The big visualization lie exposed
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Do you feel left out because you don't do any visualization exercises when all the gurus tell you that you should?
Frankly, if you listen to youtube videos, this seems to be the only way to achieve anything in this life.
Now, what if you are the only idiot in the room who doesn't wake up at 5 am to go meditate and visualize?
Not a good feeling right? it seems like you are missing out on something big.
Now, what if all of this was just a big fat lie and that there were other ways of achieving the same result that doesn't involve turning into a monk?
This is what we are going to explore in this episode and I know that a lot of you guys are going to love it
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I wanted to talk to you about something that you've heard from a lot of people who told you, you need to do this, you need to do that. I'm talking about visualization exercises.
So visualization, you need to visualize that life that you want or the relationship that you want and all that kind of stuff. And it will manifest itself and it will happen.
I have never actually done any visualization exercises. Some people do it every day. So they have this vision board, for example, and you visualize yourself in this situation and stuff. It does work for some people, I guess it doesn't work for me because I've never done it. So maybe it will work. I have no idea.
My first thought was, well, it's a bunch of B.S. and you must prove it. There are some studies actually that have been done on, I think it was basketball player.
And so they had players and basically had people shooting free throws. Right. And a group that didn't train at all. They were like, you are forbidden from training, don't touch the ball or anything. Right.
There was another group who was training. So they were training like hard to master the movement of free throws and stuff. And then the third group wasn't training, but was visualizing kind of like the ball going in.
And then afterwards they had them actually go and shoot. And what they found out was that the well, obviously the people who did train came first. But the people that did visualization, were very, very close to the people who actually trained, which was very surprising.
So the thing is, your brain doesn't necessarily know the difference between fiction and reality. So if you're basically telling your brain, OK, let's do this, for the brain, it is actually doing the repetition itself.
You're not doing it physically. But still, your brain is recording the information. And this is why these people were able to score higher. And also, this is really interesting.
You know, maybe that visualization thing works after all, OK, until one day I did this exercise, I was following a course of Tony Robbins. And he had this visualization exercise where it actually blew my mind, like, honestly, because I was very sceptical. I was super sceptical, actually.
But this thing is hard because the hardest thing is not to visualize stuff, but to convince yourself that you actually believe in it. OK, I can visualize that I fly like Superman, but if I don't believe it, it's not going to happen.
And the first hurdle, the first wall that you need to go over when you're doing visual visualization exercises is that you need to kind of like convince yourself and believe what you're visualizing.
The big visualization lie exposed
OK, so, well, I completely kind of like gave up the visual stuff because for me, you know, as much as I have been amazed by the exercise, it was just too out there for me.
You know, there's no kind of like substance to it or anything. Even though I'm telling you about the studies and stuff, it's just not my thing until I realized something very recently and I wanted to share that with you.
There is actually an alternative to this that you might actually be doing right now and you don't even know it. I'm talking about planning. If you do some planning, for example, or so you're creating a plan, you're creating a workflow, you're creating a process or anything.
What are you actually doing? You're visualizing what this thing will look like, OK? It’s the exact same thing. This is the equivalent of visualization. OK, you’re basically visualizing stuff and theoretically constructing the model in your head.
OK, so that afterwards it's easier to do. OK, so the only thing you have to remember about visualization, because I think a lot of people are kind of like giving you the wrong impression or something. Visualization only does one thing. It does one thing which is making sure that when you encounter this situation, it won't be the first time you see it.
You practice it 300 times in your head, obviously, when that happens, yeah, it's a little bit different. But still, if you have prepared it so many times in your head, you will know what to do. It's not a foreign situation.
OK, so that's all visualization does.