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How Visualization Creates New Behaviors for Success

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Have you ever read a book and started to think of something completely different? For example, what you ate for dinner last night, that conversation you need to have with your significant other, or remembering that you need to finish a task for work.

You’re reading the words in the book physically with your eyes, but it’s almost like your mind goes somewhere else entirely.

If someone were to walk into the room and see you, they would see your eyes scanning across the page of the book, but your mind was elsewhere.

The words in the book were in front of you, but a picture of what you ate last night or that task you need to complete was displayed right in front of the words you were trying to read.

And because of that, you had to go back and reread the same paragraph several times. Trust me; I’ve been there.

How does this happen? It’s because we think in pictures. When humans think, we literally think in pictures. If I were to ask you to think of your kitchen – your entire kitchen would pop up on the screen of your mind as if you were actually there.

This is an amazing mental factuality, but many of us allow it to unconsciously influence us in negative ways. As we climb the ladder to success in our lives – many of us allow our minds to focus on the worst possible outcome in our businesses, health, and goals.

We catastrophize forgetting our words while preparing for a speaking engagement. As business owners, we worry about finding our next customers. As professionals, we feel the feelings of the infamous imposter syndrome – fearing our coworkers or boss will somehow find out you’re somehow a “fraud.”

If our thoughts are the gateway and path that lead us toward our destiny, we must picture positive outcomes for our goals, problems, and dreams.

As Bob Proctor would say, “We think in pictures. Therefore, whatever you visualize, you attract.”

From a scientific perspective, we know that our thoughts directly influence our nervous system and the behaviors and actions we don’t and do take in life. This is because when we think, we install the neural pathway that the brain will use when the actual event occurs.

In other words, your brain is your supercomputer, and your thoughts or mental imagery is the program it will run.

So if you picture the worst possible outcome of your goals, your behaviors will be in alignment with what you believe about the goal.

Here’s a perfect example. Let’s say you have an upcoming speaking engagement and continue to worry or visualize yourself forgetting your words. When this happens, you unconsciously install the software to your mental framework that will make your behaviors and speaking posture less confident, making you more likely to forget your words when the actual event occurs.

We must visualize the goals and outcomes we intend to have in our experience. This is why every self-help author and speaker has continued to impress the importance of visualization.

Setting time aside to consciously visualize the desired outcome of your goals is like a superpower that will advance your life more rapidly. It’s just like daydreaming but consciously imagining the best sort of outcome to happen.

This concept isn’t new either. Athletes, artists, and performers have been visualization success for many years. For example, 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps, Walt Disney, Oprah, Will Smith, and Jim Carrey have all used some form of visualization or mental imagery to achieve their extraordinary success.

Michael Jordan is quoted as saying, “every time I feel tired while exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.”

Let’s dissect this. Jordan visualized his ideal picture of success, in this case, seeing his name on the list letting him know he made his high school varsity basketball team. After seeing his image clearly in his mind’s eye, this undoubtedly installed the mental framework or mindset that yielded him the behaviors that were conducive to his desired outcome. Thus, eventually achieving his goal.

Whatever you visualize in your mind, your behaviors reflect that. Good or bad. It’s your choice, so you might as well visualize your desired outcomes if you want results in your life.

Here’s an activity for you:

Each morning before rising out of bed, close your eyes and visualize your future success. See yourself winning the award. Picture your family and friends calling you and congratulating you on your success. Feel all of the emotions as if you have already achieved your goal. The more you do this, the better you get at it. Eventually, you will notice a shift in your mindset – thus yielding you the behaviors that help you achieve your desired outcomes.

Chazz Scott is a mindset & resilience expert. He trains leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to "unlock their inner wealth" to achieve their potential professionally and personally. Chazz is also the Executive Director & Chief Creative Optimist of Positively Caviar, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on building mental resilience through positive thinking and optimism to combat mental health stigmas in youth. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area. For more info, check out his weekly blog at www.chazzscott.com or download his latest free workbook to learn how to set better goals and build effective habits: download here.

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5 Simple Habits to Live A Less Chaotic, Happier Life

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Many of us spend our daily lives searching for happiness. We jump from one job to another, from one hobby to another, hoping to spark a sense of joy and purpose.

But it’s hard pursuing happiness. After all, life is full of frustration and can put a stopper to our feel-good days.

