The mind visualization exercise I want to share with you today can help you build confidence and overcome fear and procrastination.
Most negative feelings have their root in fear. When we lack confidence, for example, it is typically because we are afraid that we might lose something -- money, reputation, love, power, and even our our lives. We fear not being good enough, not being capable enough, or not being deserving. Even people who seem to have it all, are controlled by fear.
(You would be surprised how many very successful people are walking around right now afraid that they will be "found out" and ultimately lose everything. Even the Beatles suffered from what is known as the Imposter Syndrome. )
If you are hesitating about doing something you need to do because you fear what “could happen,” this exercise can help you take the next step by bringing the unknown into the familiar.
Think about it this way: The first couple times you tried something that seemed mysterious like riding a bike or swimming it was probably very scary. But after you tried it a few times and enjoyed it, that fear evaporated like fog in sunlight.
As I have discussed many times throughout this site, your brain doesn't KNOW the difference between what you are imagining is happening -- and what is occurring in real life. By visualizing yourself taking the action and having a successful outcome, you can calm irrational fears. You may still feel a bit apprehensive -- and there is nothing wrong with that. The goal is simply to calm your fears enough so you take action instead of staying frozen because of fear.
This is the mind visualization exercise described in my book, Taming The Tokolosh: Through Fear Into Healing, to overcome fear on the night I got home from the hospital after being brutally attacked.