Perhaps, you thought that you weren’t good enough, or clever enough, or intelligent enough, or lucky enough? Even though you wanted that goal to become a reality, there was also a part of you which resisted it reaching fruition (perhaps, without even realizing it!).
You didn’t achieve it not because you couldn’t achieve it but because you believed you couldn’t.
So, what can you do differently? How can you grasp hold of the self-belief and certainty you need to allow your goals to unfold successfully?
Mental conditioning is a powerful method of training your mind to work in a certain way which is advantageous to you. For example, imagery training allows you to visualize yourself achieving your goals, thereby training your mind to become more certain you’ll be successful.
On one of his Youtube videos, Tony Robbins said that “if you feel better, you’ll do better” and this is just one of the reasons why imagery training works.
The more you visualize yourself achieving your goal, the more positive you’ll feel about it. The more likely you’ll feel motivated to work towards achieving it. Not only that, but you can also rehearse the actions of working towards your goal. Helping you become better at it more quickly.
The technique of imagery training works to counteract all the various ways you can hold yourself back, such as doubting yourself and allowing negative beliefs about your abilities (either conscious or unconscious) to limit you. Imagery training develops and strengthens your belief about being capable of achieving your goals. It allows you to create a mindset that no matter what, your dreams will come true.
Write out each step of your goal in as much detail as you can.
Which actions will you take? How will you feel? What will you be thinking? Which kind of sensory experiences will you have (sight, smell, touch, taste and sound)? What will be happening in the world around you? What will you be wearing?
Once you have all these details written down, read through your notes a few times and become familiar with all the different aspects of your goal being achieved.
Once you’re familiar with the written version of your goal being achieved, you can start to visualize it unfolding in your mind. For this part of imagery training, try to picture yourself from outside of your body. Like you’re watching yourself in a movie.
Again, pay attention to as many details as you can, noticing what you look like and how your actions, choices and behaviours unfold.
The last part of this exercise is to visualize your goal being achieved from your own perspective. In your mind, create this experience in rich detail; actually feeling what it’s like to achieve your goal, hearing your thoughts about being successful and tuning in to sensory information. Try to picture this as though it’s truly happening. You can even visualize potential challenges and experience yourself overcoming them!
It’s important to remember that imagery training isn’t just something you can do once or twice. The power of this type of mental conditioning lies in its repetition; in practicing it so regularly that it feels natural and true. It might help you to think of it like training a muscle to grow by lifting weights- you will need more than just one short session to make a difference!
You may be wondering how imagery training actually works to condition the mind! Why is it that you can visualize yourself achieving your goal and your brain becomes more confident and certain about your success?
According to some research, mental practice creates similar changes in the brain as physical practice! In this study, participants were allocated to a control group (who didn’t practice playing piano), a physical practice group (who physically practiced playing the piano) and a mental practice group (who mentally practiced playing the piano). After five consecutive days, the control group showed no changes in their brains, while both the physical and mental practice groups showed similar changes in their brains.
So, not only does imagery training help you become more certain in your abilities to achieve your goals. It can also help you practice and create positive changes in the brain to increase your chances of success.
In this Youtube video, Tony Robbins says “it’s having that absolute certainty that makes you tap your full potential, take massive action, get massive results, be reinforced as a stronger belief- and that’s what makes you a star”.
So, next time you’re wondering how you can start working towards achieving a goal, start by conditioning your mind to believe you can do it using imagery training.
And don’t forget to get out there and start transferring your imagery training to reality!