And it’s challenging to be happy when we are juggling the responsibilities of everyday life like work and relationships. While achieving happiness is arduous, it’s not impossible. Try out these 5 habits to enjoy life more and be happier.

1. Walk in Nature

Spending time in nature has always improved my mood. Taking a walk around my neighborhood park, surrounded by trees and vegetation, I enter a peaceful state of mind.

The worries previously weighing on my mind are suddenly lifted, and I feel an indescribable sense of joy.

Taking just 20 minutes out of my day to get a fresh breath of air is extremely relaxing. 

In our work culture that favors busyness, there is little room for calmness. We associate a busy schedule with how successful we are, which isn’t entirely true at all.

In fact, it might be a disaster in the making. All that stress and anxiety bottled up without an outlet—the outcome is obvious.

So getting in touch with nature is my go-to way of maintaining a proper work-life balance. It makes me energized and ready to blast through the rest of my day with optimism.

2. Smile More Often

I make it a habit to smile every day; they aren’t fake smiles but genuine ones. And they have become a regular part of my life.

What am I smiling at, exactly? It can be the night sky covered with shining stars, like fine quicksand. Or, it can be the flowers sprouting new leaves in spring.

I embrace everything with open arms. Even when I have a rainy day, I don’t let it ruin my momentum.

Regardless of what happens, a simple smile can brighten my day; and best yet, it’s completely free.

At some point, everyone can have a stressful day and feel burned out. So put up a smile. Even if you’re not a positive person, take a firm stance against negativity. Your daily life will surely burst with joy.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

3. Find Your Passion

Many people dive headfirst into a day job that doesn’t interest them. They do it just for the money, which only makes them more miserable.

People who aren’t attached to their work will find difficulty achieving happiness. They live in a gray and stale world devoid of positivity.

Listen to your heart. Ask yourself: What makes me feel enthusiastic and excited? This is a time to discover your hopes and dreams.

You have endless opportunities in this world. Start a business. Volunteer at a charity drive. Figure out your reason why.

Personally, I used to turn to real estate to earn dependable rental income. But there was no sense of fulfillment. That feeling soon reached a tipping point, which pushed me to re-prioritize everything.

I wanted to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Combining my interest in business and self-improvement, I pursued my passion for blogging. And I can’t be any happier about it.

Everyone needs something that keeps their life meaningful. It can be a source of light that helps us walk in the right direction.

So having goals and dreams makes us genuinely happy. Without them, it will be a long, treacherous journey.

4. Practice Gratitude

Some days we may not feel a shred of gratitude. We are overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of life where we seek perfection, one that is only full of success and wins.

However, that will only put you further away from happiness.

Take the time every day to pause and appreciate something in your life. What I find helpful is sitting down with a pen and paper.

I start with “I am grateful for…” It can be the appreciation for my afternoon cup of herbal tea. It can be the clear blue sky on a sunny day.

This routine sets up a support system that reinforces positive emotions. It reminds me that there are many things I’ve experienced in life and even more things that I’m grateful for.

Even if I have a bad day, I try my best to be grateful and encourage lasting joy.

So appreciate everything that enters your life—all the good and bad. You will see your mood elevate to an entirely new level.

5. Create Memories With Loved Ones

It can be tempting to focus all our time and energy on reaching valued goals. We say, “I’ll take it easy and spend time with loved ones after I’m successful.”

But what if that time never comes? What if, at some point, your loved ones are suddenly gone?

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Prioritize your loved ones today, not next year. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave any room for regret.

The cherished memories you make now will be a spark of joy. They can even be a source of motivation when shooting for goals.

As social creatures, sharing stories, feelings, and dreams can make us happy and fulfilled.

Living a solitary life is not for everyone. Although having some alone time is perfectly fine, you should still make memorable experiences with those close to you. They will be cherished within your heart for as long as you live.

The quest for lasting happiness can be daunting at times. We spend much of our time searching for it, almost giving up along the way.

But you need to see the bright side. Living a better and happier life isn’t a far-fetched dream; it’s within reach. Remember that happiness can come from the small habits and things you do daily.

If you want to lead the life you truly want, practice these 5 habits and be consistent every day. Don’t give up halfway. Once you do so, there will be nothing stopping you from enjoying life to the fullest.

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