People who can't visualiseHere’s a few tips for anyone who – after putting a decent amount of effort into visualisation over a period of several days – still finds that they have difficulty visualising. Most people will be finding it easier by that time but a few people just don’t seem to be that visual.

  1. Use ready-made pictures to jump-start your imagination. Cut out pictures that appeal to you from magazines and stick them up on the walls of your room or workspace.
  2. Use role models. If there is someone whose achievements you find inspiring, replay their finest moments mentally and imagine what it would be like to be them (I’ve written about this in more detail in “The New Behaviour Generator” article on my web site).
  3. If you are one of the rare people who really aren’t aware of any kind of mental pictures, try describing your goal in writing. It’s important that you write in the first person, as if it’s already happened. Lose yourself in it – then step back, read what you’ve written, and think about how you’re going to get there.

    Time management guru Mark Forster has a fascinating variation on this method in his excellent book How To Make Your Dreams Come True.

  4. The best way to improve your visualisation skills is to actually do it. Like anything else, your skills will improve with practice.


Tips for people who “can’t visualise”

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