Effective Mind Sculpting For Life Coaching

The key to using mind sculpting effectively for life coaching is to make the visualization as complete and real as possible. Include all of the sensory factors: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

In the example of confronting your boss, you need to picture yourself in your boss’ office. See as many details as possible. What sounds do you hear, what words does he say, what do you smell in the office? Once you have that picture, practice looking all around you while in that place and maintain the visualization.

Now imagine your boss is there with you and what he says that usually flips your switch. Recognize what emotion rises to the surface. If it’s a negative emotion, such as fear or anger, consciously replace it with calmness and serenity.

Interjecting emotion is an essential part of mind sculpting, because your body’s physical reactions key off of that emotion. If you allow yourself to be angry or upset, your body will respond by getting tense, which is likely to give you a shorter fuse. But if you teach yourself to respond with calmness, your body will react by relaxing and when you’re relaxed you’re better able to think clearly.

You’ve probably heard that “practice makes perfect,” but top athletes and experts know that it should really be “perfect practice makes perfect.” If you practice using poor or ineffective techniques, your results will be less than stellar, and you might actually be ingraining some bad habits into your performance.

Visualization is very similar. For it to work effectively, you have to visualize yourself doing the right things in the right way. If you are not sure about the proper technique you should use, or the right actions to take for a particular situation, it’s better to get that straightened out first, through lessons or training, before investing your time in mental practice.

Internal Vs. External Perspectives For Life Coaching Visualization

Some people use an external perspective to do their visualizing. This means they visualize as if watching a movie of themselves.

But studies have shown that using an internal perspective is much more effective. An internal perspective is practicing the visualization to see, hear and feel what you would see, hear and feel in real life. So, in visualizing the conversation with your boss, you will visualize looking at your boss through your eyes instead of watching yourself communicating with your boss from outside, like in a movie.

Practice your mind sculpting several times each day and, if possible, just before the event you have been programming yourself for.

The external perspective is very useful when you are visualizing something that frightens you, that is very intense, or that generates an overwhelming emotional response. In this case, visualizing the scene from outside, like if you are watching yourself in a movie, allows you to detach from the experience and make it seem safer and less intense.

To decrease the intensity of your visualization even further, you can make the movie play in black & white, remove some of the sounds or other details, and even make it a little blurry.

As you gain more confidence from practicing your visualization, you can increase the color and detail of the scene and, when you are ready, move into the internal perspective.

Here’s some more information on sports psychology from Wikipedia.