“Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He visualised his winning putt go in before he even struck the ball – but he might have. Visualisation is a powerful mind tool to make dreams and goals come true and many people use it – not just professional golfers – from elite athletes to business tycoons to famous performers. In the case of golf, the player pictures himself or herself succeeding in their mind before they set foot on the course. And while playing, they harness the power of visualisation to see themselves play the “perfect” game to give them the motivation and confidence to win.
Sports psychology is big business and is used to help athletes mentally rehearse before a big game or event. The Russians employed it back in the 1960s to train their sports stars. However, it’s not something that is unique to the world of sport. Many people in different walks of life utilise it to gain success and ordinary people wanting to turn their dreams into reality can practice it.
What is Visualisation?
Visualization is a mental technique that uses a person’s imagination to help them succeed by improving their lives and making things happen. It harnesses the power of thought to take you closer to your dreams. Some people employ visualisation every day unconsciously to win success; others have to practice to think in a way to create the success they crave.
How Does Visualisation Work?
The skill to visualising success is to think of your dream or goal as if you’ve already accomplished it. The mind is a powerful machine and if you focus it in a purposeful and positive direction, it can bring profound benefits. By filling your mind vividly with the vision of something you want, you can begin to feel and get a taste of what life would be like if that dream or goal were a reality. The more detail you can envisage, the stronger the feeling you will have.
Does Visualisation Work?
Visualization can be applied to any area of your life and many people have raved about its incredible results. Here are some examples of people who have practiced it successfully:
* Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali used pre-fight mental techniques to be victorious in the ring, including perhaps one of the most famous affirmations ever coined to boost confidence: “I am the greatest”.
* Computer specialist Natan Sharansky was wrongly accused of spying for the US and spent 9 years in prison in the USSR. While in solitary confinement, he coped by playing himself at mental chess and dreaming of one day becoming a champion. In 1996, he beat world champion chess player Garry Kasparov.
* Actor and former Mr. Universe, Arnold Schwarzenegger used mental imagery to improve his life. He has talked about walking around a tournament like he had won it. He won it so many times in his mind; it felt like he had actually won it. He used the same technique when he became an actor by every day visualising being an A-Lister earning big money.
* As an unknown actor, Jim Carrey parked his car on Muholland Drive every night visualising becoming a famous actor. He took it a step further by writing himself a 10 million dollar cheque for a movie deal, dated 5 years ahead. Before the 5 years were up, he’d landed a 10 million movie deal for Dumb and Dumber.
* Golfer Tiger Woods is famous for mentally preparing for a game and visualising every shot methodically.
How to Use Visualisation
Here’s how to visualise what you want:
* Close your eyes and relax. Start to create a movie in your head of what you want to do. It’s important to make the images vivid. Use all your senses to make your dream or goal as real as possible as if it was really happening to you. What are you feeling? What are you wearing? What are you hearing? What are people saying?
* Create self-belief mantras and affirmations using words as if you had already achieved your goal. Say them every day.
* Make a dream collage featuring pictures of things you want to achieve and add positive and powerful words that represent achievement. Put it on your desk or wall – somewhere where you can see it every day.
* We often focus on reasons why we can’t achieve our dreams. Banish negative thoughts from your mind and replace them with positive ones to drive you forward to achieve your heart’s desire.
Focus daily on what you want. It won’t happen overnight, but by changing your thoughts, you can change your life. Dream it. Do it.