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Supercharge Your Vision

I’m going to share a technique that I’ve used over the past year for a New Years resolution that actually worked. I think this can be massively powerful for you in 2012 in your career as an artist or anything else in your life…

For years I’d gone back and forth about going to the gym and eating healthy. Eventually I got sick of this so two years ago I made a commitment for the new year (2010). I was going to go to the gym 5 days a week for the entire year and to make sure I did I enlisted the help of an accountability partner.

I knew that on a given day once I had my gym gear on I would follow through and actually go to the gym, so I decided that I would take a photo of myself in my gym gear and send it to my friend every day. Any day he didn’t get a photo from me I owed him $20.

Ya know what – it worked! Well sort of… with few exceptions I went to the gym 5 days a week for an entire year. The problem? At the end of the year I weighed more than I ever had before in my entire life!

After the first few months I was just going through the motions. I was going out of obligation instead of inspiration. My diet was way out of whack and I was half-assing my workouts.

So fast-forward to New Years 2011. I was finally free of my obligation to go to the gym. At that point a funny thing happened. I actually wanted to go to the gym again! My first workouts of the new year were great. They had an energy that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I was ready to kick ass. I set off to lose 20lbs and I felt like I finally had the energy to do it.

Fast forward to today, one year later. I now weight 27lbs less than I did this time last year. (click Here for the Before/After photo)

So what was it about the past year that gave me completely different results from the year before?

Emotions.

Emotions will either pull you towards your goals or send you in the other direction. The year before my body was going in one direction but my emotions where going in the other.  The results were counterproductive.

Your emotional connection to your goals will determine the decisions you make when the going gets tough. Will you still be emotionally connected to your goals when you’re tempted by something that will take you further away from them?  When you’re tired and don’t want to continue, will your emotions give you the extra juice to keep going or will they just tell you to do what’s easiest?

There’s a specific way that I like to establish that emotional connection with my goals. I call it my Power Ritual.

Here’s how I break it down:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to have a compelling vision of where you want to be. What do you want to be doing? What do you want to look like? Who do you want to be with? How do you want to feel? Ask yourself these questions and refine your vision of your future over and over until you can really feel it and see the details. That’s a great exercise in and of itself, but we can do much better…
  2. Adding a physiological element to your vision will take it to the next level. So ask yourself, what physical state will make you feel truly connected to your vision? What kind of movement or activity is going to put a new level of energy behind your imagination of the future? What is going to make you really feel connected to it? Once you have an answer to that it’s time to take it much further…
  3. What music would multiply the emotion for you? What can you listen to while you imagine your future that will make you feel so much more powerful than anything that could stop you from making it happen? What is going to make you REALLY FEEL IT?
  4. The next part of the equation is to make it a regular ritual. I recommend 4 week cycles with 5 days on (20-30 minutes per day), one day completely off and one day to take inventory and prepare for the week ahead. If you have a regular work schedule you might want to do Monday through Friday, rest on Saturday and use Sunday to revise your playlist, think about what you want to visualize and how you can improve your ritual.  After the 4 week cycle you can let it sink in and take a week off.  Then re-asses and start a new one if you feel ready.

The right music + The right physiology + Your vision = Massive power.

This is what I did to tip the scales in my favor so that I had the mental energy to overcome any obstacles to my goal and attract the kinds of things into my life that I wanted.

When you get this right you’ll know it. You should feel UNSTOPPABLE at whatever it is that you’re determined to do.

This isn’t ‘The Secret’ and I’m not telling you that it will magically make things happen for you. You still need to do the rest of the work to make your goal a reality. I am telling you though that this is the most powerful exercise I’ve ever come across to build up mental and emotional momentum and motivation to make that work much easier to follow through with.

There’s an infinite number of ways you could incorporate this. For me, I like to do my Power Ritual on the elliptical machine in the gym. I start out at level 5 and throw on some up-tempo music to get revved up like maybe some Muse or Ozzy. I start imagining the life I want to create. After 4 minutes I kick it up to level 9 and throw on something intense like some Metallica or Motley Crue and start really getting into my vision. Then I go back down to 5 for 4 minutes and drop the music accordingly. I go back and forth until I get to level 13 where I’m cranking Slipknot or Hatebreed with sweat dripping down my face, looking like a rabid animal and feeling like I could move mountains. In that moment I feel like nothing could stop me. It’s very powerful and it’s a very powerful message to the subconscious.

Again, there are many ways to do this. You might listen to Enya while rocking in your favorite rocking chair on your porch imagining what your life will be like after you get up the courage to quit your job. You may want to use your own music while imagining playing a sold out show to a frenzied crowd while you play air guitar and jump around your bedroom. You may want to listen to KRS One while jogging in through the hills in your neighborhood imagining how you’re going to look and feel as you become a successful entrepreneur.  Whatever lights your fire.

Again, the formula is:

The right music + The right physiology + Your vision = Massive power.

I would love to hear your ideas. Do you currently do something like this? Do you have any ideas that would make it better? What has worked for you and what hasn’t? What’s in your playlist? etc. etc. I’d love to know!

About Scott James

Musician / Blogger / Web Designer / MBTI Nerd living in Hollywood, CA
Scott James

8 Responses to “Supercharge Your Vision”

  1. Catherine Hol says:

    Hey Scott, great post … and good to hear of something that works so well for you. I feel inspired to create my own version :)

  2. Thanks Catherine! Please comment when you do. I’d love to hear what you come up with!

  3. Ahmer Khan says:

    Inspiring! I am motivated to lose weight in the next few months. Music!!

  4. Chani Gairola says:

    Have been practicing quite a bit of what you have mentioned, but never thought that it could be converted to some formulated technique. Quite agree to how you have put it!

  5. sally says:

    Hey Scott, Thanks for sharing your experience here. This article is amazing!! Happy that someone in this hectic world could make it, just gives more courage to one that actually it could be real for him or her too..

    As all gurus of human mind indicates: “Everything starts with a vision.” It fires up your emotions and push you forward and help create your actions. This law, as you say, can be applied to anything in the universe.

    So, thank you so much again, read it at the right time when I needed an inspirational talk or push.. Greatly appreciate it.

    PS. YOU LOOK GOOD! :)

  6. sally says:

    BTW, FORGOT TO MENTION, AS FOR MUSIC, WOULD SO HIGHLY RECOMMEND SECRET GARDEN.. I AM INTO ELECTRONIC/ROCK/DANCE MUSIC ORIGINALLY, HOWEVER, IT’S SO DEEP AND RELAXING THAT IT GIVES YOU THE PEACE YOU NEED WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED OUT, AND CALMS YOUR MIND, CHANGING YOUR BRAIN WAVES AND MAKES YOU MORE CONSCIOUS AND DEEPLY-NICELY THINKING ON YOUR LIFE AND GOAL.. COMPLETELY RECOMMEND THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF SECRET GARDEN TO ALL OF YOU GUYS!!

    PEACE :))

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