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Most of the previous techniques are well known and mental imagery is used by therapists. With visioning, we are entering in an unexplored territory. However, visioning is the masterpiece of all the personal development courses.
Real life example:
Visioning is quite unknown outside the US and the United kingdom. When I delivered this course to executive trainees coming from Africa, my French colleagues were anxious. They feared that the students would think that I was going mad!
Of course, the students were quite astonished because they have never heard before about these topics but as a result they were enthusiastic and asked me to develop the course again and again.
Lesson: 1 hour
External readings: 0
Do it yourself: 40 hours
Total: 41 hours
Our objectives are :
-To show you how to define your vision and its "success image".
-To teach you the visioning techniques
-To give you some tips about managing your vision
By the end, you will know how to implement your vision in your subconscious. As a result, you will find yourself transported in a success story.
Real life example:
Universities and business schools ignore visioning. They do not teach how to implement success in your mind.
On the contrary, these techniques are intensively taught to sportsmen going to top competitions. Our educational public system trains better the sportsmen than the biz men!
1-DEFINITION OF VISION
The first and most important step for starting a business is to create your own vision.
Your Vision is what you want to become.
your personality. It answers the question: "what do you want to do
with your life ? What is your mission ?"
11-How to discover your vision.
You have a vision. But you do not know it. You have to discover it in using a self analysis. Look at the following table. It shows that all our lives comprise activities that aim to satisfy requirements as in the table below:
Using this model, try to complete the table. For example, it can be presumed that you are going to put in the mental field: learn management and be educated in business.
You will find yourself faced with a table that is yet too general. You have to go to the specifics. To do this, answer the following question: If I had unlimited money and time, what would I really like to become? (requirements or aims column). You will show in your table below your preference and just that.
To help you, we will imagine the John s answers
This table, after a long self analysis shows the real aims of John. From these aims it is easy to deduce a vision. John is now able to describe his vision in one single sentence: I want to run a leisure biz to work in open air, have fun and make my friends happy.
That is a true vision. You will notice that we have not spoken about accumulating money. Money is not an activity in itself. It is a resource. We have not spoken about the investment needed to start a business. You need, for example, four off-road vehicles, a motor launch, diving equipment, etc. They are also resources. Resources here are not important.
Now, you have to do the exercise for yourself. You must obtain one single sentence for defining your vision!
12- How to Create your success image
Using your vision, you should now create your success image. The goal of the success image is to provide with a tool that you will constantly use for implementing your vision in your subconscious.
-Definition: The success image is once again a mental image, like the image resource. Instead of describing a past event that you had experienced, the success image describes a future event that you would like to experience.
Look at the drawing 1 which illustrates this definition.
Don't confuse image resource, success image and remote viewing.
An image resource describes a past event that you had really experienced. For example, I had really experienced a pleasant promenade on the Thames river some decades ago!
A success image is a product of your imagination. It describes an event that you would be happy to experience in the future. For example, suppose that you are a little clerk. Your success image shows you acting as CEO of a big corporate. Of course, that is neither your past situation nor unfortunately your present. It's a fictitious image linked to your vision and your future.
Remote viewing is the ability to describe present event which are impossible to perceive with our sensory system. For example, remote viewing had been used by the CIA: People were trained to get a mental image of some secret bases in Siberia. It was the "Star gate program". It is supposed to have been cancelled by 1995 because of its poor results.
According to our John 's example of a vision, here is an example of a possible success image for John:
I am contemplating a magnificent landscape. I have led a team of customers and friends to the top of Mount Whitney. Glaciers are glittering. The snow is wonderful. I am exhausted but happy. I hear my team applaud me. I surf on an ocean of happiness and success.
As you see, the film should be neither too long nor too complex since you will have to repeatedly watch it.
You should now create your own success image: identify it and draw it. Once you have built your image, keep it in the smallest detail and dont change it any more. Our targeted ads could help you because they provide with images of happiness.
You have now to implement in your subconscious this success image. That is the core job and once again it needs a bit of training.
21-The main process
For implementing your success image in the subconscious, you have to follow a precise process. First you have to relax as we have shown above. When you have gotten a full relaxation, you have to follow three sequences
The eyes are still closed. See your interior mental space as a black screen. Concentrate on this black screen taking at least five regular and slow breaths. Specify the outline of this area so that it resembles a blank television screen.
- Second sequence
Imagine your screen turned on. To make this passage easier, make a habit of pressing together you thumb and index finger ( anchoring), as though you were pressing your TVs remote control. This reflex association should make changing from one screen to the other easier.
Imagine the mental image of your success. For example, imagine the board of directors. You see your staff entering and leaving. Then imagine yourself coming in and sitting down in your Presidents chair. Everyone is looking at you and is waiting for your message.
The following drawing 2 visualizes all this process:
It is important to properly visualize each detail: the boardrooms lighting, its shape, the color of the furniture, the important people who are waiting for you and so on. This image must be mobile as on a television screen. Also imagine what you feel.
You will not manage such precision the first time or the second. The important thing is to keep the scenario chosen and carry out the exercise as often as possible.
