Have you always dreamed of owning a nice and beautiful house that is surrounded by mountains and covered by light fog in the morning? Can you picture the scenery, the rooms and the overall structure of your dream house? If you can, then you have learned the art of visualization which can actually be an important factor in achieving your dreams.
Visualization is a technique that allows you to create a mental image of a future event. This can involve visualizing what we want to achieve by seeing the possibility of achieving it. If there’s something that you really want to have, then you should be able to imagine it and see the result happening right before your eyes.
When we visualize, we let our mind perform at its happiest state since it will be preoccupied with realized dreams and hopes in the future. Many successful people believe that the key to achieving your desires is by having a clear picture of it in your mind. This can be supported by making a physical representation of our dreams and placing it strategically around the house in a way that would keep us reminded of our goals everyday of our lives. These can include a sketch of our dream house, a picture of our future car, a desired travel destination and anything else that the heart and mind desire.
How does it work?
Let’s take as an example the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus who practiced each shot first in his mind before actually taking it. In other words, allowing yourself to imagine doing the movement can help you in getting better at doing it.
Visualizing and seeing things in the real world can occur in similar ways as believed by scientists. Whether we are actually walking on a mountain trail or we are picturing the activity in our mind, both lead to the activation of a number of similar neural networks. These are paths of interconnected nerve cells which create a link between what your body does and the brain impulses that manipulate it.
It is also believed that imagining can help you get results even when there’s no movement of the muscle. Consider the following examples:
1. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali used to stress the importance of seeing himself as a winner long before the commencement of the actual match.
2. Michael Jordan would usually take the last shot in his mind before he would take one in real life.
3. Jim Carrey, who used to struggle as a young actor, would always visualize himself as the greatest actor in the world.
When you have a goal in life, picture what you need to do in order to reach it. Remember that if you can’t visualize yourself in your own mind that you are extremely successful, then you may never really become one in the future.
“If you can see it, you can be it” - this is the idea behind what is called visualization. It is a technique where we use our imagination to create visions of what we want in our life. When we picture what we want in our mind, we are filled with emotion and this becomes a powerful universal force that allows us to reach our goals. Although it has become popular as a personal development tool in the last 30+ years, we have been using this kind of mental imagery since the beginning of time. Whenever we have an idea to do something, we first visualize it. Think about when you’re hungry; we picture different food options, do we go out or stay in, do we eat alone or invite a friend? When we are invited to a special dinner, most of us envision what we are going to wear. We actually visualize more than we think we do.
When you imagine what you desire, you physiologically create neural patterns in your brain, just as if you had physically gotten or achieved what you desired. The thought stimulates the nervous system in the same way the actual desire does. Let’s take sports as example; coaches often tell their students that sports are 90% mental and only 1% physical, and this has led visualization becoming a big part of training sessions for athletes in various sports. Former NBA legend Jerry West is a perfect example. He was known as “Mr. Clutch” for making winning shots at the buzzer. When asked about his ability to make these last -minute shots, he explained that he had rehearsed making those same shots countless times in his mind. Of course, he physically practiced endless hours a day, but he also visualized it. Many other sports greats have done the same thing to improve their performance and achieve their personal best; including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Jack Nicklaus and pitcher Roy Halladay. Sports aside, this technique has been used by everyone from surgeons, to musicians, to business people for improved focus and performance. It could even help you lose those 5 extra pounds by passing on that morning donut!
There are two types of visualization, each serving a purpose, but for best results, they should be used together. The first method is outcome visualization – this involves envisioning yourself realizing your goal. To do this, create a detailed mental image of the desired outcome with all your senses; see it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Hold those feelings as long as possible. The second is process visualization- this is envisioning each of the actions necessary to achieve the outcome. Let’s go back to basketball player, Jerry West: before a game, he visualized himself playing well, making every shot. He broke down each part of the game and imagined his movements, his arms, his legs and how they moved. He even imagined what it would feel like when he was tired, his arms and legs exhausted, and what he needed to do to break through that fatigue.
You can use these same principles to reach any goal – just create a vivid mental picture of success, envision the steps it will take to get there, and when you get tired, use positive imagery to push through.
No one is saying that visualization guarantees success, and it certainly does not replace hard work and motivation. But when combined with effort and focus, it can be an extremely powerful way to achieve positive, behavioral change and create the things you desire in life.
1.) Visualizations are:
A. The ability to see the future
B. A cult-like practice used to recruit members
C. Something new and were discovered in the last 20 years
D. Never used in our daily lives
E. Using our imagination to create visions of what we want in life
2.) When you imagine what you want:
A. You make it happen immediately
B. You become distracted and lose focus
C. You create neural patterns in your brain just as if you had physically gotten what you desired
D. You don’t have to do anything else to achieve your goal
E. Life becomes much harder
3.) How many types of visualization are there?
4.) Process visualization means:
A. Envisioning each of the actions necessary to achieve the outcome
C. Becoming an NBA player like Jerry West
D. Envisioning yourself realizing your goal
E. Never giving up
5.) The technique of visualization:
A. Replaces hard work and motivation
B. Guarantees success
C. Has never been used any professionals or athletes
D. Can be a powerful way to achieve positive change
E. Will always get you what you want