The following Guest Blog was written by Dr. Billi Bittan of AttentionB.com, a contributor to the ADHD Awareness Book Project: Wacky Ways to Succeed with ADHD.
Visualization is a technique used to imagine yourself doing something that you have not yet physically done. For example, before gymnasts attempt a new move, they visualize them performing the action in their brain before even attempting the new move. This uses a part of the brain so when the new move is attempted, it will be easier to complete, since the gymnast has already envisioned the micro movements needed to accomplish the move. Similarly, you can use visualization for self-reflection.
Stand in front of a mirror, ideally in a small, quiet space. Look deeply into the mirror and study the person looking back at you. Observe the features, facial expressions and posture. Instead of the reality of looking at yourself in a mirror, imagine you are looking at the person you see through a window. What do you see in this person? A confident person? A fearful person? A timid person? What else? What emotions do you feel right now? Emotions are the fuel for motivation and will urge you to make necessary changes to be the best version of yourself.
This person you see is who others see right now. Now, close your eyes and think about your future self: who you want to be in the future and how you want others to see you. Open your eyes and look in the mirror again. Take note of the differences between ‘present you’ and ‘future you.’ Observe what needs to change in order for ‘present you’ to grow into ‘future you.’ What will you do?
Dr. Billi Bittan of AttentionB.com, MA, PhD, is an ADHD Specialist, Neuro-Cognitive Behavioral/Expressive Arts Therapist and Coach