The school year can be hard to handle. The start of the year has all the stresses of a new beginning, meeting new friends, learning how to deal with new teachers, trying to get back into study habits after a long summer.
The middle of the year is marked by flagging spirits, lower motivation and looming exams.
The end of the year is more high energy, but laced with panic as the finals approach and there never seems enough time to cram in everything you think you will need.
One thing can help you to keep a balance throughout the year and keep you moving in the right direction with momentum.
Visualization can be a very powerful tool to help keep you going throughout the year.
Think about how you would like your life to be. Think short term, medium term and long term.
The first time you do this think long term then work back.
In the long term, what do you want your life to be like after school? What kind of lifestyle do you have? What kind of friends, family etc Try and be as specific as possible. The clearer you get on this the easier it is to visualize and the more powerful it becomes. Write it down, capture it in pictures or create a slide show that you can watch.
In the medium term, what does your life look like as you progress through school? What kind of student are you, what activities are you involved in. Consider how this builds into your future picture.
In the short term picture specific issues that you are feeling stressed about. Picture them going well. Be very clear seeing yourself in the situation and handling it superbly well. The more concerned about a situation, the more often you should practice in your mind. Your mind does not distinguish between a real event and an imagined one – so make your imagination good.
Professional athletes have been using these techniques for years and top businesses use vision statements in their organizations to create the right culture.
Give it a try. It may feel uncomfortable at first and you may start by picturing what could go wrong instead – remember this is just a misuse of your imagination! Stick with it and picture the positive scenario. Once you have it, keep going over it.
The mind is a hugely powerful and underused resource at our disposal. If visualization works for athletes and top businesses why shouldn’t we give it a try?