Visualization is a powerful tool that can help you to make some serious changes in your life. It has been around for centuries and has been scientifically shown to be very effective.  

About Visualization Exercises

Visualization is simply using mental pictures to imagine yourself in a situation where you have accomplished your goals. You focus your mind and take time to picture yourself actually going through the motions and winning! This exercise has been used by people in various professions to help them excel at what they do. It’s common in such fields as athletics, business and entertainment. You may be familiar with stories of how Muhammad Ali would picture himself knocking out his opponent right before each fight and actually go and win the fight. Michael Jordan is another athlete known to use this technique by seeing the shot he wanted to take before swishing the ball into the basket. 

Why It Works

Neurological and physiological functions are stimulated when you picture yourself in a particular situation or performing a certain act. These are the same functions that are used when you actually perform these actions.  The reason it works is because neural patterns are created in your brain and are strengthened each time you perform a visualization. In addition, thinking about an event or action stimulates your nervous system very much like  doing that action would. These patterns are then recognized and established within your body and brain’s function over time.  

How to Use Visualization

The key to making visualization exercises work is to reinforce them with repetition. Practice them regularly in order to establish positive and successful patterns in your brain.  Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and begin to think about a specific situation you’d like to manifest in your life. You want this scene to be as accurate and detailed as possible, so you may want to write it out ahead of time.  Consider the physical setting, the smells, the sounds, the people who are there, and the feelings that come up. Let the events play out in your mind until it feels complete.  Make time daily for your visual practice so that it becomes a habit. 

Be patient with yourself, it may take a few times to be able to complete the exercise to the end.  Just keep practicing!