Positive Focus and Visualising Success
Why do so many people seem to assume the worst?
Rarely a day goes past without someone, somewhere, bemoaning his or her luck by nodding their head in grim acknowledgement at the wreckage of some part of their lives, saying, “I knew this would happen.”
But did it have to? Probably not. But it does show the power that focus and visualisation can have in all aspects of our day to day lives-good or bad. The problem is that people seem to be rather more accepting of negative images than they are of positive ones with a tendency to accept the former as something that we knew would happen whilst positives are regarded as something that happened that we simply can’t believe.
Thus we’re not only opening the door to all the negative things that could happen to us in our lives, we’re inviting them in, letting them sit in our favourite chair and treating them to a glass of expensive claret or two. Whilst good times and accomplishment stands outside getting wet in the rain.
Why do so many of people openly invite negativity into their lives when they could all be using exactly the same process to do exactly the opposite? Visualisation, as a day to day tool has, it would seem, a bad reputation. People don’t believe in it, don’t have time for it, regard it as some kind of superstitious 21st century psychobabble. Yet they still engage in it without realising, because whenever something doesn’t go to plan the clarion call is loud and clear.
“I knew that would happen.”
Well no wonder-you felt it, you dealt it.
To be fair, those five little words are more often than not used by some of our most famous professional sportsmen and women. But they don’t use them in response to the worse happening, they do so as a consequence of their ongoing success and personal accomplishments.
Conor McGregor the MMA fighter visualises himself being successful on a consistent basis and many of his life and fighting predictions have come true…because he creates his success in his head first.
Likewise Jennifer Ennis-Hill. She saw herself winning the Heptathlon at London 2012 long before the event took place, she made doing just that as important a part of her training as any of the physical work she might have done on either track or field.
So she probably wasn’t too surprised when she ended up winning gold. Because in her mind she already had. Because it seems to have this unerring ability in working for people. Successful people. And they must be doing something right else they wouldn’t be where they are today.
It doesn’t begin and end with those professional sportsmen and women either. Take, for example, Sir Richard Branson.
He is one of the world’s most eminent and successful businessmen. Admired and respected by millions. And rightly so. Yet he started his business by selling second hand records out of a cardboard box-yet it didn’t stop him reaching for the stars and now, with the launch of Virgin Galactic, he isn’t just looking to reach them, he’s going to fly to them in person! And you know what he might just say as he completes his first earth orbit?
“I knew this would happen.”
Maybe we should all try it sometime?