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Become the vision of who you are
As Prince taught us, a man has the ability in this world, to envision and create the person he wants to be.

Prince was a freak. A mash up of every type of music, art form, style and genre. Andre3000 is another. They start off in one direction(R&B/RAP), and then through confidence, knowledge and determination, explore and do exactly what it is, they want to do. I am convinced Prince died exactly who he wanted to be, that there was no conflict there, and thus gave him the longevity as a pop star. He didn't burn out, he shined on and on.

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Prince created his own sunglasses. He owned a color. He created a symbol. His own custom guitars, to create his own music. He went through creative phases that were all his own, not driven by record company focus group testing. Consequently by following all of visions and relying on his trained and innate talents, all of these phases sold lots of records. It dumbs it down by saying Prince 'created a brand.' I think he was way above that. He knew. He knew who he wanted to be, and went after it. Andre' created fantastic music, that he alone wanted to create, becoming one of the largest pop stars in history, by trusting in his own vision and going into an unchartered area from what made him famous.

Eddie Van Halen is another. Recently he revealed that he does not listen to other peoples music. This was astounding to me. That the last album he bought was Genesis, in the 1980's. That he creates his own sound, style, persona, branding and has his own purpose. Does he need lessons, advice, and answers, or did he pursue his own vision after mastering Crossroads. I also find it interesting too that like Prince, Eddie created his own guitars. He not only eschews mainstream music and culture to get his own vision out, but has to design and build his own instruments to do so.

Each of us is born with our own innate level of intelligence. In this age of information overload, especially on the internet, now more than ever distraction is at its peak. Women, jobs and societal expectations only compound this.

By the time you are 10 years old you are fed millions of images that instruct us on human nature and intelligence. Do we really need lessons, degrees, expensive advice or counsel to do what we really want to do with ourselves? I believe it first requires high self confidence, self esteem and hard work, to create the vision of who we are.

In the 1990's I read this book. It was revolutionary at the time. It helped me to change my vision of myself, from an angry, reckless, know it all young man, into a productive person, that became something entirely different. I recommend this book to anyone, because its the first time raw science was applied to exploring visualization. First by athletes, and now by anyone.

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To me, visualization is more importation than meditation. Exploring oneself, and answering the questions of who you want to be, how you want to look, and where you want to go, is fundamental and first. Clearing your mind is beneficial once you know who you are, and are working as hard as possible to make that a reality.

Despite encroaching government, outside influences and suggestive media, we do have the power to tune these things out and develop our vision. Sit down and write out what yours actually is. And then focus on that entirely. Society may be crumbling, and terrible things happening all around us, but we are still free to decide where and how we will go into the future. Take a minute to consider what you are, and who you will be. I use Powerpoint, with pictures, planning, writing and imagery.

I will leave you with this. This inspirational photo of Picasso is the epitome of a man who is living out his innate and unshakable desires. The seriousness of his look indicates that there is serious business going on. Even late in life, Picasso is living a dream most of us will never achieve, unbridled creativity, and being paid for it. Think of the ho's that crash at this place. Envisioning and working to achieve our own 'studio environment', to me is the essence of life, and the freedom we have personally to take our lives in any direction we choose.

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04-24-2016 01:14 PM
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RE: Become the vision of who you are
Reminds me of an old thread over at the SoSuave-forum.

Quote:That person you're trying so hard to be...that's YOU. You ARE that person. You just don't know it yet.

Have you ever stopped to consider how you could so easily come up with an "ideal self"? Why does this person haunt you? This isn't someone that fits with any of your philosophies or head-games or constructs...they just materialized out of thin air inside your head.

Do you know how that person came to be? No, and don't try to figure it out because you won't get an answer. That person is you. The REAL you. And the reason you're so far away from being that person is because you've spent so much energy trying to compete with that person, to be as good as him, that you've spent no time just BEING him.
04-25-2016 08:07 AM
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RE: Become the vision of who you are
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Isn't this a contradiction?

If the person I'm trying to be is already I, why then can I not stop trying to make a better life?

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05-02-2016 03:49 PM
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RE: Become the vision of who you are
I agree with having an overall vision for yourself and your life.

However, I'm now thoroughly convinced that action Trump's visualization every single time.

There have been several studies now showing that visualizing goals makes people less likely to achieve them. It's the same thing with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just do the work.

Why? Because feelings are fleeting. Unless you get to the point where you can do the work regardless of whether you feel like it or not it's not going to happen.

A long time ago, I read a story about a guy who was in jail and couldn't practice his golf swing, so he just visualized it and then when he got out performed excellently. Or the study where they had basketball players visualize free throws and apparently they performed as well group who actually shot free throws.

The problem is most sports are much more complex than a free throw.

I've experimented myself in both MMA and BJJ. I've visualized rolls, and doing drills for hours upon hours. Whenever I was injured I'd visualize doing all these things over and over because I couldn't train. I can't really say it helped me as when I got back on the mats, my timing was bad, and the move I so diligently practiced just didn't materialize or was easily countered. There is no substitute for the real thing.
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RE: Become the vision of who you are
(05-02-2016 05:36 PM)Neo Wrote:  I agree with having an overall vision for yourself and your life.

However, I'm now thoroughly convinced that action Trump's visualization every single time.

I completely agree, but without a roadmap, or subconscious picture of ones self, action becomes re-action.

(05-02-2016 05:36 PM)Neo Wrote:  The problem is most sports are much more complex than a free throw.

Disagree that a consistent free throw is a non-technical, easy feat. I hear you about the time during your injury, but did it keep your head in the game? Keep you focused to get back on the mats? Keep you interested in the sport overall when you were easily distracted while injured. You may not have hit a perfect golf swing when coming back, but you came back ready, with a new plan of attack.
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05-03-2016 06:14 AM
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RE: Become the vision of who you are
(05-02-2016 05:36 PM)Neo Wrote:  I agree with having an overall vision for yourself and your life.

However, I'm now thoroughly convinced that action Trump's visualization every single time.

There have been several studies now showing that visualizing goals makes people less likely to achieve them. It's the same thing with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just do the work.

This idea is incomplete. It's how you visualise that's important.

What you've said is true:
Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.

The simple way to utilise visualisation properly is via mental contrasting.

Quote:By contrast, when people balance positive thinking about a desired outcome with a realistic look at the challenges and obstacles that might arise, they are much more likely to achieve their goals.

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With mental contrasting, in addition to conjuring up positive images of myself at the cottage with my family, I’d have balanced those images by considering the difficulties and the obstacles presented by taking a trip while chronically ill. Such an approach might have sounded like this:

I’m really looking forward to this trip, but I need to remember that even when I’m at home, I’m not able to spend the entire day out of bed. In addition, the preparations for going, the 1 3/4 hour drive from where we live to the cottage, and the extra company once I get there might take so much out of me that I’ll have to rest a lot, even though it means time away from my family and from ocean-gazing.

This has been proven to increase the likelihood of achieving your goals.
05-03-2016 04:24 PM
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