Visualization is more than imagining a static picture. It is about imaging yourself as a protagonist in a movie. In your visualization, you do not watch yourself as if you are on a screen, but you are actually living what you want to achieve. And it is very important to get your senses and emotions actively involved.
World class athletes use the power of visualization to reinforce exactly how they want to perform. They develop mental images of the behaviour that will lead them to the results they want to achieve. They see in their mind’s eye the result they want, and the actions leading to it.
Numerous studies done on visualization confirm its positive effects not only on the performance of athletes but also on the performance of musicians, singers, actors, managers, and students in exams.
Creative visualization can be easily learned and used by anyone. You can try the following exercise:
- Sit comfortably, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Become quiet and relaxed.
- Formulate in your mind a scenario of some event – it can be sitting an exam, having an interview, or anything else you want. See it as vividly as you can, but do not strain. And do not worry if the picture is not perfect. See in your mind all the relevant details – people around you, the place where you are, how you are dressed.
- Add colour, sound and smells. Engage in your imagination all of your senses.
- Put positive feelings and emotions into what you are doing. Imagine yourself doing it well, feeling self-confident and calm.
- Practice at least twice a day. The best time to do it is just before going to sleep at night and just upon awakening in the morning, before you start your day.
Invest time each day visualizing what you want to achieve. Make the scene alive and real in your imagination. Add all the action, energy, and emotion you can muster to the “movie” in your mind. The more it appears and feels real to you, the more likely you will achieve your goal in real life.
And do not forget to have fun with it.