Have you ever wondered why successful people in all walks of life have a vision of what they want to achieve? The general public tend to worry about things they don't want to happen, but what would happen if they just focused on the successful things that were about to happen, would they not be inspired? In many Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) exercises, they ask you to visualise or 'act as if' a difficult task or goal has already happened. This means that if you have visualised yourself, or acting as if you have already done a certain future task many times before, in a confident and inspiring manor, the task will no longer seem as daunting or frightening as it did previously. Here are a few tips to help you;
Many people have a tendency to be driven by the carrot or the stick mechanism, meaning either driven towards with a reward (carrot) or chased away from (stick). The carrot way will have a tendency to make you feel inspired, motivated and easier to take action towards your goals, where as the stick is less so. Take five or 10 minutes every morning to quietly focus on your day ahead. Visualise a positive happy experience where you overcome any setbacks, and achieve all your goals with ease.
No matter what your goals are, inevitably you will face obstacles and setbacks. Focus on your goal and what you have in stall for the future with positive visualisations. Don't let these obstacles get in your way of your success.
When leading a team, maintaining motivation is a vital part of keeping members positive in your future planning. Regularly reminding them of the positive vision of the future is a vital part of inspirational leadership. Set aside time each week to talk about the overall business goals, making sure that everyone is on the same page. Including your team in the bigger picture will make them feel happier and increase their well-being.
Focusing on what has gone well, instead of what has gone wrong can make people feel happier and more productive, spreading the love within the teamwork. A simple way to introduce this is to start each team meeting by reviewing all of the success stories.
By positive visualisation you will execute your skills successfully, rather than spending time worrying about making mistakes and imagining a situation going terribly. For example public speaking, by practicing visualisation of speaking with confidence, clarity, and composure, you will automatically act as your positive visualisation when the time comes to perform the speech.
I got my inspiration to write this article from Martin Robert Hall who has wrote a book called 'How Leaders make it happen'. An absolute must read!