In concrete terms, we recommend that you carry out this exercise every evening before going to bed. The more precision you gain at each exercise, the more this image will seem alive and the more it will happen in reality!
The techniques described here will help you to deal with the difficulties of daily life. Just like with visioning, it is important to rigorously follow the procedure and practice as much as possible.
-The specific vision:
You can use the same technique for special events: For example, you have a presentation to make tomorrow before a dozen people. Proceed in the same way as in the two previous stages.
For the third stage, imagine the meeting room and those present. You see yourself entering the room and starting to speak. The people listen to you with interest. Your presentation is a great success.
Using this training, you will manage easily to vision specific events and you will notice that, in most cases, events will happen just like you imagined them. This observation should encourage you to persevere in your general vision since it shows you the effectiveness of the method in your daily life.
The specific vision must always be coherent with the global vision. For example, if your vision includes a boardroom in a luxurious building, a specific vision of a sports race would have no coherence and would be completely ineffective. For global and specific visions to mutually strengthen each other, they must be part of the same world or scenario.
You take vitamins in the morning for your body, but you have to take vitamins also for your subconscious. For example, read the five quotes and create mental images associated with these five quotes and in coherence with your overall vision:
Closing your eyes, say them in watching the images associated with them each morning on getting up.
3-MANAGING THE VISIONING
31-Keep a log
Some of you certainly kept a diary when you were young. You should renew with this habit by keeping a log for your vision.
Obviously, dont include any negative experiences! Writing them down would just implement them in your subconscious in contradiction with your objective. On the other hand, describe in detail all your activities and thoughts from day to day concerning your vision.
Carefully note all the facts that seem strange, even if they are insignificant. For example, you meet a childhood friend you havent seen for ten years by chance. Note this fact and think about it. It is surely a signal that is part of the realization of your vision.
Also note the sentences that you have heard during conversations that have attracted your attention without you knowing why. Your conscious doesn't know why but dont forget that your subconscious is working and that it knows. Analyze these sentences as though they were enigmas. You can find a hidden message for your vision.
Carefully note the dreams that you remember on waking up. Keep your log on your bedside table with a pen to be able to write them down straight away. Indeed, a few minutes after waking up, you will have completely forgotten them.
Regularly re-read your log at least once per week. You will be surprised to notice that strange fact get a meaning and that your action is developing quickly like a force that nothing will stop. Thanks to your training, your subconscious like an army of invisible hands is working for your own success, day after day!
32-Keep your way
You must absolutely maintain your genuine vision and its goals. Never downgrade it!
Along your course, the original reality is a magnet that holds you back. The vision is a magnet that pulls you forward and You are between them.
Let us suppose that, as in the diagram above, you are at an equal distance between the two. When you come across a difficulty, you will be tempted to lower your ambitions and downgrade your vision. Acting like this makes you think you are getting closer to the modified vision. You had 10 meters to run, you think that by limiting your ambitions there will only be 7 meters left.
This reasoning is false. Rather than getting closer to a vision that is easier to attain, you will on the contrary move away from it, as shown by the diagram below:
Continue with this way and your present reality will be again identified with the original one.
You must maintain your course at all costs. When a difficulty crops up, deal with it in a positive way.
To illustrate this fact that may seem obscure, we will take the example of a sailor. A weak breeze slowly pushes his boat towards his destination harbor: Athens. Suddenly, an adverse wind blows up. An unskilled sailor can choose to go towards the closest harbor.
In fact, an experienced sailor knows that he can use this wind as a lever. He adapts his sail. He beats windward and he knows he will reach Athens quicker than if he were pushed by a weak breeze.
The first and most important step for starting a business is to create your own vision.
Your vision is what you want to become. Vision commits your personality. It answers the question: "what do you want to do with your life ? What is your mission ?"
Using your vision, you should create your success image. The success image is once again a mental image, like the image resource. Instead of describing a past event that you had experienced, the success image describes a future event that you would like to experience.
The goal of the success image is to provide with a tool that you will constantly use for implementing your vision in your subconscious. You have now to implement in your subconscious this success image. That is the core job and once again it needs a bit of training.
You must absolutely maintain your genuine vision and its goals. When a difficulty crops up, deal with it in a positive way. Never downgrade your vision!
Positive beliefs push reality towards the vision. The vision also pulls along reality. In the end, the reality must identify with the vision.
DO IT YOURSELF
1-You have to discover your vision and to write it in one single sentence.
2-Then you have to create your success image. Count about 15 hours for these two crucial tasks.
3-Once you have created your success image, you can begin the exercises for implementing it in your subconscious. During seven days, make the exercise 6 times a day. The next week, make it four times a day. Then, during the two following weeks, make it at least 2 times a day. It means that you have to perform 25 hours of intensive visioning within a month. Don't cheat! Remember that visioning is your key to success.
For the future, try to make one exercise every night before sleeping. When you are in trouble, make several exercises every days! Vision, vision, always vision!
4-Open a log and write down your observations.
Globally, these tasks represent 40 hours.
As for the image resource , you have better to send your vision ( one sentence) and your image success (about five sentences) for validation. A wrong interpretation about these crucial notions should certainly jeopardize all your learning process and what is more all your chances to succeed in your project!
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