Have you ever tried Positive Visualization ? Have you experienced the magic ?
In my positive thinking workshops I usually recount my own experiment with Positive Visualization.
About 12 years back, I had joined a US based Software MNC and I was located in the Delhi, India office. The organization had a very well defined induction process. The group of new joiners went through a week long induction session and apart from learning about the organization, its vision, mission, policies etc., they were supposed to pick up a problem which they saw in the organization and present the solution on Friday, the last day of their induction week, to the top leaders of the organization.
I had joined as a Project Manager and was the senior-most in the group. I had never worked in an MNC and somehow I was tongue tied and at awe. Because of this , I hardly communicated and contributed. A few people in the team noticed this and I knew that they were sneering at my back. So, on Thursday evening, when we had to decide as a team , who would deliver the final presentation, these people said “Well, Ananya is the project manager. Who else , but she should present !”
I was very very nervous. I knew that if I failed to speak or make an impression, my job was at stake. And more importantly, my self respect in my own eyes was at stake !
I returned home at 8 pm. After dinner, I sat with my notepad and started writing. I wrote each and every thing which I would say in the presentation the next morning. I wrote details of when I would pick up the marker and go to the white board, when I would move my hands, when I will pause and of course I wrote each and point of the content. After I wrote it, I closed my eyes and visualized myself... talking... smiling... presenting confidently. I visualized myself several times. I also visualized how the audience will applaud when I finish my presentation. It was in the wee hours of the morning that I caught up on 2-3 hours of sleep.
The next morning, I went to the conference room about 30 min prior to the presentation and practiced. You bet , I was still so nervous. But ....like magic, when the presentation started, and I picked up the marker and went to the white board and then started my presentation , it happened exactly like I had visualized. The presentation ended with a big round of applause!
I relished the look of the people who thought I would fail. I was amused to see their jaws drop in surprise. And the most important part .... I regained my self confidence. I could respect myself again !
That is the magic of Positive Visualization.
You will be amazed .