I know for some people, just starting their day scares them. Do you wake with a throbbing heart from anxiety or stress thinking about your day ahead and decisions you need to make. Well, I think I have some great insight to help you reduce stress and anxiety you might be feeling.
I attended a coaching seminar in which the attendees were gifted the book, Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You, by Robie Rogge and Dian Smith. It is a years worth of daily encouragement to motivate you to jot down one thing a day and make a daily habit of thinking courageously. WOW! Think courageously! Just saying that makes me stand taller. I’m always testing myself to do things that scare me. No, I don’t mean trying to catch a hopping cricket in the house. I’m speaking about the anxiety of making business decisions that I’m “almost” ready to make, but then want to dodge acting on.
We all share an element of fear that wants to protect us from making mistakes. Making financial mistakes, (been there, done that), blunders in front of an audience, (been there done that) or hiring someone to create a team, (been there, done that.) These are all common concerns, and only the tip of the iceberg of fears to be faced for individuals and businesses as well.
Personally, I am a big champion of the visualization technique.
Visualization is a mental exercise which is most beneficial when it is used as a daily practice. Not to mention, it is a technique used by successful professionals, athletes, or any individual who has their eyes set on achieving their dreams and goals.
So what is visualization all about? Mainly, it is all about “seeing” yourself taking the necessary steps to successfully accomplish the desired outcome. As a result, the more detailed the visualization, the more it is a reality for your subconscious mind to achieve.
What makes this work? Well, when we envision reaching our goal, our subconscious mind is triggered to create solutions to achieve success. According to Jack Canfield, author of the book, The Success Principles, “When we visualize goals as complete, it creates a conflict in our subconscious mind between what we are visualizing and what we currently have. Our minds are hard-wired to resolve such conflicts by working to create a current reality that matches the one we have envisioned. Visualization activates the creative powers of the subconscious mind, motivating it to work harder at creating solutions. You’ll also notice new levels of motivation and find yourself doing things that normally you would avoid, but that will take you closer to success.”
For best results: Find a quiet space to either sit or lay down. All you need is ten minutes. Recite a positive affirmation in reference to your goal before you begin the visualization; i.e.: “My thoughts are positive and I attract positive outcomes.”
For more powerful results, add emotions, sound, or scents. Doing so will intensify your visualization. I enjoy implementing visualization during coaching sessions with my clients, and they reap the benefits of experiencing the outcome.
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