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Chapter 5: Creating charismatic mental states
When you overcome the obstacles to being charismatic, the next step is to create a charismatic mental state. The best-known method to do so is visualization. It’s a common practice used by many athletes and actors for better performance in their specialties. Science shows that our brain sees no difference between what’s real and what we imagine ourselves. By simply visualizing something, we can make it real for our brain. For example, when we visualize being charismatic, our brain will perceive it as reality, and it will be projected externally by our body.
Visualization is so powerful that it’s recommended to practice it before everything that requires you to be more charismatic, or in a certain mental state. It works like a miracle before presentations, meetings, or even before writing an email or article. It allows you to get into a good emotional state so that the right words flow.
Did you know that a 20-second hug can reduce your anxiety significantly? And you can have the same results just by imagining the hug.
In his famous book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill talks about his daily practice of visualizing his nine famous counselors. He used them to solve difficult problems for himself and his clients. The results were astonishing. You could choose your counselor to represent complete self-confidence, warmth, or caring.