Turbulence or Smooth Ride? You Decide.

By: Pat Graham-Block

Why is it that 2 people can use the same airport, the same airline and even be on the exact same flight, and have 2 totally different stories about their trip?

Is it all about attitude? Well...sort of.

It's about our expectations and is influenced by visualization. We have a vision of what we will be experiencing, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Trainers and Coaches talk about a process of visualizing the end result, as you would desire it to happen. They suggest you use this process when preparing for meetings, sales presentations and other activities, whereby one outcome is preferred over another.

That vision absolutely does affect the outcome. Ask any athlete and they will tell you.

Athletes have used visualizing techniques for years. That is what you observe them doing when you see them standing and focusing on their target, in an almost trance-like state, at the starting line or on the field, just before they hit or throw the ball.

These professionals are all envisioning, in advance, what they want the outcome to be.

Can this process of visualization, work for you also in your every day professional and personal life? Let's say you are traveling and would like to experience incredible food, clean rooms ready for your arrival, flights and luggage arriving on time, friendly and efficient service.

Can that really happen? The answer is...It sure can. Wayne Dyer, best-selling author of "The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way" says that it is definitely possible to affect all the experiences in our lives. Try these suggested steps when planning your next trip, for example.

1. Think how you want to feel before, during and after your trip. (Since the energy you put out reflects on the outcome, this is the best place to start).

Do you want to feel rested? Relaxed? Unhurried? Full of energy? Joyful? Even visualize a sense of accomplishment that the meeting went well and the deal was approved and signed by all parties.

Really imagine the way you want to feel, as if it has already happened.

2. As you are going about making the reservations, packing your luggage and all the other activities leading up to the first day of your departure, continue to keep the vision of all the fun and successful interactions with others you are going to experience.

You can even imagine being a magnet to some of the most amazing people on your trip and see who you attract.

Investing the time to learn and use this process, is key to having great travel experiences.

Will it really work for you? Only if you try it. All I can say is... Check it out. You might like it.

P.S. This may be a new muscle and if at first, you don't succeed...practice, practice, practice. Better yet, just like an athlete, you might even want to get yourself a Coach!

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