Activity Visualization

Research has shown that when hypnotized subjects were convinced they pos-
sessed a certain skill, they improved in that skill when they acted out the role under
hypnosis. For instance, if a hypnotized subject was told he was a chess master, his
chess playing ability improved dramatically under hypnosis. Studies have also
revealed that when slower students were treated as if they were bright students, they
performed better as well. The idea with both of these examples is that the more you
are convinced that you can perform a certain way, the better you will respond in that
direction.
If there is a special activity coming up in a few days, visualize how you want it to
go. If you are troubled about the potential outcome of the event, work on all the areas
that you feel could be troublesome, and have them come out perfectly in your mind.
If you're playing a ball game, speaking in front of people, bowling in a tournament,
going with someone you like to a special place, driving to the beach or attending your
first ballroom dance -- run over the activity first on a mental 'movie' and see yourself
going through the activity, step by step, in a calm and successful manner. Do this
several times a day for each day prior to the event.
You can do this in a high speed time distorted fashion, and even slow it down to
smooth out any imperfections (review "Exercise -- Time Distortion"). Doing a
visualization before an activity allows you to feel more confident and expectant about
a particular outcome. If you have trouble with this visualization, think of someone
who is very good at the activity you're visualizing. Then imagine yourself as that
person doing the activity. You can consciously involve yourself even further by
acting as that person in reality when you do the activity.
When facing a new challenge with which you have not yet acquired the necessary
skills, imagine yourself going into the future and uniting with your future self,
drawing to yourself the knowledge that that future self holds. Imagine yourself 1
year or 5 years from now looking back at today and viewing the overall picture.
Now link with your future self and that perspective and see how much easier it is to
make decisions in today’s time. You can even imagine you are talking to your future
self with that future perspective. Time is the only thing that separates the two. Your
future self is real and can help you know what to do right now and how to get where
you want to go more quickly. Practicing these exercises will produce astonishing
improvement.