Welcome back to the GaijinWorks International Business Coaching blog! I hope you are finding this series on how to create clarity valuable so far. We have several more useful blogs on clarity up our sleeves, so stay tuned for those over the upcoming weeks. And as always if you would like to hear more about anything in particular, use your voice and write it to me in the comments below. I want to make sure that the things I’m creating speak to you, and the comments are a great way to find out how what I’m making is impacting your life, so please don’t hold back.
Today I am going to teach you how to create clarity through one of the most powerful techniques in the change-your-life toolbox: the act of visualization. We first introduced you to the idea of visualization back when we launched our time management affirmations challenge. (If you missed it, you can find it here.) Several of our affirmations focused on how to change your perspective in what you see in order to make your very own time. Today we are going to take this idea of visualization even further and create your very own future—several versions of it, in fact.
Visualization can be a very transformative way to create clarity for yourself. But it can take discipline to do it properly. The best visualizations are born from a semi-meditative state, one where we are locked in a balanced dance between ourselves and something even greater—which as all of us with “monkey brains” know, it’s not always easy to go deep enough to reach that transcendent place.
Most of the time, we stay at surface level, distracted by our every day thoughts, our to-dos, our Facebooks, our families, our bodies, our lunches and more. We exist separate and disconnected from our cores, our hearts, our values, our joy, and it is living this way that makes it so hard for us to create clarity at all. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We have been blessed with the ability to tap into a crystal clear voice within us that lays buried, waiting to be called upon. And that voice is wise and calm and ready to disperse wisdom when we need it most. Accessing our internal guidance through visualization is a key way to create clarity.
Start with an idea of a possible future you could build for yourself. What does it look like? What does it smell like? What does it feel like? Who is with you? What takes place here? Play a cinematic movie in your head and watch it all unfold before you. Perhaps things will come up that you hadn’t considered when you toyed with this future before. You may learn something new about yourself—something that works, or something that doesn’t. Think about all of the choices you will have to make if you lived this life. If you made one decision vs. another, what would that look like for you? Press yourself into the details. Follow them and see where they lead.
Walk yourself down this path of visualization as it would look over the span of 3 months. Then 6 months. Then a year. Then two years. Then five years. I want you to really imagine how it would all play out and then use those discoveries to create the clarity you have been seeking.
Your visualization will be different than someone else’s. For me, imagining myself as a rock and roll star sounds like a nightmare. As I visualize it, I can tell that the lifestyle would be too fast-paced. But if you are young and single and have an incredible voice, a future in rock and roll might be exactly what you’re supposed to do. There are no right and wrong revelations in visualization; it’s all about how it feels to you.
Do you like what you’ve discovered in your visualization? Did anything surprise you about it? Is it inline with what you would ultimately like to create? How does it stack up against other potential futures? Visualize your future choices B and C as well. Consider this a fact-finding mission. Remember, you are essentially doing the dirty work in your head in advance of doing it in reality. So, dig yourself through the pros and the cons and stay with them even if they are uncomfortable, because there is no substitute for being truly present when you are trying to create clarity.
If you want to go even further in your quest to create clarity, you can follow your visualization with a writing practice. Keep a journal and smooth ballpoint pen nearby and capture the insights you gleaned during your visualization on a crisp, white page. It will allow you to explore their meanings and answers more thoroughly than simply thinking about them would. Once you have mastered your future in your mind, it is time to bring it to life.
If you stay in action, no matter what actions those are, you WILL get results. If you do nothing, you are guaranteed nothing. And you deserve a lot more than that. Don’t wait until the end of your life to consider how you want to live it. Create clarity for yourself now through visualization and then allow it all to reveal itself to you.
In the comments below, let us know what you are visualizing today.