How To Avoid Negative Imagery When Visualizing Future Goals
Avoid Negative Imagery
Have you ever tried visualization techniques where you imagine something that you really want but your mind brings up images that are not supportive? Perhaps you’re imagining a nice calm meadow and then suddenly the heavens open and it pours on your peace. Or maybe you’re picturing the new home you want only to see a giant with big feet smash the image to pieces?
Here’s one of my examples – before I successfully purchased my sailboat I knew exactly what I wanted. I imagined a 35’ to 40’ sailboat, white hull, two bedrooms, a bathroom and small little kitchen. I could go into massive details, but essentially I imagined the type of boats I’ve been on in the past for sun-sail vacations. While visualizing I would at first find myself excited. I would smell the sea air, feel a sense of freedom, and enjoy the open expanse of water. I would see the beautiful boat sailing with full sails and hear the water rapping up against the hull.
And then I’d see a storm come and swallow the boat up into a black abyss OR I’d visualize the boat falling off a cliff of water waking me from my imagery exercise with a fright!
What I realized was happening was my intentions led me to imagine what I wanted but then something kicked in and said, ‘no Kim…you can’t have that.’ Once that ‘you can’t have it’ idea reared it’s ugly head, my visualization would take a turn for the worse. I then thought, how can I avoid negative imagery as this must be hindering my progress.
Does that ever happen to you? (If it does, please write a comment below as I’d like some kind of reassurance that I’m normal! Hehehe)
Anyway, this exercise is very useful if you know what you want but you’re having troubles visualizing it without negative imagery coming up.
When using visualization techniques do you often start off positive yet end up negative?
First imagine what you want and make it as real as you possibly can. Use all your senses and visualize yourself in your body looking out from your eyes rather than look at yourself. If you can’t see clearly or you see yourself rather than looking out from your eyes, that’s fine…just go with the flow and feel how it feels to have what you want. Pay attention to what you see, smell and hear. And direct your imagination to picture the best possible scenario.
When things start taking a turn, make a conscious note of it and prevent yourself from getting sucked into the imagery. Decide that you’re controlling the visualization and choose to imagine the negative thought fading out or put the visualization on a wipe board and erase it. You can also tell your mind to make it small and reduce it down to the bottom of your visual field – like you do when you reduce a screen on your computer.
While fading out, reducing, eliminating, or pushing away the negative element that has crept in, choose to bring back the images of what you want but make them even brighter and better than they were before. Add in loads of positive emotion and really pretend that you have what you want and you feel how you’re going to feel when you have it. Bask in all those good feelings. Then finish up your visualization session and know that by making your thoughts more vivid and real – and reducing any negative elements – you’re increasing your ability to create the reality that you want.
You have control over your beliefs, thoughts, ideas and all the visuals that support your imagination. Remind yourself of your power and use it.
Kim Brown helps people to find their life’s purpose and exponentially increase their fulfillment. To get started read Kim’s book, ‘How Life Really Works: The Answer to Finding your Purpose & Personal Fulfillment’