Vision Versus Visualisation

Filed Under (NLP coaching learning difficulties) on 01-04-2014

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Vision versus visualisation – what’s the difference between them? And why is the difference useful to know? Here’s an explanation.

Vision is not the same as visualisation.  The words are similar, but their meanings are different.  And although it may sound surprising, I’ve seen many people confuse these two words. And this confusion often results in unnecessary halts to people’s education, growth, progress.

Vision is the product of the brain and eye – the eyesight, that which makes us see.  If we’re blind, we don’t see = we don’t have vision.

Visualisation is what we see in our mind’s eye, picture in our heads, imagine in our imaginations regardless of whether our eyes are open or closed, and whether we have vision or are blind.  If I now ask you to imagine your front door, its color, the material from which it is made, its knob or handle and the color and material of the knob or handle, where on the door the knob or handle is, and which way the door opens, you’ve applied visualisation!

How does visualisation versus vision help in parenting and educating a child?

Here’re 3 ways:

If you often forget things (keys, glasses, phone), the next time you put something somewhere, look at the objects. Take a mental picture of the objects with your photographic memory immediately after you put them in a place. Your photographic memory will store the picture with the background on which the objects are. And you’ll know where to look for them.

If you have a child who is scatty and disorganized before going to school, teach the child to visualise a routine of steps that s/he needs to take before leaving the house.

  • On the first day of teaching ask the child to write the logical sequence of actions [example: get up, wash, dress, eat breakfast, clear up after breakfast, get schoolbag, put on coat and shoes, leave the house].
  • Ask the child to imagine doing each of those things as a movie.
  • On every consequent day of teaching ask the child to repeatedly visualise doing these actions as movies until they naturally connect into one long movie.
  • Keep patiently training the child until this natural long movie becomes automatic! And then screaming tantrums and  late-running panics will be history forever!

If you have the OCD syndrome of never knowing whether you switched off the oven or locked the door before you left the house, the next time you do one of these things look at what you’re doing and take a mental picture of the action in your imagination. Once your photographic memory stores the movie or still picture, you’ll know that you’ve done it!

When you’re helping your children with homework, encourage them to visualise the concepts they’re learning. It will help them absorb, understand, and remember the subject in detail fast!

Would you like more help with NLP and visualisation? Let’s look at it together.

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