How’s your 2018 going so far?
Mine’s starting to pick up, which is good. I’ve still got plenty of plans for Adminosaurus, it’s all about finding the time in-between client work and a teething, bouncy puppy (check out my Instagram Stories every day to see how he’s growing).
I’ve also been looking to improve my mindset around business this year. After all, 2018 is all about Action and Abundance for me and those things don’t happen without a motivated, positive mindset.
Part of this has been about buying some business books that I haven’t had a chance to look at yet, and reading some magazine articles. One thing these have in common is visualisation. This is also the first year I’m planning on creating a Vision Board, just as soon as the puppy allows.
Which is one of the reasons my mum passed on an article to me over the weekend, found in the i and written by Valerie van Mulukom. It’s about thinking like a creative genius and my mum gave it to me because I write fiction.
But there was a surprising part in it about visualisation that I wanted to share with you.
Self-improvement books galore and tons of ‘gurus’ and millionaire business owners with audiences of thousands online have been telling us that if we can visualise it, we can have it.
I’ve always been a bit sceptical. I have a particularly vivid imagination, which is probably why people tell me that reading my novels is often like watching a film. I live multiple lives and can easily be consumed. So how come the scenes I repeat in my head over and over don’t ever happen?
Actually, it’s probably a good thing they don’t happen. I write fantasy. I don’t think I’d make a good werewolf hunter, dragonslayer or person coming face-to-face with a ghost.
Those aren’t the things that I visualise that I want, of course. But there’s a reason that I don’t have the big house in the country and lovely big expensive car to fit my Labrador puppy in, along with that holiday home in the Scottish Highlands *sigh*.
It’s because I’m doing it wrong. And maybe you are too.
According to this article, instead of visualising what we want, we should be focusing on and visualising how we will get there. Studies have shown that students visualising good grades do worse than the students who visualise how they will revise to get those good grades.
It makes sense.
By visualising the path to what we want, we break down the big actions points into easily attainable action points. Suddenly, what we want doesn’t seem so far away. We can follow this path that we’ve laid down for ourselves and boom! Good grades. Or a big family house, or expensive car that’ll fit the big dog inside, or another step closer to convincing the husband to move to Scotland.
Now that I type about it, I think this has actually happened to me. Once upon a time I daydreamed about bumping into a specific man. Over and over I thought about where I might meet him and how it would happen. I went over the conversation we would have again and again.
And then it happened. It didn’t quite happen where I’d visualised it but instead of being a stuttering mess, I was a confident woman who knew how to use words and didn’t go the same colour as a tomato!
I don’t know about you, but I’m off to daydream. And you should put some time aside for daydreaming too (call it meditating if you like). You never know where it might lead… (except you will, because you’ll have visualised it.)