We have all heard of life coaching to create a better future, but what about vision coaching?
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein
We are all aware of the power of our own thoughts. More and more people are waking up to the fact that they shape how we view life, others, and ourselves.
Our thoughts also shape our future.
No, no, I’m not about to get spiritual and “woo woo” about the Law of Attraction, because that’s something else entirely. It might have a similar concept, but the fact that our thoughts have power is something completely rational to believe.
What we think about ourselves and our own ability to perform in work is going to affect the work that we do every single day. Whether it be in sports, at work, or at home, our thoughts have an impact on who we are as people.
Consider this scenario: You show up to a party full of people you have never met with the thought in your head that you’re completely alone and that nobody there is going to want to get to know you. Because of this thought pattern, you become afraid to put yourself out there. Chances are far more likely that you’re going to hide in your shell, sit by yourself in a corner, come off as awkward or insecure, and drive off anyone that would otherwise strike up a conversation with you.
If you show up to that same party with the thought that you have a great opportunity to make new connections and begin building new relationships with people, then you’re going to seem more confident and approachable. You’ll be more likely to engage and people will be more drawn to you.
Our perspective is a powerful thing, and can be changed to put problems in their place.
It all begins with our thoughts, and our thoughts can be managed to work in our favor.
It turns out that there are coaches you can hire that utilize the power of your thoughts to shape desirable outcomes for your future. They are called Vision coaches.
Vision coaches dive deeper into this method, however.
Visualization coaches believe that the more we focus our minds on the outcome that we desire, the more likely that outcome is to happen.
This is not merely daydreaming about our wildest fantasies coming true, and hoping that one day they will. This is future-based thinking grounded in reality. This technique cannot and will not work if what you are visualizing is something that is unrealistic and virtually impossible to happen in your life. You must be able to see clearly the circumstances lining up in the best way possible in order to attain your goal.
What the technique looks like is this:
First, you must bring your mind to a calm, relaxed state. Make sure you are in a quiet, peaceful place away from any distractions. Sit or lie down comfortably, close your eyes, and take 5-10 deep breaths. Now focus your attention on creating a clear vision of the outcome you desire. Hold the image in your mind and allow the feelings surrounding it to arise. Feel the excitement, the gratitude, the joy, the peace, or the sense of accomplishment fill your body and mind. Smell your surroundings in the image, feel the award in your hand, shake hands with your boss, and hear the cheering applause of an audience. Allow yourself to feel the acceptance that this is happening. This is your reality.
Seem simple? There is actually a science to it.
The brain cannot distinguish between imagination and reality. Your brain stimulates the same neurochemicals whether it is happening in your mind’s eye or in real life. These neurochemicals sort of rewire the brain to act accordingly to the images you hold in your mind. In other words, new neural networks are created that stimulate new thought patterns, new beliefs, and new perspectives. An area of your brain called the Reticular Activating System is stimulated, causing it to scan your environment for new opportunities. You then are rewired to take action on the new opportunities that arise that your brain is constantly seeking out.
Believing that the goal you are wishing to attain is not only possible for you, but will be achieved wires your brain to perform in the best way possible in order for that goal to be achieved.
The tricky part about all of this, is that it works the exact same way if you don’t believe in yourself. If you believe that a goal is unattainable and completely impossible for you, your brain will be wired to act accordingly.
“Visualization is the human beings vehicle to the future – good, bad or indifferent. It’s strictly in our control.” – Earl Nightingale