There are two stages to making anything happen: getting something moving, and keeping something moving. Of the two, the ‘activation’ stage is the hardest. If you’ve ever driven into a ditch and tried to get unstuck, you know that to be true. Just getting something in motion can take a substantial amount of teeth-clenching grit. But once you do, the force of the motion, momentum, starts doing part of the work for you and it’s easier.
As a personal development coach, I work a lot with people who are stuck. Some people get stuck for a short period of time, others for longer. I’ve noticed a few characteristics of those who stay stuck for a while.
1) They spend time and energy focussing on how unfair it is that they’re in the ditch.
2) They beat themselves (or others) up for getting stuck.
3) They focus on the repercussions of being stuck—how it’s going to make them late, what their significant might say, etc.
All of these responses will just get your covered in more mud. And they’ll drain your energy and make it harder to do the one thing you need to do: get on the road again.
At times like this, visualization can be a veritable tow-truck.
People often underestimate the power of visualizaton for getting unstuck. But visualization gets you to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want and this will catalyze new solutions to flood into your mind. It will make you feel hopeful and more energetic for taking action. Lastly, because we live in a “Like attracts Like” universe, (that’s why people tend to return your smile when you give them one and stop complimenting you if you reject their positive compliments) visualization will prompt the Universe to get busy matching your vision.
Are you convinced yet? Start using it and see what happens. For greatest impact, it’s best to lay down the energetic foundation of what you want to create as clearly as you can. So, when you do a visualization, make it as vivid as possible. Using the car in the ditch example, imagine the feeling of the gas pedal on the ball of your right foot, the sound of the car engine as it speeds down the road, the satisfied feeling you’ll have in your belly when you’re driving away. Because soon you will be. And when you are, you won’t be drained by letting the rats of negative thinking feed on your energy field.
Visualization is one of many tools I discuss in my new book, Find Your Inner Gold, 21 Powerful Tools to Bring Back Your Shine. I wrote the book because I wanted to offer more people the tools I use in my coaching practice. My vision is to teach people how to self-modulate and become more self-empowered to create soul-satisfying lives.
The book is getting great reviews, but one I particularly liked this week was:
“Pure gold. It’s more than a ‘must-read’, it’s an eternal read, a loving resource book and a joyous gift to the soul.” Nancy Falconer.