Preparing for the future by visioning the outcome

There is an element used in all NLP techniques that also forms the basis of some complete processes. This element is called future pacingfog on the forest

We can use this element to motivate us to achieve our goals, remind us of behaviours we wish to stop and even check out if a particular outcome is even what we want.

How does it work?

Imagine that you have a goal you wish to achieve in the future. The idea is to make that imagined outcome as detailed as possible.

See yourself as you will be in the future having achieved the goal.

See what is different in your life as a result.

Listen to what you can hear in the future experience including what you are saying yourself, what you can hear around you and even what you are telling yourself internally.

Fully experience that future as if you have stepped into that version of yourself and you can now feel exactly what if feels like to have achieved that goal.

Bring all of that feeling back with you to motivate you in taking the next smallest step needed to achieve the goal. Repeat this process until you get there.

Sometimes when we do this we realise that the goal is not what we wanted after all and at other times we get confirmation.

We can also use this technique if we want to stop a behaviour. I’ll use the example of eating unhealthily. Before eating the food that in the present moment you may be craving imagine you have already eaten it, take yourself to several hours later.

How does your body feel, what are you saying to yourself? Do you have regrets?

Often this can be enough to allow us to make a healthier choice. We can do this with more complex issues around relationships, jobs, moving house etc.

Next week I will post a reminder on how to use mental rehearsal as a way of planning your future.

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About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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