Do you have a gifted imagination?
Answer the questions below to find out:
- Do you spend time wondering what if this, that or the other happened?
- Do you sit imagining what would happen if the plane crashed?
- Do you envisage how being injured, trapped or dying would feel?
- Do you look around and wonder what others see when they look at you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions chances are you have a wonderful imagination and this could be playing a part in creating your negative flying experience.
Research has shown that your body responds in the same way whether you are completing a task for real or just imagining it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at a suitcase, sitting in a car or waiting in the check-in queue, these negative thoughts about flying cause your body to respond as if those fears are real.
So what can you do? Here’s three tips to help you.
How to overcome the power of your imagination
- Say stop when your negative thoughts start and divert your thinking to something you want or something that makes you feel good.
- Use your imagination for good, spend time thinking about how good the flight will be, how relaxed you’ll feel, how wonderful the holiday will be etc.
- Learn good techniques for relaxation before you go, so your mind is used to them. It won’t conjure up amazingly wonderful images for the first time whilst you’re feeling apprehensive, you have to practice them first.
The most common mistake that stops these tips working.
The key to making this work is authenticity. Your brain is super clever and knows when you’re faking so really put some effort in. Empty words will have no impact on changing how you feel about flying, what you imagine, see and think has to be authentic. You need find a way to say those positive things and think those wonderful thoughts with feeling, create something that is beautiful and wonderful for you. No matter what it is so long as it’s wonderful for you it will work.
You have an amazing gift of a wonderful imagination, it’s time to make it work for you instead of against you. I hope this gives you some inspiration to harness that power for good.
Until next time
PS If you’d like help kicking your imagination into touch and gaining back control, take a look at my phobias package by clicking here.
PPS If you missed Fiona’s story about how she used hypnotherapy to help her take a trip of a lifetime to New York you can read it here.