Visualisation is an extremely powerful tool that I believe everyone can use with a little practice. We can use the power of visualisation for many things, like building confidence, being more focused, less anxious and much, much, more.
Don’t believe you can visualise? Then try this simple experiment: Close your eyes and picture your front door… Which side is the door handle on? In order to answer that you had to visualise your front door. i.e. draw a picture in your mind.
There is lots of evidence and research that visualisation in sport improves performance. This is because the process of visualisation creates the same neural pathways in the brain as actually doing what is being visualised and the more it is done the stronger the pathway becomes. This means that when a golfer visualises their shot it’s like taking several practice shots – not swings – before taking the actual shot.
As Aristotle wrote: “We are what we repeatedly do”. A principle that Richard Branson has incorporated into his daily routine. Which you can read about here.
You can also use this technique to develop your confidence and self-belief. Psychologists refer to this as Self-efficacy i.e. an individual’s belief in their innate ability to achieve goals. Many things in life reduce our self-efficacy and we judge things as being too hard to attempt, but when we visualise we can grow our confidence and we can begin to see a positive outcome.
If, for example we want to develop of feelings of self worth, then we can visualise what that would like in terms of the things we would be doing. So we can use visualisation to create a picture of what the high self-worth version of ourselves would say or do in any given situation. By doing this repeated we create the person we want to be and start to act in that way naturally.
Also, if we visualise ourselves as being healthy we are more likely to exercise and make better food choices.
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