Increasing numbers of people who are successful
in their careers are using visualisation to achieve their ambitions.
How it Works
The brain has difficultly distinguishing an
actual experience and one which is vividly imagined. Strong
visual pictures produce bodily reactions simular to that produced
by actual physical execution of the situation.
Consequently, if we can see ourself achieving
in a particular way it is nearly the same as the actual performance.
The Basic Steps
1. Have a clear and precise
picture of what you want to achieve.
2. Spend time daily, in relaxed
and quiet situations, visualising what it is you want to be
able to do or happen. Use your ability to dream and visualise.
3. Trust your imagination quietly waiting upon
your future success.
Areas for Career Visualisation
1. Successful performance
Seeing yourself do well.
See yourself managing everything well and
3. Goal setting
Ensuring a clear picture of what you want
Henry Ford once said:
“If you think you
can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”
Affirmations work in the same way. Everyone
has ‘voices’ in their head to remind them of who
they are and how they should behave. Some call it conscience,
Freud called it the Super Ego, Burns called it ‘the parent
To a certain extent we are and behave in the way we tell ourselves
what we are. Affirmations take advantage of this psychological
Get Imagining your Sucess
1. Visualise what you want
to be. Be as specific as you can.
2. Construct a statement
in the present tense (I am a …) using the specific elements
of point 1 above.
3. Repeat the statement subvocally
to yourself with as much conviction as possible at frequent
Some people initially think that affirmations
are just part of psychobabble and dismiss them. If you fit into
this category start with small inconsequential affirmations
and see how effective they can be.
Examples of an Affirmation
“I am a successful
(put in job title) who is particularly skilled in (put in competencies
required for the job) who enjoys a balanced and satisfying life”.
example: Some 15 years ago one of the Transcareer team
decided to have a significant career change and was encouraged
to construct an affirmation. This was done mainly to satisfy
his friend’s enthusiasm rather than any confidence
in the process. The affirmation was:
“I am an International Management
psychologist and author working in the Pacific rim”
At that time this individual was working in industrial
relations, had failed English Language at school six
times and had never worked outside Britain. He has now
published 18 books, worked in four continents and the
main thrust of his work is in psychology. Affirmations
do not do it for you, and there is no escaping the hard
work required for achievement but affirmations certainly
keep you focused.