Mind Power Techniques
In his book Live Your Dreams – Let Reality Catch Up Roger Ellerton PhD states “Most of our beliefs originate from the time we were children. They are not based on fact, but on our perception of events at the time they were formed.”
And our beliefs form our everyday life. Therefore, for example, there are a lot of people who believe they will never become self confident, rich and so on. But, have you ever seen that a person who thinks like that, at the end actually becomes self-confident or rich? or more attractive to other people? Well, as you already know, such cases are rare.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Ghandi
Thoughts and beliefs can be changed…
If you believe in something, your brain will start to undertake actions in order to achieve something. There a famous statement of Henry Ford which states “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t to a thing, you’re right”. This is a complete truth!
Thoughts and beliefs can be changed in various ways and mind power techniques (affirmations and visualization) are ones of the most powerful tools for that. By using these techniques you can change your core beliefs and achieve what you always wanted.
Majority of people is not aware that they use mind power techniques every day. I remember that I used visualization since high school I did it completely unconsciously. Whenever I had problems with exams I would make a break, I would lie down, close my eyes and images would appear by themselves. I would imagine myself as successfully dealing with tasks or I imagined the sense of satisfaction after I passed the exam and the images would have been so realistic as if they had happened. Suddenly, I would be overwhelmed with new energy which made me continue with studying and everything went smoothly. The results never missed.
The images were also completely opposite. During the breaks I often imagined situations when I failed the exam which had a completely opposite effect. Then I would feel dejected and depressed and often I couldn’t continue with studying.
Later, when I became more interested in the field of self-improvement, I found out I actually used visualization in both cases which is the mind power technique and an extraordinary tool for achieving targeted goals.
The same is for affirmations. Every day people are telling to themselves various statements, both positive and negative ones and they’re not aware of it. Thoughts as „You’re worthless“ (when something goes wrong) or „Well done, you’re great“ (when it’s about success) are often hanging through their heads.
However, mind power techniques can be performed consciously and with the intent and that’s when they can have tremendous influence on life. They can change your core beliefs, boost your self-confidence, motivate you or provide directions for achieving your goals. In the following text read about affirmations and visualization in more details.
Affirmations are actually positive statements which we repeat with the aim of achieving wanted conditions.
In his article for Phyhology Today, psychotherapist and the Executive Director of the Open Mind Training Institute, Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. explains how affirmations function. “An affirmation can work as it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept. This is because the mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real or fantasy. When you watch a movie and you start to laugh or cry your mind is empathizing with the characters on the screen even though it is only Hollywood magic”, says Ronald.
Affirmations may be performed in several manners. Thus, you may repeat them loudly or to yourself and as for the time-frame, you can do this whenever in a possibility. I usually find some quiet place in the morning and before I go to sleep, I sit and close my eyes and I repeat them to myself.
The type of affirmation you repeat depends on the problem you want to solve. For example, if you do not have enough self-confidence, affirmation may be as follows:
„ I am a confident person“
Or if you’re an anxious person, affirmation may be:
“I’m a relaxed person.”
Affirmations must be positive statements. Therefore, your affirmations shouldn’t be as the following one:” I don’t want to be a nervous person”, but “I am a calm person”. If you say “I don’t want to be a nervous person”, you actually think about nervousness and your affirmations won’t have effect.
Visualization is a very powerful tool which helped me a lot in achieving what I wanted.
Visualization is the mind power technique which we use to imagine some life situation which we’d like to experience.
We all create some mental sensations, often not being aware of them, so visualization in most people comes spontaneously. However, if we concentrate, we would be able to create mental images convenient for us.
Benefits of visualizations were and are used by many famous sportsmen as Michale Jordan, Tiger Woods, Muhamed Ali, Jack Nicklaus and many others. Jack Niclaus once stated “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head”
Famous scientist Nikola Tesla in his book My Inventions talks about usage of visualization.. In the following lines read Tesla’s story about visualization.
“My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements and operate the device in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance. There is no difference whatever, the results are the same. In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything. When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form this final product of my brain. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should, and the experiment comes out exactly as I planned it. In twenty years there has not been a single exception”
You don’t have to possess Tesla’s extraordinary power of visualization in order to use its benefits because everybody can visualize.
What’s happening in our brain while visualizing?
What is actually happening in our brain when we use visualization? Many studies indicated that our brain does not make difference between imaginary and real situation. While visualizing, our brain receives the same mental instructions as it’s about real life actions. There comes to reorganizing of neural pathway, memories and learned behaviors are being formed as if you really experience them. The brain is getting trained for what we imagined and without any real move!
This explains visualization when it comes to learning new skills. However, when it’s about some goals which are not linked with the specific skill (e.g. starting your own business), the above-mentioned mechanism can only partially explain the visualization effects. So far I haven’t found solid scientific explanation how visualization leads to action even though that’s obviously happening (I’m always highly motivated and I start taking actions in order to achieve visualization).
So far this is the unknown phenomenon for me and in case you’re familiar with clear and scientific explanation of this mechanism, be free to tell what it’s about. I will gladly amend the text of this article based on your inputs.
How to implement visualization?
Visualization does not include mental images only, but other sensations which come with it. Therefore, during visualization we should hear sounds, smell tastes and touches. Remember the goal that we should be more close to real experience because the brain interprets what we imagined as if it really happened.
Some people have problems with creating mental images. Some cannot see the imagined picture clearly, some have problems with smell, taste, etc. This can be overcome by regular practice. In case regular exercises do not help, we advice I advise you to focus on those senses which you have success with. Some people are more „visual“ than others and they have no problems with imagining the situation. Others, for example, have difficulties with creating the images, while they have no problems with taste or smell. Therefore, in case regular exercises do not help, you may use the senses you are best with.
The question is raised whether we should visualize the steps in achieveng our goals or only the outcomes. My answer is both because such practice provided greatest success for me. Before visualization try to relax by closing your eyes and following your breathing for 2-3 minutes.
For example, if you aim at learning to play guitar, you may perform visualization in the following manner.
Find some peaceful place, sit and close your eyes. I suggest to set and not to lie, because you may fall asleep. Start to imagine yourself as playing guitar and that you are great at doing that. Imagine you easily play your favorite songs. While imagining that, you would actually hear those songs, and also feel the guitar into your hands, etc.
So, include all your senses. Visualization will bring you to start believing that you really play the guitar, and that will move you. You will start to take the initiative in order to achieve your goal. Maybe you will contact someone who already knows playing the guitar, and then start taking guitar lessons or similar.
Visualization of steps: The gist is the same and you only visualize specific step which leads to realization of the final goal. Therefore, you should also find some peaceful place and close your eyes. In case you’re practicing scales, imagine yourself as successfully dealing with them and as if you knew every sound. Fell the wires, hear what you’re playing…
These would be the two most powerful mind power techniques. Be persistent, apply them every day and you’ll see their wonderful effects.