know what EXACTLY it is you’re after. The more specific we are, the easier it will be for our mind to find the means necessary to get the result.
If you’re like most people, you might find it difficult to get clarity, especially since we’ve never experienced the very thing we’re working towards. That is when finding a picture of what we want comes in handy. Using a picture will familiarize your brain with the very thing you want and give you the visual clarity you need to feel the result.
The next step is to make a commitment and write it down, so that we can read and verbalize it. Doing so pushes it deeper into our psyche, making our goals more concrete. To make this even more powerful, we add what I like to call this the “So-That’s”, because what we are really after isn’t the object itself, but the feelings and emotions we’ll experience once we attain what it is we’re after. What’s a more powerful motivator, a million dollars or imagining the experiences we’ll have and the gifts we’ll be able to give others?
The last piece of the puzzle is to condition our brain to go to our vision, keeping it in the forefront of our minds. There are two specific times to do this: in the morning, right when you wake up and in the evening, right before you go to sleep. The reason being that your brain is in an alpha state and what we repeat in this state will repeat in our minds 15-18 times through the day/night, versus if we repeated it during our day, which might get only 3-4 plays.
Ever wonder why we were told the best time to study was early morning, because our brains retained more of the information??? In other words our minds become more receptive. This is the reason why if you go to sleep in a bad mood, you’ll more likely than not, wake up in that same mood. The opposite is also true.
Ok, now that I’ve thrown everything at you, but the kitchen sink, we’ll pull it all together, with an example of what your vision would look like, using a fitness goal of mine as an example.
One. Develop and read your personal commitment statement, making sure that it is time specific.
I, Donny Raus, am very excited about my new fitness and lifestyle that I’ve created. On September 1, 2017…
Two. Make sure the goal is specific.
I will have gained 13 lbs of muscle and regained full range of motion and flexibility in my hips.
Three. Give yourself the emotional reasons why.
I will accomplish this so that I can feel the confidence of seeing what I created, so that I can feel strong, so that I can have the health and vitality to be active, travel, and live the life I was meant to live, so that I can create the emotional strength to achieve my dreams, so that I can inspire others to do the same.
Four. Read this out loud after you wake up and before you go to sleep, closing your eyes and imagining the result you're after. It also helps at the very end to say “thank you” three times, then citing the result you’re after, as if it has already been realized.
Like everything, you need to take action and when you find that a course of action isn’t giving you the results you’re after, you keep changing your action until you do.
Try the above out and if you feel the slightest difference, then imagine what 31 days of hardwiring your brain to go there will do?
If you have any questions with regard to this post, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each of us are born with unlimited potential anything I can do to help you get past those hurtles would make me very happy.
Thank you for choosing Raus and remember to always. Your coffee ritual is your time. Make the most of it and remember to… Take a moment. Enjoy now.