Tag Archives: NLP

Visualise to Succeed

18 Oct

Visualisation is an amazingly simple way to help us achieve our goals and get our desired outcome.  I have used this to great effect recently with one of my personal goals – running my first 10k race.

In the past I have had a real psychological barrier with running; I used to get out of breath very quickly and would often just give up and stop running after a very short time.  The furthest I had ever run was 5k and that was a struggle.

When I started studying hypnotherapy and NLP, I looked at my thought processes in more detail and realised that whenever I started running, I would be calculating in my head when I would stop for a break.  I would actually visualise myself stopping at a certain point and that is what always happened.  The consequence is that I got disheartened and convinced myself that I just couldn’t run.

So, time for a change!  I decided to enter my first 10k race and to achieve that I knew I had to alter my way of thinking.  Whenever I went for a run I would first visualise myself running the whole route, looking comfortable and still going strong at the end.  This had amazing results and the first time I used the technique I ran over 8km, much further than I had ever done before.

Yesterday I completed my 10k, much faster than I expected and I loved every minute of it!  Of course, I did plenty of training to get myself physically in condition, however, the mental element was crucial.  Before the race, I visualised myself completing the course and running over the finishing line in good time.

This may sound deceptively simple, but it works!  Think of something that you want to achieve and give it a go – just spend a few moments seeing yourself getting the outcome you want.  Whatever you focus on, you’ll get; so if you see yourself failing, you probably will.  See yourself succeeding and you really can achieve anything.

I’d love to hear your personal experiences of this, so get in touch and let me know how you get on…

A Different Perspective

30 Sep

I have been doing a lot of work over the last couple of weeks on perspective and it’s surprising how beneficial it can be to simply change your viewpoint on a particular situation.

Often when we are in a difficult situation it can seem overwhelming; negative thoughts and feelings stream into our mind and we can’t see any way out of it. However, there is a simple and effective technique we can use to mentally step back from the problem and gain some perspective.

When you are struggling with something or someone and perhaps you have woken up in the middle of the night and can’t get it out of your head, create a picture of the situation or person in your mind. Notice whether this picture is in colour and, if it is, change it to black and white. Once you have done this, start to make the picture dull and fuzzy, as if it has been dropped into a puddle. Finally, start to shrink the picture down and push it away from you until it becomes a small dot in the distance. Notice how you feel about the situation or person now – if you practise this technique, I guarantee you will feel better.

Allowing yourself to mentally step out of a situation and become a detached observer will often help you to see that it’s not overwhelming at all. You can cope with it – you just need to take a step back and get things into perspective. Using the above technique will start to train your unconscious mind to do this automatically, so why not use it the next time you’re finding something or someone difficult.

Let me know how you get on …..

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