“Imagine it with all the details, how does it look, smell, sound, feel? What emotions you’d have, how would you look, what would you do? Make it as realistic as possible and truly believe into it. Practicing visualization daily helps me stay on the track and know that it is inevitable, I’ve already been there and done that, now just need my body to get where my mind already is, the victory.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” — Buddha
Visualization is a process of recreating all the images, sounds and feelings in your mind in order to practice in a perfect environment. Turns out, visualization is very popular in sports psychology.”
So writes Tomas Laurinavicius in his blog post on habits he has stolen from the successful. He goes on to explain how powerful visualization can be and how it has been used to enhance performance in sports.
Visualization is useful for much more than sports though. It can help you in anything you want to achieve, anything you want to improve.
I use visualization all the time. Whenever I decide to build anything in my wood working hobby I visualize over and over what it will look like, how I will build it and how it will fit together. Before I do a scale drawing I many times draw it out in my mind.
I’ve done the same before making presentations. I visualize how I will present materials at a meeting or a talk. I repeatedly rehearse the talk in my mind, how I will stand, what actions I will take, etc. By visualizing I can experiment with different approaches and I can internalize what I plan to do so that it is already there in my mind.
Visualizing what you plan to do or dream to do not only enhances your performance it also is fun. It is like the daydreaming you did as a kid. It is a powerful form of mental recreation and conceptualization.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle
This is the 10th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.
This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.
Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.Wishing you well,
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.