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Creative Visualisation - What Dr. Spock Wouldn't Teach You About Business

Michelle Dale - Friday, April 17, 2015

Creative visualisation (basically seeing a goal in your imagination), no matter what way you slice it, doesn't always go down well with the Dr. Spock types who are more invested in the "only logical" aspects of developing a business, I think it's because they struggle with the lack of tangible evidence that it works - which of course is completely understandable, but stay with me here...

Some people tend to be more bent on logical than creative, and when given a task to use creative visualisation, many feel really at ease with it, and others tend not to, as it may not come easily to them.

I recently responded to a question on creative visualisation, based on an exercise I'd set for a group of people in one of my online workshops. In a nutshell I wanted them to visualise a goal, and have someone ask the question, "How did you achieve it?" - they were to respond with their answer.

Someone asked the question, "I know it's going to take practice and I've tried a couple of times to visualise what my life will be like and start to see travel and a relaxed me enjoying more free time ... Then I get to the part of a friend asking me how I did it and I'm stumped, nothing comes and me."

This happened to me too when I first started (I was very Spocky - beam me up), until I really stuck at it and was able to let go a little to 'possibility'.

Creative Visualisation is like going to the gym, you won't go once or twice and then be ready for a body building competition, you need to build your creativity like you build a muscle, so it simply requires practise, and when you can't think of an answer, don't sweat it.

Think back to when you were a kid, actually it's easier for me to use my own kids here - when they're role playing a game, they never get stuck and say, "Well we can't continue the game because I can't figure out a way to rescue the princess from the tower surrounded by all those dragons." That would be trying to logically think about how they were going to play out the game - they simply let their imaginations flow, invented a flying unicorn to jump on, that breathed fire, killed all the dragons and rescued the princess - seems perfectly reasonable to me as a possible solution, and they act it out without the pressure of 'being right'. 

"Creative Visualisation is removing the pressure of being right" @Miss_Friday - Click To Tweet

Creative Visualisation is removing the pressure of being right, because there's no right way - it's about starting to imagine the various possibilities, no matter how far fetched they may seem, it's working the creative muscle that you'll need on your side to see the goal through.

So, how did you do it?

Well I was £2,500 in credit card debt and I needed to pay the bill and had no money, so I kept telling myself I'd somehow find a way, even though my income was capped and I was already working 45 hours a week. One day I saw a lottery ticket on the ground outside a newsagents so I picked it up, even though it was completely disgusting, and took it in to be checked, and I won £2,500 on the ticket and paid off the credit card.

Sound a little far fetched? Not really when it's a true story, which happened to me in my early twenties ;-)

I Dare YOU to see the possibilities.

Do you use creative visualisation? Let me know what you think of it below okay :-)

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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