If you've ever performed a part in a play, you know the more you actually
become the individual you are portraying, the more convincing you are to an audi-
ence. Internalizing this same role playing through visualization can often help you
solve problems or overcome impasses in your life.
As an exercise, think of someone you know or have heard about (past or present)
that would be most likely to solve a particular dilemma in your life. Now visualize
that person and step into his (her) shoes and fully associate yourself as being that
somebody looking through their eyes. Act out in your mind exactly what that person
would do to master your problem, step by step.
Of course, you already know the answer to your problem, but by transferring
yourself into the role of an acknowledged problem solver, you overcome the obstacle
of not seeing it as yourself, but as someone else instead. Once you feel how it feels
to solve your problem through visualization, you also realize what it will take to solve
that problem in the real world too.
Care must be taken with this exercise though, because every thought has an effect
on the universe. Actors and famous people are often thought about by so many
individuals that their minds must be constantly inundated with conflicting images
received from other minds -- both serene and perverse. In fact, many people who
have used this role playing technique have been utterly convinced that they were in
actual mind synch with the person they were fantasizing.
Experiments have shown that students in art classes can develop rapidly into
advanced, sophisticated artists under hypnosis, when they believed themselves to be
some famous painter of the past. Even in so doing they develop their own style and
ability. Through the technique of self-hypnotic time distortion (review "Exercise --
Learn Through Time Distortion"), you can even create lengthy sessions of instruction
and practice within only minutes of real time. Since a hypnotized person can
impersonate someone fairly accurately, you can do it too, even without hypnosis.
This practice of assuming beneficial roles can make big changes in your life.
After studying successful men and women in various fields of endeavor, it has
been found that there are fundamental behavioral traits that these people do over and
over again to achieve their success. Success leaves clues by way of certain mental
and physical characteristics that anyone can duplicate. If you do so, you'll produce
the same successful results without going through the years of trial and error their
originators did. Any form of human excellence can be duplicated in this way. Would you like to be more aggressive, wealthy, brainy, loving, etc.?
As an exercise, choose someone that can serve as your personal model of success.
Observe closely how they move, their posture, breathing pattern & muscle tension
and the tonality and speed of their speech pattern. Then, take action, and move in an
enthusiastic way with an effective strategy toward replicating the characteristics of the
person that you've observed as successful. You can also create an internal visual
image of this model person and step into it in a fully associated way and become that
person you wish to emulate.
As an experiment, the next time that you're at a party, choose someone to watch
and speak to. As you are doing this, replicate their body language, posture, breathing
and speech patterns, and see how favorable your rapport becomes with that person.
The quick rapport that you establish is because you are exactly like that person in so
many identical ways. This is just a small example of what can be done in a greater
way when you replicate the characteristics of a successful person in any field of