“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions” | Albert Einstein |
Visualization is hands down the most underutilized tool you possess for success.
Any task you perform in real life uses the same identical processes your brain would use if you were only visualizing that activity. Or to put it another way, your brain can’t tell the difference between visualizing something and actually doing it.
Visualization isn’t new age mumbo jumbo, it is a scientifically proven technique used by all successful people, consciously or unconsciously. I first read about visualization techniques in the book The Success Principles and I have been using it ever since.
Why Visualization Works
1. Visualization works on a sub conscious level. It activates the creative powers of your mind. By thinking the same thoughts every day, the subconscious mind is driven to act on them.
2. Thoughts are like a magnet, they attract you to the opportunities, people and resources you need to achieve your goals.
3. Visualization enables your brain to notice available resources that were always there, but previously went unnoticed. Or in other words, your brain is programmed to start letting into your awareness anything that will help you achieve your goals.
How to Visualize
The process of visualizing actually couldn’t be any simpler. All you have to do is close your eyes and see your goals as already complete. That is all there is to it. There are a few tips, however, which you should follow to make sure you are able to perfect the art of visualization.
1. Think about what you want to achieve and write it down.
2. See the image of what you want in your mind as clearly as possible.
If you want a big house, you can’t just picture a big house. You have to picture the exact house you want. See yourself walking towards the front door. What colour is the door? Does it have a knocker or a doorbell? When you step inside the house, what do you see? Are there pictures hanging on the wall? What colour is the wallpaper? Etc. You must fill in all the details.
3. Add sounds and feelings to the images in your head. Using all your senses will multiply the effect tenfold.
For example, if you want a house on the beach, you should imagine being able to hear the waves hitting the shore and the smell of the ocean or the sound of your kids playing on the beach etc.
How Often Should I Do This?
Do this each morning when you wake up and each night before you go to bed.
Read through your list of goals out loud, pausing after each one to close your eyes and then visualize your goals as already being completed.
The whole process should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
Where’s the Proof Visualization Works?
If you still have trouble believing visualization works perhaps legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, with more than 100 tournament victories and nearly $6 million in winnings can shed some light on what the key to his success was:
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in focus picture of it in my head. It’s like a color movie. First I see where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. Then there’s sort of a fade out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”