Are you stressed or anxious about an upcoming meeting, interview, negotiation, networking event, first date, family function or other social engagement? When you feel yourself starting to get anxious or fearful about an upcoming meeting or event-- try pre-playing. Instead of mulling over in your mind everything that could go wrong or ruminating about how things have turned out in the past, run a powerful, soul intelligence pre-playing exercise. Pre-playing is designed to interrupt, erase and replace the mind's doom and gloom thinking pattern. [This post is excerpted from page 56 of the Soul Intelligence Method eBook]
Pre-playing is the practice of acting out in your mind what you want to happen beforehand in a particular situation.
Here’s how it works: You make a play (similar to a theater production) of events how you want them to unfold. You can picture your pre-play happening on stage or as a movie. Stop the anxious thoughts in their tracks and think about what you want to happen. Then close your eyes and picture events happening in a manner for your highest and greatest good. As soon as you notice yourself moving into fear mode...start your pre-playing practice.
Two secrets to amping up your pre-playing practice:
1. See the event as clearly as possible- You don't have to have every little detail down. But you do want to do your best at seeing the vision with you in it. Hold the vision for at least 20-30 seconds at a time. If you have enough time before the event, try writing out the event as you want it to unfold. For example, you can write something like, "I'm so confident and happy that this meeting is going exactly how I want it to. The conversation is flowing effortlessly. I am making great points and am being received well. Wow! I'm being offered the contract!"
2. Add emotional elements. If you have trouble visualizing, feel yourself in the scene. Then give your pre-playing practice power with feeling tones of excitement, enthusiasm, peace, harmony, love-- or any other emotion you want to feel during the actual event.
Repeat your pre-playing exercise as many times as needed to relieve your anxiety. I once did pre-playing exercises before a job interview. I saw myself having a good time with the interviewer and that I was offered the job on the spot! And guess what? That's what happened! Give pre-playing a try! Let me know your results in the comments below or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org!
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