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Using Creative Visualization for Personal & Professional Development

Life Coach Kansas City, professional development trainingSylvia Hall
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If you missed my last post it was all about using meditation to create new habits.

I am making a serious effort to meditate more and am encouraging my clients to do the same. The benefits have been scientifically proven and can be felt almost immediately. The real question is why not meditation?!

In this post, however,  I am going to be talking about a different practice. This post is all about something I am calling "creative visualization."

Meditation and creative visualization are somewhat similar but definitely still different. My recommendation would be to incorporate both of them into your life!

Did you know... the brain can not tell the difference between something real and something imagined? Science has proven this through numerous studies.

One study involved a group of runners. One group of runners actually ran. The other group imagined running. In both groups, the same areas of the brain lit up with 'activity.' 

The power of our subconscious mind is so much greater than most of us realize.  

So, what can we do with this information? How can we use it to help us in our personal and professional lives?

Using Creative Visualization for Personal & Professional Development

Cue: Creative Visualization.

Creative visualization allows us to use the power of our subconscious mind to create more of what we want.

If the brain truly cannot differentiate between something real and something imagined, we can use our minds to help us create any result we desire. 

This is where those cheesy sayings like 'if you can believe it, you can achieve it' come in. 

Because it's the real deal. 

By spending even three to five minutes 'inside our minds' visualizing the results we want, we can become who we wish to become.

First in our inner world and then in the outer world.

To visualize creatively means to spend time intentionally imagining yourself already having your desired result.

If you want to be a more compassionate and patient parent, then you imagine yourself being compassionate and patient with your kids. 

If you want to make more money, then you imagine yourself as someone who's making more money.

If you want to start a successful business, then you spend time visualizing yourself as someone who has a successful business. 

Most people spend their 'inner world time' agonizing over the past or worrying about the future. This is a total waste of imagination.

Creative visualization as a practice puts our imagination to work for us.

What area of your life would you like to change through creative visualization? Pick one. Try it.

Just imagine, though, what you could create by visualizing the best case scenario for every aspect of your life?!?

- Sylvia

 

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How to Create New Habits

Life Coach Kansas City, professional development trainingSylvia Hall

At the very core -- my coaching and training work is about creating change. If my clients don't have a problem they want to change, then I don't have a client. 

And, along the same idea of embracing change-- is the idea of creating new habits (and/or breaking old ones).

Creating change and creating new habits goes hand in hand. 

Did you know you should not just STOP a 'bad' habit, but instead you should replace it with something 'better?'

For instance.... someone who is trying to stop smoking might switch over to chewing gum. And someone who wants to stop drinking so much coffee might switch over to tea.

Swapping habits works better than just stopping the 'bad' habit.

But, as we both already know... change is rarely simple or easy. Even with 'the swap trick.'

If we want to create lasting change, we have to change the way we think, which changes the way we feel, which changes the way we act. 

The above 'equation' is the only way to create lasting change.

So how do we create space for this kind of change?

To think, feel, and act in a new direction requires our precious attention and energy.

Throughout my research, I've found the most effective way to embrace a big change is to utilize the power of meditation.

Meditation means something different to everyone, but in essence it's role is to calm the mind.

Why calm the mind? Well, if you haven't noticed, it can be a noisy place up there. Most of the noise is going to go against the change. The brain does not like change. The brain likes what's easy. Habits are easy because the brain has memorized how to act. 

The great news? Despite the "fight" our brains put up, we can, indeed, change. Science has proven our brains have a 'plasticity' to them which means we can reshape and rewire them.

That means: you aren't simply who you are and how you are. You are, actually, who you choose to be. 

I've really started to incorporate meditation into my life and into my teachings because of how effective it is. Meditation allows us to become intentional about who we want to be.

I usually prefer guided meditations (as opposed to 'just silence.'). But try it all out. See what's best for you

If you're not familiar, a guided meditation is simply a recording which walks you through the process of calming the mind.

If you're ready to create some sort of change in your life, consider trying meditation. Even as a little as 5 minutes a day can have massive effects.

I would love to hear how it goes!

-Sylvia

 

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Understanding the Process of Change

Sylvia Hall

Alternate & possibly Preferred Title:

COLA LIGHT & KARTOFFELCHIPS

It didn't take long for me to notice the difference between who I am now and who I was six years ago when I was last in Germany. 

But it wasn't me who first pointed it out!

Instead, it was my cousin who said 'last time you were here, all you had was Cola Light and Kartoffelchips.'   

I shifted my glance over to him, as I took a big, ol' drink of my green organic smoothie.

And we laughed.


Six years ago I definitely wasn't reading any nutrition labels and I certainly didn't have any concerns about the effect food might have on my wellbeing.

(Yes, it did take me a while to come to my senses but a year or so back, I broke-off my long-time love affair with Diet Coke-- COLD TURKEY.)

But, I've been increasingly intrigued by the impact of food on our health. My mind was blow to learn that what we eat speaks to our genes. We aren't doomed to the fate of our family genetics. We can eat healthy, real, whole foods to turn on or turn off certain genes. Isn't that wonderful!?! 

Food is, quite literally, information.

Anyway, my favorite part of this story is how delayed and gradual my change seemed to me... compared to the drastic change my German family noticed.

It helped me to realize: change may seem slow at first, but it can quickly become exponential.

Since I was here last...

I had another child.

I struggled through postpartum depression.

I became a life coach.

I was told I had cancer. (I didn't.)

I experienced another dark night of the soul.

I had my thyroid taken out.

... and from all the above (and then some) I experienced a major shift in my commitment to my health.

It took a little shake-up to realize-- without my health (physical, mental, and spiritual), I had nothing left give to the world, my family, or myself.

Quitting diet coke no loner felt like a chore, it felt like a golden key to feeling better. 
The same for lessening my sugar.
The same for increasing my intake of real, WHOLE foods. 

In the beginning, taking on change can seem difficult or even impossible .... my own mentor Brooke Castillo calls it 'the river of misery.'

And honestly-- the river of misery is where most people stop. It gets uncomfortable. It gets frustrating. And we give up. 

But if we increase our awareness about what we're thinking and feeling, we can see the river of misery as a rite of passage.

The discomfort of change can even be seen as a sign along the path-- letting us know we are on the right track.

The discomfort is pretty much a necessary part of the process.

But! And that's a really big but.... when what we want outweighs the the thing we think we can't live without, change takes on an entirely different shape. 

And if we really zoom out, we can see how much we have changed and how our personal WHY is the best bridge EVER to carry us over that 'river of misery.'

 

- Sylvia

 

 

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