What are the benefits of visualization?
I’m sure you’ve heard athletes, salespeople, or authors talk about how visualization changed their lives. But more importantly, how it may change yours.
Sure, many folks think visualization is just esoteric baloney.
Yet worldwide–in all areas of life–thousands of peak performers infuse their performances through their power of imagination.
Think about those superstars who achieve more in a single year than others in their entire lives.
Like, for instance, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success list: bodybuilding legend, movie star, best selling author, politician, real estate pro, and so on.
How is that even possible? Schwarzenegger claimed he’s always envisioned his goals ad nauseam. He saw himself, e.g., winning the bodybuilding championship countless times before seizing the trophy in real life.
What Does Visualization Not Do For You?
I don’t believe in this “manifest your dreams out of thin air” hogwash. If you ask me, that’s usually ruthless authors scamming gullible people.
Visualization is not Santa Claus. You can’t let make money rain from the skies. Or magically make your dream car appear in your driveway.
Let’s keep our feet on terra firma.
It’s not a magic pill. But indeed, you can use it to get a clear advantage over those who don’t use it.
Now, let’s continue…
Benefits of Visualization
(1.) Relax deeply, recover, and find peace in your mind’s safe-haven. Take a trip to a sun-swept sanctuary. Recharge your batteries and live a moment full of bliss and tranquil joy. Imagine whatever you’d feel most cheerful about and recharge mind and body.
It goes without saying, if you’re able to relax deeply and get a dose of condensed peace and happiness, your health can benefit. You’ll have more energy available throughout the day.
(2.) Train and gain laser-like focus. When you’re directing your mental movies — while you’re recharging in your mental sanctuary or rehearsing your goal’s fulfillment — you’re honing your concentration. In fact, you can’t manufacture clear mental images without focus. Frequent practice trains your ability to concentrate.
The more you practice, the better you get… and… your improved focus will not only impact your performance in your mind’s theater. Like a razor-sharp knife, with sharpened focus, you’ll be able to perform better in life, too (work, study, reading, etc.)
(3.) Achieve your goals. Chances are you’ve read this quote:
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.William Arthur Ward
If you can see yourself having already achieved your goal, then your subconscious mind will seek to make your vision come true. Whether this is actually possible or not doesn’t matter. Your subconscious will try to merge mental vision with physical reality.
(4.) Grow confidence. Shatter social anxiety & shyness. Use your ‘holodeck’ to rehearse social interactions. See yourself being triumphantly confident and fearless. This is a common practice for professional speakers. You can rehearse delivering the perfect speech in your mind before doing so in reality. You can use visualization in the way of any social situation.
If you visualise a big business presentation in real detail, you will prepare for everything from your best posture and body language, and how you will handle any feelings of anxiety, to the awkward questions that might be asked and how you will respond to them. By the time you walk in there, you will feel much more confident.Dr Steve Bull, author of The Game Plan
(5.) Elevate your physical performance. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan, … all the peak performers in sports practice in their mind’s dojo. Over and over again, they experience perfect performance. In their heads, they win the competition before doing so in real life. This is proven stuff. If you’re neglecting this ‘secret weapon’ — to improve your performance — you do so at your own peril.
I won the Olympics thousands of times through imprinting in the years prior to the Gold medal.Lanny Bassham
(6.) Relief & control pain via visualization. It’s been shown that visualization may help you reducing and dealing with pain: chronic pain, migraine, post-surgery pain, dental pain, etc. Some people imagine locking their pain away in a chest or box. Or they picture their pain as a red light that’s gradually dimming.
(7.) Incite passion and charge up with motivation. Stop procrastinating. What you focus on gets stronger. Vividly seeing yourself acting with passion and enthusiasm, doing the things you’re putting off, dissolves resistance to action.
Your mind can’t distinguish between reality and imagined experiences. Hence, you can use this to your full advantage by imagining yourself acting toward your goals with great passion and joy.
Surely, there are many more benefits to visualization. In fact, I believe, there’re probably endless ways to improve the quality of your life through practice in your mental dojo.
Now, why don’t you turn off your digital devices and take a trip into your mental realms? If you need some guidance, you can go over to my article about guided visualization videos right here.
You’ll wonder how you ever managed to live without it.
Reality is only for those with no imagination.