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Daydream Your Way To Your Dream Job

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Date: Friday, July 30, 2004

With visualization techniques, you can learn to use your imagination in a purposeful way to get you where you want to get you where you want to go.

Do you spend time daydreaming of owning an antique shop or running a summer camp?

Stop feeling guilty. While many consider those daydreaming moments a waste of time, they are actually more useful than you may think.

Daydreaming is really a relaxed form of visualization - the practice of using your imagination to create an image or idea of something in your mind.

If you can learn to use your imagination in a way that is purposeful and directed, it can be a powerful vehicle to get you where you want to go.

The use of formal visualization techniques have been recorded as far back as ancient Egypt and Babylonia. Transcending several centuries, ancient Egyptians and Greeks practised elaborate forms of visualization that focused on "seeing" themselves as healthy.

More recently, the effectiveness of visualization has been well documented both in the world of professional sport, as elite athletes mentally rehearse peak performances, and with cancer patients, who use visualization techniques to help regain their health.

There's no reason that visualization techniques can't be used for another purpose: to daydream your way into your dream job.

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