Because seeing is believing. You see, before we canbelieve in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like. We must “see it” before we can believe it.
This is where visualization comes in, which is simply a technique for creating a mental picture of a future event.
When we visualize our desired outcome, we begin to "see" the possibility of achieving it. Through visualization, we catch a glimpse of what is, essentially our "desired future." When this happens, we become motivated and prepared to pursue our goal.
Visualization is more than simply dreaming or hoping for a better future. It is a well-developed method of performance improvement supported by substantial scientific evidence and used by successful people all over the world.
Take athletes, for example. Studies show that visualization increases athletic performance by improving motivation, coordination and concentration. It also assists in relaxation and helps reduce fear and anxiety.
Why Visualization Works
According to research using brain imagery, visualization works because neurons in our brains, (those electrical impulses and chemical signals that transmit information between different areas of the brain), interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action.
When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to "perform" the movement. This creates a new neural pathway -- clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors -- that prepares our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined. All of this occurs without actually performing the physical activity, yet it achieves a similar result.
Two basic steps to begin using visualization to your benefit:
Visualization will keep you tethered to your goal and increase your chances of achieving it.
It is a powerful way to achieve positive, behavioral change and create the life (and body) you desire.