Let's face this: it is not every day and everywhere that we feel energized, positive and motivated. On such days that can even sometimes prolong into weeks or months we all definitely need a 'cheerleader' to push us out of the dumps. "But it is here where the problem actually stems for," says Jyotika Mahajan, a psychiatrist who practices in the national capital.
"Given mounting work pressures and other social obligations, most well meaning people in our inner circle of friends and family are unable to extend this much needed support. In my years of clinical practice, I have witnessed that when this external motivation is conspicuously absent many (though not all) people get into a whirlwind of self defeating thoughts and eventually lose their zeal and enthusiasm in terms of their short and long term goals. Sadly, many even give up on their dreams," explains Mahajan.
According to Mahajan and many other mental health experts the power of positive visualization is one of the techniques that can avert this unfavorable outcome. Simply stated, visualization is nothing but creating and consistently strengthening a mental image about a pleasant and desired future event. For instance if you want to someday end up as a film director you can and should visualize yourself directing on a film set or maybe receiving a coveted award for direction.
"Here is the catch. Positive visualization genuinely translates into our mental wellbeing only if it is aligned with our conscious life goals. If you are a non creative person who is happy in a technical profession (and you consciously have milestones determined for yourself in your field) then visualizing about being an actor or director (merely because you happen to enjoy watching movies) is daydreaming and not positive visualization," shares Mahajan.
Positive visualization genuinely translates into our mental wellbeing only if it is aligned with our conscious life goalsPositive visualization automatically uplifts a person and makes him or her look beyond the challenges and difficulties of the present in relation to the goal or dream. "It also helps to dispel anxiety, mental confusion and substantially reduces the need for external validation and encouragement," shares Mahajan.
However, some people have an inherent condition called aphantasia whereby they are unable to conjure mental images. Therefore for this category of people it makes sense to create a vision board. A vision board is nothing but a collection of photographs and images that remind you of your goals and help you stay focused. For example if you are trying to grow a beautiful terrace garden you might create a vision board of images of your dream garden.
Positive visualization has a synergistic relationship with positive affirmations. However, most people frame their visualizations as things they want to happen rather than as things they believe will happen. If you want to be successful it is critical to make this transition. In other words converting your desires into beliefs is an important and effective visualization technique.
Therefore, when you are visualizing yourself achieving a significant milestone tell yourself that I will achieve this instead of my goal is to achieve this. "The former actually is an affirmation that reinforces self confidence and conviction while the latter is just really a thought or desire," explains Mahajan. So the next time you feel disillusioned do try these simple visualization techniques for every defeat is ultimately in the mind.