Mental Rehearsal vs. Expectations

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  1. Great post. 🙂 My therapist talks about how hopeful thinking has been proven to change our brain pattern. It actually works to help us improve our mood and state of mind. So I try to envision a hopeful future for myself. And some days that pass, I feel I’m a little closer to that image.

  2. Great article. I found when working with people that creating a picture in their mind of what they want to achieve, say a new job. Picture in their mind what their new job looks like to them, add sounds and smells, make the picture as bright and colourful as possible. Really experience what it feels like to achieve the new job. And, of course, when creating the picture, make sure to add yourself to it.

    Once the picture is there, with all the colour, sounds and smells, make it brighter and really see, feel and hear what it is like. Then turn around and look back at the journey, notice the obstacles, mistakes if any that were made. And this helps to make sure those are not made again.

    Having this vision in your head works so well and has helped many a person to gain a new job or whatever they were aiming for,

  3. blogventer says:

    Ditto what your other commenters said: this was a very interesting post-topic. Cool! 🙂

  4. gemmautting says:

    Dear Lisa,
    Wonderful! Great ideas, interesting juxtapositions (sport science and relationships), and succinct.
    I’m particularly interested in how to help boost this ability in folks:
    ” effectiveness depends upon one’s ability to be self-aware and monitor one’s responses to stimuli.” So true.
    While I have many many clients who are able to understand and love themselves, and then insert that “pause” between stimulus and response, I tend to also have one or two who stall-out here. They understand the only person they have any hope of controlling is themselves, but even this proves elusive. That ability to “be the one who watches” is tough to teach and tougher to grasp. I’m keen to use this sports-related visualization technique with them. It can be hard for someone who has been deeply hurt to let go of the thought / image “But I’m right!” and instead allow “So what? Now what? Can I envision myself staying in integrity and still reaching out effectively? What might that look like?”
    Insights from you and your readers most welcomed! Thanks for this forum, Warmly, Gemma

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