Practice the Technique Top Performers Use to Achieve Any Goal Posted on January 3, 2019 by admin Actors use it as the heart of their craft. And, corporate leaders use it to envision bold new services and products for their companies. But, did you know that you can use it to overcome anxiety and dependence, create new habits, examine decisions, and welcome the experiences your soul needs? You can apply this technique to any target you have, such as creating a successful company, finding your life partner, growing a deeper relationship with your current life partner, cultivating health, engaging in self-care practices like eating well, meditating, or exercising, or any creative job you would like to accomplish. The method is”Mental Rehearsal.” In this post, you’ll learn the steps of the powerful tool for personal change. The Science Behind the Technique The premise is simple: imagining a desirable experience creates the exact same neural networks in your body and mind that having an experience in”real life” does. By mentally rehearsing an experience you groove the nerve pathways to more readily welcome an experience in your life. What you could imagine in full sensory detail you more easily become. You use your imagination all the time to imagine experiences you would like and dread experiences you do not want. The purpose of Mental Rehearsal is to consciously pave the way for experiences you desire by imagining yourself immersed in the felt experience”As If” you’re living it right now. In a nutshell, Mental Rehearsal familiarizes you with the felt experiences you want to have, so you can recognize them, choose them, and grow them in your life. It also helps you make decisions by imagining what different choices feel like and weighing your sensed responses. For example, does this option feel light and energized or does it feel heavy and burdensome? Now, you might not feel worthy of the experiences you need or may not believe they are possible for you. By mentally rehearsing these experiences, you learn how to become comfortable imagining yourself having them. To create this practice more successful, you can imagine not only the experience you desire, but also significant steps you take to get there. This makes taking these measures feel easier and more doable. It’s important to note that imagining a specific experience doesn’t mean this specific experience will occur exactly as you envision it to be. Life may have even greater plans for you-ones you might not have imagined. What’s important is to envision the experience you would like, given what you know at this time, and meditatively engage in immersing yourself in this adventure”As If” you’re living it. This generates the identical state of being as though the experience was occurring in real life. And, it generates the same neural pathways in your body and mind. As soon as you are immersed in your preferred state of being, it becomes a filter through which you can recognize and choose similar encounters in real life. Cultivating this state of being a magnet that draws similar experiences to you. How to Practice Mental Rehearsal Start by asking your heart for an experience you’d like to have. Close your eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and envision the specific details of this adventure, such as where you are, who you’re with, what you are saying, and what you’re doing. Step into this film”As If” you are taking these actions. Feel the experience with all your senses. Is there any way you want to change the experience to discharge this resistance? As soon as you have the experience fully present with you in a way that feels good, imagine three steps you take to this experience from where you are now in your life. Do this in reverse time order, starting with a step you take just before coming on your desired experience. Imagine another thing you take just before this one. And, finally, envision a step you take to initiate this entire process from where you are now to where you want to be. For a simple example, say I wish to make a putt in golf. (Note: These three steps can become a routine for the actual putting of a ball in a real golf game, in addition to a tool for Mental Rehearsal.) Notice any challenges to taking these steps and imagine how you could address these challenges. Run the three steps ahead, from where you are now to your desired experience. Then, rest at the sensation of your preferred experience again, so you absorb it. Set your intention to live from this state of being and welcome adventures that grow this for others and yourself. Keep in mind you don’t have to imagine this absolutely. You don’t have to get all the steps right. And, it doesn’t have to feel amazing at first (though it can). You might even find you envision failing. By way of example, when I first imagined myself making a putt in golf, the putt lipped out and I did not make it. That’s O.K.. You can pick yourself up and try again. See if you can relax more and try less. Welcoming new experiences takes practice. If you feel resistance, unworthiness, or some other uncomfortable feeling about this whole process, I encourage you to just observe and accept these feelings as they arise. Breathe through them and detect any ways they shift as you pay attention to them with calm, inquisitive, acceptance. You might ask yourself what’s underneath these feelings that is important to admit. See if it is possible to look at Mental Rehearsal as an exploration, a match in your creativity, and an enjoyable way to step outside your usual view of yourself and life, so it is possible to imagine something new, exciting, and emotionally compelling. You are using untapped creative tools to step in the life your soul desires. Enjoy your practice!