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How to be a Fortune Teller

Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to tell the future?  To know whether a situation or event will work in your favor?  To know the response that a person will give to you prior to saying hello?  To feel the connection with the foster child that you have to place even before you have ever met him?   Many think that this is close to impossible.  What if you had one tool that could help you do all of the above?  Well, there is one!  It’s called Visualization, Creative Visualization to be exact.

 

Creative Visualization can help you to do the following:

  • Relax.
  • Improve your focus.
  • Slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure.
  • Alleviate fears.
  • Change your subconscious and conscious thinking.
  • Enjoy the moment.

 

There are many ways that this tool can help you.  Have you ever been nervous or unsure about speaking in front of people, asking your boss for a raise, completing a physically challenging event such as making baskets in basketball or completing a race?   Creative visualization can help you perform to your desired expectations in all of the above situations and more.

Here are 3 things you can do to get started.

  1. Research ‘Creative Visualization’.  You can Google it, go to your local library to learn more or go to your local bookstore to find books on it.
  2. Designate a time each day or week and a space where you can practice visualization.
  3. Practice, practice, practice.

 

I recently had a great experience learning and using creative visualization to prepare for public speaking.  Not only did the visualization help me feel calmer about getting up to speak in front of people, but it left me feeling generally more relaxed, focused and in control.   Prior to using the creative visualization techniques, I could literally feel my heart beating rapidly and my knees shaking when standing in front of the audience.  After practicing the techniques, I was able to focus on connecting with the audience and talking more slowly so that they could digest what I was saying.  The feelings of calmness that I gained from the creative visualization techniques lasted for days.

This past weekend I helped my Mom with her discharge from the hospital to come back home.  My Mom has Multiple Sclerosis and her hospitalization left her weaker and quite tired.  We did a few moments of visualization prior to getting her out of the bed, which she had been in for 2 ½ days, and into the wheelchair.  The experience helped us both feel more relaxed and gave my Mom the strength to transfer almost effortlessly into the wheelchair.

I highly recommend taking some time to try creative visualization techniques.  You may not be able to change the future with it, but you can help determine how you make and change your own reality!  I’d love to hear of any experiences that you have had with creative visualization.

 

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Jeanne Ward is a Consultant and Personal Strategist who brings her knowledge of psychology, strategy and personal fulfillment to her current work. Jeanne started her career by helping mentally ill inmates to ‘get their lives back on track’ as they integrated back into society from jail in NYC. She leveraged this experience with a Social Work degree to manage teams who were supporting people trying to move back into the workforce. She later lived in Atlanta, GA and Frankfurt, Germany where she began consulting with nonprofit organizations to guide them on their strategy, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the development of their leaders and board of directors. After the jolt of a divorce, Jeanne found herself doing a lot of soul-searching. Digging deep, she arrived at a new-found appreciation for herself and the world around her. This journey taught her that when we start with improving ourselves, the benefits multiply. Jeanne realized that her strengths of strategic thinking, relationship building, and implementation planning could be combined into her ongoing passion of personal leadership. Hence, her personal strategy work was born. Jeanne helps men and women between the ages of 35 and 55 who are fed up with their corporate jobs to create fulfilling professional and personal lives through the development of a personal strategic plan. This work ensures that her clients identify their professional and personal goals as well as create a plan to make those goals a reality. Jeanne is also the Executive Director of the Atlanta Road Trotters Kid’s Running Club, a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for children to build a foundation of running health and fitness which leads to a better connection to the organized running community as well as a strong foundation of Discipline, Self-Esteem, Respect and Team Work. She has also co-authored a workbook on networking, founded and organized the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia-sponsored ‘Social Service Career Network’ and organized a summit for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill attended by over 100 organizations from 6 Atlanta counties. Previously, she sat on the board of NASW GA as their Secretary as well as on the board of NAMI GA/DeKalb as their Co-President, was a senior consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and helped to run a capital campaign for an independent school. Jeanne has an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work (City University of New York), an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Jeanne lives in Atlanta with her ten-year-old son.